Opened this special bottle for my birthday. This year’s Proprietors includes 3 of my favorite adjunct ingredients – maple syrup, toasted pecans and guajillo peppers.
Final Rating: 4.61/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured for my birthday from a 16oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.
Pours a super dark brown nearly black, opaque body with a small brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave little lacing or retention – very much like the other bourbon county beers.
Aromas are potent once it warms up and typical of BCBS with a little sweet maple added in there – tons of bourbon-caramel, vanilla, slight booze, maybe a little nuttiness, sweet caramel and chocolate.
First impressions on the tongue – sweet maple candy, rich chocolate cake, vanilla-bourbon-maple-caramel – wow, much better than others describe it as, so delectable. As it warms up the maple, sweet caramel, milk chocolate get more pronounced and the peppers show up on the finish. Not a ton of pecans but a slight nuttyness. Rich, thick mouthfeel, rich and delightful, low carbonation.
People say this is too sweet. I say it’s sweet, but appropriately so. I’ve had sweeter stouts with no balance, but this is sweet in all the right ways – it really showcases the maple and rich bourbon-chocolate that BCBS is famous for. The peppers are an added bonus and definitely don’t overtake anything.