Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 11/12/12.
A: Pitch black pour. Big, dense, very dark brown head. Almost as black as the body momentarily. Head fades fairly quickly, with nary a spot of lacing to be found. Quite decent retention, however - the head is stirred back up easily with a little swirl.
S: Whoa. Strong rye whiskey with a mild cherry punch. As it typical with the BCBS series you can barely even smell the beer, it is almost all whiskey. Get just a little roasted malt character trying to peek through. Rye whiskey aroma is quite spicy (should be obvious but it's spicier than I expected).
T: Once again, rye whiskey up front but not overpowering. Heavy roasted malt character mixes in with chocolate and some char and a little cherry. There is a sudden and strong punch of fresh sweet cherries in the middle. As the cherries fade slowly away the spiciness of the rye really stands out as the slightly bitterer roasted malt continues its tirade. Quite sharp in general, high ABV is hard to hide - almost pure whiskey in the finish and the aftertaste. There is a nice cherry flavor lingering between sips too which is nice.
M: Heavy, thick, viscous.
O: Well done beer. A very nice and unique take on the BCBS series. On paper it's somewhat similar to the bramble rye but in reality it's not even close. The cherries in this are fresh, sweet and tasty. The berry flavor in the bramble rye came out more artificial and medicinal - like cough syrup. Great beer, and I'm not even a huge fan of cherries - but I am a huge fan of rye whiskey. So I guess it balances out. If I had to mention any flaws, I would say that the cherry flavor is almost a little too sweet in this one - borderline cloying.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2013 03:55:16 | More by Dope
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4.49/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served as the start to the goose island themed tasting (we did start with Fred from Hair of the Dog). Short notes from 7/27/14. Bottled 11/12/12. Served in a snifter.
I initially got this beer set aside for me as when I worked at a liquor store. I found it in the dense clutter of bottles in one of the walk-ins and asked if I could buy it off the owner. He said yes, because it was around my birthday and every since I've been waiting to crack it. Almost two years later and I'm ready to see how this thing turned out.
A&S: Black colored beer, and maybe it is strictly out of suggestion, but there is a red hue to this brew. No head and no sign of carbonation bubbles. Initially the aroma was close to the smell of black forest cake. Other tones included vanilla, bourbon tones, sweet malts.
T&M: This beer probably did one of the more interesting things I have seen beer do. Most beers when they develop there is a frame shift in taste/smell or a blending of previous presences with new ones. This brew when from primarily cocoa to a nice mix of cocoa and cherries (the black forest) to mostly cherries, then back to chocolate like tones, THAN back to cherries! It was bizarre, and I wasn't just me who experienced these changes. At times the fruitiness was a little much but you only had to wait a couple of minutes and it was a good mix again. The other tones were similar to the aroma. Very thick, creamy, and smooth. Low carbonation.
Overall: Probably in the top 5 beers I have tried this year. Didn't exceed the hype I put on it, but most certainly meet it completely. If you are thinking of cracking this one soon, it was a good time for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 01:58:14 | More by minterro
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Not my first time having this beer, but first time I'm writing a review for it.
Opening for my wife's birthday, bottled 11/12/12.
A: Typical BC mocha head, with a faint red hue when held in the right light.
S: I love this smell. If I could make this into an air freshener for my car, I would. Rye up front, still a faint smell of cherry, which is great considering this bottle is leaning towards two years old. Chocolate and rye really take over in the nose.
T: Wow, still packs a cherry punch that isn't overwhelming in most cherry-flavored beers. Not medicinal in the least bit. A perfect mix of an excellent base beer with a complementing cherry flavor. Cherry, chocolate, rye, so damn good.
M: One of my favor parts of BC and it's variants are the mouthfeel. Perfect thickness.
Overall, a great variant. I would love to see them make this again.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 13:22:28 | More by Gameover170
4.51/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into a snifter
Thanks to jsteel2 for sending this long time want over via trade!
A: Pours an opaque black with less than 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which dissipates down quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.
S: Luscious cherries, dark chocolate, and booze. Barrel notes arent as strong as some of the other variants, but are definitely present with oaky vanilla and whiskey booziness. I also get cinnamon and roasty aromas. Wonderful.
T: Wow, there is a surprising degree of cherry flavor right up front, which is then followed beautifully by the big chocolate, roasty, and coffee BCB stout base flavors on the finish. Pretty big bourbon characters, as is to be expected with any BCB offering, with lots of charred oaky goodness. Some boozy ethanol on the finish, especially as it warms, which works well to balance out the sweetness.
M/D: Full bodied but not necessarily thick or chewy, nice smoothness with appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is good, but is somewhat limited by the huge sweetness.
O: This beer does not suck. Awesome variant and certainly worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 00:47:33 | More by zac16125
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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