Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.45/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Pitch black pour with a brief sighting of some carbonation bubbles, but no head or lacing. The nose is amazing and pretty much just what I was hoping for. All the rich roastiness of the regular Bourbon County, with the bonus of black cherries and subtle rye notes! The taste is just as amazing. It's like a fudge brownie with cherries in it. Loads of dark chocolate along with hints of vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, cinnamon, and rye. And the cherries emerge more and more as it warms. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy, but smooth as silk, coating your mouth with every sip. And it's definitely a sipper. Extremely rich, but the sweetness is held in check with the subtle sour cherry bite and the warmth of the alcohol. I am not a fan of cherries, but they were represented perfectly with this beer. Nothing artificial here. You could definitely taste that it was real cherries. Overall, a surprisingly complex and enjoyable beer. Although I had this one to myself, this is definitely one of those beers that just needs to be drank around a roaring fire with friends.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 20:05:11 | More by beerdrifter
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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.
99 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.