Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 185
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rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 3.14%
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChugginOil on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Holland
3.11/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Huge thanks to Ryan for sharing this at a recent get together.

A: dark black with brown highlights, very thick looking but not as thick or dark as regular bcbs. Small head with some retention.

S: not as much bourbon as the regular, but some vanilla, cherry, and roasted notes.

T: good balance with the cherry right up front. I was worried, but it blends well with the taste, easing my palate into the more tart notes along with the malt sweetness, and of course the roasted malt and bourbon flavors.

M: thick as it should be, but not as thick as regular BCBS this year. Excellent carbonation for the thickness.

O: Like a chocolate covered cherry but way better, because I don't even like chocolate covered cherries. Fantastic beer, would love to have more some time.

Editing for the second time I had this. Wasn't so good that time. Tasted very medicinal. Taking the average of these two review scores. (913 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.16/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Trepidation... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cherry (partially artificial, but partially natural...it's hard to explain) syrup, light sourdough, oak, and a surprisingly light contingent of roasted malts and light dark chocolate powder. The taste reminds me of normal Bourbon County, with the roast, the bourbon, the oak, and the molasses. Then there's a powerful force of cherry juice, which doesn't really meld with the underlying stout, nor does it really completely clash. Things just aren't comfortable, if that makes sense. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, it's been my experience that BCS wasn't meant to be mixed with fruit of any kind, and this this stuff kinda confirms that. Though this ain't nearly as bad as Bramble Rye, it's still far from good. (929 characters)

Photo of beernightscout
3.2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Low taste and overall rating for no noticable cherry flavor, attached to a high price, $23 for 22oz, before tax. Looks, smells, tastes just like a BCS, my favorite beer...and which by the 12oz bottle is half the price. Won't be keeping the other three I had reserved. Disappointed. (281 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hearty jet black with brown highlights and nice, thick looking tannish head. Head retention was pretty good, lacing was minimal

S: Bourbon, chocolate a nice, deep coffee roast and black patent malt with a blend of rich, dark cherries.

T: Right upfront I get a blast of dark cherries blended with cherry cough syrup like taste. Rye. Unimpressed. It almost seemed fake, like an extract or artifical flavoring to me. Thank goodness the bourbon, chocolate and woody base make up for it. A bit of vanilla underneath. Very sweet, like cloying to me.

M: Well carbonated, full robust body, sweet, but unappealing to me but still a great body

O: I like chocolate covered cherries but this just did not do it for me taste wise. The beer itself is not bad, hits a lot of qualities but the cherry flavor...just didnt like it in this beer. Perhaps it was the cherry and rye or a blend of something. I will have to re-visit this again soon... (945 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.55/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with no head. Dark cherry aromas mix with chocolate malt notes. The taste starts out sweet and chocolatey, but finishes with a strong dose of cherry pie filling. Low carbonation and a long sticky finish. Something of a disappointment, particularly that it tastes like they just dumped in a can of pie filling rather than fresh cherry. (351 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/4/13

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this. Consumed among goblinmunkey7, Bilco, and me.

Appearance: Looks black at initial glance, but it's really more of a dark brown with some serious red and purple highlights - some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, light brown head - fades to a few small wisps, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Certainly has all the characteristics of BCBS... but it's oddly, unexpectedly sweet - burnt, caramelized notes - loads of burnt sugar - very sweet, with some obvious cherry - tart, fleshy, sweet cherries - some vanilla, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - some roasty coffee - wood, sugar, and some sweet alcohol

Taste: Chocolate, cherries, and booze - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some sweeter, chocolate syrup - syrupy, sweet cherries - some tart notes, but it's mostly just sweet, fleshy cherries - some burnt notes, roasty coffee - some boozy whiskey, wood not sure if I can detect any rye - some sweet alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full body, somewhat syrupy, low carbonation

Overall: Interesting, but could be better, in my opinion

Granted, I just drank BCBS Rare about 4 hours ago, but I don't that that skews my opinion dramatically. BCBS is kind of sweet to begin with, but it gets quite lovely with a little age. The sweetness from the cherry just pushes the sweetness over the edge. I'm also not certain that I am a big fan of the rye barrels. The whiskey flavor is a bit much. This is definitely worth a try, but I might be trading out a bottle of this. (1,529 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a mini-nonic.

A: Looks like regular ole BCBS. Dark black in color, oily and viscous. A thin dark tan head forms on the pour and dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. No lace.

S: Spicy cherry with some rye. Little oak with a kiss of bourbon. As if warms the cherry becomes sweeter and some chocolate notes come out. Very heavy on the cherry on this young beast, but not medicinal like Bramble was on the initial release.

T: The taste is just like nose. The cherry notes are more reminiscent of a cherry pie filling. Very sweet with a hint of all spice. Rye whiskey, oak and some more barrel notes than the nose suggested. Some subtle vanilla and caramel with more roasted malts and chocolate.

M: It seemed a tad thin compared to regular BCBS, but it was still smooth and creamy with a medium low carbonation level.

O: Better than Bramble on the initial release, but it definitely isn't half has good as the original Cherry BCBS that have been floating around at fests the last few years. It seems pretty young for the fruit and I think it will get better over the next 6 months to a year. I think this will be a very polarizing beer. (1,165 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at BUCKSPUR RANCH. Review from notes. I have had this 4 times over the past year, finally got to reviewing it.

A- There is a thin red ring around the glass. Thinnest of lacing. The beer actually looks lighter than BCBS. Dark brown to almost black liquid.

S- Medicinal cherry like in cough syrup. The rye whiskey is definitely present, and there is some dark fudge notes as well.

T- Medicinal cherry very pronounced in every sip for my palate. There is some bakers chocolate here too to make it a bit bitter (which doesn't bother me)

M- Kinda harsh on carb. Not really a smooth drinking BA stout.

O- This is my least favorite variant of BCBS. It all has to do with the medicinal cherry. I know some people love this beer, and I can't fault them for that. My palate just gets the medicinal and gets turned off. New Glarus does a fantastic job of getting true cherry taste out of Belgian Red; I just wish that Cherry Rye had what ever NG did with that beer. (972 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Like all Bourbon County variants, pours an impenetrable black color. A small tan head tries to form, and recedes in a second. Just a dense black liquid. Which is just fine for this beer.
S: Vanilla, wood, chocolate, medicinal cherries. Big barrel aromas along with a bit of fruit.
T: Follows the nose with the typical big barrel character for the brand. Vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Followed by the medicinal cherries. Maybe this is a bit past its prime, while the fruits are there just not as much umpth as I would like.
M/D: Obviously a big full body that has low to moderate carbonation. Viscous and oily. Like all versions, enjoyable to sip on. Maybe not may favorite of the brand, but still very enjoyable.

I do like this, but I am thinking any good cherry fruit flavor has faded. Not having this fresh I am just guessing. Though as is, I think the local Karbach Cherries of Fire is much better. (953 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a small amount of dark caramel head. Nose has whiskey up front, some light malt body with a strong sweetness behind. Overly sugary but a fair amount of cherry. Taste is also overly sweet in the finish, the whiskey is up front, the malt is more pronounced, a bit more rich chocolate fudge but no where near rare and much less than regular bcs. The cherry dominates the finish and seems overly sweet. Body is slightly oily, not as big as I remember other bcs bottles, fairly nicely carbonated, though. (522 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh Cherry Rye.

This one pours like all of the other Bourbon Counties, black and viscous with only a slight dark khaki lacing that quickly disappeared. The nose doesn't really smell too different than the original. There is a slight additional sweetness, kind of like a cherry hard candy, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily fresh cherry. Regardless, this featured fruit is more subtle than the other variants. The flavors are sweet and chocolaty. It has loads of sweet dark chocolate, sweet cherry juice (but not in an overpowering manner), roast and cream. It's sweet but not cloyingly so and isn't as sweet as Bramble. It's not the most complex beer in the world and this is probably my least favorite bariant. It drinks full bodied and has plenty of residual sugar, coating your glass. Overall this beer was just ok and a disappointment for the series. It wasn't as sweet as the Cherry variant that I had a couple years ago at Goose Island, which was an improvement, but the cherry aspect didn't really add too much to the base beer. For the money I would rather drink the regular. This wasn't worth $20+. (1,109 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Jim. Thanks!

A: very thick black with a thin mocha head. Nice legs.

N: Chocolate, coffee, cherry, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, peppercorn, rye.

T: Cherries are pronounced, quite sweet. Like a dark chocolate covered bing.

N: Very oily. Thick. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A very interesting combination. It doesn’t totally work for me, but I wouldn’t turn it down again, either. (396 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Typical dark black with rich browns when held to direct light. Minimal dark tan head drops to a small collar. Stays pretty still.

Smell: Slight tart cherry under the standard Bourbon County sweetness and alcohol. Vanilla and oak. Some toffee and caramel. Cherry flesh. Roasted with alcohol heat. Warming brings out some more sweetness. A hint of cough syrup in n the back. A bit more cherry flesh as it swarms .

Taste: Ummmm...Bourbon County with some tart cherry flesh. Hints of chocolate and cocoa. Slightly roasted. Coffee. Warming pulls out some more tart cherry flesh. Syrupy sweet cherry juice coupled with the typical BCBS sweetness. Vanilla bean and oak. Toasted coconutish.

Mouthfeel: Slick with a moderate carbonation. Body runs a medium to high. Relatively clean.

Overall: Oh hai guys! I put some cherries in my Burrbin County. It's delicious!

Not a particularly memorable showing in the series. A bit of a muddled cherry mess with a bit too much bourbon influence. Finishes a little different than the base beer, but not enough to be truly interesting. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a typical black color with a light brown head. The retention is minimal. There is a slight lacing. The smell is medicinal, it smell like artificial cherry. It's hit or miss honestly. The taste is also medicinal, cough syrupy cherry flavors with a subtle rye flavor in there. The stout is good but the additional flavors are a bit off. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, silky and drinkable. Overall this beer is decent, but not as good as its counter parts. It might be worth trying but it's based on personal preference. (547 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head. The aroma picked up a combination of cherry and whiskey which I found to be quite exquisite, especially with the light coconut, vanilla, and oak in the background. Heavy chocolate and a bit of sweetness follow things up, as well as just a touch of light rye spice. The flavor combination of the aforementioned characteristics with the heavy, chewy base beer and just a touch of booze makes for quite an interesting experience. However, it is not what I had hoped it would have tasted. The whiskey and cherry combination along with some booziness wasn’t my idea of a smooth drinking bourbon stout like the BCBS. (659 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 02/15/2013. Bottled on 11/12/2012. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black color and looks the same in the glass. There are some very deep brown hues that show some light on the side of the glass with each sip but the beer is otherwise opaque. An extremely small tan head develops and dissipates almost immediately leaving a very thin ring of foam around the glass. There isn't any lacing but there is a very thin layer of liquid that sticks to the glass with each sip, not unlike a baking sheet that has been greased with oil.

The nose is very sweet, even sweeter than the normal Bourbon County variants. The cherry notes are evident and it smells like there was a ton used. There is some bourbon and vanilla here as well but the cherry is the star of the show. A lot of the time dark fruit shows up in these big stouts but this is unmistakably cherry. That being said, it's mostly cherry notes and not a ton else, even though there are some barrel notes.

The cherry seems to be even more present in the taste than in the nose and the barrel notes are even harder to find. The cherry is sweet and perhaps the best example of fruit used any non-sour beer I've had and certainly in any stout. That being said is takes away from the normal bourbon, vanilla and slight roast of the Bourbon County line. As the beer warms a bit of booze peaks it head out but for the most part it's kept in check, which is exceptional for a beer this big.

The mouthfeel is impeccable. Enormous, very thick but not viscous and not cloying despite the huge sweetness. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a beer of this size. It's definitely there, no way to make it disappear at 13.7%, but it doesn't feel quite that high.

This beer is very good but for me it took away the signature Bourbon County barrel notes. The cherry was nice, but it didn't allow the bourbon, vanilla, oak and roast to shine as it usually does. This is definitely a great stout and probably is better than a lot of other stouts out there but it doesn't stand out variants. (2,060 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown. Almost black. Forms a small tan head that fades away very quickly. No lacing.

S: very strong dark malts. Then strong sweet, syrupy cherry aroma. Raisin and molasses.

T: sweet. Very sweet. Syrupy. Not necessarily cough syrup, but not necessarily an overly pleasant cherry pleasant flavor either. Lots of sweet dark malts. Raisin, molasses, slight oaky bourbon on the backe end.

M: thick, viscous, lower carbonation.

O: a good beer, but too sweet for my tastes. (487 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Small mocha head. Stains the glass. Thin collar and some wisps.

Smell - Doesn't smell as much like cherry as I would have expected. Slight cherry. Strong rye whiskey presence. Rich chocolate. Boozy.

Taste - Cherry is much more pronounced here. The rye barrel really isn't an improvement over a bourbon barrel, but it's still better than no barrel. Fudgy dark chocolate. Spicy oak. Fruity and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Less boozy than other variants, it seems. Thick and sweet. Low carbonation.

Overall - It's hard to get Bourbon County wrong, so even a less impressive barrel yields an excellent beer. (689 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for cracking this with me, now leaving only the Vanilla variant that I've yet to try. Cherry Rye is pitch black and doesn't seem to allow any light to pass through it; a deep, dark-tan head slowly forms with the pour. Fine-bubbled and well-defined, it recedes to a ring fairly quickly. No lacing is present, but the beer leaves some sticky alcohol legging along the glass when swirled around.

There isn't much of a surprise when I bring my nose to the beer and am pounded with nothing but barrel-notes; heavy oak, smooth and warm bourbon, and large traced of induced vanilla with a slight hint of coconut on the end. It's got that signature "Bourbon County" smell to it, except with the slight addition of cherry. Somewhat to my chagrin, the cherry isn't nearly as present on the aroma as I'd like. Surprising, given how potent Bramble was with the berries.

The underwhelming cherry on the nose leaves the aroma smelling not much different then a regular bottle of Bourbon County Brand Stout, which definitely isn't a bad aroma... but I came here for cherries, so why am I having such a hard time picking them up? They definitely peek out a bit more as this brew warms up, but they never really pop quite like I'd expect. Their subtle and almost nonexistent tart and sweet addition may seem masterful to some, but I want more.

One sip later, and some faith is restored in the brew, as the cherries are much, MUCH more apparent on the palate than they were in the aroma. It starts off with a light tartness, enough to jolt the taste buds but nowhere close to puckering; sweet cherries, sticky molasses, and handfuls of roasted malts are the base for this brew. The mouth feel, much like most of the Bourbon County series, is wonderfully silky, smooth, and borderline chewy.

After the initial tartness of the cherry, it fades into a soft sweetness that stretches out while the barrel-flavors make their way in. Heavy, smooth bourbon from the middle to the end with huge amounts of oak and wood. Big-time dark chocolate and fudge flavors leave this beer tasting like a dessert in and of itself. The cherry in the finish, although authentic, leaves a very slight medicinal and chalky taste/feel that gets a bit fatiguing after a while, though it's not too distracting from the rest of this brew.

Another good beer from Goose Island, although this is definitely my least favorite Bourbon County variant to date. The aroma didn't have enough cherries, and while the taste contained plenty, the flavor of them didn't mesh with 100% perfection like I was hoping for. Still very tasty, but be warned, this beer is very sweet - almost like a cherry fudge cake in liquid form. Eight ounces was enough to tackle on my own, twenty-two would be insane. (2,763 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-
Void, Darkness, with a dark brown foam crust of a head that crumbles away quickly.

Smell-
Deep barrel notes, slight roasted coffee, and of course a cherry chaser.

Taste-
Bourbon County Stout + Sweet Cherries = This beer. A notable after taste that comes from the bourbon and cherry parts is a bit of coconut.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and creamy, but doesn't linger for an unwelcome period of time.

Overall-
I'm not much of a fruit in beer kind of guy, but novelty and rarity is always interesting. Glad I had a chance to try it. Shout out to Hopscotch (in Franklin Park) for having it on tap. (600 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz 2012 bottle. Thanks for sharing Thorpe.

Approached trying this with trepidation, but was assured by my friends that had it before that it was amazing. Looks like any other BCBS, with an opaque, viscous motor oil body and a tight khaki head with little retention. Nose was my favorite part with mildly tart cherry cutting through the typical sweet boozy heat of BCBS with a strong vanilla presence. Flavor isn't a disaster, but seems like a clear step back regular BCBS, much less the coffee or vanilla variants. I can't distinguish much spice from the rye that isn't already present in the berry and there is a restrained cherry fruit sweetness added to the typical sweet whiskey and vanilla barrel presence. Not a disaster, but this bottle didn't do much for me. (770 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This variation on Bourbon County Brandy Stout is aged in rye whiskey barrels with cherries added.

Score: 90

Bottle 11/11/12. Served in a stemmed Cantillon taster flute and enjoyed on 11/10/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a dark soda syrup color with a thin coating of brownish head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention, but good oily legs. Par for the course. 4/5

Smell: Mostly molasses-like sweetness and a dash of cinnamon, with minimal barrel character other than light notes of oak. There's a little bit of chocolate and cherry too, but the cherry is quite muted. Fresh, the cherry was not very prominent either. The nose has a light booziness to it, more so than the regular 2012 vintage Bourbon County Brand Stout release did, but its not "fusel." 4/5

Taste: More cherry flavor is present on the palate than it was in the nose, gradually growing towards the finish, but there is never a lot of cherry flavor present. Rather, the amount of cherry present from the time this beer first hits the tongue to the finish increases from "a hint" to merely "some." Molasses and chocolate notes here too. Surprisingly not complex for having Bourbon County Brand Stout as its base. A little rye spice kick on the finish. Molasses lingers in the finish. Warming heat, but not boozy. Average integration of flavor here, but hardly seamless. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, but less sweet than regular Bourbon County Brand Stout is. 4/5

Overall: While certainly not a bad beer, this is easily one of the most overrated high profile stouts out there, and the weakest beer in the Bourbon County Brand Stout variant portfolio. Unlike Bramble, which started out medicinal and overly sweet, this beer did not mellow out and morph into a seemlessly integrated and jammy cornucopia of contrasting characteristics with age. Additionally, for a beer called "Cherry Rye", the cherry character was lacking.

Cost: $19.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,140 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque black color with a vanishing sheet of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: A gentle combination of ale yeast and chocolate opposes assertive and dark cherry liqueur. Despite the spirituous effect, pure alcohol is restrained.

T: Begins sweet, with intense cherry flavor early that appears a bit artificial. The arrival of wood has a moderating influence on the fruit, lending authenticity. Flavors become chocolatey--pudding-like--in the middle. Late acidity is potent in the finish that holds little bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, very acidic on the palate at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the fruit addition, this beer should not disappoint any who appreciate the anticipated powerful sensory qualities of Goose Island's classic Bourbon County Brand Stout. It achieves redemption of a sort, after the terrible Bramble Rye variant of 2011, with cherry qualities that aren't so much reined in as they are simply more appropriate to the application. It shows some milk stout qualities as well, coming across as soft and chocolatey when acidity was not raging across the palate. (1,192 characters)

Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter at Whirlyball Chicago.

A- Looks like BCBS.

S- Much more buttery whiskey tones and sweeter than the regular brand. A little bit of fruitiness but its not quite cherry.

T- surprisingly sour, reminds me a touch of the Bcbs Napa from the block party last summer. Much more scintillating to the tastebuds because of this. I like the bourbon character in the other variants better than the rye.

M- Mostly just bcbs, but a little more mouthwatering from Thr acidity.

O- Not my favorite variant, but very tasty. I dont quiiiite get the hype on this one other than the rareity. Grateful for the chance to have tried this. (654 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer at the Zeebra Extreme Beerfestival in Holland on may 4th 2013. Zeebra was held for the first time with lots of very very very great beers like this one. As a matter of fact all the BCBS beers were there....

This one was poured in a Zeebra glass, a small tasting glass. To be honet this beer was quit normal, i expected way more quality when i look at the others in this family.

No head and no carbonation. The cherry was under influence of the bourbon taste. Pity cause this beer could have been made much better. Glad to have it though because i love the Goose Island beers... (595 characters)

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
98 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.