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

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 1,328
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 971
Gots: 434 | FT: 28
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottled 11/12/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cherries, and rye. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and tasty barrel aged flavors. (672 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge, huge thanks to raveskdr for sharing a bottle of this last night during some Big Ten basketball. Served in a Goose Island tulip.

The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head, fading into a halo at the edges of the glass. The nose is overwhelming. This is nothing like the disaster that was Bramble. The combination of cherry and whiskey is 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 takes things even higher. I feel like I'm docking the nose slightly only because the flavor is nearing perfection. The combination of the aforementioned characteristics with the heavy, chewy base beer and just a touch of booze makes for quite the experience. Body is completely full and heavy. It's rich without being too syrupy. The cherry and barrel flavors meld marvelously with the base.

One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Wow. (986 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

excellent beer, lets get that right out, but i was a bit let down by it and here is why. i dont think bourbon county really needs the fruit. the rye yes, a great addition to an already splendid brew, a little coarseness and some oomph, but the fruit doesnt do anything for me. the cherries come through a little medicinal, a little fake like pie filling from the can, and it puts some sweetness in the finish that it just doesnt need. the base stout is amazing obviously, but its covered up a little by the cherries in smell and taste. the rye brings out some of the richer dark malt, without pulling up any real bitterness. that great bourbon county density is robust. palate coating and syrupy, which normally i love, but the cherries in this one make it feel too thick, or make the viscosity unflattering because of the sugar and the medicinal notes from the cherry. i love the beer, i mean, one of the best stouts in the world hands down, but being critical. i dont think the cherries do any favors to it. i have heard wonderful things about the backyard rye version, and would love to try that. maybe less sweetness and darker berry profile would work better than the cherries. the trademark big finish of this is compromised a little by the cherries, i miss that oaked vanilla kick. rye yes, cherries no. thanks to drlovemd87 as always for sharing a rare bottle. that dude is so generous with his cellar, i am a lucky man. (1,428 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 BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let's be honest: the Bourbon County Brand Stout is such a formidable base beer that it really doesn't matter what they put into the beer or put the beer into- the results are nothing short of stellar. Enter Bourbon County Cherry-Rye Stout!

As always, the every-classy inky black beer crawls around in the glass with an oily viscous appearance that evokes notions of weight and thickness. The scant head clings to the sides of the glass with a light tan color. Even with a spirited swirl of the glass, the stout hardly releases any froth at all; what does quickly collapses back into the beer. The color says stout, but its viscosity says port.

Sultry aromas of chocolate, espresso, and fruit rise to the nose in a rich and mesmerizing way. Sherry, port, and chocolaty fudge match the espresso roast for a very complex aroma spread nearly overwhelming to the nose. Bourbon aromas wrap around more grounded scents of walnut, burnt toffee, and unmistakably tart cherries.

Every sip delivers a new flavor sip- first the espresso roast, then the tart cherry flavor seems jammy; then bittersweet chocolate, warm bourbon, and and then back to tawny port and sherries vinousness exudes. Finishing with slight coffeeish bitterness, the alternating tastes never relinquishes but folds back in on itself and delights the palate more and more as the beer warms and the taste buds become accustomed to the power of the beer. All this robust and rich flavor seems too much for the glass and the palate- there's a lot going on with this beer and it seems to be pulling in so many directions, but beautifully so.

With absolute fullness, the beer seems invites the twangy tartness and acidity from the cherry to balance its sheer sweetness and malty weight. Fruity and malty begins to waiver ever so slightly as the light creaminess subsides and peppery alcohols and cherry tartness offers a mild reprieve to signal closure. The after palate extends indefinitely with chocolate, coffee, and fruit.

The beer becomes more than just a sout- its an exhibition of what's possible with the ingredients and techniques that start with stout-like inspiration. The results are incredible and are really too big for mere mortals. I have fallen completely under the spell of these Boubon County Brand Stout variants. (2,292 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Jason.

This beer sounded like a bit of a trainwreck. Turns out, it's pretty tasty. Compared to Bramble, which is an enjoyable but flawed beer in my opinion, this is quite a bit less medicinal. Cherry isn't subtle, but it also isn't overly sweet. It brings a dry, almost tart quality to the beer that balances out the BCS foundation pretty nicely. On the downside, this is rather boozy - much moreso than Bramble Rye was as a fresh beer. There's plenty of whiskey, oak and bittersweet chocolate here to balance out the rather strong fruit character; there's no mistaking this for a barrel aged stout. The fruit is more of an accent, and it does work pretty nicely in this context. The biggest flaw is how damn hot it is. Perhaps time will change that, but I can't see the fruit holding up terribly long. The Bramble Rye we had next to this was already beginning to show some age, so I'd probably drink this sooner than later and expect some booziness from it. In any case, it's pretty nice stuff. I just wouldn't put it in the upper tier of BCS variants. (1,062 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, served in a small tumbler glass.

Brownish black with light coming through around the edges. Slight wispy foam on the surface, fades fast to a glassy stillness.

Slight alcohol sharpness, and mild dried cherry in the aroma.

Creamy and viscous with some whiskey heat. Nice pie cherry flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste, and lends a slight tartness that isn't especially welcome. Fudgy chocolate base flavors, rich and roasty. Good in small doses, dunno if I'd seek it out again considering the whole rigamarole, but it was nice to try. (580 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 oline73
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick almost black color with some red coming through right at the edge. There is a quarter finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the pour.

S: Sweet dark fruit and tart cherry notes. I'm also picking up bourbon, mild rye spice, caramel, and a touch of vanilla.

T: More interesting than the smell. Lots of rye here. Sweet dark fruit with tart cherries. The bourbon is there with a sweet vanilla note. The finish is sweet and a bit fruity.

M: Te body is thick with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I really liked the rye. Everything was well put together and interesting. (646 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/12/12, spit with rudzud, thanks to dfclav for this one a while back.

Pours a nice creamy dark smaller thick head, super pitch black thick syrupy beer with long legs.

aroma is pure bourbon county stout, little extra whisky, bourbon barrel notes, dark malts, dark choc, heavy syrupy, very faint cherry notes. Basically a BCBS with a touch extra barrel and little cherry note.

Taste brings tons of dark choc, cherry cough syrup, big bourbon and whisky barrel, big sweet note, interesting cherry flavor, chewy cherry. Some dark almost acrid roasty malt, dark chewy choc, and kettle fudge, nice bourbon and whisky notes, not sure if rye whisky but definite non bourbon whisky. Finish semi sweet sticky thick fudgey dark choc and little candied cherry note lingering for a while, like the choc covered cherries, cherry cordial, I used to get as a kid.

Mouth is full heavy bod, syrupy, decent carb, little warning booze.

Overall interesting, not as much cherry or rye as I expected, but a nice twist on the base Bcbs. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-maroon-black pour, with a thin wispy layer of bubbles on top. Rich nose, full of crushed black cherry, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, nice smooth bourbon. Very tasty...thick cherry pie well-melded with hefty dark malts and bourbon--typical BCBS profile, basically. The cherry isn't overblown, it's not too sweet, and its not very tart at all. It's just perfectly complimenting. In the few samples that I took, I didn't really get anything out of the beer that was distinctively "rye," but maybe upon future tastings, I'll be able to pick it apart more. I do have a couple bottles of my own, and I'll probably open one soon. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, body was full, the pleasant aftertaste lingering long. Great beer. Can't wait to try it again. (765 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at the Goose Island Clybourn Black Friday event. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar and a few wisps atop a black body. There is a hint of brown at the edges of the glass, and a few specks of lace left behind. In short, it looks a lot like Bourbon County Stout.

S - Reminds me of cherry pie, with a mixture of cherry (duh), graham cracker crust, vanilla, and notes of coconut and chocolate as well. The fruit character is mildly tart, which is nice as it helps cut some of the more saccharine flavors of the base beer. The whiskey character is surprisingly mild in comparison to the other flavors. On the whole this is understated, even when it reaches room temperature.

T - The taste is a little more like classic BCS, but with sweet cherry flesh combining with the vanilla and chocolate to give this a more decadent dessert feel. The rye manifests a bit more here, but I'm not sure I'd identify that type of whiskey specifically as the spirit flavor is less present than the oaken barrel notes. There's a tart cherry skin flavor in the finish that isn't entirely integrated and gets a tad off-putting after a while.

M - Could probably crib this from regular BCS; medium-full body, smooth and chewy texture, lower carbonation, super sticky residuals, and a bit of alcohol warmth after a few ounces.

D - It's nice stuff, and the aroma is really enjoyable once the beer breathes for a bit. Aside from the mildly harsh note in the finish this is a pretty nifty spin on BCS. However, considering the effort involved I'd rather just go for the comparatively available Coffee BCS. (1,624 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From 01/13/13 notes. Picked up a few bottles of this last week, tried it side by side with a 12 oz. bottle of fresh 2012 BCS. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Goose Island glass and a taster glass.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head that dissipates quickly, and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, and basically exactly light the normal version.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, sweet cherries, dark fruits, coconut, toasted malts, and some vanilla. Very awesome nose; trying it next to the normal version, there are obviously a lot of similarities. This is basically the same with some nice sweet cherry and dark fruit added to it. The Cherries aren't overpowering, but a nice addition to the nose.

t - Tastes of chocolate cherries, bourbon, roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, dark fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, burnt malts, coconut, some coffee. Taste has a lot more cherries than nose did, and is even better. Amazing taste; pretty perfect for me and exactly what I was hoping for.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and moderate carbonation. The body is chewy and thick, and pretty perfect for a stout. As expected, pretty much the same body and mouthfeel as the normal version.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic stout, and a slight improvement on an already amazing BA stout, and one of my favorite beers. The appearance and mouthfeel match the original BCS, and the nose is very similar with a little extra cherry (which I loved), but the taste is even better in my opinion. Cherry is prevalent in the taste and great; if you like cherries I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. I think I may like this slightly better than the original BCS, and a little bit less than fresh Coffee BCS, but it is splitting hairs. (1,812 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at City Tap House during Philly Beer Week.
Thanks to foofaa for the share, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours dark as night black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to the lightest of films, leaving spotty webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a plate of cherry pie served next to a shot of bourbon with hints of chocolate fudge, vanilla, dark roasted malt and some spicy rye from the barrel. This one smells like an awesome combination.

T - Starts off with the fudgy chocolate and cherry tartness quickly giving way to the warm bourbon, vanilla, rye spice, dry oak and the dark roasted malt. Finish is pretty hot with a good amount of sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Thick, boozy feel makes it hard to finish more than a glass.

O - This one smells killer but the strong flavors and above average booze make it really hard to consume more than a glass at a time. Glad I finally got to try it but I prefer some of the others more. (1,029 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Little tan head. Color is black with a cherry carmaker hue around the edges.

Flavor profile shoes a lot of cherries as it warms. Not tart however. Lots of chocolate. The barrel flavors are a little different. The rye is noticable, but would be hard to pick out the difference. There is some roasted malts and a molasses profile.

Very thick. Full bodied. A little dry and roasted. Good carbonation level.
Ends fairly rich like a chocolate dessert.

Overall, this was another solid BCS offering. The cherries showed a lot more than I expected. 11 oz was enough, however. Very similar to regular BCS. (601 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks Paul!

A: Pours black with small bubbles forming at the top, but no real head or lacing to write of.

S: Bourbon upfront, some caramel and brown sugar followed by rich chocolate and cherries. Pretty rich and sweet, but very inviting.

T: The cherries are evident right away, slightly tart and still fresh. Underneath is the BCBS that I was expecting, nice chocolate, coffee, roast flavors mixed with some bourbon. The rye adds just a touch of spice, but the cherries really dominate here.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth.

O: Very impressed, lives up its reputation. Another well done BCBS variant. (646 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, served into a tapered tulip. Shared with my good friend Nick.

A: Dense, deep black colored body, no light visibility through it. A dark tan/caramel colored head formed but dissipated quickly into a thin cap. Truly, it's the classic BCBS appearance.

S: Rich and sweet bourbon notes. Touches of spicy rye and plenty of fresh oak wood. Chocolate, slight roast and then a dash of sweet cherries on the back end. Must less prominent than I would have expected.

T: Huge fudge, chocolate and bourbon soaked oak comes through. Sweet cherries with just a hint of a fruity tartness come in mid-palate through the finish. Much more prevalent on the taste than the aroma would lead you to believe. Rye bourbon notes round out the finish, too.

M: Full-bodied, luscious and smooth on the palate. This particular variant drinks incredibly well. Absolutely no way you'd guess 13.7% if doing this blind. I don't get the brash alcohol notes that I do with regular BCBS.

Simply put, this beer is stunning. I'm a huge fan of their fruited BCBS variants. (1,053 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a matching BCBS snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that is quick to fade.

The nose is filled with cherry and chocolate. Subtle whiskey accent along with vanilla and caramel. A strong cherry character is present smelling natural and pitted, bordering on over-ripe juiciness.

The taste includes a lot of over-ripe pitted cherries. Somewhat earthen with chocolate, roast, vanilla and caramel. It gets boozy and nearly medicinal as it warms up.

This is medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. A surprising amount of tart cherry quality that is mildly medicinal at times but well blended and enjoyable. Would not mind having this again but doubt id be willing to give up what it would take. (743 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical Bourbon County Stout appearance. Rich, thick, black. Small tan head that fades rapidly. The aroma does indeed bring the beautiful scent of cherries, followed by the rich, roasted malt and chocolate of the regular version. The cherry really pops in the flavor. Simply fabulous. Not too sweet or syrupy. I could drink a bottle by myself. Not cloying in the least. Smooth on the palate with low carbonation. Gentle warming finish. Outstanding! (448 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass, bottle Nov 12, 2012.

Out of the bottle hits dark walnut brown, nearing black, but barely makes a head if at all. However the head is extremely mocha dark brown, and thin bubbled. Lots of legs and the lacing though is extremely thin. Some red hues even on the edges of the glass collar for the body color but very faint.

Nose is a surprising hit of molasses. Cherry juice whaffs over on top. This really reminds me of characters of Abyss particularly the molasses front. Heat on this is much more toned down than regular bourbon county. Light caramel, a thick vanilla sense. Cherry angle is just squeaking out. As the beer warms there's even some hints of coconut.

The mouthfeel is so big and silky rich. Thick bodied roast and syrupy cherry juice, with a nice little warmth. Faint fizzy character just squeeks out on the first sip also. Tangy cherry in the mid palate, with a nice mix of bursting juice, nothing overly sweet, even a hint of little sour bite mixing with roast caramel and large vanilla qualities at first. Big wafery chocolate hinting between milk and dark with cherry angles on the finish. As it warms up, hints of coconut roll on the palate. The beer is so insanely creamy feeling and tasting.

This is a pure cherry dessert in glass, a fantastic creation. Probably the best Goose Island creation I have ever had. (1,385 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 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 corby112
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot Josh!

Pours viscous and pitch black with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly fades, settling into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a nicely integrated barrel presence that's countered by dark fruit and sweet and roasted malt notes.  Subtle dry oak along with a strong boozy bourbon character.  Barrel presence is strong but doesn't overpower the malt backbone that has notes of silky, fudge-y chocolate cake and subtle roast along with sweet cherry juice and dark berries.  Smells very good.

Full bodied and viscous with a prominent barrel presence that's pretty much perfectly integrated into the base beer and the addition of cherries puts it on another level.  Strong whiskey/bourbon flavor with plenty of sweet alcohol that's countered by luscious, silky chocolate malt, fudge/cake sweetness and subtle roast.  Some dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and coconut but the bourbon and cherries really stand out.  Dessert like with sweetness and pastry like flavors under the barrel.  Also, the addition of cherries is wonderful adding a vinous sweetness that compliments the other flavors without being cloyingly sweet or syrupy.  Slightly dry/tart dark fruit presence is most prominent in the finish providing a lingering complex flavor that is really delicious.  I usually really dislike cherry stouts or fruit forward dark beers but it works really well here.   (1,443 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)

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
98 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.