Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.24/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
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.
01-22-2013 02:06:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.7/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-11-2013 15:18:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.76/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-11-2013 19:42:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
04-11-2013 01:34:37 | More by Knapp85
3.15/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
01-07-2013 22:47:41 | More by TMoney2591
4.09/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-29-2013 02:59:54 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
02-01-2013 09:13:09 | More by largadeer
4.15/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
11-26-2012 06:24:12 | More by MasterSki
4.39/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-12-2014 01:36:35 | More by jlindros
4.24/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-14-2014 16:37:30 | More by StonedTrippin
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-29-2013 07:56:23 | More by Rifugium
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-15-2013 03:03:24 | More by oline73
4.74/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-14-2013 20:07:32 | More by mdfb79
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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