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

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 858
Gots: 431 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChugginOil on 11-22-2012)
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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
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+.

aasher, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Nitrogenx
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Nitrogenx, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than the darkest night ever with a thin brown head into my glass. Yep, even Bob and Doug agree.

Bourbon, cocoa, roasted coffee and a bit of tart cherry in the nose. Very nice smorgasbord of flavors here.

The taste is where the cherry really shines. Tart with just a hint of spicy rye, roasted coffee and cream.

It sounds like sacrilege but the aftertaste is highly reminiscent of cherry cola with cocoa undertones.

With a few years of age, this will be more than enjoyable. It didn't disappoint here.

Brad007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass. Chilled before opening. Bottled on date of 11/12/12.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a dark brown head that recedes almost immediately. Very similar to the other Bourbon County variants in appearance.

Aroma: The alcohol is definitely there as are the cherries. Bourbon, cherries and chocolate cake. The cherry notes are not hidden at all. Very sweet, with some coffee and dark fruit notes in the background.

Taste: Chocolate cake and fudge notes really provide a great backdrop for the bourbon and cherries. Caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla are coming through as well. The cherries really lend even more sweetness to the already sweet stout, but also provide a great fruit flavor and a really nice tartness on the end. Incredibly sweet, bold and boozy but it all works well together.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Really smooth throughout.

Overall, a really big, sweet stout with huge barrel and fruit notes. I think the fruit really works a lot better than it did in the Bramble Rye variation as the cherries really feel at home with the chocolate tones of the stout. Really nice, and although it is hot right now, the bourbon, cherries and base beers all find a really great harmony. I would like to see if this ages as well as Goose Island suspects though as the fruit tones could lose their kick over time. Either way, this is really well done.

Gosox8787, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A black body with a small brown head that fades fast leaving no lacing.

S: Smells amazing! No real noticeable cherry aroma, but I do get a lot of bourbon (duh!), chocolate, sweet vanilla, and dark fruits. A very rich and sweet aroma.

T: Taste better than it smells. A very subtle tart cherry flavor that enhances the vanilla sweetness, lots of chocolate, and whiskey. Very complex but extremely complementary. GI outdid themselves. Delicious! Amazing! Exploding taste buds!

M: Smooth, creamy, yet heavy on the palate. Almost Perfect.

Overall: Too bad this isn't a yearly release. Absolutely, positively amazing! Love everything about it! If you can find it, buy it.

BrewCrew2010, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for hooking me up with a bottle of BCB Cherry Rye. Looks, smells and initially tastes like regular BCB stout, but as soon as you let some air into the sip you get the pleasant warming, sweet taste of cherries. Very nice, and as with all of the BCB Stouts, another really great job by Goose Island. Regular BCB has recently established itself as one of my favorite beers and this ranks up there. Very drinkable...the bourbon is not as powerful as in regular BCB, and for those that have been complaining about BCB being to "boozy" (which I think is bullshit), this should fit the bill as it is a bit smoother than regular BCB. Really nice!

4thelvofbeer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

bsuedekum, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

X-Mas Eve 2012

A- Pours jet black into my Bruery tulip! A kahki head that seems to grow to almost two fingers fades rather quickly and leaves just tiny traces of foam clutching the glass. A little more grabs on with each sniff and sip.

S- Smells like BCBS with a touch less vanilla, and alot more dark fruit. Not necessarily cherry dominant, but figs, prunes, black raisins, dried cherries (of course), and dates. Sweet dark chocolate, mild coffee and licorice. Really gets intense as it comes up to room temp! Fresh cherries shine thru as it warms.

T- WOW! Tart cherries, deep, dark chocolate, hints of freshly pressed coffee, vanilla beans, marshmallow, licorice whips, heavy cream sweetness, dried figs dipped in balsemic glaze, dates... and more CHERRY!!! I'm really not picking up the alcohol at all. Feeling the warming sensation, but no alcohol burn at all! Brilliant!

M- Not as thick as BCBS or RARE or Vanilla, but it really coats the tongue and palate nicely. Has a nice syrupy coating that reminds me of cough medicine, but only in the way that it grabs your throat going down, not the taste. Nice tartness that blends with the cocoa, coffee and vanilla.

O- Such a wonderful blend of dark dried fruit, BBA, dark chocolate, coffee, and love! This is absolutely brilliant! About to pour a second glass and pondering how this could get any better? It's almost like a blend of the perfect BBA RIS and a brilliant Quad! It's crazy! I can't wait to see if this gets better over time. I can't imagine that it could!

Thickfreakness, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle a little above fridge temp, poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/12/12.

Pours the usual super thick opaque black color that is bourbon county. A brown colored head off the pour is very quick to fade to nothing. Some thick, viscous legs are noticeable from a swirl of the glass.

Boozey whiskey and some cherry aromas blend together, although the cherry isn't super noticeable at first. some molasses, Oaky barrel, caramel, charred roasted malt. Some tartness from the cherries. Becomes a bit solvent as it warms.

Cherries, caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, charred roasted malts, whiskey barrel and whiskey booziness. Really nice. Some tartness from the cherries makes it seem a bit lighter. I'm not sure where this gingerbread/ cinnamon flavor is coming from, but it comes in just before the finish and really makes the beer, and then is followed by a nice cherry flavor.

Thick, viscous, heavy bodies with minimal carbonation.

A very nice take on the already amazing bcbs. Some very interesting flavors are a result. A must try.

dogfishandi, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

mrebeka, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a characteristic bcs jet black with a creamy tan head that fades to a thin halo around the perimeter without lacing. The nose is very slightly boozy, with notes of caramel, chocolate followed by booming notes of bright cherries (once warm) and vanilla-whiskey FTW. It's a beer I poured cold initially and let warm gradually and boy does it open up nicely. The taste is spot on. The popping, bright Michigan cherries are the perfect fruit for this beer and they cut right through this dense, malty, stout as if it were a pilsner. It adds a very interesting layer of complexity to one of my favorite all time beers, and adds a touch of dryness to the beer's finish. I never thought I could chug a stout as heavy as this, but there is a first for everything. I'm completely satisfied with this beer, it's damn good and worth the money.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

dtx00, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of sbricker
5/5  rDev +11.4%

sbricker, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -10.9%

koopa, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of EdwardFortyHands
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer, tried it out of the bottle and let it mellow to room temp for a little bit.

The cherries were prominent and were a sweet and welcome addition to a great vintage BCBS.

Aging did this beer well.

Felt like a perfectly balanced BCBS, not overly boozy.

Would love this beer anytime.

EdwardFortyHands, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV and date of bottling clearly marked on the label.

Absolutely pitch black in color with a thin tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is lush and alluring; lots of chocolate and cherries upfront, more like chocolate covered cherries soaked in alcohol. I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of cherries, but this smells very good.

Wowzers...this is one lush, rich, thick, creamy, full-bodied stout. The smooth, silky mouthfeel is perhaps a tad more than the regular BCBS. Bittersweet goodness upfront, the cherries are evident from the middle all the way to the finish. Hints of rye compliment and cut the cherry sourness in the finish. The finish is almost sharp and dry, wow. The alcohol is masked really well making this beer very, very easy to drink.

This version of the BCBS is perhaps the best in my opinion. The balance throughout is just hard to describe in words, suffice to say it is near perfect (IMHO). I don't want to sound too dramatic, but this is a phenomenal brew. One of the best beers I have ever had....period!.

Absolutely worth a try and worth every dollar. I would recommend this version highly and if you happen to come across a bottle, don't hesitate to get it. Cheers !!!

CaptDavyJones, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

beergorrilla, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Zaphog, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout: now that was a beer with some serious power. Let’s see if Goose Island has the finesse to handle bright cherry flavors in a palate like this.

Brewed a little over a month before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 11/12/12”).

A: Marvelously thick, a black body with a crisp chestnut head. No lacing or retention; yeah, that’s a rich stout.

S: Cherry is very mild; this is, basically, all BCBS. Warm caramel and roasted oak over a thick bourbon scent make up the majority of this nose, with rich Hershey’s syrup and brown sugar accompanying. Otherwise, a smoky malt aroma blends with some marshmallow and pie crust to give it that loveable BCBS s’more aroma, along with a touch of rye spice and cherry puree along the border.

T: Very bright cherry tastes, instantly reminding me of one of my favorite beers: Tart of Darkness. It’s a sweet and sour fruit flavor that emerges on a wave of dark chocolate and graham cracker, tasting just like cherry pie and chocolate sauce – a decadent flavor, no doubt. The two work surprisingly well together, making this a unique drink from the start. Vanilla and coconut are more noticeable than in the standard Bourbon County – a welcome change –adding to the cherry effect to make this less thick and boozy. Makes the palate lean more toward root beer than high-gravity stout, a sweet, drinkable revelation for the style. Aftertaste has a lot of cherry in it, a mild and sweet finish with a lingering taste of angel food cake.

M: Has absolutely none of the warming of any Bourbon County variants I’ve had, but with the same velvety stout texture. Not milky, not thin, but dry and boozy: just right.

O: This is the best beer I’ve had from Goose Island thus far. But is that just because the cherry tastes here were enough to distract me from the flaws of an overly boozy beer? Who knows; I’ve never been a Bourbon County enthusiast. That said, this beer rocks – an excellent, complex stout.

BarryMFBurton, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 11-12-12 Bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some brown froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- The dense classic bourbon county nose we know and love with a subtle but equally rich cherry pit aroma. As it warmed, the cherry becomes more dominate and becomes this really nice chocolate covered cherry profile with still some of the bourbon barrel poking through.

(T)- Again, like the smell, classic bourbon county but with an expertly blended cherry pie-like profile that is quite interesting. The subtle spiciness from the rye barrel together with the almost tart cherries really reminds me of a rich cherry pie, only with chocolate covered cherries. Best word I can think of is "Delicious."

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Extremely well balanced. Better integrated as a whole than when Bramble was fresh (though that one needed more time). Such good cherry integration that the oak, like I mentioned before, makes this like liquid cherry pie in a sense.

(O)- Overall, a superb variation on the classic bourbon county stout. Really well integrated from the get-go. In comparing it to Bramble, this is far better fresh; Bramble needed time and I think that one is improving, but this is simply excellent now.

sweemzander, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the oppurtunity to sample this at FOBAB this year and enjoyed it, but also sampled a ton of other amazing beers that day, so its nice to be able to sit down and revisit this beer again and give it all of my undivided attention.

A: Poured into a Darkness snifter. Has the usual BCBS look goin on.. little head that quickly disappears. lil ring left around the glass.

S: This baby smells like BCBS, but not as hot in the nose, and with the slightest bit of cherry. If the nose is a sign of things to come, then shits about to get real!

T: This is just mind blowing to me! this beer tastes like it it spent 2 yrs in the barrel with the cherries! So mellowed out and smooth! un-fucking real! It tastes like an 09 BCBS with a nice tart cherry finish. I honestly cant believe how well all of this works. I'd say drink this as soon as you get your hands on it... you won't be sorry.

M: The mouthfeel is amazing! It finishes with a fantastic little tart tingling sensation from the cherries. Perfect.

O: The hype is real on this one and it delivers on all levels. This is the most dangerously drinkable BCBS variant I've ever had, and I've had em all. Seek this one out, you will not be disapponted! i would kill to have another, and I probably would have to 2 get my hands on one again :(

egrace84, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Boilerfood
2.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Boilerfood, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
5/5  rDev +11.4%

kbuzz, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

enelson, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

thebigredone, Dec 15, 2012
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.