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

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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 933
Gots: 430 | FT: 34
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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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Ratings: 1,297 | Reviews: 184
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4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ShanePB
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with little to no head. Not much else to say.

Typical Bourbon County aroma but not as boozy. The rye whiskey is more subtle. Nice caramel and vanilla notes and overall roast aroma. Not much in the cherry.

Cherry sure does come through in the flavor. It is not an overwhelming cherry flavor. Mainly a booze soaked cherry that you would find on desserts. Provides a very nice sour cherry flavor. The next wave is the caramel, vanilla, oak and smooth roast notes. The whiskey blends in nicely not too strong. I really like what this variation brings to the table.

Well bodied with enough carbonation to break it up. Takes away from the smoothness but helps in the drinkability. Quite sweet on the palate and the roast bitterness doesn't do enough to balance but its not cloying. Sticky in the finish and the ABV seems to pop out here and there.

I really like that the cherry comes through in this stout. Most cherry stouts don't quite deliver on the cherry.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into snifter glass

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer thats as dark as night. 1 finger of medium brown head that drops quickly to a small ring around the glass.

Smell: Rye and oak barrel with a touch of cherry translates really well in the nose, it is very distinct. Bakers cocoa and tootsie rolls. Alot of the normal bourbon county flavors are muted a little with the rye and cherries just smell a bit bigger than the base beer. Still getting lots of chocolate, vanilla, leather, and tobacco notes.

Taste: Big and complex flavors in this beer. Whew. Mildly sweet and tart cherries mix with dark chocolates and a dense fudge cake. Then the rye cuts into all those flavors and really adds a fantastic balance. The bourbon notes are pretty mellow and the rye seems to overpower the bourbon slightly. Light coconut, caramel, molasses, leather, and tobacco. The finish is charred wood notes, mellow bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and then that distinct hint of rye and cherries. Just awesome!

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Not even a hint of this beer that clocks in at almost 14%. ABV is very will hidden. Silky, sludgy, chewy... its a beer milkshake. Perfect, just stunning mouthfeel.

Overall: Another wonderful BCBS varient. Does Goose Island know of any boundry's? I am not so sure that they do...because they keep breaking the boundries of amazing barrel aged beers with these wonderful varients of BCBS! Get your hands on a bottle its worth your time!

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks like your average Bourbon County - thick and black with a thin tan head. The smell also is not that dissimilar from the regular BCS, which is to say that it's awesome. It's got bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate all coming together wonderfully. The cherry isn't prominent in the nose but it's certainly lurking there and makes a wonderful addition to the usual BCS aroma. After the cherry was so subtle in the aroma, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with the flavor, but the cherry is much more present here than it was in the smell. It melds nicely with the usual BCS flavors, doesn't overwhelm, and adds a little bit of sweetness, a bit like a cherry cola flavor. Mouthfeel is full-bodied but not too thick. Overall, this is SO much better than the Bramble, which seemed very disjointed. It's an awesome little twist on one of my all-time favorite beers, though I'm not sure it actually improves upon the original. Still, this is a great beer in its own right.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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