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

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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 892
Gots: 429 | FT: 35
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 Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of bgramer
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry Rye lives up to the so-called hype.

My first immediate impression is that it tasted like BCBS but a bit dryer which I attribute to the rye whiskey, not as sweet. I didn't get as much cherry as I thought I would get, mainly in the finish, then realized the beer was a bit cold. It kept getting better as it warmed when it was like drinking liquid chocolate cherry pie as it reached ambient temp, but not in a cloying kind of way, just really good. Nothing artificial or syrupy about the cherries like sometimes breweries use syrup which ends up tasting like cough medicine.

You definitely get some rye whiskey notes up front when its colder. I'd recommend serving it chilled to experience the different layers of flavor as it warms. Makes you appreciate the full on flavor at ambient temp even more.

Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Lemke10
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This newest addition to the Bourbon County Family pours a thick black color with a very little head. There is a strong, sweet cherry and rye aroma. The taste is rich and strong with great rye flavor but not as much cherry as you would expect from the scent. It finishes with a dry alcohol taste. At 13.9% a.b.v. this beer is a heavy hitter!

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of ber12
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bbrown12
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of briiguy
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super deep brown with absolutely no opacity. Super thin lace of brown head even with a vigorous pour.

Wow! This baby smells like dark chocolate covered black cherries with all the essence of bourbon county as well. Smells absolutely decadent. Touches of bourbon and oak.

Wow again. Turn bourbon county into a sweet dessert and you have this. Really tastes like sweet, chocolate lava cake covered in sweet cherries. A touch of tart cherry flavor, chocolate, creamy vanilla, light oak. The cherries really take control of the beer but in a good way. The giant malt base is cooled a bit by the big fruity cherry flavors. Not a touch of detectable alcohol unlike BCBS. Little bit of a tootsie roll like finish. I'm not getting any of the rye though. Despite that, this beer is delicious, it turns BCBS into a totally new monster, a delicious dessert one. I love it.

Photo of Tony412
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Holland
3.1/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip...Bottled on 11/12/12 1747.

A: Pours a straight black color with very little color variation around the rim, but a slightly lighter/brownish color. A nice half finger beige head, that sticks around for about 3 minutes, leaving nothing but a ring around the edge of the glass and a single quarter sized island in the center of the glass.

N: In your face cherry. Big cherry nose, with a bit of rye spice coming through. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of the vanilla bourbon notes coming through.

T: More of that cherry up front. It's not overpowering, just enough to let the base beer show. Awesome notes of what you would expect. Chocolate, dried fruits, lots of roast and coffee, only to be accentuated by the tart cherry goodness. The alcohol isn't overwhelming.

M: The tart cherry really cuts back on the creamy and coating mouthfeel that is special about the base beer. It's more lively, and it's not a bad or good thing. Just different. It's a really nice mouthfeel to be honest.

D and O: This beer really impressed me out of the bottle. I wasn't sold on my 3 ounce sample that was poured at FoBAB. Maybe I fell into the hype train, knowing it had won best of show...but it really comes thru here. This is a nice expression, better than Bramble, maybe on the same level as Coffee. Really nice treat.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.4%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.