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

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 847
Gots: 433 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Brez07, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of CWbeer
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

This was just a huge winner.

A - It's beautiful, another in the line of Bourbon County Brand, with a slightly lighter colored head than the classic version.

S - My only real disappointment, I would've liked to pick up more cherry here. It's still a rich, full bouquet, with booziness prickling my nostrils and the faintest hint of cherries.

T - Gorgeous. It tastes like regular BCBS up front, with a quick tart cherry burst hitting hard immediately after. This gives way into a gently spicy rye finish. I love how they aren't beating you over the head with the cherry. These guys really must have learned something from making Bramble Rye.

M - As expected, full and viscous, coating the inside of the mouth and leaving its remnants known for a nice long finish as it drips down the back of the throat.

Let's hope I get to drink this beauty a few more times while its still fresh.

CWbeer, Dec 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

landhoney, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

derkfromwi, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jaminjohnson, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Spartan213, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

sprucetip, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

TonyTalon, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jeonseh
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Dark chocolate with a nice deep red hue on the edges that almost gives the beer a maroon color. No head as expected for bourbon county

S - Tart, thick cherries that smell like cherry pie fill the nose first. In the back, more subtlety, are the bourbon county trademarks of chocolate, vanilla, and a whiskey kick. The rye is there but more subtle than you may expect - think Templeton, not Rittenhouse. The subtlety is nice because it allows everything to blend together well into a great nose

T - Okay, this is really great. Let's just start off with that. First is vanilla slightly and then you are hit with a chocolate covered cherry that wells up from the inside with a slight sweetness from rye. As the beers goes on, the rye has a slight alcoholic kick but just slightly. The finish is light oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and slight cherry tartness. Every sip is so flavorful and complex that you just want more and more

MF - Thick and velvety smooth. It comes in and leaves a nice thick coating on the tongue. The finish has a slight tingle that remains on the tongue as well as slight warmth from the whiskey and oak

O - This was more than I expected by far. They learned from Bramble and integrated the cherry perfectly. It is tart without being too tart and it feels like it has even more chocolate and vanilla than in normal BCBS. It also lacks the strong punch you can get from BCBS but the subtlety and blending of flavors in this is what makes it great

jeonseh, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

C2H5, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

atone315, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Morey, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

JPortillo, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

swetsastonic, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MarkIntihar, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Anonymous1, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

TomFoolery_x, Dec 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mrsandman35, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Dark black motor oil pour with a small dark brown, though somewhat persistent head. This doesn't leave much in the way of lace, but at this high of an ABV, that really isn't too shocking. Near perfect for the style.

Still a sweet, rich, chocolate, and bourbon-forward aroma, but along with that comes a good amount of cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and just a slight element of sour cherry. It comes together very nicely. I was worried the aroma would be too fruit-forward actually, but this presents a lovely, appropriate balance.

As with the aroma, the base flavors of BCBS come through nicely. Unlike in Bramble, where I think the fruit and the sweetness is too dominant, this has achieved a very nice balance. Layers of chocolate, bourbon barrel, mild roast, and vanilla combine nicely with cherry pie and light graham flavors. Balanced and not too fruit-forward at all, though the fruit flavor is genuine, juicy, and just slightly tart. A nice balance with the chocolate.

Not quite as full in body as BCBS, but close. Low carbonation.

If BCBS and grandma's cherry pie had a love child, this would be the beer. Goose Island nailed it.

ehammond1, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

cnbrown313, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ElGigante, Dec 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -55.5%

JaysusJr, Dec 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

klipper, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

VaTechHopHead, Dec 02, 2012
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.