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

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 872
Gots: 426 | FT: 34
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.69/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Like all Bourbon County variants, pours an impenetrable black color. A small tan head tries to form, and recedes in a second. Just a dense black liquid. Which is just fine for this beer.
S: Vanilla, wood, chocolate, medicinal cherries. Big barrel aromas along with a bit of fruit.
T: Follows the nose with the typical big barrel character for the brand. Vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Followed by the medicinal cherries. Maybe this is a bit past its prime, while the fruits are there just not as much umpth as I would like.
M/D: Obviously a big full body that has low to moderate carbonation. Viscous and oily. Like all versions, enjoyable to sip on. Maybe not may favorite of the brand, but still very enjoyable.

I do like this, but I am thinking any good cherry fruit flavor has faded. Not having this fresh I am just guessing. Though as is, I think the local Karbach Cherries of Fire is much better.

champ103, Apr 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

shagens, Apr 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

AleDaddy, Apr 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

greenspointexas, Apr 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

jsteel2, Apr 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

RolandBlunts, Apr 04, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/7/13, from williamjbauer's baller tasting, poured into a snifter

A- pours black with nearly no head but some alcohol legs sticking upon swirling, some ruby hues poking through on the edges of the beer

S- pure dark cherry in the purest form, the most authentic cherry aroma that I had smelled in a beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes underlie the cherry aroma with a touch of toasted oak, also picking up a subtle, peppery spiciness as well from the rye

T- pure cherry bliss, like the juice of a dark cherry. A subtle rye spiciness underlies, complementing the rye quite nicely. Oaky notes come through mid-palate and eventually continue to the classic Bourbon County bourbon/chocolate flavor on the finish with some barrel flavors on the finish

M- low carbonation and a medium body lead to a somewhat slick mouthfeel that coats the mouth, leaving just a hint of alcohol warmth

O- this is a very unique BA stout, the cherry is unlike anything I've tasted in a beer and works well with the rye, worth seeking out

Treyliff, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

tommyguz, Mar 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

nguasta2, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

yummybeer, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Norseman, Mar 22, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a snifter. Bottle #1607 bottled on 11/12/12. Thanks to Stumpy29er for the trade!

A - Pitch black for the most part and ruby red on the edges

S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate and the cherries are present as well

T - Everything on the smell is here on the taste. The cherries were not overpowering in any way. Instead, they blended with the BCBS that we all know and love and are a nice sweet, tart finish on the tongue. Just great.

M - Thick and coats your whole mouth. Some decent carbonation helps move the high abv along.

O - Another home run from Goose Island. I have yet to have a Bourbon County variant let me down. I was afraid the cherries would give off a cough syrup smell/taste, but the tartness blends very well with the bourbon, oak, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Trade for this if you can. You won't be disappointed.

ThrewRedButter, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

BuckTuckian, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Danny1217, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

pisano, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ksbuell, Mar 17, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black cooler itch a small tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, bourbon, cherry, hint of coffee, cinnamon

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherry, rye, coffee, hint of cinnamon

F-medium to full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great stout, loved the cherry, tastes like a chocolate covered cherry, really enjoyed this a lot and look forward to drinking it again

MDDMD, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BostonPhilly, Mar 16, 2014
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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