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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 1,320
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 966
Gots: 436 | FT: 29
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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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Reviews: 185 | Hads: 1,320
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head. The aroma picked up a combination of cherry and whiskey which I found to be quite 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 combination of the aforementioned characteristics with the heavy, chewy base beer and just a touch of booze makes for quite an interesting experience. However, it is not what I had hoped it would have tasted. The whiskey and cherry combination along with some booziness wasn’t my idea of a smooth drinking bourbon stout like the BCBS. (659 characters)

Photo of cardsfan
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! What else can I say. Spilt with my dad at hopleaf in Chicago. Appearance is standard BCBS...dark, thick, and heavy. Smell...little smaller bourbon smell from standard BCBS maybe because of the cherries. Taste, holy cow dark chocolate with tart cherries...they nailed it. Bourbon , dark chocolate, cherries, a little vanilla. Cherry pie with bourbon! Mouthful...a little lighter than BCBS but I don't care! Wow, maybe the best beer I have ever had other than event horizon. (477 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

651mL from a trade here on BA. Shared with the owners of The Birch in Norfolk, VA. Pours inky with reddish mocha foam, weak head, with cola highlights on the rim. Major baked black cherry pie with German chocolate cake nose. Extremely rich, probably the most intense black cherry aroma I’ve experienced. Taste is mega rich melted dark chocolate, light fruit acidity, really powerful whole black cherries in your mouth. Fruit acid cuts oily chocolate. Massive palate. Cherries jubilee the beer! I loved it. More intense cherry than I could have imagined but blends very well. A big upgrade from the Bramble disaster. Fiancé rating: 3.9 8/4/9/5/17=4.3 (652 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours very near black with a half finger of dark rich chocolate colored head OK small spotted lacing and decent retention.

S - smells so damn good. Lots of light oaky cherry. Chocolate sweetness and vanilla. Rich sugary vanilla walnut smells divine. 5.25 seriously

T - tons of okay vanilla cherry. Cherry is very very obvious. Sweet chocolate and mild roasty flavors

M - pretty full bodied and smooth.

O - words cannot describe the smell. So heavenly (458 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a small amount of dark caramel head. Nose has whiskey up front, some light malt body with a strong sweetness behind. Overly sugary but a fair amount of cherry. Taste is also overly sweet in the finish, the whiskey is up front, the malt is more pronounced, a bit more rich chocolate fudge but no where near rare and much less than regular bcs. The cherry dominates the finish and seems overly sweet. Body is slightly oily, not as big as I remember other bcs bottles, fairly nicely carbonated, though. (522 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out in that pitch black color with that hint of little head. Lots like BCBS, but on the edge, you get a hint on red. Definitely from the cherry.

The aroma is great. You don't get the punch of bourbon like BCBS. You get that huge cherry punch. Not that sweet juicy Bing cherry, but that Rainier cherry. It's more red, it's less juicy, it's more sour, it's a jam-like characteristic. Then obviously in the back that BCBS vanilla, sweetness, bourbon, oak. It's almost like a heavy bready cherry tart pastry, but with the heavy chocolate and deep bourbon notes.

The flavor follows. The flavors interestingly enough (having it next to BCBS and BCBCS) is calm and drinkable. The roast and huge big flavors really take a back seat to the pop of cherry in the front. Again, it's that jam-like, slight sour tangy cherry you get. Then on the back the caramel, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon hits on the back. It's lighter in the sense that the cherry hits and rolls throughout the beer without the heavy bourbon character being too heavy and hitting hard on the mid-palate.

This truly is an interesting beer. I will say that I like BCBCS the most, but this is pretty much up there. In the end, the cherry just doesn't match up with the beer as well as coffee, which is the only issue, but still really a fun take on the beer.

Again, having it next to the regular and coffee varieties, I like this tons for the novelty. I would prefer to drink less than 12 oz. of this compared to the others. (1,498 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Listen, it's my birthday. I've been sitting on this for a few months...I don't think I'm going to formally review this. I'm just going to tell you about how I feel as it relates to Cherry Rye. I love Bourbon County, and this one makes me love long time. It's similar in view as BCBS, maybe a tinge frothier. The nose is lacking for what I expected to be full of sweet cherry. That said, it's there...I'm just a fan of big and sweet. So, taste wise, it's significantly more delicious than its base...I really enjoyed the cherry, chocolate, vanilla and coconut lacing. It's only slightly tart, and mellow sweet...no pucker and all yummy cherry goodness. It's thinner than BCBS and the heat is mitigated by the addition of fruit...in fact, it's dangerously drinkable. Generally speaking I'm in love. I only wish I had as many of these as I have anything else. (856 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-
Void, Darkness, with a dark brown foam crust of a head that crumbles away quickly.

Smell-
Deep barrel notes, slight roasted coffee, and of course a cherry chaser.

Taste-
Bourbon County Stout + Sweet Cherries = This beer. A notable after taste that comes from the bourbon and cherry parts is a bit of coconut.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and creamy, but doesn't linger for an unwelcome period of time.

Overall-
I'm not much of a fruit in beer kind of guy, but novelty and rarity is always interesting. Glad I had a chance to try it. Shout out to Hopscotch (in Franklin Park) for having it on tap. (600 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black, no light, nice dark brown head, dissipates in similar Bourbon County fashion, which is quickly. Leaves a brown frothy ring. Aroma kicks in with bourbon, chocolate, sweet cherries, vanilla, oak and toffee. Taste is sweet, but not cloying, sweet cherries, hint of rye, bourbon, chocolate. Full bodied, thick and chewy, mild carbonation.

The cherries really give the BCBS a lot of balance and making it super drinkable, with out much noticeable alcohol at all. (480 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/12/12. Thanks jbck109!

A: Pours a thick black color with very low carbonation. A thin dark brown film briefly expressed itself after the pour but disappeared into nothingness rather quickly.
S: Smells strongly of whiskey mixed with rich back cherry juice. Sweet and potent smelling with warming booze, chocolate, and spicy barrel coming through.
T: Follows the nose with strong and potent flavors. Starts off boozy and full of rye whiskey and spicy rye barrel, then huge juicy notes of dark cherry juice take over. The finish is full of chocolate and rye, and the aftertaste has cherry skins, slight vanilla, slight caramel and oak.
M: Thick full body and mouthfeel, low velvet carbonation, drinks extremely smooth.
O: Smooth, rich and very well balanced. Probably my favorite next to Rare. Extremely smooth and rich with some of the best use of cherry I've tasted in a beer. Thanks again Jay! (906 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at City Tap House during Philly Beer Week.
Thanks to foofaa for the share, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours dark as night black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to the lightest of films, leaving spotty webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a plate of cherry pie served next to a shot of bourbon with hints of chocolate fudge, vanilla, dark roasted malt and some spicy rye from the barrel. This one smells like an awesome combination.

T - Starts off with the fudgy chocolate and cherry tartness quickly giving way to the warm bourbon, vanilla, rye spice, dry oak and the dark roasted malt. Finish is pretty hot with a good amount of sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Thick, boozy feel makes it hard to finish more than a glass.

O - This one smells killer but the strong flavors and above average booze make it really hard to consume more than a glass at a time. Glad I finally got to try it but I prefer some of the others more. (1,029 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for cracking this with me, now leaving only the Vanilla variant that I've yet to try. Cherry Rye is pitch black and doesn't seem to allow any light to pass through it; a deep, dark-tan head slowly forms with the pour. Fine-bubbled and well-defined, it recedes to a ring fairly quickly. No lacing is present, but the beer leaves some sticky alcohol legging along the glass when swirled around.

There isn't much of a surprise when I bring my nose to the beer and am pounded with nothing but barrel-notes; heavy oak, smooth and warm bourbon, and large traced of induced vanilla with a slight hint of coconut on the end. It's got that signature "Bourbon County" smell to it, except with the slight addition of cherry. Somewhat to my chagrin, the cherry isn't nearly as present on the aroma as I'd like. Surprising, given how potent Bramble was with the berries.

The underwhelming cherry on the nose leaves the aroma smelling not much different then a regular bottle of Bourbon County Brand Stout, which definitely isn't a bad aroma... but I came here for cherries, so why am I having such a hard time picking them up? They definitely peek out a bit more as this brew warms up, but they never really pop quite like I'd expect. Their subtle and almost nonexistent tart and sweet addition may seem masterful to some, but I want more.

One sip later, and some faith is restored in the brew, as the cherries are much, MUCH more apparent on the palate than they were in the aroma. It starts off with a light tartness, enough to jolt the taste buds but nowhere close to puckering; sweet cherries, sticky molasses, and handfuls of roasted malts are the base for this brew. The mouth feel, much like most of the Bourbon County series, is wonderfully silky, smooth, and borderline chewy.

After the initial tartness of the cherry, it fades into a soft sweetness that stretches out while the barrel-flavors make their way in. Heavy, smooth bourbon from the middle to the end with huge amounts of oak and wood. Big-time dark chocolate and fudge flavors leave this beer tasting like a dessert in and of itself. The cherry in the finish, although authentic, leaves a very slight medicinal and chalky taste/feel that gets a bit fatiguing after a while, though it's not too distracting from the rest of this brew.

Another good beer from Goose Island, although this is definitely my least favorite Bourbon County variant to date. The aroma didn't have enough cherries, and while the taste contained plenty, the flavor of them didn't mesh with 100% perfection like I was hoping for. Still very tasty, but be warned, this beer is very sweet - almost like a cherry fudge cake in liquid form. Eight ounces was enough to tackle on my own, twenty-two would be insane. (2,763 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini-snifter as part of a bottle share. By far, this was the highlight of the evening. Despite their recent merger, Goose Island still makes some darn good beer.

Pouring a gentle shade of black, the stout was somewhat opaque in nature. The stout had a modest white head with measureable retention. There was a nice boozy aroma that did not reveal the cherries to come. A slight note of vanilla hidden in the aroma. In the initial taste, I was overwhelmed by liquid chocolate covered cherries. As the cherries faded, dark chocolate came to the front. Hidden in the stout were notes of vanilla, the tartness of rye, and an overly gentle booziness. The chocolate continues to dominate the aftertaste in what I can best describe as a boozy dark chocolate aftertaste. With a gentle level of carbonation and the creamy vanilla notes, this beer goes down smooth. I may have a new favorite from the good people who brought you BCBS. (939 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a thin film of darkish brown head, which recedes quickly to a ring. Very good retention for what's there, but no lacing.

S: A strong cinnamon bun character, very light cherry, oak and baker's spice, a little dark cocoa powder and whiskey.

T: Gorgeous mix of baker's spice, cherry, dark chocolate, and whiskey. Moderate spice on the finish, and a little sweetness which really brings everything together. Alcohol is mostly hidden; it comes through a bit more as the beer warms to room temp, but it's still muted.

M: Sticky, mouth coating. Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: This is not as boozy, thick, and rich as regular BCBS, which improves the drinkability substantially. Very nice take on BCBS. The cherry is subtle and natural, the barrel treatment is very tasty. (816 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, maybe two fingers of head with a fairly aggressive pour. Recedes to leave very little lacing.

This doesn't have the lush berry scent of Bramble, instead there's a muted scent of original BCBS with a slight tartness.

Taste is dark chocolate interwoven with tart cherries. Bourbon notes compliment well. Finish with big ripe tart cherries. It is really a very sweet beer on all fronts, sweet chocolate malts, sweet cherries and bourbon boozy sweetness.

Not as full as BCBS. Finishes a bit sticky sweet, moderate to low carbonation.

No doubt this is a great beer. Glad to have the chance to try it. The highlight of this beer is the wave of cherry flavor over the palate on the finish. (700 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Goblet. This was bottled on 11/12/12 so is about 6 months "old" as of this date.

Appearance: Pours a jet-black and leaves a half finger of dark brown/tan head which fades quickly to just a brown rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Delicious bourbon, chocolate, figs, light coffee, cherry - awesome smelling BA stout right here. The smells are quite pronounced and are very pleasant.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate covered cherries, plums, figs, raisins. The cherry comes out very nicely and really adds to this beer. Exceptionally balanced and also quite sweet (in a good way). Tremendous.

Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated and full bodied - this body is perfectly in line with the flavors that are presented in this beer. The alcohol is expertly hidden and this is very smooth, especially considering the amount of flavor.

Overall: I was hugely impressed with this beer. The cherries really balance this one out and add to the complexity of the flavors. I could drink a lot of this, considering how smooth and delicious it is, but that would be dangerous because of all the hidden alcohol! This beer has all the best characteristics of a barrel-aged stout and none of the worst. Highly recommended.

Update: I've had this since (in June 2014) and the cherry has faded a bit - still fantastic though. (1,330 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque black color with a vanishing sheet of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: A gentle combination of ale yeast and chocolate opposes assertive and dark cherry liqueur. Despite the spirituous effect, pure alcohol is restrained.

T: Begins sweet, with intense cherry flavor early that appears a bit artificial. The arrival of wood has a moderating influence on the fruit, lending authenticity. Flavors become chocolatey--pudding-like--in the middle. Late acidity is potent in the finish that holds little bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, very acidic on the palate at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the fruit addition, this beer should not disappoint any who appreciate the anticipated powerful sensory qualities of Goose Island's classic Bourbon County Brand Stout. It achieves redemption of a sort, after the terrible Bramble Rye variant of 2011, with cherry qualities that aren't so much reined in as they are simply more appropriate to the application. It shows some milk stout qualities as well, coming across as soft and chocolatey when acidity was not raging across the palate. (1,192 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black syrupy body with a thin tan head that fades away quickly.

S- Sweet caramel, vanilla, cherries, sweet bread, grainy rye bread.

T- Sweet vanilla and caramel up front, lots of bourbon similar to the standard BCBS. The middle is where the cherries show up. Tastes like black cherries rolled in sugar, which adds a whole new element to the beer. The finish is very sweet, but tons of malts come through along with some earthy rye.

M- Just enough carbonation, very thick and a definite sipper.

O- Very impressive offering. The cherry is more subtle than I thought it would be, but adds a great element to this beer. (628 characters)

Photo of SHerninko
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

S-Bottle pour from Craft Ale House-PA
A-very dark, good lacing and small tan head remained thru whole glass
S-some sweet fruit on nose, not too sweet, mixed with regular stout backbone
T-Wow. I actually sad WOW outloud (rare). Was not sure I'd like it as almost all "fruit" added beers are not for me. Even cold this was very good and complex with several layers. A later taste when warmed up gave slight sweetness of bourbon (oak, vanilla) and a semi sweet fresh real cherry taste. Very creamy as it swirls around and gives off taste explosions one by one. The finish that lingers is like a very good country cherry pie. The tartness and semi-sweetness is there. Closing my eyes I could almost taste the pie shell flavor mixed with the slight tartness of the cherries. Very complex.
M-very smooth, creamy, so much going on!
O-Ok, I have found a beer with a fruit added that has made me a fan. Very rare already, but this is a special occassion type beer and you need to have it for...with...or AS dessert. Paired with some dark chocolate this would be a long and enjoyable sipper. Kudos to Goose and I hope they bring it back in a year or so as a special brew! I've never given a 5 but this is a rare beer that approaches that perfect 5 level. (1,244 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap and from a bomber.

On tap a few months ago:

A: Dark. Really dark. Legs along the side, slight head that dissipated quite quickly.

S: BCS with very prominent cherries. I love cherries. I love BCS. Thank you GI

T: Tart. Not overly tart. Perfect blend of flavors, and the sweetness I wanted from the cherries!

M: Sticky, chewy, coating. Yes.

Out a bomber last night:

A: Dark, but it was also in a dimly lit restaurant.

S: More subdued cherry scent, but it's calling me to bring the glass to my lips with no hesitation.

T: WOW. Better out the bottle. The cherry has blended nicely with BCS. Balanced. That's all I have to say.

M: Sticky, chewy, coating, even better than on tap.

So far, my favorite variety of BCS, Bramble coming in second, only because I have an affinity for cherries. I hope this comes back. Please. (837 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goose Island Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice viscous dark oily liquid with a thin ring of light tan foam that forms even with a vigorous pour. A nice swirl gets a nice quarter inch head going that stays for a little bit. (5.0)

Aroma is delicious. Amazing. Very nice bourbon notes. This is perfection in the nose. Starts off with some nice molasses and caramel sweetness mixed in with some slight vanilla. Underlain cherry sweetness is present in the nose. The whiskey is mixed in with this very well and is slightly spicier; probably because of the rye. As it warms the cherry really opens up. Smells like cherry pie with some caramel and bourbon drizzled upon it. Amazing. There is some nice tartness form the cherry as wells that in the nose makes the beer not be as sweet as some other bourbon stouts. The rye notes are so nice because they have the typical sweetness of caramel and vanilla but also have a nice spice and woody note to it. (5.0)

Flavor starts off with amazing cherry pie notes. Fruit cherry sweetness starts things off with some slight tartness that comes up after the sweetness. There is some nice caramel and molasses notes that mix in with the cherry tartness and balance each other very well. Every sip seems different with the whiskey sweetness and cherry tartness battling it out for dominance. The whiskey notes also bring in some slight spice to it and more of an earthy almost woody note that is slightly perceived on the back end. Very nice heat is perceived as the brew warms mixed in with the sweetness and there is a nice slightly tart cherry finish to the brew. As this brew warms it really turns into something wonderful. Nice sweet/tart cherry pie notes with some good molasses and whiskey sweetness, slight vanilla and even some fudge notes and then some nice rye spice. The brew is chewy full and rich but its not syrupy or overwhelming. Definitely keeps you coming back for more. (5.0) (5.0)

Overall, this brew is amazing. Flavors are well crafted and then blended perfectly together. The cherry tartness and sweetness could’ve been overwhelming but it’s nice and balances the possibly syrupy sweetness out. Such a well crafted brew. Cheers GI. (5.0) (2,264 characters)

Photo of justforrazors
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind at a horizontal including Vanilla, Rare, Cherry Rye, Bramble Rye, Coffee '12 and an '09 Bomber. Poured into a snifter at approx 55 degrees. Reviewed from blind tasting notes. 6/6 in the lineup.

A- This looks like bourbon county stout. Pours with a bit more head than some other variants, although it fades almost immediately just like the rest. Dark, thick, little to no carbonation evident.

S- There is some cherry on the nose along with rye, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Some sweet notes as well.

T- Cherries- sweetness, a tart note, slightly cloying. In addition, chocolate, bourbon, a very subtle rye note as well. Lingering sweetness and bourbon notes on the end.

M- Typical bourbon county. Not much carbonation, great oil slick thickness.

O- This is definitely better than bramble. More rye for sure, and the cherries aren't medicinal like in bramble. This placed 4/6 out of all 6. Very good, and I will probably trade for more if the opportunity presents itself. (992 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Gorgeous. The tap reveals a really nice, creamy, long-lasting mocha head that is unlike the fizzy one from the BCBS bottles. Pitch black - looks huge.

S: A ton of vanilla and cherry sweetness. Big, hot bourbon caramel and graham cracker bread crumbs. Pretty hot, needs some mellowing time. Too much cherry - dominates and doesn't enhance, but still smells delicious - like cherry, chocolate, bourbon desert.

T: Very, very sweet and cherry forward. Rich milk chocolate. The nuances of the bourbon seemed to me lost, buried underneath the cherry and chocolate. Some fresh roasted coffee in there somewhere.

P: Incredibly smooth, soft carbonation. Big, rich full body that gets syrupy as it warms.

O: Very interesting and good beer. Very, very sweet and cherry dominate. (774 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer at the Zeebra Extreme Beerfestival in Holland on may 4th 2013. Zeebra was held for the first time with lots of very very very great beers like this one. As a matter of fact all the BCBS beers were there....

This one was poured in a Zeebra glass, a small tasting glass. To be honet this beer was quit normal, i expected way more quality when i look at the others in this family.

No head and no carbonation. The cherry was under influence of the bourbon taste. Pity cause this beer could have been made much better. Glad to have it though because i love the Goose Island beers... (595 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Typical dark black with rich browns when held to direct light. Minimal dark tan head drops to a small collar. Stays pretty still.

Smell: Slight tart cherry under the standard Bourbon County sweetness and alcohol. Vanilla and oak. Some toffee and caramel. Cherry flesh. Roasted with alcohol heat. Warming brings out some more sweetness. A hint of cough syrup in n the back. A bit more cherry flesh as it swarms .

Taste: Ummmm...Bourbon County with some tart cherry flesh. Hints of chocolate and cocoa. Slightly roasted. Coffee. Warming pulls out some more tart cherry flesh. Syrupy sweet cherry juice coupled with the typical BCBS sweetness. Vanilla bean and oak. Toasted coconutish.

Mouthfeel: Slick with a moderate carbonation. Body runs a medium to high. Relatively clean.

Overall: Oh hai guys! I put some cherries in my Burrbin County. It's delicious!

Not a particularly memorable showing in the series. A bit of a muddled cherry mess with a bit too much bourbon influence. Finishes a little different than the base beer, but not enough to be truly interesting. (1,083 characters)

Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
98 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.