Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.92%
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
822
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
98
World-Class
Notes: Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt.
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle aged 4 years. Pours black with minimal head that fades quickly. Definitely blackberries on aroma along with cherry, cocoa and molasses. Flavors of cherry and berries, molasses, caramel, cocoa, and a little coffee like notes. Awesome beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle courtesy of Dan and Emma.

A- Oil black pour 500ml to a 8oz taster glass. Small dark tan head dies quick to a small ring and spotty lace is left behind on the glass.

S- That Bourbon County aroma of thick boozy, brownie, vanilla, fudge, chocolate and spicy Bourbon barrel. Subtle cherry and blackberry round it out quite nicely. Superb with some spicy raisins in there as well.

T- The fruit grows quite a bit but it plays into the booze, bourbon, vanilla and heaping amounts of dark things superby well. Cherry and luscious blackberry notes are joined by raisin and the fruits are the backdrop as well as the balance of the big barrel and gargantuan stout. Definitely vinous and has some grape and stem notes. Fruity bourbon vanilla fudge dessert

MF- Thick but definitely cut into by both the fruit and the barrel/booze. Silky and creamy texture and medium carbonation. Warm boozy ending.

Fruit and barrel stout makes sense but is hard to pull off without going to far in either way. Not the case here. Wonderful stout fruit and barrel balance.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Sep 16, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle received from a super generous BA named FFFjunkie. Huge thank you Dan! Bottled 27Oct15.
Stored in my fridge since I got it. Today, opened the day after my birthday and on my twin boys’ birthday.
Pours with a black body and smallish mocha colored head of half an inch into a tulip glass. The head recedes fairly quick but leaves the usual ring around the interior of the glass.
Still, after 3.5+ years old, some strong aromas of muddled berry, candied cherry, caramel chocolate lava cake and hints of raisin.
Oh man, this beer retains so much. First sip reveals a tart cherry and ripe blackberry and some red wine qualities. This leads to a dry and bitter cocoa dusted chocolate cake to balance the sweetness. The finish has more of the tart cherry and also a smooth layer of rye barrel. There is absolutely no boozy heat here, nor do I expect there to be any.
I would have loved to try this fresh! I am
still thrilled to try this now and appreciate what it has become. It’s a treat and I’m glad I got a chance thanks to a very generous person.

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strohme2 from Michigan, Jun 12, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of chocolate, fudge, darker fruits, raisins, dark chocolate covered cherries. Little bit of bourbon as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with decent amount of fudgy chocolate, some dark fruits and berries. No salt either. There is some nice barrel notes but it's really on the hot side.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, on the thin side and really hot.

O - Overall this was a really underwhelming, disappointing stout. It's not infected it's just bad.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage, spilt with rudzud

Very small fizzy head fades instantly, nice legs, pitch black beer

Nose typical bourbon county base, dark chocolate and chocolate syrup, a touch of fruit, not much of blackberries or cherries, little sourness like thing but little beer with it, just a touch of barrel

Taste syrupy sweet dark chocolate cocoa, typical bcbs, faint bourbon barrel, chocolate syrup, a bit of blackberry and cherry fruit, candied fruit covered in chocolate, hot alcohol, cocoa powder, no salt, syrupy sticky finish, brandy like

Mouth is med bod a bit syrupy, hot alcohol, lighter carb

Overall meh, this was a fairly mediocre bcbs

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much the standard BCBS look and feel. But the interplay between the fruit and salt is interesting to say the least.
A bit fruity but with the sweetness dampened the adjuncts seem understated leaving pretty much a base BCBS with hints of fruit and a trace of saltiness.

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Thirstygoat from Illinois, Dec 14, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with thin, dissipating head. Smell is roasted malts and berries. The cherries come through brilliantly but then balanced with dark roasted malts. Mouthfeel is slightly less than many other BC beers, but still fantastic.

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MTKATL from Georgia, Aug 09, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with brown head. Aroma is fruity and roasty with cherry liquor and dried plums. Taste is sweet at first but is balanced quickly by roasted malt bitterness and some fruit acidity. Medium plus body with medium minus carbonation. Really well balanced, fruit forward RIS.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Jul 07, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to eye for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque, with a half-finger of tan head. Low visible carbonation, and the head fades fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate and bourbon up front, then the berry sweetness, Vanilla and oak and toasted malts. A mild salinity is there, along with the oak tannins and some more booze.

T: Chocolate and blackberries, bourbon and oak. Heavily toasted malts with dark coffee. Mildly tart blackberries mix with the savory salt. Some heavily toasted toffee and a mild roast bitterness. Some brandy cherries at the swallow. More cacao and chocolate and oak in the hang with lingering bourbon. Of note, the cherries along with a mild tartness grows as the beer warms through the drink.

M: Overall a heavy body, but a bit lighter than expected. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-integrated for style.

O: Not a bad beer, but a bit disappointing. The berries don't shine as much as I'd hoped, and the barrel balance isn't as good as some variants from other years. The berries also serve to lighten the body a little in an unwelcome way. Certainly a solid beer, but a letdown from what I expected.

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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour, with a tan head that doesn’t leave too much residual lace.

Tons of dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Fruity jam and aged fruit make up the majority of aromas here.

Super jammy, cherries and raspberries really come out. Cherry cordials.
Very sweet. Chocolate and hints of roast really emerge.

Creamy, smooth, light burn, booze. Great body. Helps round out this beer.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Jun 09, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a bit startled by how mellow Regal Rye is - there's practically no head to speak of, and the carbonation is nearly non-existent. The blackberry wasn't really what I'd been expecting (blame me for not reading the description...) - but the cherry and sea salt just didn't seem all that present, to my palate. Surprising. I'm wondering whether these have faded with age, or whether they were never that pronounced. My tasting buddies all stated that Regal has aged marvelously well. I'm wondering how this may mature over the years... wish I had a few bottles stashed to experiment.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Dec 22, 2017
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4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch Black with no head. Low carbonation.
Smell: Bourbon, charcoal, oak, and cherries.
Taste: Bourbon, coconut, charcoal, oak, and cherries.
Mouthfeel: Full and complex. Very boozy.
Overall: An excellent bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Nov 23, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Taphouse Logan Square Philadelphia.

Looks dark, dead, still like usual. 4.0

Smells like dark fruit, grandma’s jam and cheap candy. High fructose and artificial flavor. Haagen Dazs strawberry flavor, liquorice. 3.75

Taste: 3.5 Overtly sweet and syrupy, so filling. Cloying. Cherry Rye. Berry dominates. I don’t get much rye or barrel… Godiva chocolate, sugar. Diabetes. Better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel 3.75: fine. Thick and brutal. Sticky, stays with you for a while. Spicy around the edges.

Overall: 3.5 Weak. Tough to drink. Super sweet. Won’t revisit.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Aug 10, 2017
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4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look -- Midnight Complexion
Smell -- Burst of Cherries and Black berries
Taste -- Chocolate Covered Cherries, Viscous mouth feel
Feel -- Coats the whole mouth....again viscous
Overall - Simply excellent....You can tell a lot of effort was put into making this...its a sipper and Founders Lizard of Koz has nothing on this!

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incognito369 from District of Columbia, May 29, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17OCT15 1403
13.2% ALC/VOL
Poured into a globe.

L: Near black, some brown head. Good lacing. Mostly dissipates relatively quickly, although not too much compared to other similar beers.
S: Dominant sweetness, some raw whiskey notes.
T: Hits with some force, and definite waves of flavors that seem to vary with every sip. The whiskey is somewhat prominent, with vague but delicious berry notes. The base BCBS is definitely present as well. Altogether the taste is excellent and I love the variety.
F: Sticky, light carbonation, full body. The alcohol hit is very well controlled.
O: Overall an excellent imperial stout, and an excellent BCBS variation. Not quite my favorite, but definitely one of the best variants I've had. This was my only bottle, and I would say it was a good time to open it. Great, but not Bramble Rye quality to me.

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zachary80 from Indiana, May 01, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Thomas & Jenny for sharing!

Black with minimal tan foam and spotty lace.
Aroma is slightly oxidized, vague blackberry nose.
Charred brownie, sweet cherry syrup, chocolate.
Full bodied and rich, tiny bit of astringency.
Overall it's pretty good, though best shared.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Apr 16, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015. I've let this one warm up because cold, it's actually kind of terrible and is totally of sour cherries and smoke. This review henceforth is of a 60*F glass. It makes a world of difference.

Pours a deep dark black color with no head.

Aromas of rich bourbon, smoke, maple, coffee, light salt, and chocolate-covered pie cherry.

Flavor is definitely better at room temp than cold, as in...3x better. Never seen a change like this before. Regardless, the flavor profile is only minmally impressive for its price point and consists of rich boxed chocolates, booze, coffee, salt, vanilla, and finally sour and tart cherry on the finish. The booze is borderline overpowering and I'm trying to be as kind as I can here. It's good for sure, but definitely not convincing me of its $20 price point and what usually constitutes standing in line for a good while, here.

Feel is hot, boozy, dry, and slightly creamy. Soft carbonation.

Overall, the Regal Rye shines the best when allowed to warm up to room temp. Even so, it's only a marginal performer and not even close to the level of classic BCBS or Prairie variants. Straight out of the ice box yielded tart cherry, smoke, and garbage, and I couldn't handle it, period. I almost poured it but I figured I'd give it every last chance I could, and while I'm glad I did not just simply dump the beer, it's still underwhelming. Its price point makes it hurt twice as much. I have an ice cold Brombeere Gose sitting next to it and that's the more attactive option between the two at this point.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 28, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/30/15, had 10/9/16.

Pours dark brown, near black, opaque, with a small head, some oily lacing. The smell is malt, blackberries- strong when warm, whiskey. some rye, candied cherries, raisins, toffee, cocoa, plums, light vanilla. The taste also starts with the malt, cocoa, chocolate, some cherries- you can pick up both the sweet and sour, caramel, some berries, whiskey oak, rye, raisins, prunes, some vanilla, light salt. Smooth. solid, full body, well carbonated.

This is a pretty incredible beer- the rye whiskey barrels give the base a significantly different taste than bourbon barrels, lots of blackberries, the sweet and sour cherries are a great touch. Still have one bottle, hope it's as good.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 06, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a minimal dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and bourbon along with notes of whiskey. Some hints of soy sauce are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure if it's because this beer is aged, but it seems a little thinner in body compared to the regular Bourbon County Brand Stout. It still hides its alcohol rather well.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Feb 06, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.The bottle says 2015.

Pours black,leaving a frothy,dark khaki colored head,that stands at 1 finger tall.Leaves a thin ring around the glass,with thin swirling in the center.The body is pitch black in color,with absolutely no light coming through the glass.Moderate levels of carbonation...Much more than I expected.

On the nose I get intense smoke and bourbon aromas,backed by some blackberry,cherry,and vanilla notes.The bourbon isn't as intense as it is in the brand stout.Good sign.As the beer warms I also start to pick up hints of caramel.

The palate is pretty sweet,but not cloying.I get the blackberries and cherry up front.The smoke and the bourbon come on the back end.I actually am getting faint hint of the sea salt as well,which is pretty impressive considering the bourbon and black berry.I thought the sea salt would get snuffed out by the other flavors.

The body is heavy,and leaves a sticky coating I'm the mouth.After sipping it leaves a warming alcohol feel in the stomach.

I have to say I am pretty impressed by this one.The brand stout was good,but the bourbon was a little much for me.Seeing the word blackberry on the bottle was a bit of a turn off.Usually stouts with berries yield a bad result,but this one was good.I guess my only complaint is that it is so hard to get.

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4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a pitch black color, familiar BCBS color.

The aroma offers sweet berry, blackberry, melds with the dark fruit of the base beer, slightly tart to cut into the richness of BCBS.

The flavor hits of blackberry jam, some cherry flavor with the BCBS dark fruit flavor, some sweet maraschino cherry, rich chocolate. Roast is slightly hidden by the tart berries and dark fruit with a wonderful hint of salinity drying out the beer along with the oak.

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dar482 from New York, Jan 02, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brief disclaimer: I've never really liked any stout with berries added. The worst beer I've ever had was a blueberry stout. However, I had to try this at least once as I do with all of the other BCBS variants.

The look is pretty standard, though it looks a bit thinner than usual. Surprisingly, you can pick up on all of the added ingredients. There is tons of berry, a bit of tartness and sea salt caramel. The taste up front is as I expected. The berries throw it off as usual, but it isn't overpowering like most. The tartness gives it a unique flavor. After letting it sit on my palette for awhile, the lingering tastes are actually quite good. More of the sea salt comes through and there seems to be an almost huna-esque flavor (ie. its spices) that sits. It feels thinner than a standard BCBS, but I might be imagining that.

Overall, it surpassed my, albeit low, expectations. I hated backyard rye, and expected this to be much of the same. However, all of the elements are pretty mellow and lets you pick up on all the nuances. I wouldn't have it again, but would definitely say give it a try if you are a fan of berried stouts or BCBS.

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nawpnawp from California, Dec 23, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2015 vintage; drank 11/25/15 on draft @ Sheffield's.

Black appearance.

Almost no dark khaki head; no lace.

Raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, salt water & milk chocolate notes in the nose; impressive!

Rich, thick mouthfeel.

Complex dark berry jam & rich milk chocolate flavors up front; faint dry sea salt notes on the effervescent finish. A fruit stunner; the sea salt adds just the right ballast. Basically: perfection.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 23, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with a very small head and lacing. Smell of wood,bourbon , roasted malts, fresh red fruits. starts with ripe red fruits sweet but not tart , followed bye rye,wood and malts, a nice warm bourbon finish., mouth feel was sweet with low carbonation warming smooth rye in the finish. Have had this on tap only a 10-12 oz pour is perfect, top tier varient.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Dec 21, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the airport and poured into a snifter. Nearly jet-black with a generous dark tan head that slowly settled into wispy streaks. Cocoa, berries, grapes, coffee, vanilla, and whiskey on the nose. Sweet tasting, like drinking a chocolate bourbon flavored red grape. Nice vanilla notes on the end. Full bodied with a creamy feel.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Dec 20, 2016
Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 822 ratings