Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye StoutBourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
659
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 21, 2022
Added:
Jul 30, 2015
Wants:
  157
Gots:
  385
SCORE
97
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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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 10/28/15

This is a bottle I picked up from the Goose Island brewpub on my trip to Chicago over the weekend. I got some cool bottles, but some of them are pretty old and I need to start cracking into them. This is probably one of the weirder variants I’ve seen, blackberries, candied cherries, sour cherries, and sea salt. It should be interesting to see what this is like 7 years in so let’s get into it

Pours completely pitch black with a finger of brown head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Perhaps it’s the age, but it’s quite subtle on the fruit in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of dark chocolate truffle, candied cherry, light roast coffee, sweet bourbon, toasted oak, tannic blackberry, and just a touch of sea salt

It displays a different balance in taste, but it’s even better in my opinion. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, cognac, sweet red grape, jammy blackberry, caramel, light sea salt, and lightly tart cherry. The swallow brings notes of dark chocolate truffle, jammy blackberry, tart cherry, caramel, sea salt, nougat, sweet bourbon, toasted oak, cognac, and vanilla

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth beer. Finishes a tad sticky and slick but pretty balanced

I honestly really like this one despite the weird adjuncts and age. It’s quite complex, and I don’t regret splurging on it. Let’s hope that keeps up for the rest of them
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The blackberry and sour cherry taste was way too dominant for me and overshadowed all other variants. Typically, when I have blackberries - they are sweet, but every now and then you'll get one that's a bit sour...it felt like they used those for this beer. Also, the sour cherries...just didn't work as a stout variant for me, but to be fair, while I love sour beers, I'm not much into ones that use sour cherries...so I guess even though perhaps past its prime, I probably wasn't destined to love this beer however you look at it. Otherwise, it had all the typical attributes of a Bourbon County that I love.
Aug 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by sentrynate from Wisconsin

Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Midnight pour nearing concentrated coal, with mousy brown and viscous motor oil shades. The head is muddy yet short lived to nurture oily dregs

S: Leathered black currants against molded tree bark, which have a tannic overcoat in astringent fruits that befall to a chocolatey fondue fountain. Lesser indications hint at berry-cocoa torte with further delicacies in blackberry cobbler, toasted oak chips, and smoked old fashioned. Foraging yields/progresses the mileage in dark fruits, while patience and warming ties espresso marks, scotch-mallow bars, barreled-aged figs/prunes, and whiskey charred walnuts

T: Blazed, crystalized malts aiming at palate, with a softer barrel presence than aroma. Concourses have a slight decadency, but nothing that stirs a syrupy glut via burnt liquored custards, cognac truffles, and warm molasses raisin bread. Moreover is timing on leathered vanilla, strawberry shortbread, and the candied, red cherry licorice

M: A calculated richness across a technically thin surface with moderate heat alertness and minor causticity over +5yrs

O: A vintage with lasting toughness, and development across multiplexes
Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by djcira from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by moysauce from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Second time having this beer. Last time was roughly 2 years ago. Obviously being a 5 year old beer there will be attributes that have become subdued. There was still some blackberry on the nose and some faint cherry. Kind of like a cherry tootsie pop on the finish. Just nitpicking here. Exceptional beer, but was better 2 years ago. If you’re sitting on this bottle, I’d drink it sooner rather than later.
Nov 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.89 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Nov 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by Diura from New York

Jul 21, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Rammed96 from Maryland

Jul 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jun 29, 2019
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Reviewed by strohme2 from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Jun 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by kinmundy77 from Illinois

Jan 20, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
8/5/2018; bottled in 2015 - hint of rye to nose does not transfer to the palate. Cherries are well balanced with blueberries --- aged well!
Jan 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Dec 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by Datdubj1988 from Iowa

Dec 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Muss42 from Michigan

Nov 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.91 by edthehead from New York

Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.53 by runmilesdrinkbeer from Michigan

Oct 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.68 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Sep 04, 2018
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Rated by RiverRick from California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It had too much fruit taste.
Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by MTKATL from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Aug 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by mando31 from Illinois

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by Nunya from Ohio

Jul 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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.
Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 03, 2018
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