Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #398
Ranked #2,188
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri StoutBourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout
Notes: A love letter from Quinn Fueschel, the brewer behind Prop 2017, to his wife who loves cherries, Mon Chéri is this year’s fruited variant of BCS.

Mon Chéri is made with Balaton and Montmorency cherries and brewed with oats and brown sugar. Expect flavors of cherry cobbler, vanilla, and chocolate in one of the more complex fruited versions of BCS to come out.

“I had been toying with using granola in Bourbon County Stout for some time, and cherry has been a classic flavor in stout, and it was my wife that thought to marry the two together,” Fueschel said. “After many tweaks, we found a nice mix of granola, oats and brown sugar, that gave us a ‘pie crust’ element to the beer. Mon Chéri is ‘my darling’ in French, a nod to the inspiration of this variant blend, and Megan is beyond excited to have Cherry back in BCS.”
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black-ish color, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like rich and sweet cherry, molasses, oak, brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate fudge, and vanilla.

I like this significantly better than I liked Cherry Rye back in the day. The brown sugar adds a nice and more authentic sweetness to keep this from being cough medicine-like. That was a problem Cherry Rye had for me. It does kind of feel like cherry cobbler, which is great. There's oak and char and roast, and tons of chocolate, along with sweet bourbon, and dark dried fruit - plum, raisin, etc.

This is thick, and creamy, with a warm booziness, It's definitely a slow sipper, but it's not crazy boozy.

I liked this a lot better than Cafe de Olla from this year. Fruited stouts are tough to nail, and this was done well.

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Photo of TheGent
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pulled from my fridge at 37 and began the review 15 minutes after. Sipping on it now for over an hour.

Look: The beer pours viscous and black from the bottle. A finger of light brown, loosely packed head forms but quickly dissolves to the sound of soda fizzing away upon first pour. I’m left with a thin ring of light brown foam around the edge of the glass. The liquid is opaque and pitch black, with some hints of burnt sienna around the edge when held into the direct light. A nice looking stout, though some head retention would improve the appearance.

Smell: Upon first whiff a huge amount of milk chocolate. Thick and fudge-y smelling. There is a fruity brightness as well that reminds me of Cella’s cherry cordial candy. That sweet, cherry/chocolate syrupy note. Like the liquid inside the chocolate. Dark, dried fruit. Figs and dates. A sweet grainy aroma. Burnt sugar / brown sugar. Based on the tasting notes they’ve nailed the aroma. The beer does not smell “hot.” A nice achievement for 14.1%.

Taste: Wow. Upon first sip this beer drinks like a granola fruit bar. Unreal. The dark, dried fruit on the nose is brighter and comes through more as raisin / white raisin on the palate. The granola aspect really shines through a lot. Sweet and grainy. Some vanilla. Like something you’d expect from a Cliff bar or Basic 4 cereal. There is some tartness that comes through as fresh cherry. Never artificial, offputting or diverting from the sweetness and roast of the base stout or flavors added by the bourbon barrel.

Feel: Pretty thin for my preference with a 14.1% bourbon barrel aged stout. Sticky sweetness on the lips which is nice, but overall lacking on the palate.

Overall: Upon first whiff from the bottle this beer screamed granola bar with dried fruit. It’s hard for me to turn on the beer after such favorable initial impression. The alcohol is non-existent on the aroma and subdued on the flavor, but for some pleasant warmth in the pipes. This one really delivers for me.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cherries, granola, oats, brown sugar, and, "100% natural flavor" lol - whatever that means...

Anyways, taking a bit of a shot here, as I am not partial to cherries, but I figured, why not? They had em behind the counter and later, on the shelf at Total Wine...

Pour was clear dark ruby brown, producing a black-bodied beer in the glass, with a translucence around the edges... Aromas of cherry, chocolate, and booze seemed most prominent, with undertones of chewy dark fruits and damp leather... Sweet, of course, with chocolate, somewhat tart dark cherries, and molasses and bourbon... Flavors reminded me of fruit leather and dark chocolate... Bitterness was low, folded into the chocolates, but overpowered by the tangy tartness of cherry and the rich robes of chocolate... some drying and woodiness towards the finish airs it out, but doesn't remove the wet shellac of boozy fruit... Medium-full-bodied, sticky, low carbonation but with some tingle and bright cherry moments... I liked it more than I thought, but I remember Bramble Rye days, so I have high expectations - but a really nice drink...

2019 bottling has a "drink by" dating of 8/25/24...

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Photo of mntlover
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black no real head from bar pour, no lace to speak of either.

Aroma is Bourbon County stout maybe a touch sweeter more chocolate or just sugar sweetness, but definitely pick up on the cherries which is good considering that's the main variation.

Taste is nice big roasted stout flavors chocolate, cherries and good vanilla notes. Got the bourbon barrel shining through as in normal variety, good flavors not overly powerful or hot for the high abv.

Mouhfeel is full with nice mellow carbonation the way it should be.

Overall is you like the normal you should like this one. Really surprised to see it on tap 8 days after the release must be my lucky day. Not a great as it was when I had it first in 2005 but one of the few occasions I will buy a Inbev brew on purpose.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Jealous Monk. Pours a black color with an inch of light brown head. Almost no lacing. Boozey aroma with brown sugar, cherries, vanilla, dark chocolate and toasted malts. The taste is bourbon soaked chocolate covered cherries. Wood, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Chocolate covered cherries at the end with a nice bourbon finish. Pretty boozey but cut a bit by the sweetness. Lightly carbonated with a full body. Great variant that I’m glad I got to try.

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "DRINK BY: 26AUG24 16:14 14.1% ALC/VOL."
From the neckerchief: "2019"

Appearance: The body is black and it has a short khaki head that slowly fades out to a thin ring and a film-like raft on the surface.

Aroma: The beer has an aroma of bourbon alcohol and wet wood.

Taste: There is a bit of chocolate flavor up front which is shortly followed by bourbon. The aftertaste has a bit of a cherry chapstick flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body is full and velvety smooth. It coats the palate with a nice thick lacquer that really emphasizes the flavors in the beer and elevates its overall quality. Drinkability is through the roof.

Overall: The neckerchief states that this is a "STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS WITH CHERRIES, GRANOLA, OATS, BROWN SUGAR, AND 100% NATURAL FLAVOR ADDED." The bourbon barrel character is definitely there in both the aroma and the flavor, highlighting both bourbon and wood characters. It did have some cherry aftertaste but it was never really prominent. The other flavors were lacking. Even with the absence of these other advertised flavors, the beer was still very good because the base beer is very good. Overall I would recommend the standard non-variant beer over this, unless you are looking for something with a slight nudge in the direction of cherries. I would drink Bourbon County Brand Stout again but I wouldn't readily pick up Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout. If somebody gave me one in a bar I would happily drink it.

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Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its good but its not that markedly different from the base. As I sip it i can't help but only taste the addition of a sour unripe cherry peel and not the fruitiness of a cherry.

For $25 I would not buy again. I really wish goose could replicate pre 2015 bcbs and variants. I have a cache of them and regularly drink them so I'm not delusional when I say that modern bcbs is a shell of the beer that made it famous.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Generally I'm wary of adjunct-heavy beers, especially ones with fruit. The fruit overpowers and I'm left cold, feeling robbed of the "beer experience" after drinking something that tastes more like juice.

This, however, is a powerhouse. This is a tour de force. A love letter to the brewer's wife? More like a love letter to my god damned taste buds! The Bourbon County base mixes with the crisp oat-y flavors and dances with the chocolate dessert cherry in a ring-around-the-rosie of flavors.

The best BCBS variant and one of the best beers overall I've had!

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Photo of emyers
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Black with a thin light brown head.

Nose: What you would imagine in a BCBS cherry variant - chocolate covered cherries and bourbon are both front and center. Toasted oats come through on the back end and really put the exclamation point on the cherry cobbler theme.

Taste: Not quite as balanced as the nose. Cherry dominates up front and the BCBS base creeps in on the finish. Fairly sweet. Cherry component is not artificial although personally I could go for a bit more BCBS and a bit less cherry.

Feel: Body is a bit lighter than standard BCBS, medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon soaked cherry pie. Chewy, boozy, and tart. I can literally lick this from my teeth after each sip. The lack of head and lacing is disappointing, but the nose and taste seems to match what the brewers were going for. I wish I had another bottle to “cellar” for a year or two.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant cherry accent. Taste is a smooth cherry and bourbon worth trying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market
Inky black in color with a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly. Licorice and roast with some brown sugar and hints of nutmeg, biscotti, and light pitted fruits. Thick and sticky with a solid alcohol presence. It would be nice to lay one of these down for a bit but frankly chasing beer these days is a waste with so many good brews to be had.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with a half pinky head. Aroma- chocolate, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, hint of cherry. (Basically BCS) taste- chocolate, a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, a slight bit of cherry, strong bourbon. (Basically BCS) Mouthfeel is smooth, full, pretty thick. Overall- listen... it’s delicious it’s good. This is so incredibly subtle that it in my books doesn’t even make it into the category as a variant. Smell is exactly bcs taste is exactly bcs. This is very very tasty. It had just some slight increases on the good taste notes that you’d get from regular bcs. So I really thought it was delicious. But my overall impression is just to feel disappointed that it’s barely different. Sometimes subtlety is nice. This is just too subtle. This was draft. I’ll check the bottle later. Enjoy.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge black cherries, licorice, chocolate and slight brown sugar. Once again, well balanced like the others from this year. This never comes across to sweet or too hot with the barrel. The cherry does become a little bit much as it warms and opens up.

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Photo of sjrider
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - dark as night with relatively no head or lacing. Nose is sweet cherry with a little cocoa and barrel wood.Taste follows with more sweetness. Finish is on the syrupy side with hints of bourbon barrel wood. Would make a great after dinner cordial.Liked it more as it warmed and I continued to sip it until it was gone.It is a touch too sweet like five and dime store chocolate covered cherries.Going to cellar one for awhile ,will revisit down the road.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

good. not $25 good. Dark color with minimal tan lacing. Nose of cherry, chocolate, malt, barrel, taste follows the nose. great mouthfeel. overall, like this more than last year's bramble, it was a little sweet. may end up cellaring well.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Speaking as a Chicagoan who has had Bourbon County hundreds of times over the years, when I see the other reviewers saying this beer is thick, I wonder if there was something wrong with the bottle I got. Very tasty flavor, but a thin, watered-down, diluted quality that I've never before experienced with BC. Disappointed.

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Photo of oldmankoch
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

My least favorite of any BCS spin off. I really miss the "good ole days" like 6+ years ago where you could count on the usual release of BCS, BCCS, BCBS (barleywine) and be super happy with allotment and quality. These days I truly believe GI is behind the times with their market-share and quality and tries to make up for it during "the holidays" with these crap BCS releases to keep up the the Jones'. A sad shell of a bourbon barrel beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/27/19; drank 11/29/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Sweet cherry, milk chocolate & mild oak notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Sweet cherry & mild chocolate flavors up front; mild oak notes on the finish. As this warmed, the booze became more assertive.

A nice, sweet stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout, 14.1% ABV. Pours black, with a slight light-brown head. Nose is cherry, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is sweet cherry, chocolate, bourbon, and cinnamon. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I'm liking this one, though I tend to like sweet beers. Still letting this warm...but chocolate is popping already, now like chocolate covered cherries.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a tulip glass to about a third full. There's a super thin dark khaki head that disappears pretty quickly. The beer is black, except at the edges where some light shines through into a stark brown-red.

S: I really get the cherries here. The bourbon is showing up as well, and so is the sweet chocolate. It smells like a dark cherry cordial.

T: There's so much going on here. Up front I get cherry brandy (like Heering or something of the like) and brown sugar. The chocolate also shines through. Really it's like a cherry chocolate dessert that's soaked in bourbon. Speaking of, the bourbon is there and you'll notice it, but it's not overpowering at all. I'd say you can pick out some pie crust type flavors too if you really search.

M: The thickness is perfect for the flavors mentioned above, it makes it more of a treat than a drink. It's oily and chewy and leaves a lovely streak of cherry pie down the throat.

O: I actually like this one, despite its unpopularity with respect to the other variants. I'd put it right up there with the regular BCS. It's a very tasty and one-of-a-kind experience.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours midnight black with a thin tan cap that falls away quickly. Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and minimal cherry. The cherry is more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. Very sweet. Will share the next one. Feel is thick and syrupy. Overall a wonderful variation of a great beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Tan head. Black color.

I liked this one as it warmed. The cherries showed a lot more and it became a chocolate/fudge covered cherry bomb. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. Sweet, not tart. Light roast. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Viscous used motor oil black with burnt brownish-red edges and a tan head that dies quickly to a silky smooth surface.

Light charred barrel and caramelized brown sugar sweetens a mildly dark roasted malt. The soft body is less sticky than its base, and the semi-dry finish brings out a light woodiness and further savory roast. Peppery bourbon blooms as it warms, as vanilla cream develops off the barrel influence, particularly in the exhale. The barrel also seems to convey a cinnamon bark-like character and bite to it.

The cherry is light here, and as such it doesn't really translate into that expected cordial flavor, although I'm just glad it's not a ridiculously tart juice bomb like Northwoods and Bramble. That said, the cherry brings a welcomed brightening accent. At the same time, this is also more assertively boozy than I expected.

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Photo of Miguy
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great idea but flavor isn't quite what I expected. I'm no expert but the after taste is way to pruney. I want chocolate and cherry which are there but the prune flavor is way to prominent. I expected more from a beer at this price point. Overall well crafted but not my cup of tea.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 94 ratings