Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri StoutBourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.3 | pDev: 6.98%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- initial aroma reminds me of a cherry crumble dessert; the brown sugar and oats give that classic 'crisp' fruit topping aroma, along with rich notes of sweet cherries. Undertones of chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, caramel, figs, raisins and oaky bourbon to close it out

T- a bold but not overpowering note up of cherry up front that is just slightly tart, but mostly sweet, immediately followed by a distinct note of cherry tootsie pop. Mid-palate gives an undertone of brown sugar and a hint of granola, followed by notes of caramel, booze soaked figs and a hint of vanilla. The finish brings out the barrel, adding oak and barrel juice that sticks around on the linger, along with more cherry and a hint of caramel

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation gives a syrupy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into a warming finish

O- cherry and granola are both well executed, making for a solid variant

Friday at 07:57 PM
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: very dark, no highlights when held to light. Sparse head that recedes to none.
Smell: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate e and base BCBS in the nose.
Taste: there’s the cherries in the taste, just right…adding to the beer without dominating.

Sep 13, 2021
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gifted this by a friend and I'm glad I get to try it even a couple years down the road..

Good not great....a touch medicinal? Not cough syrup but...the booze is present and accounted for...

Cherries and granola...maybe? Rich and creamy...yes...

No amaretto for me...

Wonder what this was like hot off the presses?

Apr 21, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ML bottle, born on 8/26/19, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark dark brown with a hazelnut head that quickly disippated
S - bourbon, malt, cherry
T - OMG, so good. dry with a charred oak flavor, the cherries arrive in the middle and everything blends wonderfully in the finish
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - great beer, cherries get more dominant as the beer warms. Overall the combination of charred oak and the cherries works so well

Apr 05, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I decided to break out the Goose Island Bourbon County Grand Mon Cheri Stout and give it a whirl. It pours like the rest of Goose Island's stouts so no surprise there. The nose has elements of malt, alcohol, and maybe cherry. The taste has a well rounded mouthfeel with plenty of malt and the cherry comes later. It almost starts full, proceeds to aggressive, and then finishes smooth. It's interesting, and I'm glad I tried it.

Mar 25, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019 bottling split into snifters with the wife. My third time with this brew, and my first time in over a year. We'll see how its aging.

A: Opaque black with a small, fizzy mocha-colored head.

S: Pretty big brown sugar character with coffee, toffee, caramel, and present dark cherry tartness...solid barrel character gives off notes of vanilla and oak.

T: Dark, rich roastiness sets the table for cherry and bourbon spirit to linger on the tongue throughout, with a warmth and tartness...maple syrup swims into mix, blending with impressions of caramel and bakers chocolate...the bourbon character is is the cherry.

MF: Warm, still slightly boozy, and every bit of full-bodied.

O: This isn't my favorite BCBS variant, though I think it delivers on what it promises. Would like more of a toasty, nutty presence to show that granola-addition. At over a year-and-a-half in the bottle, I don't think this one is getting any better from cellaring.

Feb 15, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged 1 year:
L - Pitch, opaque black, with a dark tab head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind no real lacing.
S - Roasted oats and granola with dark chocolate, along with some oak. Some cherry on the nose as well.
T - Tons of roasted oats and granola up front and throughout along with very rich dark chocolate, intermixed with molasses, cherries (though, not quite as prominent as I thought they'd be), brown sugar, and some oak.
F - Full bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth, richy, and soft.
O - A very well done BBA stout, I just wish the cherries were slightly more prominent.

Dec 27, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Deep dark mahogany, minimal head
S-sorghum molasses, amaretto
T-Many have expressed disatisfaction with the cherry in Mon Cheri. I like it. Yeah it's sweet and it's not like pie cherries, but I don't think that's what they were shooting for. Tawni port, brown sugar, molasses, and dark chocolate. Above average sweet, Alcohol is hidden well.
M-Full (-) body, minimal carbonation. Smooth and no alcohol burn.
O-Drinking this on a special occasion, and it lives up to the occasion

Dec 17, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Billed as a liquid cherry cobbler, and lives up to it. Bourbon County does it again. Fabulous combo of French cherries--the fruit filling--and granola and oats--the crust!--tempered by barrel-aging, to deliver a smooth, delicious, full-bodied dream dessert stout. The whopping 14.1% abv is brilliantly disguised--a world class effort!

Dec 10, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark Brown with a quickly dissipating 1 inch head into a Stout glass at about 50 degrees
Aroma is cherry up front with some roasted malt and a hint of bourbon
Taste is cherry followed by a crunchy sweetness and slight bourbon notes
Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Low carbonation and smoothish finish, really hides the alcohol, slight to no alcohol burn. There is a lingering stickyness.
Overall it’s a tick sweeter then most stouts but not on the dessert level. It’s easy drinking and the cherry/ granola taste is prominent. Really nice one

Nov 29, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark cherries, vanilla and heavy bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla, brown sugar and big bourbon.

M - Medium/ful body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really solid BCBS variant. I really like the tart sweetness the cherries add.

Nov 28, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Bottle to snifter; first taste of this at 1 year since purchase, really 15 months in bottle.

LOOK: typical BCBS variant, thick and dark, hint of brown at edges, decent head at first, fades and has trouble reforming due to viscosity.

AROMA: I actually get brown sugar, granola and honey, before the cherry, which is a good thing. nice smooth oak and bourbon notes wafting around.

TASTE: cherry and chocolate up front, boozy finish. This is tastier than I would have expected as I am not a big fan of Cherry. Maybe the year wait was beneficial.

FEEL: Thick, viscous, flat.

This started off on the wrong foot with me by insinuating Cherry flavor (Cheri') in the name and also, of course, that name being of French origin. That being said, this proves even the fiercest of enemies can sometimes find friendship.

This is very smooth and tasty and I may be regretting only grabbing 2 of these last fall. That being said, I'm pretty sure I can find more if I really want.

Nov 25, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark tan creamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black with an oily and shiny texture to it.

The smell is very good. It has a nice dark cherry note through the whole thing alongside other notes such as coconut, vanilla, and a sweet milk chocolate. The coconut comes out upfront alongside a slightly tart cherry and followed by a There is also a sight alcohol note in the finish. There also slight granola notes.

The taste is very good. It has a strong tart cherry note upfront that later gives way to a milk chocolate note in the finish. The vanilla also comes out in the finish but disappears and reappears alongside the chocolate.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but is pretty drinkable with a creamy texture. There is also a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, a fantastic desert beer and one worth getting if you can find it on tap.

Oct 30, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint, feel brown/black color with a ring of lacing. Smell is a bit of bourbon with yummy cherry. Taste is surprisingly not excessively bourbon, with some good chocolate and cherry notes. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very good bourbon stout, not too boozy or sweet.

Oct 24, 2020
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle into a snifter
Thanks to @Peterock27 for sending this one over via trade!

A: Just under 1 fingers width of darker tan head that dissipates down quickly. Essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is ok but not very intense or luscious for a Bourbon County. Mostly roasty and some fusel alcohol. 3.75

T: Taste is amazing. It’s very sweet but not cloying. Huge cherry, followed by brown sugar, with roasted malt and subtle bitterness on the finish. Dark cocoa on the back end, and pretty big vanilla complete the sweetness profile. Some herbaceous notes and bourbony characters from the barrel round it out. Fantastic. 4.75

M/D: Full body, carbonation appropriate, sweetness is approaching cloying to somewhat limit its drinkability but the fusel alcohol and roasty notes keep it in check. ABV is noticeable but in. a helpful and not harmful way. 4.25

O: Another hit from Bourbon County. Thoroughly enjoyed. 4.5

Oct 23, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it.Wow, classic dark pour, smell of cherries and oats hits you right away. Chocolate and oat flavor from the start, with a unique oatmeal cookie after taste. So unique!!! BCBS always a pleasure, this one is no exception.

Oct 22, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, 2019 vintage, into snifter.

Pours an inky black with a fingernail of grey-beige head. No lacing.

Aroma is full of what I'd call cherry tootsie pop, emphasis on the chocolate center, with lots of wonderful wet barrel tones. It's fudgy and sweet and full of cherry candy. Mouth watering. It's not complex but it is focused.

Flavor brings quite a bit of antiseptic bitterness, with hints of dark cherry fruit and some dry bitter cacao. Follows with raisins and dried cherries. There's a good amount of wet barrel here as well, but the bourbon sweetness is very muted. If you are sensitive to cherry cough syrup, it might stir up some real bad memories here for you.

Feel is firstly hot, then carbonated, then the body thins out quite a bit, and immediately it begins its finish being intensely drying to the point of it being rubbing alcohol. I don't think I've ever had a beer this dry. It's like vermouth.

Overall, it's a good beer, but for its price point I think they could have done better. Cafe De Olla was noticeably more refined and more in line with GI's barrel program.

Price paid : $23.99
Would buy again : no

Jul 23, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was thick and black in color with a small mocha colored head crowning the glass.

Smell - Tart cherry notes came to the front, walking a fine line toward sour cherries.

Taste - The initial impression was a cherry bourbon. Cherry caused me to think for a bit about children's cold medicine as cherry flavored booze often does. There was a definite chocolate presence with tart cherry and hint of coffee. The beer was not overly sweet, but the tart cherry finish was definitely pushing it in the that direction.

Mouthfeel - The body was sticky with low carbonation and a fair amount of viscosity.

Overall - The cherry notes reminded me way too much of children's cold medicine.

May 30, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle #’s: 25 Aug 24 14:45. ABV = 14.1%. Drank this beer on Memorial Day (in quarantine) sitting on the patio with my daughter. She is reading and I am reviewing a beer while listening to the first Molly Hatchet album.

A pastry stout at its basic level. 3.75

A – Pours effervescent, thick, viscous, black and oil-like with a one-finger reddish brown head. The head was incredibly short-lived and dissipated to a ring around the glass. Not as leggy on the glass as one might suspect with the high ABV (-). 4.0

S – Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, and vanilla. The barrel aging is not overwhelming (like many BCBs) but even with moderate barrel-aging I am missing the malty roasty notes. 4.0

T – Bourbon soaked chocolate covered cherries, with licorice and raisin flavors as well. Just a bit too sweet. The cherries give a little bit of a tart bite in the finish coupled with a pleasant alcohol heat. The roasty malt bitterness is faint and in the background. 4.0

MF – A heavy bodied beer with a slick, sticky, warming and sweet, just shy of cloying, finish. 3.75

May 26, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-05-16 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 2019 bottle.

Very enjoyable. The significant cherry flavor complimented the base beer. The body was lighter than regular BCBS. Would definitely have this again.

May 16, 2020
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BryanB from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful coming out of the bottle and into the glass. Very nice slow carbonation builds up and settles down just as slow. Deep dark brown like most bourbon county stouts.

Smells wonderful. I may be biased but the cherry stings the nostrils just right.

Cherry flavor is a little too strong. And the feel gets a bit waxy as u continue drinking.

Negatives aside, another good one from Goose Island Bourbon County series.

May 15, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium carbonation with a just above average body. Has a slight slick oily feel
Aroma is cherry liqueur, cherries, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, cherry pie
Taste is cherry juice, cherry brandy, black coffee, cherry pie dark chocolate, sugary
Overall it's well made and very flavorful with a nice body. The cherries really dominate a bit more than some people might like making it candy like

May 11, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla with some huge sweet black cholate notes with some nice cherry notes also easily noticeable. Taste is also a mix of huge sweet black chocolate notes with some bourbon and vanilla notes is quite enjoyable with nice cherry blossom notes. Body is full with good level of carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Extremely enjoyable and taste like chocolate fudge cherry blossom with some bourbon.

May 01, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Kane tulip glass and allowed to warm. My other bottle is aging for 3-4 years.

L: The usual. Not much of a head, what there is goes bye bye in seconds, No lacing, very very very thin ring. Beer is very dark cordovan.

S: If they were looking for a chocolate-cherry cordial candy, they have it nailed. Sweet chocolate, cherry, and boozy cognac barrel or oak barrel notes.

T: Chocolate and definitely on the sweetened side. Maraschino cherries soaked in bourbon or cognac. A hefty dose of a bourbon or cognac barrel. ABV heat comes in at end to cut down the sweetness.

F: Full-bodied, no carbonation to speak of. Impressive construction but balance is not there yet. Sweetness runs a bit ahead first, then very boozy heat comes in at end. A sipper, and still pretty raw.

O: Ambitious effort and it comes off with the intended flavor. The achievement alone grants a strong rating, but this could be an all-time classic if it melds and mellows properly. Right now it is too boozy and the flavors don't work together as well as they could.

Apr 24, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle, 2019 vintage, drink by date of 26AUG24 stamped on the label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head. Head retention is decent enough, and there isn't much lacing at all. I like the aroma, the brew smells like cherry, vanilla, bourbon, oats, brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nutty, oak, dark bread, toffee and roasted malt flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good imperial stout, certainly worth trying if you haven't had it before!

Apr 19, 2020
Bourbon County Brand Mon Chéri Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 318 ratings