Bourbon 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)
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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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

Yesterday at 03:29 PM
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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.

Saturday at 04:13 AM
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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.

Wednesday at 06:41 PM
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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

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
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a small head that fades to nothing

S: Roasted malt, cherries, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, almond, light oak, and some dark chocolate

T: Starts off with the roasted malt, bourbon, cherries, almond, and vanilla. Picks up the caramel, oak, dark chocolate, brown sugar, booze, and some dark fruit. Finishes with lingering roast, a mix of sweet and very lightly tart cherries, and bourbon

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: BCBS meets cherry pie. The cherries and bourbon go very well together and the base is killer as usual. Makes for a great sipper and dessert beer. Definitely worth snagging if you can

Apr 12, 2020
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SFC21 from Florida

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

Amazing layers of flavor. Cherry and brown sugar bring sweetness without being cloying. Absolutely emulates the taste of homemade cherry pie. Fantastic.

Apr 12, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/27/19, had 2/29/20.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with no real head and sparse, spotty cling. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, malt, tobacco, some cherries, brown sugar, some char, bourbon as it warms, a little bit of a nutty aroma. Flavors of cherries, bourbon, chocolate, malt, vanilla, some almonds and cocoa, light oak, a little brown sugar. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

The cherries are really good, the cobbler part is really hard to discern. It’s certainly good and enjoyable, but maybe a little pedestrian for a BCBS variant.

Apr 09, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - 2019 vintage - 14.1% ABV - Poured into a large red wine stem at cellar temp.

Glugs out of the bottle nearly black, sitting absolutely pitch black in the glass. A fingernail of mocha head forms before quickly sizzling out to a razor thin collar. Zero lacing. No visible effervescence, but some sparkling on the surface. Minimum coating.

Nose: From a few feet away, this smells like... Bourbon County. Up close, it also smells exactly like Bourbon County. Roast, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, etc.. Also a bit of marzipan too. The cherry is restrained, and it really comes across as just a particularly dark fruit-heavy vintage. I'm sure the cherry is lending most of that dark fruit character, and it's so forward, there's almost a slight fruit acidity. There's plenty of roast, lending chocolate, coffee, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, as well as plenty if barrel, lending vanilla, oak, char, and of course bourbon. The bourbon note is accentuated by the ethanol coming off of this one. It smells pretty hot. Now... Back out of the glass a bit, and smell a bit farther away, and the variant notes really come to life. With my nose not inside the glass, I get a ton of cherry - very specifically, cereal eith freeze-dried berries in it. It's much closer to strawberry. I also get the granola, which further contributes to that cereal note. Much more vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of honey, some blueberry, but most of all, freeze-dried strawberries.

Palate: Mon Chéri greets the palate with plenty of typical Bourbon County sweetness. The roast, in typical fashion, is both prominent and restrained. It's a big roasty beer, with plenty of cocoa, molasses, marzipan, dark caramel, dark toffee, brown sugar, and a bit of bakers chocolate and espresso on the back end - but the heavy sweetness works to really mask some of the more charry, bitter, roasty notes until the finish. The cherry addition comes forth immediately, blending in with a huge dark fruit presence, with plum, prune, date, raisin, chocolate-covered dried cherry, dried blueberry, and just a whisper of fruity berry acidity - not enough to clash. I do not get any defined granola flavour. The barrel is there, with sopping wet fresh bourbon-soaked oak coming forward first, and then moving towards the finish, the actual dry, oaky barrel and char notes come into focus. In the finish, along with the oaky barrel, the roast really pulls through, with bitter chocolate, coffee, blackened malt, barrel char, and just general heavy roast notes, which really work to chase that sweetness, and drae this to a conclusion. Some essence of roast, bourbon barrel, and dark fruit lingers.

Mouthfeel/Body: Again, very typical BCBS here. The beer is thick, fudgy, viscous, and chewy. Almost certainly a bit more so than some other variants, and maybe that's due to the use of oats here. Definitely a hefty, very full-bodied stout with plenty of chew and viscosity. Effervescence is low, if course, but actually significantly higher than some other BCBS offerings. Ultra-fine, but quite fizzy, which really helps cut into that viscosity. Plenty of residual stickiness left on the lips. A bit of heat, particularly going down.

Overall: This is a worthy variant. There have been better, and there have been ones that aren't as good. This one definitely leans towards the better side. I'd like more cherry, some hint of granola, and just a bit more complexity. This has a lot of added ingredients, but I feel like they aren't as loud as they could be. Nevertheless, though sweet, the beer is balanced, and it does deliver cherry. Not really a "fruited stout" vibe, but absolutely worth trying if you're any kind,of Bourbon County fan.

Apr 08, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard stout appearance. Smell is the standard Bourbon County base, but with a warm cherry presence like cherry sauce on a dark chocolate cake. Notes of molasses and a honey like sweetness. Taste is cherry, roasty dark malt, chocolate, and barrel. Well balanced, cherry is still the current flowing throughout. Medium body, slightly thick, slightly oily, boozy. Very good flavors and feel. Enjoyable.

Apr 07, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Goose Island tulip.

Look is pitch black with a thin almost non existent tan head.

Aroma is sweet dark cherry and vanilla bourbon.

Taste is a lot more of a muted cherry and an intense bourbon vanilla.

So we’ll balanced and delicious.

Apr 03, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Removed from a 44°F fridge, and left to warm for 30+ minutes.

The aroma is rich: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, with just enough cherry to know it is there (or to at least be subliminally convinced it is there).

As expected, deep black with a very short tan head that disappears completely to sparse islands of bubbles before I can take the pictures, take a few deep whiffs, and get ready for the first sip. Just a lonely spot or two of bubbles cling to the side of the glass is all you get in the lacing category. While this look is "as expected" for such a strong BA stout, it is hard for me to rate the look as in the excellent category. It is very good, allowing for style.

For the taste, first up is the roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon. Then, in the middle, the fruit / cherry jumps to the fore dramatically, and carries the flavors through into the finish and aftertaste. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste, but the finish and aftertaste is dominated by the various rich flavors, leading to a sticky and sweet conclusion.

Mouth feel is thick, rich, and decadent.

Overall, this is an excellent dessert sipping beer. The cherry is present (almost dominant in the middle), but not overpowering. Cherry is a difficult flavor to get right so it is not overbearing and does not taste artificial, but Goose Island achieved the right balance. This is an excellent variation on the base beer, and strongly recommended if you are inclined toward fruity dessert stouts.

Apr 01, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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

50 cl bottle

Pours opaque black, dark tan head lasts only a second.

Aroma is of rich fig, molasses, cocoa, oak, cherry, brandy and almond.

Flavor is cocoa, molasses, tobacco, cherry, almond, oat, oak and bourbon.

Full body, stinging carbonation on the tongue. Boozy warmth going down.

Very tasty and decadent. The cherry addition adds a nice twist to the base version. Very enjoyable, something I hope to grab again.

Mar 22, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

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

16.9oz bottle dated 27AUG24 poured into a snifter shows a deep, dark, blackish-brown headless body that leaves a clean glass behind.

Aromas of sweet and tart cherries, booze, and oak meld with molasses, a slight smoky influence, and a vinous quality.

Taste matches and vanilla and granola hint at a decadent dessert.

Mouthfeel is equally decadent. Smooth and creamy lusciousness.

Overall a standard for a fruited barrel aged stout.

Mar 22, 2020
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