Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #583
Ranked #1,575
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Saturday at 10:35 PM
Aug 10, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood StoutBourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
Notes: At the heart of each Bourbon County are the wood characteristics we thoughtfully amplify. This year, we took wood complexities to another level by doing something we’ve never done before: we took fully-matured Bourbon County Stout and finished it with toasted fruitwood—specifically, honeycomb-shaped cherry wood chips. The versatility of the cherry wood and honeycomb shape allowed for maximum flavor extraction, revealing complex characteristics like red fruit, ripe cherry, and light toffee, which are not found in the original oak barrel itself. The result is an amazing elevation and a notable difference from our Original Bourbon County Stout.⁠⁠
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - black and thick with a fantastic thick tan head and great lacing
Smell - chocolate dark cherry and wood, great blend between the 3. None of them are over powering the smell
Taste - toffee, cherry, slight chocolate malts, caramel and wood
Feel - Medium full body slightly creamy lighter carb
Ovearll - interesting how the red wood changed it so much. still tasty
Saturday at 10:35 PM
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
4oz draft pour into snifter. black with a thin light brown foam collar. chocolate, barrel, chocolate-covered black cherries on the nose and taste. medium-full mouthfeel. i’m not sure this adds anything for me. the cherry wood just gives off dark fruits, which i’m not super fond of. not terrible but far from my favorite BCBS.
Saturday at 12:02 AM
Rated: 4.47 by nyrblue2 from New York

Friday at 06:00 AM
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Charred oak gets a little company as Goose Island gives a variation of their Bourbon County Brand Stout a jolt of complexity with cherry wood. The added wood treatment has their stout "bark"ing up the right tree.

Very dark, even reading black through the center, Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout shows a tawny margins. With a blossoming froth rising, the foam quickly falls to leave the stout looking brandy-still just as a bold scent of coffee, chocolate, dark sugars, dark and concentrated fruits, dried fruit and an undeniable kick of bourbon. Beyond its roasty perfume, the early flavors open with notions of blackstrap molasses, port and sherry, honey, chocolate and caramel.

Shying away from espresso strength, the coffee impressions from roasted grains seem tempered and the chocolate flavors elevate in order to create a mocha flavor with hints of cola. With the rise of woods through the middle palate, the taste dries and a powdery tannic propoerty applies a nutty, toasty and woodsy character chased by dry sherry fruits of date, fig, plum, blackcurrant and yes, black cherry.

Full bodied and lying weightily on the tongue, the stout saturates the tastebuds with malt and then dries it out with tannin laden woods that dry the palate unnecessarily while a peppery flavor creates an arid mouthfeel with hints of sawdust. A lingering heat prickles the palate and elevates the dry tannins of the added wood.
Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida

Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 13, 2022
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Rated by Chris1108 from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Nov 10, 2022
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Rated by Olesjm from Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Dark syrupy brown.
S: brown sugar and cherry wood.
T: brown sugar, woody,
M: thick and almost syrupy.
O: very easy drinking, dangerous.
Oct 26, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by minterro from California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
For #900. I always looked a the bourbon county series as one of my favorite series so it seemed fitting to do as one of my big milestones. Of course the OG version of this beer is excellent and always a good gold standard Some of the specific outshoots in this series I found wonderful were the Cherry Rye and Barleywine versions. No bottleing date, drink by 8/25/26. consumed 08/14/22.14.2% ABV.

A&S: Aroma consists of slight soy sauce notes, raisins, peat, dark chocolate, whiskey, toffee. The appearance is head (tan) fades quickly and is fizzy. Jet black beer. Pours with medium viscosity.

T&M: The taste contains, cherry in the mid taste. Sweeter and softer tones in the finish. Vanilla, rich chocolate. toasted bread in the aftertaste. Nutella is a component as well. The mouthfeel is much richer and fuller than the pour indicated.

Overall: The aroma is my favorite part of the beer. The taste is a little sweet for my preference. Very good beer overall. Not as big as I expected for 900, but can't complain.
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
2021 Vintage
16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small, fizzy, creamy tan head, which also leaves a very nice medium size oil slick, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, cherries, plums), with some very nice chocolate/toffee, very nice touch of vanilla, roasty, licorice, very nice bourbon note, slight oakyness. The taste is fuckn' awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, cherries, plums), some pretty nice roastyness, very nice chocolate/toffee, awesome touch of bourbon, oaky, licorice, very nice vanilla sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, very complex brew for sure, very nice smoothness/silky, a sipper for sure. Overall, this is an awesome brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Highly Recommended!
Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by stanale from Illinois

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours as black as ink with a 2 finger thick brown foamy head that sounded like it was crackling as it dissipated in slow to average time, leaving minimal lacing. Smells like cocoa powder, dark chocolate, oak/woody notes, smoked malts, caramel, charred wood, toffee, bourbon, dark fruit and brown sugar. It's similar to the original version, but different enough that it leaves an impression.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, with cocoa powder, smoked grains, dark chocolate, oak/woody notes, smoked malts, caramel, charred campfire wood, ashy accents, toffee, bourbon, cherry and other dark fruit, molasses, piney notes, some more chocolate and trailing brown sugar. The finish is like a smoky liqueur with a lot of chocolate and woody notes. This was very smooth, with really no sign of the ABV. A nice new variant.
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bourbon County is best, imo, when they treat the base Stout gently - leave the cassia bark and cola nuts out. Please.
This variant does that with exceptional results, by resting the finished BCBS on toasted cherry wood chips.
Sweet ripe cherries and wood nod up from the darkness and bring a welcomed smoothness.
Mouth feel is extraordinary.
Overall, the best of the 2021 ‘widely available’ variants. Just a beautiful effort that I wish I had 4 more in the cave.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by TrishNP

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best bourbon barrel beer on the market!
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a snifter. It pours an oily dark walnut - almost black. The dark mocha-colored head fizzled away almost immediately leaving no lacing. Its smell offers roasted malt, leather, wood smoke, caramel, and a faint whiff of cherry. The taste is much more complex than the smell and includes roasted malt, burnt coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, caramel, tobacco smoke, nutty char, anise, ripe cherry, oak, and subdued but distinct bourbon. The alcohol level is high and it's definitely boozy. But the flavors work well. It's medium-bodied with lite/moderate carbonation, and you can feel the elevated ABV from the first sip. Overall, Cherry Wood is an interesting Bourbon County variant with an intriguing blend of flavors. While it's not my favorite of the flavored variants I still enjoyed it.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 2021 variant, with a best-by date of 26AUG26.. . Enjoying out in The 'Zebo on a lovely Saturday evening.

Poured hahd into a sniftah, it was a jet black, dense, opaque, crude oil-like brew. Has a short, creamy, dark beige head which dissipates rapidly. Leaves a fine layer, with most at the rim, and decent lace. Aroma has rich, dark choco, with bourbon, black cherry, espresso, licorice and caramelized brown sugar. Quite the complex nose! Body is solidly medium-plus, almost being chewy, with a smooth and creamy feel.

Taste? More dark choco, though not at all bitter; it's more semisweet. Also has cocoa and coffee, black cherry, figs and dates. Toss in some vanilla, plus light bourbon and oaky action. The finish has subtle smokey notes, and it's warming and easily drinkable for 14.2% ABV. Very enjoyable! Cheers!!

4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by timmy2b from New York

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
3.85/5: The cherry wood offers a nice twist that brings more stone fruit into the BCBS mold, but also comes across a bit too heavy-handed and tannic on the finish (Bourbon County?? Heavy-handed??? Surely you jest!)
Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells extremely woody, with cinnamon and anise like flavors, with dark chocolate, oak, and coffee.

This is a pretty fascinating variant, but it ends up being almost a bit *too* spicy for me ultimately. It leans in kind of like cinnamon-flavored roasty coffee almost, with nuttiness and lots of dark fruit, and a rich but bitter oakiness.

This is medium bodied and a bit boozy. It’s quite a slow sipper overall.

This is definitely one of the more interesting BCBS variants, but it’s a little intense on the cherry wood for my personal tastes.
Jun 13, 2022
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle, 2021 Release, August 29 bottle date, poured into a 2012 Bourbon County Brand snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick, oily, viscous with a fizzy tan head, about a finger high that recedes quickly leaving a slight film around the circumference of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is excellent, rich chocolate, burnt oak, super smooth cherry wood profile, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon heat, spice, vanilla, stone fruits, with lingering fusel alcohol. The flavors are wonderful, smooth bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, spicy bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, stone fruits that linger nicely, prominent fig and cherry with a nice drawn out dry, earthy and woody character. The mouthfeel is great, thick, coating, creamy with a full and heavy body that finishes warmly and dryly.

Verdict: An exceptional stout from Goose Island. A really nice twist on Bourbon County Brand Stout, the base beer really benefits from the cherry wood pellets which add more depth and dynamism to the beer without skewing too far from what makes the original so great.
Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
BCBS Cherry Wood 2021 from Goose Island Brewing. On room temperature shelf at Franklin beer, Franklin, PA, 17/12/21. $ 24.00 (Including tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 1.42/oz). Stored at 40 degrees after receiving. Reviewed 09/06/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
On back label “DRINK BY 29AUG26”. Served at 55.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 61.3 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), translucent.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, light penetrates at the edges (amber brown) with a yellow cast.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, high density, short retention, diminishing to broken pieces of a one mm bubble ring and a four cm thin island.
Lacing – None, as expected at 14.2% ABV.
Aroma – 4 – Weak bourbon, extremely weak cherry. No malt, no yeast, no hops.
Flavor – 4.25 – Bourbon forward, slightly sweet. Allowing it to further warm in my mouth releases the cherries. No yeast, no hops. No ethanol (14.2 % ABV as marked on label) aroma but the alcohol burns through the taste. Immediate gastric and esophageal warming occurs and becomes uncomfortable. Tannins appear in the aftertaste. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.25 – Full, short of creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 A decent BBA stout but a bit hot for my taste, not to mention over-rated and over-priced.
Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jun 01, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Junior from Michigan

May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
While the cherry wood adds some depth to this beer, ultimately it's very, very close to OG Bourbon County. Given that BCBS is a legendary and fantastic barrel aged imperial stout, that's not a bad thing, but as far as variants go, it's one of the more boring options. I certainly don't get any fruit or cherry notes, but the added woodiness is nice.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 19, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by NappyB from Illinois

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle with a best by date of 25AUG26. Opened 5-8-22 with a half-bottle pour.
Pours black at the core with dark brown at the edges. Thin beige head that moves to a ring quickly. Boozy nose full of wet wood, roasted malt, toffee and fruit. Full body, medium carbonation, and slick mouthfeel. Rich flavors of toffee, brown sugar, light charred wood, booze-soaked dark cherries. There's a perceived cola flavor here as well. Dangerously easy to drink. Long and lingering, rich, sweet finish. Outstanding.
May 09, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by chippo33 from Vermont

Apr 27, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by archero from Texas

Apr 22, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 240 ratings