Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #700
Ranked #3,018
4.24 | pDev: 7.55%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head that slowly died. Main notes in the aroma are wood, cherry, booze and some caramel maltiness in there as well although pretty tame. Booze is low-key in this slow-sipping thick and almost velvet-smooth stout. A noticeable sweet cherry taste hits me as well, almost like chocolate covered cherries and/or a touch of caramel/toffee malt underneath the cherry aspect , and then the beer finished slightly heated and spicy. Not too much different from the regular version I had but still enjoyable and worth trying.

Yesterday at 06:52 PM
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snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pair of tulips. Drink by 25AUG26.

Pours very dark with brownish translucent edges and very little head. Smell is rich dark chocolate and coffee, only slightly boozy, fairly woody.

Taste is chocolate and sweetened coffee. Little bit boozy. Some slight cherry note, maybe something figgy/raisiny in there, too. A lot of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent, though on the heavy side of medium.

Yesterday at 12:32 AM
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather thin looking root beer brown color. A khaki colored ring of foam is left behind. The smell is very pleasing with maraschino cherry juice and bourbon that reminds me of those spiked cherry chocolates. The taste is quite bourbon forward quickly followed by a slightly tart cherry taste. Some oak appears in the finish. The feel is creamy but on the thin side for Bourbon County.

In all it's excellent but hits the brakes short of world class in my opinion. The smell is wonderful but I expected more complexity in the taste and the feel while creamy was a bit thin. It was worth a shot and I'm glad I got a chance to try one. If I had to wait in a line for this it would probably be a different story.

Sunday at 10:25 PM
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mothman from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Little tan head that fades. Dark brown color.

This honestly tastes like a slightly watered down bcs. It’s decent, but I’d rather buy 2 regulars. I just can’t see how this is that different than the base beer. Fudge, brownies, baker spice, caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins, figs. Finished dry with nice warming bourbon and oak flavors.

Solid, but too expensive compared to the regular.

Sunday at 03:18 AM
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a small, tan long lasting head. Aroma is filled with toasted Malta, and lots of charted oak. Flavor is filled with wood, oak, dry wine like finish. Good body and feel. Overall a flavorful, dry finishing stout.

Sunday at 01:50 AM
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Gajo74 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6 oz pour at City Swiggers, NYC.
Pours a very dark mahogany, almost black. A modest creamy tan head leads to a ring of lacing throughout.
Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, cherry, wood, maple, and dark toasted malts. Notes of bourbon add a boozy touch.
Sweet but not cloying, as it is nicely complex with notes of cherrywood and dark roasted malts in the finish. Notes of chocolate fudge, maple syrup, dark fruit, cherries and plenty of bourbon.
Full bodied, definitely a sipper. Nevertheless, it’s ultra smoothness makes it dangerously drinkable. Carbonation is gentle.
Unbelievable smooth. Nice. I would have again.

Saturday at 10:58 PM
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: pretty much the same as most BCBS variants. Super thick, jet black color. Beige/light brown head, very good retention.

AROMA: definitely woodier than the base, so the cherry conditioning is noticed in the nose. after the wood, I get hints of roasted malt, bourbon, very faint fruit...I thinking raisin/date, but it could be black cherry.

TASTE: cherry flavor is a touch more pronounced here than the nose...still pretty muted which I feel is a good thing. Bourbon, red wine, roasted malt, touch of baking soda. sharper wood taste accumulates in the finish. reminds me a bit of a muted version of Oskar Blues Bamburana. The Bamburana is stronger on the wood for both better and worse. This has a lighter version of that effect.

FEEL: mostly full body, maybe a touch lighter than standard BCBS, 90%. a touch of astringency with all the wood tannins bouncing around...this may smooth over with age. still a nice smooth sipper.

Very Good. interesting subtle touch on BCBS.


Saturday at 09:22 PM
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Greywulfken from New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow - what a great brew! Super-fudgy and dense with bourbon... $18.99 at Total Wine on LI... Absolutely delicious - suggestions of molasses and vanilla, appropriately boozy... Dense, syrupy body is perfect for this beer - a real treat... Don't be surprised if I get another (if any are left)...

Saturday at 03:22 AM
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beergoot from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dark brown pour; black in appearance in the glass; thick, frothy tan head; . Dark roasted grain and cocoa permeate the nose; dull sweetness. Cocoa powder and rich chocolate flavor soon followed with a nice bourbon undertone; subliminal sweet cherry around the finish. Heavy body; soft and velvety with an offsetting boozy dryness; chewy.

The taste and mouthfeel really make this beer. The use of cherry wood does seem to add a nice added level of fruity sweetness to the mix.

Poured at 53 °F; 26AUG25 dating

Dec 02, 2021
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a real treat, shared with my imperial stout loving gf. Obviously, the barrel aging is up front, but I really like the added cherry wood. It's hard to say for sure which is the "best" BCBS, but for me, today, it's this one.

Dec 02, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cherry Wood has a thin, beige head, and an essentially black appearance, with no lacing. The aroma is of bourbon and dark brown bread crust. The flavor is similar, with sweetness and low bitterness. Some vanilla is detected. Cherry Wood has a heavy body and a syrupy mouthfeel. It has a semi-sweet finish. I didn't find that it was much different from the standard offering.


Nov 30, 2021
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the concept of the different barrels but I hope this one isn't an indication of the others I have in hand. Really not much of a difference here from the base BCBS. Maybe a subtle sweetness from the cherry wood but really not significant enough to warrant spending money on the upcharge for this "variant".

Nov 29, 2021
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egoo33 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid offering but failing to see any difference from the base BCBS I wouldn't pay the up charge from the base BCBS. I feel the variants that change the wood/barrel are always better than the fruited variants but if you can't find this one you're not really missing out from the base BCBS.

Nov 29, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Viscous black with dark red ribbons building a tan foam head that settles to a persistently dense but fine khaki blanket.

Smell is syrupy mocha and redwood that's almost like hickory, but more inviting. Taste adds touches of walnut and whiskey soaked date, with the dark fruit spice blooming more as time goes on.

Spicier than classic BCBS, and also more tannin rich, it's uniquely bitter relatively, and maybe slightly thinner, but not in a bad sense, exhaling char and chocolate liqueur.

This seems to be more the runt of the litter this year than the Cola variant everyone wanted to hate, but I don't see it. This was quite enjoyable and maybe even a little more of a mature experience. It might have been a hair more interesting had there been some rye in the grain bill.

Nov 29, 2021
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout, 14.2% ABV. Pours moderately thick and black, with a nice two-finger medium-brown head that left no lacing. Nose is vaguely sweet, and slight bourbon. Taste is sweet wood char, some bitterness. Excellent dry mouthfeel, overall excellent to outstanding adjacent. No cherry flavor here, it's cherry wood.

Nov 28, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour- dark as night with thin khaki head leaving barely any lacing. Nose is sweet and woody with a bit of alcohol. Taste follows with some cherry and more barrel. Lingering dryness on a slightly warm boozy finish.

Nov 28, 2021
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I enjoyed this, it is the variant, in my experience (not nearly as extensive as some/most of yours), that deviates the most from the original but still retains most of the characteristics that make it special. Also, even though there was very little fanfare for this group tasting, after last year I was not surprised to see it on.

The smell wasn't as bourbon hot as I was expecting. Even though there are no cherries in here, there is still something that modifies the smell and taste; maybe the way that burning cherry wood has a sweet smell compared to other wood. Maybe that's not the right simile but there's something there that makes it different. But it's not as complex as the original in smell or taste although still good.

The aftertaste is kind of one dimensional compared to the OG. That said this was still a positive experience and I'm not sorry I paid whatever premium over the OG for it. I'm sure like most of the variants this is a one off but I think the brewery is making a mistake by not getting feedback on this and trying to make it better. But they don't answer to me obviously.

Nov 28, 2021
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass bottled on 8/29/21. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a 3 plus finger sticky mocha head that leaves some thin streaks of lace with nice retention. 4.75

Aroma is deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and black cherries with a hint of char and bourbon. 4.5

Taste follows dark chocolate, coffee, oaked vanilla, black cherries, and strong smoked bourbon. 4.5

Mouthfeel is above average, maybe a tad dry, gentle carbonation, and at 14.2% a sipper that goes down rather easy. 4.25

Overall this years batches have felt bigger in body and poured bigger with amazing retention this year. Really an impressive year for me. 4.5

Nov 28, 2021
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a mocha head. Aroma is very subtle. Very woody, boozy with some cherry flavor. Taste is dominated by cherry wood & booziness. A bit harsh. Like to see how this tastes after aging for a year. Full mouthfeel. A very good stout.

Nov 28, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s a fruit stout, pours a dark brown with almost no head and some tan lacing. Smells like alcohol and cherries. Tastes a little hot, cherries, some hops with dry wood. This is alright, it’s a big stout, but beers of this ilk rarely live up to the promise of grandeur. I'll get a better handle on it when I drink the second one (last) and that will be soon because history has taught me to drink cherry flavored stouts fresh or else, cheers!

Nov 27, 2021
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micada from New York

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So here’s the Cherry Wood in a Glencairn glass. Poured cool. Makes an effervescent mocha head that burns away practically instantly.

Nose is very subdued. I have put the old nose deep into the glass and take big whiffs a few times to get something resembling a description. I’d call it something akin to fresh leather meets redwood closet.

First sips are prominent wood, as to be expected from purportedly bombarding the brew with cherry wood honeycombs. It seems vastly different than the base, yielding a harsher profile, more like a whiskey. No sense of dark malts or complex interactions. More of that leather vibe perhaps. Very dry. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of the Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel Aged World Wide Stout.

Alcohol bite is hot up front. HOT. No warming so far, but there’s plenty of caution signal with this.

I hazard a guess that the honeycomb insertion greatly increased the amount of surface area contact between liquid and wood, generating that intense dryness and wood linger.

It should be interesting to compare this to the Double Barrel Toasted version, that came in at just under 3 times the price. We’ll see if that fancy tube was worth it.

Nov 27, 2021
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heysuz from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew: Goose Island Beer Co. - Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout

Intro: 16.9 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Moderate head maybe 1.5 inches. Minimal lacing as I drank

Smell: Fortunately, the barrel is front and center. In the background I can smell some fruit, or the cherry wood. It’s not prevalent but at least it shows up

Taste: Followed the smell. Tasted pretty much like a regular Bourbon County but slightly more subdued and not in you face.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Pretty much like drinking a regular Bourbon County which for me is always a treat.

Conclusion: Not one of my most memorable or favorites of the Bourbon County line. Fortunately it’s working on the historic and acclaimed Bourbon County base beer. . It does have an aftertaste, neither appealing nor distracting, but rather it’s just there. I am definitely one and done with this one.

Nov 27, 2021
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Chris7482 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical BCBS pour, dark very little head. Smokey aroma and taste overpowers here, not much nuisance. OK beer, not much other than a smokey Bourbon county.

Nov 26, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/25/21; drank 11/24/21 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; no lace.

Fresh wood, cherry, caramel & mild bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Fresh wood, cherry, caramel & bourbon heat flavors; as this warmed, booze heat become almost overwhelming.

The cherry & caramel have this almost tasting like a Cherry Coke; it's interesting, but I'm not sure it's that enjoyable. Worth trying once.

Nov 25, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 84 ratings