Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #612
Ranked #1,853
4.28 | pDev: 7.01%
Sunday at 01:36 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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Ratings by LesDewitt4beer:
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

2021 release 25oz bottle EB date 29 Aug 2026 into a large snifter per reverse label recommendation.
L: Pours black with a 3/4" khaki head that is short-lived down to edge foam. No visible carbonation and almost no lacing.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, cherry wood, molasses, cocoa, light tannins. Bourbon is firm at first, mellows after approx 20 min.
T: Sweet dark caramel, bourbon, cherry wood, vanilla, oak tannins, toasted malts, bitter dark chocolate over syrupy cherry fruit, light char, fudge, toffee, prunes. Suggestions of smoked oak tannins linger. Dark chocolate becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. A nuance of tartness at the extreme end of it's lingering finish.
F: Smooth, velvety & mildly creamy full bodied semi-heavy mouthfeel with a moderately long finish. Deep, wide and indefinitely broad.
O: A masterfully & expertly brewed/aged BBA Stout that yields open & shut dignified tastes and feels which can be enjoyed chilled or at cellared temps. I personally found it to be outstanding between 57F to 60F. The cherry wood compliments the grand sweetness and casky flavors & aromas. It is remarkably easy drinking, and world-class in it's style.

Jan 06, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

On draft. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cherry and toasted caramel. Great bourbon, oak, vanilla and cherry flavors with dark chocolate and toffee.

Sunday at 01:36 PM
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

Very dark brown/almost black appearance. No head.
Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, light cherry, wood.
Taste follows the nose.
Very nice beer!

Sunday at 01:02 PM
4.5 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Sunday at 02:26 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

I liked this one, which hasn't been the case with a couple of this year's BCBS offerings. Their was a nice oak flavor to this and of course a touch of cherry. The cherry was noticeable earliest he teste but it was subtle and di not overpower the other flavors. Typical BCBS mouthfeel.

Sunday at 01:49 AM
4.25 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Sunday at 01:07 AM
4.28 by rockrob from Massachusetts on Saturday at 05:35 PM
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by craigbelly from Iowa

Nice oak barrel shines through here. Ripe dark fruits. Nice body.

Saturday at 01:11 AM
4.27 by 1012Dan88 from Illinois on Friday at 01:36 AM
4.05 by eppie82 from Illinois on Thursday at 02:54 PM
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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown with a slight cherry hue around the edges, no lacing.

S - Chocolate char, some light Bourbon, and cherry.

T - Cherry, Roasted cocoa, light woodiness, Bourbon, some toasted caramel. Finished balanced across the board with all the flavors and oak.

M - Big body and silky smooth.

O - This is pretty fantastic. Recommended.

Wednesday at 11:53 PM
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Wednesday at 11:50 PM
4.22 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Wednesday at 11:44 PM
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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a pint bottle from TW Greenville, SC 11-27-21 for $18.99. Drink by 26AUG26; consumed 1-10-22.

Beer poured black with a minimal tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is very nice, classic BCBS with big malts, bourbon, vanilla, and leather.

Taste is a huge malt base that is medium roasted. Bourbon barrel aging gives notes of bourbon and leather, with a touch of vanilla and the alcohol warming i am looking for on a cold windy 40 degree day. Finishes with a sweet cherry that is stronger than expected.

Mouthfeel is awesome! Full bodied and so very smooth and satisfying with every sip.

Overall a very nice BCBS variant! Given how cherry forward this is fresh i am thinking my second bottle should rest for a year to see if the cherry blends in and is more complimentary.

Jan 10, 2022
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 06, 2022
4.25 by Jason1221 from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beejay from Virginia

A: dark black in cookie with a carry dark brown head.

S: super sweet, with vanilla, caramel, cherry and oak.

T: brown sugar, oak, and vanilla. A touch of wood especially in the finish and a closing note of coffee.

M: truck in body with a nice creaminess.

O: overall a big boozy beer.

Jan 02, 2022
4.53 by MikeBogert53 from California on Jan 02, 2022
4.31 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jan 01, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Pours dark brown/black with almost no head. Aroma is woody, cherry and roasted notes. Taste follows with cherry, roasty, woody notes. Good balance, complex and evolving flavor. Feel is good, in line with style and lingering finish. Overall, it shouldn't be this easy to drink 14.2%, but it so is.

Jan 01, 2022
5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2022
4.29 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jan 01, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

Note: no actual cherries in this beer, but wood from a cherry tree. I wonder if the cherry taste reviewers report are real or subliminal. One review even described this as a fruit beer. A fruit beer without any actual fruit?

Same classic BCBS look: Deep black topped by a short tan-khaki head with short retention, receding to a thin ring, bubble island, and then nothing. Slight lacing if I tip the glass while the head / ring are still present. Pretty much no lacing once the ring disappears.

Aroma is strong: bourbon and wood, both vying for which is more to the front. Some fruitiness in the background.

The taste is different. It'll take me a few sips to try to parse it out. Bourbon is there, and the woodiness is quite prominent. The initial taste is a bit harsh, but this quickly transitions to a smooth sweetness, ending with a transition back toward dry (ish - by comparison; it's not actually a dry beer).

The woodiness of this one sets it clearly apart from the base beer, no doubt due (as mentioned earlier in this thread) to the greater surface area of wood in contact with the beer. I don't get much fruit in the flavor, though. If I try hard enough, I can perhaps detect it, but it is in the background. *I* certainly would not describe this as a fruit beer, and but for the name, fruit may not have been mentioned in my review at all beyond some vague description like "dark fruit", which is present in many Imperial stouts. Hardly any noticeable alcohol warmth, certainly no burn.

The mouth feel is thick, but not as viscous thick as the classic BCBS, ending a bit sticky.

Overall, this is high on my list of the variants of years past. IOW, I am really enjoying this one. The only other variant I have bought is Fourteen. I'll save that one for tomorrow. I still haven't decided if I'm going to try to track down the coke version.

PS: after some time has passed, as I'm continuing to sip my way to the bottom of the glass, the beer does seem to be finishing drier than it did initially.

Dec 31, 2021
4.39 by dazedman from Virginia on Dec 30, 2021
4.15 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 30, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

This is definitely equally as enjoyable but I don't find it tremendously different than the original, dark fruit is 100% more pronounced here but it being dark cherry more than raisin doesn't set it apart as much to me. Still in my very first run of any of these im actually really impressed. If these really used to be better like holy shit.

Dec 30, 2021
4.25 by jtransel from Illinois on Dec 30, 2021
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Dec 30, 2021
3.99 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Dec 29, 2021
4.09 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Dec 29, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

Smooth, full-bodied and full of that dark fruit character, very dark prunes and raisins, blueberries - plenty of underlying fudge brownie and a present, almost oaky vanilla/caramel character with some dark char as well, caramelly boozy liqueur. Mild earthy smoke. Pretty nice, not sure it’s worth more $$ than the regular version this year but it is very good.

Dec 29, 2021
3.73 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Dec 28, 2021
4.24 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2021
4.39 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Dec 27, 2021
4.24 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Dec 27, 2021
5 by hoosier222002 from Illinois on Dec 26, 2021
4.25 by edthehead from New York on Dec 26, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

Usual bottle, poured into a barrel-aged snifter at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours your typical stout inky black, and forms a couple fingers of tan head with excellent retention.

S: Woody and boozy are the two primary descriptors that seem applicable to the nose. Freshly turned earth notes, oak, something not dissimilar to when smoking using fruit wood chips like cherry or apple - and a slurry of caramel-vanilla booze.

T: Cold, this opens strong and smooth, a base of black bread and dark chocolate supporting a cascade of oak and cherrywood tannins, in turn buoying up a hefty caramel-vanilla-toffee bourbon tone. As it warms, the bread and chocolate further subdivide, yielding tinges of blackstrap, licorice, and stone fruit. The finish lingers as bourbon-soaked chocolate served on a hardwood plank.

F: Full, thick, and syrupy.

O: Rather delightful without much age on it. I'll enjoy revisiting this one after a year or three in the cellar.

Dec 26, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JohnG190 from New York

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Toasted malt, molasses, caramel, cocoa, bourbon, oak and a hint of cherry on the nose. Toasted malt, char, caramel, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak and a touch of cherry on the palate. Lots of bourbon and oak on the finish. Medium to full bodied with a velvety mouthfeel helped by the light to moderate carbonation. This is one of the most unique and satisfying variations that Goose Island has ever made! Outstanding!

Dec 26, 2021
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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by pathman from Ohio

12/25/21 bottle @ home

Dec 25, 2021
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