Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood StoutBourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #636
Ranked #1,540
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Mar 10, 2024
Aug 10, 2021
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 stortore:
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/29/21, had 2/25/22.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with just a sizzle of a head and light, foamy specks of cling. Aromas of roasted malt, wood, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon- a little more as it warms, a bit of a fruity aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, tobacco, light licorice. Has a little bit of a fruity taste. Smooth, a solid full body, appropriately carbonated.

Really good. The cherry wood seems to make a fairly big difference in comparing it to regular BCS. Intense aromas and flavors. Best fully warmed.
Jun 02, 2023
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Rated by moysauce from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A little too dry and tannic for me.
Mar 10, 2024
Rated: 4.4 by eluvah from New York

Feb 24, 2024
Rated: 4.16 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 17, 2024
Rated: 4.45 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jan 14, 2024
Rated: 4.21 by loch8534 from Illinois

Dec 15, 2023
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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip glass, dark chocolate thick appearance, short quickly dissipating tan head
Aroma suggests chocolate, cherries roasted malt and vanilla with a hint of alcohol
Taste is like eating a cherry cordial. Semi dark chocolate flavors , cherry, oak and is kind of earthy and sweet
Mouthfeel is full and rich, silky smooth and thick feeling. Low carbonation and the alcohol comes out on the finish
Overall it’s a delicious easy drinking stout, nicely layered and 1 flavor doesn’t overwhelm the other. Nice blend of chocolate and fruit. I wish I bought more.
Dec 08, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from BCBS horizontal. Pours dark brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, woody, boozy. taste is more of the same, dark chocolate, sweet, bourbon with light fruity notes. A bit more woody than the normal BCBS, as to be expected from the title.
Dec 06, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 02, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around nearly all of the rim. The aroma is a complex, but inviting melange of cherry wood, bourbon, and vanilla. I’m tasting cherry wood, bourbon, and vanilla. The mouth is thick, sticky, and boozy.
Oct 14, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by brewskis from Indiana

May 12, 2023
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Reviewed by 94Sip from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
It’s April ‘23 and this was a 2021 release. For whatever reason I never like the BC stouts until they have rested for at least a year.

This one is great. It doesn’t come off hot with alcohol - in fact, I can’t tell this is a 14% beer at all. It’s very smooth and the taste isn’t your typical whiskey barrel overload. The whiskey barrel is there, but very subtle at this point, just shows up on the backend of each mouthfool.

If this was a blind testing, I’d have probably called it a RIS, which I also enjoy. It’s not too carbonated, not too heavy.

On the front end of each sip is a nice dark chocolate flavor, like a 70% dark chocolate.
Apr 09, 2023
Rated: 4.55 by Burgy from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2023
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
500ml bottle

Pours black with a tan brown foam head. Smells like rich dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, stone fruits, cherry pit, dark fruit, toffee, woody oak barrel, with some earthy piney hops. Tastes really dark and rich with strong dark chocolate, black cherry, red fruit, dark stone fruits, black espresso coffee, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, woody oak barrel, with mild earthy piney hops. Feels medium plus bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique bourbon barrel aged imperial stout aged on cherry wood.
Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a nice light brown and creamy that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a dark chocolate brown that looks black.

The smell is good. It has a wooden smell with a cherry note in the finish before the chocolate comes out and mixes well with the cherry notes.

The taste is pretty good. It has a bitterness from the alcohol. The slightly tart cherry adds a nice contrast to the bitter dark chocolate note and the wood note works well with both of those notes.

The feeling is good. It has a heavy body with a smooth texture. Light carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a fairly delicious beer worth getting and trying if you have the chance. The cherry definitely adds something.
Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by npolachek from New York

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout is aged in bourbon barrels but finished in cherry wood. It's claimed to have subtle notes of stone fruit, dark cherry, and light wood tannins. The dark brown with a dark head appears to be counter to anything subtle, especially with a 14.2% abv. The nose is typical of most of its siblings. The initial flavor is slightly less intense at first before presenting a tang that I'm sure of its flavor profile.
Jan 15, 2023
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at All Star Drafts Sports Bar & Grill on 01/06/23.
Jan 07, 2023