Bourbon County Brand Cherry Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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American Imperial Stout
4.52 | pDev: 9.29%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Fresh Michigan Cherries are added to barrels of Bourbon County Brand Stout for this version. The flavors spark memories of chocolate covered cherries and rich black forest cake.
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweeter than bourbon county stout. Subtle cherry flavor. Quite awesome. Hints of chocolate and caramel. This would be great with either a steak dinner or a cigar.

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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a Trillium tulip tasting glass. #7 in the BCBS tasting lineup. Bramble, Backyard, and Coffee remain.

Appearance: What a surprise! It's thick black motor oil. Just like every other BCBS.

Smell: Just a faint amount of cherry, but it is quite boozy. A little bit of chocolate too, but the nose is relatively muted compared to some of the others tonight.

Taste: Chocolate covered cherries. Chocolate comes through first and most prominently. The cherry comes through really fresh, like a good sour cherry, and then of course covered in chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Higher carb than some of the other variants, but that isn't saying much. Really sticky and thick, which shouldn't surprise anyone since it's like every other BCBS variant in that regard.

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3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours dark black with a thick frothy toffee head.

S - Chocolate, slight spice, and cherry extract.

T - Chocolate, cherry extract, and oak.

M - Thick, rich, and full.

O - The cherry comes across as a sugary extract which IMO kills this beer. Wasn't worth trading for and terribly overrated just because it sports a Bourbon County label.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Whole Foods while "Rare Stout Night" was happening at Goose.

Smelled of bourbon and cherry. Didn't smell overwhelmingly like alcohol.

First taste was of cherries, followed by chocolate notes.

Very smooth feel and not intense alcohol like BCS '10 on tap.

This was by far the best beer I had all week, but I am a huge cherry lover. The combination of the cherries, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon was enough to leave my girlfriend at Goose Island for....and I'd do it again!

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Acre for the Goose Island Invasion.

Served with no head, pitch black in color.

Smell is subdued bourbon, wood, vanilla, faint cherry and some roastyness. Slightly sweet. Little alcohol present.

Upfront taste is a little cherry, dark chocolate, roasted malts--fairly sweet. Bourbon really starts to come through in the middle. The finish has a strong cherry flavor mixing with the bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Cherries and chocolate linger.

Full bodied and smooth with little carbonation. Some alcohol heat, but a lot less than a fresh Bourbon County Stout.

The addition of the cherries to the BCS base really makes for a unique beer. The flavor has unexpected twists to it--you think it's about to get very Bourbon-heavy and then the cherries come back and surprise you. The Bourbon also seems to be toned down a bit helping the cherries shine. Really impressive.


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Bourbon County Brand Cherry Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 61 ratings