Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ChugginOil on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,397
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
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988
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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 1,397
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for cracking this with me, now leaving only the Vanilla variant that I've yet to try. Cherry Rye is pitch black and doesn't seem to allow any light to pass through it; a deep, dark-tan head slowly forms with the pour. Fine-bubbled and well-defined, it recedes to a ring fairly quickly. No lacing is present, but the beer leaves some sticky alcohol legging along the glass when swirled around.

There isn't much of a surprise when I bring my nose to the beer and am pounded with nothing but barrel-notes; heavy oak, smooth and warm bourbon, and large traced of induced vanilla with a slight hint of coconut on the end. It's got that signature "Bourbon County" smell to it, except with the slight addition of cherry. Somewhat to my chagrin, the cherry isn't nearly as present on the aroma as I'd like. Surprising, given how potent Bramble was with the berries.

The underwhelming cherry on the nose leaves the aroma smelling not much different then a regular bottle of Bourbon County Brand Stout, which definitely isn't a bad aroma... but I came here for cherries, so why am I having such a hard time picking them up? They definitely peek out a bit more as this brew warms up, but they never really pop quite like I'd expect. Their subtle and almost nonexistent tart and sweet addition may seem masterful to some, but I want more.

One sip later, and some faith is restored in the brew, as the cherries are much, MUCH more apparent on the palate than they were in the aroma. It starts off with a light tartness, enough to jolt the taste buds but nowhere close to puckering; sweet cherries, sticky molasses, and handfuls of roasted malts are the base for this brew. The mouth feel, much like most of the Bourbon County series, is wonderfully silky, smooth, and borderline chewy.

After the initial tartness of the cherry, it fades into a soft sweetness that stretches out while the barrel-flavors make their way in. Heavy, smooth bourbon from the middle to the end with huge amounts of oak and wood. Big-time dark chocolate and fudge flavors leave this beer tasting like a dessert in and of itself. The cherry in the finish, although authentic, leaves a very slight medicinal and chalky taste/feel that gets a bit fatiguing after a while, though it's not too distracting from the rest of this brew.

Another good beer from Goose Island, although this is definitely my least favorite Bourbon County variant to date. The aroma didn't have enough cherries, and while the taste contained plenty, the flavor of them didn't mesh with 100% perfection like I was hoping for. Still very tasty, but be warned, this beer is very sweet - almost like a cherry fudge cake in liquid form. Eight ounces was enough to tackle on my own, twenty-two would be insane.

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Photo of joel66
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks Dan for opening this. growler from whole foods. Poured dark brown with a huge cherry scent. Flavor of cherry syrup, soy sauce and rye. very sticky palate. flavor bursts of cherry, even more in the growler than bottle. freakin delicious, my favorite of the variants

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Photo of socon67
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally giving a 5 rating. This 2012 offering pours a thick black color and coats the snifter with a thin slickness, underscoring a richness and depth of what it will taste like. There is a slight reddish hue. Scents of bourbon, maraschino cherries, and chocolate notes hit the nose immediately.

Beer is splendidly complex. Rich cherry notes perfectly align with the bourbon flavors that GI consistently churns out in their BCBS line. The addition of rye notes gives a bite that plays off the warming burn in the finish just right. I really cannot find anything I don't like in this beer. The bottle was split 4 ways, and I could have had more.

I think the aging and the liquid itself worked out perfect, and thus the score. This is as good as it gets for me. I enjoy complexity in my imperial stouts. I have now seen the top of the mountain and all that left is to find another peak. Cheers!

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Photo of KaeF
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, but the cherry isn't that outspoken as I would've expected. There is a slight hint of it in the beer, but I would have liked it to be more present. Nevertheless is this still an awesome beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a matching BCBS snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that is quick to fade.

The nose is filled with cherry and chocolate. Subtle whiskey accent along with vanilla and caramel. A strong cherry character is present smelling natural and pitted, bordering on over-ripe juiciness.

The taste includes a lot of over-ripe pitted cherries. Somewhat earthen with chocolate, roast, vanilla and caramel. It gets boozy and nearly medicinal as it warms up.

This is medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. A surprising amount of tart cherry quality that is mildly medicinal at times but well blended and enjoyable. Would not mind having this again but doubt id be willing to give up what it would take.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of delaced21
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of joemetric
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ben7773
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jared14
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mctizzz
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great stout that was made not so great with the infusion of some off-brand cherry cough syrup. I was given fair warning, but I could not resist my compulsion to try every BCBS variant. Not worth the cost of admission, worst variant to date. Still scored above a 4 because the rating system is silly, if I was to give it a raw, 1 number score it would be 3.75ish.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BrandonDZ
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Jcru33
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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