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

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutCherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

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

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.

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4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a dark chocolate head. Looks great.

S: Like a cherry brownie. Both milk and dark chocolate fudge, cherries, bourbon, and though not brewed with any, slight spices like maybe cinnamon or anice.

T: Like a cherry chocolate chip bourbon sweetbread. The chocolate and cherry mix up front very nicely, followed by a creamy malty backbone, and finishes off with a spicy bourbon flare.

O: A fantastic brew, but honestly my least favorite of the three bourbon county incarnations ive tried.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Obtained by my good buddy, Spycow in Il, poured in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a rich, deep blackish pour, near opaque some brown on the edges with a frothy tan head that dissipated quickly with medium lacing.
S-BCBS; the aroma is delicious, like the original, chocolate, molasses, oak, bourbon whiskey, slight hint of rye, and a nice tart cherry aroma, not sweet
T-The taste is definitely BCBS initally; molasses, bourbon whiskey chocolate, but the tart cherries come through on the back side and the brew comes across as a bit of a sour stout.
M-It seemed a tad thinner then the regular BCBS, but it was still very smooth and creamy with a medium-low carbonation.
O-Very good, but I prefer all the other BCBS series better; a little too tart/sour for me for a stout. I wouldn't buy another bottle, but I would definitely drink one if offereda glass.

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4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Jason.

This beer sounded like a bit of a trainwreck. Turns out, it's pretty tasty. Compared to Bramble, which is an enjoyable but flawed beer in my opinion, this is quite a bit less medicinal. Cherry isn't subtle, but it also isn't overly sweet. It brings a dry, almost tart quality to the beer that balances out the BCS foundation pretty nicely. On the downside, this is rather boozy - much moreso than Bramble Rye was as a fresh beer. There's plenty of whiskey, oak and bittersweet chocolate here to balance out the rather strong fruit character; there's no mistaking this for a barrel aged stout. The fruit is more of an accent, and it does work pretty nicely in this context. The biggest flaw is how damn hot it is. Perhaps time will change that, but I can't see the fruit holding up terribly long. The Bramble Rye we had next to this was already beginning to show some age, so I'd probably drink this sooner than later and expect some booziness from it. In any case, it's pretty nice stuff. I just wouldn't put it in the upper tier of BCS variants.

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4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle split between 3 friends at the Three Squares in MN.

Pours maroon black with little to no head and no lacing

Smells of bourbon whiskey, coffee, cherries, chocolate

Taste is where this gem shines. Tons of bourbon and chocolate but not as rich as regular BCBS. This beer is surprisingly sweet and slightly bitter. The cherry compliments this beer in great form. I also get coffee and oak on the palate. So damn good.

Smooth and creamy with a medium mouthfeel. This is not harsh and goes down beautiful. I want more after every sip.

This is world class. Glad I've got my hands on one. Hands down my favorite variant of BCS that I've had!

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4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic BCBS body with a minimal amount of burnt khaki carbonation floating around on top. Legs are pretty apparent, a slightly greater sense of clarity compared to some of the other variants.

Little red fruits, mellow spirits, molasses, faint spicy grain, booze presence is remarkably tame... bittersweet. Not quite as overwhelming as the others... mellow, approachable.

Wow. The cherry really shines on the palate. I'm pleasantly surprised by how in check the sweetness from the fruit is. Cherry pie - crust and all, modestly tart, mushy fruit jam. The cherry character and rich vanilla oak compliment each other wonderfully. Each of the lead roles; rye, whiskey, cherry and barrel each contribute something unique. Complexity that can easily be dissected... not something you come across often. The whiskey begins to surface as the beer warms, it lingers on the back end of the palate and mingles with that tart fruit flesh and spicy rye. A very different kind of warmth compared to the regz BCBS or even Bramble.

P.S. Why doesn't Brett Porter brew a brett porter?

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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Little tan head. Color is black with a cherry carmaker hue around the edges.

Flavor profile shoes a lot of cherries as it warms. Not tart however. Lots of chocolate. The barrel flavors are a little different. The rye is noticable, but would be hard to pick out the difference. There is some roasted malts and a molasses profile.

Very thick. Full bodied. A little dry and roasted. Good carbonation level.
Ends fairly rich like a chocolate dessert.

Overall, this was another solid BCS offering. The cherries showed a lot more than I expected. 11 oz was enough, however. Very similar to regular BCS.

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 1,408 ratings