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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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 1,389
Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split


Clocks in at 13.7%, which actually seems low for a BCBS varietal. The cherry is evident throughout - sweet and juicy, cherries seem more akin to pie cherry than some of the bolder and darker varietals. The rye was not overly apparent to me but the cherry definitely cut through some of the abrasive bourbon, which is a plus or minus depending on your purogative.

A nice treat - I perhaps prefer the original though

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Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a light brown halo. Cherry pie aroma, heavy on cinnamon, spicy booze but not too hot. Flavor has a lot of cherry and when mixed with the spirit heat it takes a slightly medicinal character, which isn’t too bad since the stout character takes over with heavy dark chocolate and caramel. Comes together really nicely as it warms.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand is a delicious stout with some nice cherry accent. I had this at the Goose Island event at Meridian Pint in DC a few months ago.

A: Black with a nice head, especially around the edges. 4

S: Malty with dark fruit flavour. Cherry? 4

T: Malty with lovely black cherry flavour. The finish is clean with some cherry tang in there. The cherry is super string but very well integrated. 4.5

M: Chewy with low carbonation. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of WVUbrew
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one on tap at the Goose Island brewpub on B(CBS)lack Friday. 5oz pour served in a snifter.

A: Pitch black, minimal head.

S: Smells like walking into grandma's kitchen as she pulls that famous cherry pie out of the oven to cool while taking another hefty swig of grandpa's finest whiskey...

T: Follows up the smell with the perfect amount of cherry. No tartness at all really, and just sweet enough to blend in perfectly with the rest of the flavors... No need to elaborate further here so use your imagination.

M: feels like any world class stout should and does so very well.

O: This was a treat. I actually got to talk with brewmaster Brett Porter about this beer amongst other things and one of the questions I asked was when he thought this beer would/had reached it's peak (since it took a couple of years for Bramble to peak) and his answer was "right GD now"... His answer was right on point, just like this amazing brew. So if you're reading this and have a bottle of Cherry Rye that you've been saving, now is the time. Definitely glad I managed to grab a bottle to enjoy again here soon and compare with the draft version. Cheers!

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Photo of brewtus
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours oil black with a single finger tan head
S- bourbon, chocolate, cherry, chocolate, sweet sugar cookie,
T- woah, starts with nice semi tart cherry, that leads into bourbon and rye flavors, plenty of cocoa and cinnamon flavors, abv is completely hidden
M- amazing velvety texture
O- such an amazing beer. You get lots of cherry that isn't too tart but it's still sweet, bourbon is perfectly balanced, they rye adds a distinctive flavor, and it goes down so smooth. I am so glad I got to try this and I'm glad I'm essentially drinking it alone because I can't get enough. This combines my favorite things of cherry, bourbon, and beer and it's one of the best I've ever had

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 bottle from a trade split with a buddy. Got the Cherry Rye + lots of super extras for some New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry. Sampled at a cabin during one of our personal beer tests.

From bomber to Spiegelau tulip. Was out in the cool temp so probably 55-60 degrees.

A: Jet black, opaque, tan head that falls to a ring. No sediment.

S: Here's where the magic starts. Huge bourbon, cherry, grainy smell. Cocoa too. Like a cherry chocolate granola bar.

T: More of the same greatness. Smooth bourbon, barrel char, coffee from the roast, and of course cherries! Words do it no justice.

M: Thick, rich, heavy, but clean.

O: I've had BCBS, BCBS Coffee, KBS, Angel's Share, and now this. This one just might be my favorite of the (fantastic) heap. Goose Island knows how to make a huge, rich beer that is velvety smooth. Seek it out. Glad I have another one from the trade to hide away.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Pours almost jet black with a hint of red. Small tan head on a medium pour. Smells of the bourbon and cherry, guess that isn't a surprise. Tastes even better than the smell. The huge bourbon smell would lead one to believe that it would have a hard alcohol bite, not the case. The alcohol is definitely there, but well hidden. The cherries and eye give a very nice combination. The cherries are sweet, but not over powering. This is one smooth beer. About perfect on the tongue.

Overall, one of my top 5 beers. Love it.

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Photo of langchops
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

A- Pours deep brown with dark maroon head

S - Rye and cherry dominate the nose.

T- The rye adds a nice dimension over the standard bourbon county. I think this balances well with the cherries. By the second half of the bottle, the cherry seems medicinal.

M- Thick and coating, as expected

O - I really enjoyed the rye barrels and what they added to this. I would recommend sharing with someone, a little much towards the end.

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

What can I say about this beer? Starts with prominent bourbon notes, then moves to more of a cherry forward flavor. While the cherry is more forward and artificial that anticipated, it is still phenomenal. Pour is thick and viscous, with a small head and just a little bit of lacing, but some alcohol legs. Hides the alcohol well, and is a terrific beer to sip or drink all night.

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Photo of Luk13
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to chuckycheese. Dark Brown-black pour with thin mocha head and nice hue. Aroma is huge dark chocolate and cherry pie. Also flavors of dark chocolate and cherry pie, though I find it artificial similar to cherry syrup and slightly medicinal. Thick oily and sticky mouthfeel. A big boy's beer, highly flavored. Too bad it feels artificial because the aroma is spot on.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into Russian river glass
dark with little to no head and no lacing
smell is bourbon and dark currant fruit
taste is similar not much heat to it and dark fruit cherry heavy on the back end
it is very smooth easy to drink at high ABV
don't think this will get much better with age on it ready to drink now
overall this is an awesome bottle would seek out again

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

Pours dark as nite.

Smell is BCS with cherries.

Taste is tart black sweetened cherries in Bourbon County Stout. A lot of vanilla going on.

Creamy and velvety. And this thang is sticky. All night sipper.

Finally get on tap at the Local Option in Chicago. This mother trucker is balls on!! One of the best brews I've ever had---ever!!!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Jim. Thanks!

A: very thick black with a thin mocha head. Nice legs.

N: Chocolate, coffee, cherry, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, peppercorn, rye.

T: Cherries are pronounced, quite sweet. Like a dark chocolate covered bing.

N: Very oily. Thick. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A very interesting combination. It doesn’t totally work for me, but I wouldn’t turn it down again, either.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hearty jet black with brown highlights and nice, thick looking tannish head. Head retention was pretty good, lacing was minimal

S: Bourbon, chocolate a nice, deep coffee roast and black patent malt with a blend of rich, dark cherries.

T: Right upfront I get a blast of dark cherries blended with cherry cough syrup like taste. Rye. Unimpressed. It almost seemed fake, like an extract or artifical flavoring to me. Thank goodness the bourbon, chocolate and woody base make up for it. A bit of vanilla underneath. Very sweet, like cloying to me.

M: Well carbonated, full robust body, sweet, but unappealing to me but still a great body

O: I like chocolate covered cherries but this just did not do it for me taste wise. The beer itself is not bad, hits a lot of qualities but the cherry flavor...just didnt like it in this beer. Perhaps it was the cherry and rye or a blend of something. I will have to re-visit this again soon...

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's Great Taste pre-party yesterday 8/9/13. Quick notes are as follows:

Looks like Bourbon County. Indistinguishable from the identical glasses of BCBS Coffee and Baudoinia sitting next to it. Dark dark black, viscous, oily, minimal dark brown head. No lacing to speak of. This is basically a prototypical Bourbon County Stout appearance.

Smells faintly of tart cherries and an ever so slight background spice, perhaps its the rye but I think it may even be a bit of that tartness. There isn't much of that vanilla and coconut background that I expect from regular BCS. But there is a good bit of super strong roast malt and a bit of booziness.

Flavour-wise, it actually works. The tart cherry adds a heavy dark fruit flavour and tartness that I find to be interesting. It's done in a way, I think that is complemented by a spicy rye that makes this quality a non-infected one in that this profile is not an off-taste. I like it, but not as much as I do Bramble. There is a great roast malt and dark chocolate profile in there too that balances out the cherry.

Feel is different. Sticky as heck, slick and thick bodied, but a little watery compared to the other BCBS variants. Aftertaste of tart cherry and dark malts that is fleeting.

I like that cherry tartness, I just like it better in a lighter bodied brown ale or lambic. As far as variants go, this is a good one but it is not a great one. Vanilla, Bramble, Coffee are preferable to me over this one.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head. The aroma picked up a combination of cherry and whiskey which I found to be quite exquisite, especially with the light coconut, vanilla, and oak in the background. Heavy chocolate and a bit of sweetness follow things up, as well as just a touch of light rye spice. The flavor combination of the aforementioned characteristics with the heavy, chewy base beer and just a touch of booze makes for quite an interesting experience. However, it is not what I had hoped it would have tasted. The whiskey and cherry combination along with some booziness wasn’t my idea of a smooth drinking bourbon stout like the BCBS.

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Photo of cardsfan
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! What else can I say. Spilt with my dad at hopleaf in Chicago. Appearance is standard BCBS...dark, thick, and heavy. Smell...little smaller bourbon smell from standard BCBS maybe because of the cherries. Taste, holy cow dark chocolate with tart cherries...they nailed it. Bourbon , dark chocolate, cherries, a little vanilla. Cherry pie with bourbon! Mouthful...a little lighter than BCBS but I don't care! Wow, maybe the best beer I have ever had other than event horizon.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

651mL from a trade here on BA. Shared with the owners of The Birch in Norfolk, VA. Pours inky with reddish mocha foam, weak head, with cola highlights on the rim. Major baked black cherry pie with German chocolate cake nose. Extremely rich, probably the most intense black cherry aroma I’ve experienced. Taste is mega rich melted dark chocolate, light fruit acidity, really powerful whole black cherries in your mouth. Fruit acid cuts oily chocolate. Massive palate. Cherries jubilee the beer! I loved it. More intense cherry than I could have imagined but blends very well. A big upgrade from the Bramble disaster. Fiancé rating: 3.9 8/4/9/5/17=4.3

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Photo of MacQ32
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours very near black with a half finger of dark rich chocolate colored head OK small spotted lacing and decent retention.

S - smells so damn good. Lots of light oaky cherry. Chocolate sweetness and vanilla. Rich sugary vanilla walnut smells divine. 5.25 seriously

T - tons of okay vanilla cherry. Cherry is very very obvious. Sweet chocolate and mild roasty flavors

M - pretty full bodied and smooth.

O - words cannot describe the smell. So heavenly

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a small amount of dark caramel head. Nose has whiskey up front, some light malt body with a strong sweetness behind. Overly sugary but a fair amount of cherry. Taste is also overly sweet in the finish, the whiskey is up front, the malt is more pronounced, a bit more rich chocolate fudge but no where near rare and much less than regular bcs. The cherry dominates the finish and seems overly sweet. Body is slightly oily, not as big as I remember other bcs bottles, fairly nicely carbonated, though.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out in that pitch black color with that hint of little head. Lots like BCBS, but on the edge, you get a hint on red. Definitely from the cherry.

The aroma is great. You don't get the punch of bourbon like BCBS. You get that huge cherry punch. Not that sweet juicy Bing cherry, but that Rainier cherry. It's more red, it's less juicy, it's more sour, it's a jam-like characteristic. Then obviously in the back that BCBS vanilla, sweetness, bourbon, oak. It's almost like a heavy bready cherry tart pastry, but with the heavy chocolate and deep bourbon notes.

The flavor follows. The flavors interestingly enough (having it next to BCBS and BCBCS) is calm and drinkable. The roast and huge big flavors really take a back seat to the pop of cherry in the front. Again, it's that jam-like, slight sour tangy cherry you get. Then on the back the caramel, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon hits on the back. It's lighter in the sense that the cherry hits and rolls throughout the beer without the heavy bourbon character being too heavy and hitting hard on the mid-palate.

This truly is an interesting beer. I will say that I like BCBCS the most, but this is pretty much up there. In the end, the cherry just doesn't match up with the beer as well as coffee, which is the only issue, but still really a fun take on the beer.

Again, having it next to the regular and coffee varieties, I like this tons for the novelty. I would prefer to drink less than 12 oz. of this compared to the others.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Listen, it's my birthday. I've been sitting on this for a few months...I don't think I'm going to formally review this. I'm just going to tell you about how I feel as it relates to Cherry Rye. I love Bourbon County, and this one makes me love long time. It's similar in view as BCBS, maybe a tinge frothier. The nose is lacking for what I expected to be full of sweet cherry. That said, it's there...I'm just a fan of big and sweet. So, taste wise, it's significantly more delicious than its base...I really enjoyed the cherry, chocolate, vanilla and coconut lacing. It's only slightly tart, and mellow pucker and all yummy cherry goodness. It's thinner than BCBS and the heat is mitigated by the addition of fact, it's dangerously drinkable. Generally speaking I'm in love. I only wish I had as many of these as I have anything else.

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

Void, Darkness, with a dark brown foam crust of a head that crumbles away quickly.

Deep barrel notes, slight roasted coffee, and of course a cherry chaser.

Bourbon County Stout + Sweet Cherries = This beer. A notable after taste that comes from the bourbon and cherry parts is a bit of coconut.

Thick and creamy, but doesn't linger for an unwelcome period of time.

I'm not much of a fruit in beer kind of guy, but novelty and rarity is always interesting. Glad I had a chance to try it. Shout out to Hopscotch (in Franklin Park) for having it on tap.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black, no light, nice dark brown head, dissipates in similar Bourbon County fashion, which is quickly. Leaves a brown frothy ring. Aroma kicks in with bourbon, chocolate, sweet cherries, vanilla, oak and toffee. Taste is sweet, but not cloying, sweet cherries, hint of rye, bourbon, chocolate. Full bodied, thick and chewy, mild carbonation.

The cherries really give the BCBS a lot of balance and making it super drinkable, with out much noticeable alcohol at all.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/12/12. Thanks jbck109!

A: Pours a thick black color with very low carbonation. A thin dark brown film briefly expressed itself after the pour but disappeared into nothingness rather quickly.
S: Smells strongly of whiskey mixed with rich back cherry juice. Sweet and potent smelling with warming booze, chocolate, and spicy barrel coming through.
T: Follows the nose with strong and potent flavors. Starts off boozy and full of rye whiskey and spicy rye barrel, then huge juicy notes of dark cherry juice take over. The finish is full of chocolate and rye, and the aftertaste has cherry skins, slight vanilla, slight caramel and oak.
M: Thick full body and mouthfeel, low velvet carbonation, drinks extremely smooth.
O: Smooth, rich and very well balanced. Probably my favorite next to Rare. Extremely smooth and rich with some of the best use of cherry I've tasted in a beer. Thanks again Jay!

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