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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye

We here at The Beer Circle are no strangers to Goose Island’s famed Bourbon County Brand Stout–Kenton took a chance on the regular BCBS and I have already reviewed last year’s Bramble Rye variation–and we never miss a chance to say how good it is. When I finally landed a bottle of this year’s special variety, Cherry Rye, I was overjoyed. Cherries come third only to bourbon and coffee when it comes to things that improve beer, so adding cherries to one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts piqued my interest to say the least. When I learned it was for sale in Virginia, I wasted no time getting the bottle in my hand.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye
The pour is as black as the night, but I only poured a small amount so I have a difficult time judging what the head could have been. Nothing really builds up.
The aroma is pretty focused on BCBS, which I drank directly before this, with only a slight addition of sweetness. The bourbon and booze take over, with a slight amount of chocolate underneath. Because I love BCBS, I love this aroma as well.
Every sip blows me away. The cherries are deliciously sweet and not fake or medicinal in any way. The bourbon plays second fiddle to the fruit, which I did not expect. The bourbon takes over after the cherries are gone and is followed by booze and some chocolate. I find this beer to be more balanced and mouth watering than the original. I also prefer this to Bramble Rye, which might come down to my preference for cherries over blackberries.
The body is just as thick and syrupy as ever, but the carbonation seems to be a bit less than that of the regular, which I thought was an improvement. The drinkability is phenomenal because I really can't put it down. The beer from start to finish just tastes perfect.
At $17.99 for 22oz this beer certainly falls on the more expensive side of things. I hear the price varied widely state-to-state, luckily Virginia kept things on the lower end of the spectrum and I didn't have to drop $30 for it. However, simply because of how much I loved this beer, I would foot the bill no matter what over and over again.
One of the best cherry beers I have ever had. I really cannot emphasize enough how authentic the cherries taste, and how perfect they are with the bourbon. It was just perfection in a bottle.
Cherry Rye
Beer Stats
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving: Bottle
Size: 22oz
ABV: 13.70%
BA Score: 98
RB Score: 100

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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