Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Cherry Rye
From Goose Island – Our brewers love experimenting with their beer almost as much as they love drinking it. This unique blend, aged in rye whiskey barrels with loads of whole Michigan cherries, is the one they are proud to finally let you share with your friends at home – or not. After your first sip, you’ll agree, this beer has some real stones.
Goose Island Brewing (AB-In Bev) – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Cherry Rye – 22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 13.9% abv.
Appearance: Pours a thick dark brown. No head but a tan ring sits.
Aroma: Sweet cherry pie, chocolate cake, whiskey greatness .
Taste: Whiskey (vanilla,soft oak), modest roast,dark chocolate cherry pie filling.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, modest carbonation.
Overall: I absolutely enjoyed this beer. For me, the cherry addition muted some of the bourbon warmth/booziness of regular BCS. I would like to take this opportunity to address the folks who frown upon this and the Bramble Rye, claiming it’s too sweet/like candy/children’s medicine. Bourbon County Stout on it’s own is a big, almost goopy,sugary boozy treat. I just think if you are in the 13-14% zone of sweet boozy beer, you either are into it or not, fruit or no fruit. The best analogy I can come up with would be BCS is a box of milk chocolates, BCS with Cherry is a box of chocolate covered cherry cordials.