A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt. Developed by the team of Goose Island brewers, this year’s recipe was especially collaborative. The brewers submitted recipes, held a roundtable discussion dissecting each and in the end landed on Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout.
Final Rating: 4.65/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass. Purchased in Sturbridge, MA yesterday. 13.2%. Bottled 27Oct15.
Pours a thick black oily body with a rather fizzy milk chocolate colored head that reduces pretty quickly to leave light lacing and a ring of retention.
After an hour of sitting and warming up, the aromas potent and inviting. Lots of chocolate, coconut, and vanilla-bourbon-caramel notes, with light berries in the background.
On the tongue is that lovely, rich chocolately bourbon county stout flavor, lots of dark roasty malt here, followed by light berry notes, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, char and delicious toasty malts on the finish that stick around for a while. Rich and creamy on the mouthfeel with low carbonation.
I really enjoyed this variant, the berries weren’t overpowering or cloying and the distinct bourbon county flavors were there. Very well balanced and complex.