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Quick Take: Bourbon County Cherry Rye

posted Feb 3, 2013, 1:45 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 3, 2013, 1:45 PM by Heritage Liquor ]

Disclaimer: This bottle did not came from our store and was not even bought in Minnesota. We unfortunately do not have any Bourbon County Cherry Rye for sale. 

Now that I've covered that important message, on to the story. To track this rare bottle down we trekked up a mountain with snowshoes on, shot a moose, used that moose for shelter, then bartered the moose horns with the hidden mountain village people for their last bottle of Bourbon County Cherry Rye.

Either that or we did some beer trading for it.

This beer pours out jet black with absolutely no light shining through. There is barely a hint of tan head that sticks around while you drink. The smell is vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate all in heavy doses. A slight nondescript acidity shows up in the nose too. The flavor is immense as big woody tannin, milk chocolate sweetness, and boozy vanilla show up here in addition to a surprisingly sweet and potent acidic cherry flavor on the finish. Not much rye flavor present. There is a huge mash up of flavors going on that are blended together seamlessly. I can see why this won best in show at Chicago's Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. The mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is low, and this is a big complex sipper that I wish I could have more of. Definitely lives up to the hype and then some.