rxeight (2355) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GI 25th block party back in may. They were calling it blackberry cherry. Seemed to me like a bramble and cherry mixture. Lots of fruit, berries and cherries. Slight tartness, nowhere near cherry levels.
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At GTMW. Best of the rye BCBS’s for sure. The blackberry works perfectly. One of the view variants I have had thats nearly as good as the original.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a deep, opaque dark brown color with a small brown head. The BCS notes are all there; roasted malts, molasses, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, along with some sweet blackberries. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. I’d put this right in between Cherry Rye (4.4) and Bramble Rye (4.2), or at least my medium-high boost self at the end of GTMW would.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour black no head, nose roasty cocoa, blackberry, tannic, fl jammy berries, tannic dry finish. good balance. I wasn’t blown away at first but multiple pours were very rewarding.
ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Black pour with limited head. Aroma was spice, blackberry, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Taste was chocolate, bourbon, a touch spicy and finishes with the sweet berry. Very smooth, but a tad thin for a BCS variant. Seemed like what you would get by mixing Bramble and Cherry Rye.
zebra (1592) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
so much better than the napa. more sweet than tart if you ask me. on tap at 25th anniversary party.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour on tap at Stout Fest 2013 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, opaque and dark, some brownish edges, small frothy head atop dies to a loose bubbly layer. Laces small. Aromas are distinct tannic and skin blackberries, pulpy and seedy, tartness hits the nose. Cocoa, coffee, and growing barrel presence. Vanilla, wet oak, toffee. Gentle spirit warmth. Initial is a bit more fierce, firmer body coats the palate, cocoa and roast mix well, firmer toastiness, vanilla, roast. Biscuits, toffee and caramel. Vanilla, warm spirit, the blackberry skin is tart and tannic up front, trails off as we move back. Touches of tannic elements, barrel, warm spirit and toasty roast malts. A bit of cocoa, toffee, roast and spirit. A bit dry and acrid, roasty finish. Pretty fun, the blackberry is a tasty and unique element but kinda dries this out a bit much for me into the backend, roasty and dry. Pretty nice. Found the nose and the fun tartness to be the best part of this variant, but at other times became a little dry/tannic. Still, a really nice beer.. just trying my best to measure it against other variants.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stoutfest. Sweet, a new fruit variant! Pours like BCS, pitch black with brown at the edges and a thin brown head. Nose is super chocolate with minimal heat. Nice tart bramble notes are subtle. Very clean and nuanced. Chocolate and vanilla come through as well. on tasting, it still has a huge body and the acidity/tannin from the fruit really helps to keep it feeling a bit lighter. Nice tartness works great with the rich cocoa. Very well integrated and allegedly a component of Bramble Rye. Great stuff.