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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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At Goose Island our brewers take every opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and aging techniques. For this edition of Bourbon County Brand Stout, they aged the classic recipe in rye whiskey barrels with raspberries and blackberries from Michigan. The result is a powerfully rich beer with notes of tart fruit and jam that fade into the warm spice of a fine rye whiskey.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Going back to my notes on this one. It was at the tail end of a local tasting I did with friends from a while back, and the numbers are circled nicely but the writing is a bit vague. "Wow, just awesome... first rye Iíve been blown away by." Not exactly a helpful description. I do remember loving it though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head. Smells of fruit and hints of chocolate. Taste is blackberry, raspberry, spicy, chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Bramble Rye finishes with a fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3848) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, thanks to cocoapuph! Pours opaque black, fairly fizzy small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly with some residual lacing. Aroma is chocolate, blackberry, toffee, whiskey, vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, strong berries, black berries in particular, lots of milk chocolate, rye whiskey. Fullish body, some creaminess. Nice beer, pretty sweet tho. Sorry I opened this alone...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (340) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
Many thanks to Greg for the bottle, enjoyed in 022015. Pours a viscous, coal black color, with super fizzy head, leaving behind a thin, white lacing. Has pungent aromas of slightly sour, fermented fruits, with matured raspberries being the most present for me. The prominent fruitiness gets joined by wooden bakers chocolate, fudge and toffee, topped off by sticky fruit syrup. The syrupy aspect invites a decent barrel oakiness to the palate, together with slightly sweetened cocoa and a rich Bourbon note, revealing dried blackberries. Begins with earthy malts, slightly bitter coffee, chocolate and dried fruits, which got a fermented acidity to them, creating an unusual sour note, which blends perfectly into the coffee. This gets coated up by syrup and toffee, highlighting noble, ripe wild berries, while blackberries turn out more present then they did on the nose. On this sweet fruit impression settles a pungent, wooden, hot Bourbon bite, highlighting the berries even more, by creating a liqueur impression. While bakers chocolate and wooden malts still provide a convincing balance, the beer is certainly on the sweeter side, with warming marmelade and syrupy molasses among a wooden vanilla dryness. The prominent berries prevail till the end, with sugared lemon peel being added to the mix, while the bourbon leaves a sharp bite on the tongue, which turns out to be slightly tooth numbing, with chocolate malts and a whiff of syrup adding a recognizable sweetness to the slightly wooden dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (1772) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! On RBBWG 2015. Dark brown/black colour. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, whisky, vanilla, red fruit. Well balanced. Bit on the sweet side but very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4552) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
#4500. Thanks to tderoeck! Happy birthday. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Black, no head. Nose is thick mocha, huge bourbon, spirit-like, chocolate, thick syrupy, sludgy, light berries. Taste is warming, boozy bourbon in a good way, boozy tasting (bourbon is strong & boozy as is usual for BCBS variants), lots of berries, almost jam-like in the start, warming, chocolate with molasses-like consistency. Thick, little in the way of carbonation. Awesome as usual for these beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG. Opaque pitch black color, small off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, lightly sourish firm roast.A bit too firm actually. imo itís too much and not very balanced. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (653) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at RBBWG shared by tderoeck. Dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla. Sweet, vbalanced. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4345) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared at Goose Island tasting. Held up nicely. Berry throughout. Blackberry on the nose. Mix of black and raspberry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2954) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small beige head on top. Aroma has sweet malts, fruits, bourbon touches and an overwhelming sweet fruity presence. Flavor has bourbon notes, loads of very sweet red fruits and the sweetness is very overwhelming, almost too much. Itís so sweet, that itís hard to get the sweetness. Itís like drinking unblended fruit juicy with chocolate sauce drizzled over it. Very sweet and fruity..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle sampled at the De Molen Bourbon County Tasting. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of big jammy berries, red and black fruits, light chocolate, bourbon characters below. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Good, but certainly doesnít improve on the base.

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