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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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 (227) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (1370) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! Oh my god. This is unbelievable. The pour is the typical viscous oily black that weíve all come to expect of a BCBS. The aroma is amazingly jammy. The fruits are killer! So much blackberry and raspberry, There is also a lot of rye spice and a wonderful chocolate and roasted malt. Itís just amazing. The flavors mimic this perfectly. The fruits explode in a wondrous jammy bliss and a chocolate malt. The other dark fruits are really good, along with a touch of molasses and a delightful complexity. Damnit. The mouth feel is unbelievable thick and jammy with the molasses and chocolate. The carbonation is beautiful for how old this is. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity with a great malt and rye whiskey spice that I love. So, so, so good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2991) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is packed with jammy berries. Good amount of milk chocolate too with some light whiskey. Taste is packed with rich berries. Crazy how much berry is here still after 3.5 years. Milk chocolate, oak, and light rye spice finish it out. Great variant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bomber bottle shared by a friend. 2011 version allready... Poured your regular bourbon county pitch black colour With a small non lasting beige head. Leasing a small oily ring, fresh raspberries and dark berries hits the nose in no time, dark roasted malts, dark sweet bitter chocolate, spiced rye, oak, mouthfeel explodes with dark berries, going to a sweet raspberry and spiced rye whisky finish. Some charred oak, such a full mouthfeel. Still a ton of fruit in this one. After 4 years now. This is at itís peak. Backyard was to arteficial. Cherry was really good, but this one is spot on! Best fruited version of bourbon county for me! Incredible

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (732) - - MAY 13, 2015
THICK. This pours from the bottle like syrup -- a scary, viscous muck. Deep black in hue, with a whisper-thin layer of raspberry-brown bubbles that rises from the deep. In the aroma, this is very similar to the standard BCS: rich vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, milk chocolate, a touch of toast. A swirl brings out the berries, a background of raspberry and marionberry. The flavor is very similar to BCS as well, displaying the same rich chocolate and French vanilla notes. When cold, the adjuncts are muted, but near room temperature they emerge in a big way. Blue and blackberries swirl, while tart raspberry grips the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is a fairly water medium-light, not nearly as thick as expected. Jammy overall. The berries take the edge off the whiskey and add a nice wrinkle to the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2308) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from my cellar. Pours the part. Nose is full of bourbon and slight berry. The berry flavoring is more pronounced up front in the mouth, bourbon and chocolate finish. Body is a tad thinner than many of the bcbcs variety, but still packs a punch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Appearance is black motor oil with a thin layer of chocolate head. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry jam. Taste is chocolate, raspberry jam, light vinious undertones, and coffee. Finshes with burnt brown sugar, light carbonation, and full bodied. Overall, this really tasty, not nearly as sweet as some of the reviews had me thinking this might be but this bottle is over three years old, still decedent though and best enjoyed in small samples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1412) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2015
22oz bottle pours a dark black with a small tan head. lots of rye whiskey barrel taste with a slight berry finish. would like to have tried this fresh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6900) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Benís place) - BB: n/a, bottled: XII/10/11 (2015-226) Thanks to Amy for the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, raisins, malty, sweet, forest fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish, very fruits, raspberries, alcohol, sour cherries, boozy, forest fruits, vanilla, caramel, pretty sugary. Aftertaste: sweet, red currants, alcohol, boozy, very fruity, sourish touch, vanilla, more alcohol, very alcoholic. Finished the bottle and got wasted after all. :p The end of a great tasting!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1080) - 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 (5167) - 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...

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