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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Sampled multiple times at WhiskeyFest Chicago. The beer pours to a black body with a tan head. The aroma is quite good. Lots of dark fruits like blackberries and other fruits from spiked plants. Thereís lots of chocolate malts, some anise, and rye whiskey. I quite enjoyed this beer. The palate was thick and coating, but not sticky. Rich beer.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4748) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle: Thanks to Beerlistman: Vintage 2011: Served in Chouffe glass: Black beer with a lively brown head. Aroma is a beautiful mix of raspberries, whiskey, molasses, some berries, rye and roast. Beautiful! Flavour of raspberries, whiskey, roast, berries, liquorice, malt roast, bitters, wood, some yeast, wood roast and sweets. Aftertaste has some dark fruits, strange bitterness, some whiskey, wood burn and sweets. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Delicious stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4492) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
A little odd - a strange mash taste to this and blackberries have a pretty big presence. Pours black without much head or lacing. Definitely the least superior of the Bourbon County series. Finishes with light sourness. Thanks to someone at Churchkeyís 5th anniversary for giving away a taste of this. Bottle pour.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle sample @ CK. deep soupy brown with a small head. Nose is definitely faded and showing its age. Cardboard and overripe apples. Plum and cherry meat. Taste is better. Very jammy fruits. Cherry and plum. Chocolate. Pretty rich and viscous. On its last legs, but still has some charm.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"I donít know if I can write accurately about the awesomeness that was this beer. There are good beers, great beers, beers so good you have to share, and then ocassionally, beers SO good, you want to hoard them all to yourself. I didnít do that, but I milked my quarter bomber for all it was worth and was very sad to see it go. I returned my nose to the bottle a few times throughout the night as well. I was looking forward to the rye presence in the beer, but a little apprehensive about the fruit in addition to the different barrels. My worries were baseless. Perfect balance in both the complex aroma and complex flavor of raspberries and blackberries, slightly sweet and ever so slightly tart, spicy rye and whiskey, and vanilla, chocolate, roast, and a hint of coffee from the stout. This beer was amazing in every way. Sad that itís such a pain in the arse to get, but damn Iím glad I got this one, and I hope they make this again. Rivals the far more expensive BCS Rare as the best in the line."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2025) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Dark black with light mahogany red rim... Not much head... Aroma is berry jam... Flavor is big berry jam, dark roasted malts, rich malts... Kinda cough syrupy finish... Great beer, wish it was more roasted on finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle for rating #6200:   Goose Island Bourbon County Bramble Rye Cough Syrup should sum this up nicely.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the Kulminator. Pours pitch black, no head. Intense nose of freshly squeezed forest fruits and roasted coffee beans. Medium body with nice roastiness, but my lord, the astringent fruit sours make the beer rather uh... not that good. Promising in the nose, but missed it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (5005) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - Boozy and jam and mollasses. Jet black with a thin head. Jam and chocolate chocolate. Just like at Christmas, but good. Another winner.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4625) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. Sampled 5cl. The aroma has lots of fruity berries, some bourbon, some chocolate, some roast. Black coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sweet, has raspberries, dark fruits, roast, chocolate, booze. Very nice. Medium-full bodied, velvetty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (888) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
650ml bottle. Black with brown foam. Very nice layered aroma. Fruit-forward at first, with blackberry seeming to edge it over raspberry. Behind the fruit is bourbon and behind that is chocolate maltiness. Taste is also fruit-smothered but I can just pick out hints of tobacco, roast etc from the base and barrel. Almost chewy palate at times. Peppered with sweetness all through, but never overly so. The inclusion of the fruits work well enough, but I think Iíd prefer fruit elements in a stout to be a sideline rather than a focus point.


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