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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (353) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarcoDL (2387) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
What a great experiment. The roastedness and Bourbon vanilla combine greatly with the bramble rye whiskey notes and the fruits. Amazing beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. In flavor lots of blackberries and dark ripe fruit, which was hardly in the aroma. Slight tartness as well. Nice stuff, but I preferred the more subtle cherry version.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
At Zeebra Beer Festival, THX to everybody sharing today’s beers. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, quite fruity, berries. TASTE: alcohol, coffee, chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maarten1993 (370) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Took this one because it says that blackberries are included in the recipe. The beer was disappointing for a Goose Island version. Unbalanced. Too sweet, fruity. However, there is a rich aftertaste with hints of alcohol (which lack in the main body of the beer)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2130) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottleshare thanks DexterCat. Nose of candi like fruitiness. Pitch black no head. A little boozey vanilla. But really. The fruit is way sweet and cloying. Ugh. Not bad. Just not my thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
I got this for DexterCate for an early birthday present. Pours a deep darkish black color with no head. Big berry, black raspberry aroma, followed by typical bourbon county booziness. Tons of berry character, fairly artificial, surprising how much is still there after a few years. Boozy, malty, caramel, chocolate malt after. Pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (768) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle share thanks to dexter the cate. Pours black, no head. Sweet aroma, berries, some bourbon. Taste is very sweet, strong berry, even after 2 and a half years. Really sweet. Thought I would like it more. Taste like candy, beer, and chocolate, but not awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3082) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Brown bottle, 650 ml, bottled on 12/10/11, from Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, black berries, molasses, light alcohol, cherry; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, black berries, molasses, light alcohol, woody, cherry, pepper, alcohol warmth, finale in roasted barley with presence of molasses, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, embouteillée le 12/10/11, de Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, fruits noirs, mélasse, léger alcool, boisé, cerise; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, fruits noirs, mélasse, léger alcool, boisé, cerise, poivre, chaleur d’alcool, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de mélasse, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tried at Hunahpu Day in Tampa. Pours a virtual black that is completely opaque. Mild tan head that lingered for 30 seconds. No real lacing. Aroma is raspberry and blackberry like grandma’s cobblers. Damn I miss those! Also some booze and other fruits on the nose but the berries are dominant. The taste is the same with the blackberries and raspberries the main entree. Booze does not come through too bad at almost 13%. Also not overly sweet. Full body, mild carbonation. Guess what...a berry finish. Such a damn good beer.


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