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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2250) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma: Dry Berry Flavor, Rye, Mild Boozy Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Thin Lacing Taste: Solid Boysenberry, Tart Raspberry, Mild Chocolate Booziness Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redOaks (8) - - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
Thank the heavens InBev hasn’t screwed with this offering. It’s deep and rich, complex is an understatement, lots going on in the aroma and flavor. A FANTASTIC RIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle: Mostly full-out black, only a little bit of deep crimson-ruby tinting the edges; the slow forming, tan head fades pretty quickly but is easily brought back nice & creamy with a little swirl of the glass. Lovely aroma... this is how you do a raspberry stout! Very jammy, raspberry, blackberry, maybe even hints of blueberry & black cherry. Large fruit essence evoked inside of a huge, fudge cake & bourbon background. Oak, scorched malt, light vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, & fruit, fruit, fruit! Taste is the same way, a lovely berry flavor right out of the gate. Raspberry jam & purée all over the walls... Very mild tartness that leads into a fruit-based sweetness melding with a molten river of fudge, bourbon, wood, vanilla, sticky burnt brown sugar, timid roast, & mild cola. Long lasting, sweet bourbon, berry, & chocolate finish. Decadent, like a super-rich chocolate cake dessert covered in all sorts of berry compote & drizzled with a vanilla-bourbon sauce. Just delicious, what an amazing stout this has become.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bomber at a bottle share. Pours black with a very small tan head. Aroma of fruit, roast, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is dark berries, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and wood. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3561) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Dark beer with almost no head. Great nose of berries, whiskey and molasses. This is a big, rich beer. Whiskey, black raspberry, oak, molasses, jam, toffee, and vanilla flavors all well balanced. Nice variant of the base beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a deep rich burnt umber color with a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose is boozy chocolate, ripe berry and round bourbon sweetness. The palate follows the nose nicely with a creamy raspberry liquor mid palate that is layered with deep rich chocolate brownie, dark bakers chocolate, some nutty bourbon character and ripe berry notes that lends a touch of acidity late palate that balances the deep roasty bitterness on the finish. Really well put together and focused !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of raspberry jam with light roasted malt with quite a bit more residual sugar than I was expecting. Taste is a wonderful mix between a sweet imperial stout based with light roasted malt notes and some raspberry and blackberry jam. All the flavours mix in very well and nothing was off-balance. Body is full with light creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable with barrel notes not as discernible as in the regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smitty4657 (10) - - JAN 13, 2014
The most drinkable of the BCBS I had in 2013, this has a wonderful fruit nose and tastes like a blend of BCBS and maraschino cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours black, minimal tan head. Smell raspberry and cream, roast and coco, big raspberry Taste raspberry tart, roast and light coco, like Lindemann’s with BCBS Medium body Ok

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled 12/10/11, but maybe they all are. From trade with tstockstrom, cheers! Black with a small brown head. Aroma: lots of blackberries and raspberries, licorice, dark wine gums, chocolate. Taste: raspberries, blackberries, violet candies, licorice, creamy chocolate, oak, toffee. Full-bodied. Quite different compared to the other Bourbon Counties I’ve had, but definitely a great one.

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