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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 274   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (10590) - Where the wild whales are, 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 doesn’t improve on the base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7669) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Sample at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen. Poured a deep mahogany. The aroma is rich fruit, roasty malt, tart, yeast, red berry fruit. The flavour is light sour, light sweet with a light malt, molasses yeast, over ripe fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Very nice blackberry and raspberry smell. Taste is tart berries with a touch of juicy sweetness mixed with a very solid chocolatey stout. Delicious. Body is smooth and medium to thick with light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (6176) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7612) - 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 Churchkey’s 5th anniversary for giving away a taste of this. Bottle pour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"I don’t 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 didn’t 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 it’s such a pain in the arse to get, but damn I’m 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2873) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle for rating #6200:   Goose Island Bourbon County Bramble Rye Cough Syrup should sum this up nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1720) - 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.

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