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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (12695) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5276) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (1795) - 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 I’d prefer fruit elements in a stout to be a sideline rather than a focus point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarcoDL (4140) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6644) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maarten1993 (1004) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (4208) - Melboring, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (967) - 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.

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