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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 249   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours black and inky, quick fleeting and short lived tan foam. Smells of raspberries, sharp rye whiskey alcohol, bourbon, sweet roasted malts. I’m surprised about the amount of raspberry on the nose, bits of blackberry, but sometimes I feel like I’m convincing myself of this. Tastes like flourless dark chocolate cake/torte with a mixed berry reduction syrup - really, really rich. I shared this with one other person, wish there were two more to share with. Profoundly rich and worthy of complement with a hi end vanilla bean ice cream or a well chilled creme brulee. Full bodied with small carb and a viscous finish. A nicely done beer, but not for me. Serving type: bottle 06-21-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2131) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Une version confituré et extrêmement sucrée qui ne se laisse pas boire aussi facilement(?) que les autres. Ça reste une agréable cousine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Thanks Man!! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head, that quickly dissipated. Big roasty, sweet, somewhat spicy, cinnamon, dark fruity, dark cherries, vanilla, and woody aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, somewhat tangy, dark fruits, red grapes, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, woody, leathery, and toffee. Think syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This has aged beautifully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Tasted blind at a horizontal including Vanilla, Rare, Cherry Rye, Bramble Rye, Coffee ’12 and an ’09 Bomber. Poured into a snifter at approx 55 degrees. Reviewed from blind tasting notes. Tasted 2/6, with vanilla in front. A- Pours like most of the bourbon county variants. No head whatsoever, appears thick with some alcohol legs. No detectable carbonation. S- You can smell a syrupy quality right as well, slightly medicinal mixed with fruit. In addition, some barrel cuts through and mixes with the syrup as well as some chocolate and bourbon. T- Fruit, notably raspberry. Some barrel characteristics as well as some port-like quality. Syrupy with some tartness from the raspberry. Not as much barrel character as the previous variant. M- A little bit thinner than the vanilla, but obviously still extremely thick, and some tannins from the barrel. O- Decent, but nothing to bust your butt trying to trade for. Tons of fruit character, which is nice, although I prefer the regular old BCBS more. This was correctly identified by everyone at the tasting, and rated 5/6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
On tap at 312 block party. Poured black with min tan ring. Cherryish fruit choc aroma. Quite smooth tingly feel. Bitter fruit taste. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 Freetail mega bottle. Are us big figs, berries, blackberry licorish. Taste is smooth raspberry black licorish silky malt. Finish is very smooth. 3.8 Second time: At Stephens house during GABF 2013: Aroma is dark cherry, dark plumb, burn raspberry. Taste is dark cherry, dark fruits, smooth silky malt, roasted malt. 4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with low-medium brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, bourbon, fruits, alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, bourbon, sweet, chocolate, fruits, bitterness, acid. Palate: Full bodied. Somewhat sticky. Overall: Very good. A tad heavily harsh. Lots of alcohol in there: a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1393) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
Black with not much head except a tiny brown rim and no real lacing either. Aroma is fruity (not sure which fruits but definitely red), boozy and chocolatey. Taste is again fruity but now you can really make out the raspberries. This drinks like a nice chocolate cake with its nice vanilla notes from the barrel. It is also acidic, enhancing the fruits perception. Really boozy too. Mouthfeel is sticky but still lighter than I would have expected. Not saying it isn’t a big beer, though. A really nice one by Goose Island, but I still prefer the regular BCS I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to pandableh for this one! Black with a small ring of beige/reddish foam and very little lacing. Aroma is really fruity with boozy notes, chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with a lot of raspberries (and other berries), dark chocolate, boozy notes, spices and roasted malt. Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. One of the good fruity stout I have tried so far. It reminds me of very dark chocolate (like 90+ cacao) with raspberries. The sweetness/boozyness/strong fruitiness make this one hard to drink, but it’s definitely a good complex sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4503) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
pours very dark brown with a small light beige cap, some retention and lacing. raisins, raspberries - light tartness, burnt caramel, dark berries, candy, bit of coconut, booze, roasted acidity but mostly coming fruits, anisseed, bit of smoke, cardboard. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, boozy and fruity-peppery finish. very nice!

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