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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (936) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (814) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3175) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1227) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2366) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2845) - 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 (3913) - 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 (3637) - 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 (2466) - 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 (4995) - 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.

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