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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5843) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1940) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 Looks like bourbon county. Smell is fantastic. Like fresh raspberry, should have seeds. Taste of bourbon and fruit doesnt mix. 3.6 (5 on taste)

Going to rerate this one. Had this initially at DLD 12, and I rated a bottle 8/13. Smelled great, but the taste was like a childrens cough syrup. Too much wierd sweetness that didnt mix well with the stout. Didnt really mix. Bottle 12/13, was actually starting to come together. But had this on draft at the block party (9/13) and was really starting to come together. Then again at a complete vertical 12/14. Maybe a couple other times in the interval, and each time got progressively better. By this point it might be my favorite of the fruit BCS. It has all but lost the wierd childrens cough syrup flavors. The berry has dropped off, but are still very there, but are now at a point where it is balanced nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4740) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle shared at Pauls. Poured a great looking viscous pitch black body under a thick beige head. Aroma was sugary, super sweet, loads of blackberry and raspberry jam, bourbon, wood, fruity pancake syrup. Flavor was the same as the aroma with just way way too much berry for me. Additional notes of tar, char and burnt barrel. I’m in the minority on this one but I didn’t care for this version, give me regular Bourbon County any day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown pour, tan head. Some fruit, oak and rye notes. Lots of berry and chocolate. Good, but not great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (6384) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle opened at Paul’s July 2013 Tasting. Pours a deep black body with thin, tannish brown lacing. Aroma is lots of berries - raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and black cherry; with backing notes of rich, dark chocolate, and espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of rich chocolate, chocolate-covered raspberries, light blackberries, oak, bourbon/alcohol, sweet chocolate syrup, light acidity and a beautiful earthy espresso roast. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
@Pauls new condo Tasting-22oz bottle shared by JRedmond-still-black body with red tint that sheets/has legs. A-dk berries, bourbon, dk malt. T-berries, bourbon, roasty dk malt. Smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Shared with my bud Tony. Pours a deep brown. Sweet aroma of berries and some alcohol. The sweetness overpowers in the beginning when it is cold. As it warms the whiskey comes out and the sweetness in the taste dies down. Still sweet like a mix of framboise and a stout. Slightly sticky oily feel. Some heat and glad to try this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, raspberries, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, berries, soy sauce, oak, and fennel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
No head or lace. If you go into this expecting a bourbon-forward stout, you're in for a disappointment. Big berry aroma, brambles galore! Fantastic balance if stout and fruit -- a feat 95% of brewers fail at. This is the second best BCBS variant, close behind 2011 Coffee. Love it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Pitch black pour. Aroma is creamy, roasted, slightly fruity, some berries, coffee, caramel and ash. Flavor is smooth bitter roasted, burnt malts, sweet fruits and creamy. Lovely brew.


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