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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! Oh my god. This is unbelievable. The pour is the typical viscous oily black that weíve all come to expect of a BCBS. The aroma is amazingly jammy. The fruits are killer! So much blackberry and raspberry, There is also a lot of rye spice and a wonderful chocolate and roasted malt. Itís just amazing. The flavors mimic this perfectly. The fruits explode in a wondrous jammy bliss and a chocolate malt. The other dark fruits are really good, along with a touch of molasses and a delightful complexity. Damnit. The mouth feel is unbelievable thick and jammy with the molasses and chocolate. The carbonation is beautiful for how old this is. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity with a great malt and rye whiskey spice that I love. So, so, so good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Enjoyed from bottle at Smallbar in Chicago, IL with a good friend after a copious amount of eating for a wedding tasting. Appearance is a very thick pitch black with a dark fruit colored rim, absolutely no head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla, lactose, very nice, great, and complex. Taste is very smooth for an imperial stout, even smooth considering other bcs varieties ive had. Equal parts of all the aforementioned elements, the bourbon comes out a little more for a light burn, the addition of those fruitier angles adds a lot to this vetted brew. My vote for best bcs still goes to the coffee, but this is a close second.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Amazing. Fruity and jammy. First sip is straight away tart cherries and dark fruits. Pour dark. Amazing body. Inticing aroma. I canít speak highly enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2410) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2016 Date: March 25, 2012, bottle from Happy Gnome. Black pour with limited head, but more head forms when swirled, some staining of the glass but no lacing. Aroma was blackberry, raspberry, whiskey, dark fruit, and maybe some chocolate. Taste was as advertised, whiskey, woody, chocolate with the sour fruit nicely balanced. Not quite as thick and smooth as regular BCS, but still very good. Bottled 12/10/11 1051. Had this again 11/26/15 and it was fantastic. Moved this to a 4.8 from a 4.4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
#4500. Thanks to tderoeck! Happy birthday. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Black, no head. Nose is thick mocha, huge bourbon, spirit-like, chocolate, thick syrupy, sludgy, light berries. Taste is warming, boozy bourbon in a good way, boozy tasting (bourbon is strong & boozy as is usual for BCBS variants), lots of berries, almost jam-like in the start, warming, chocolate with molasses-like consistency. Thick, little in the way of carbonation. Awesome as usual for these beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head. Smells of fruit and hints of chocolate. Taste is blackberry, raspberry, spicy, chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Bramble Rye finishes with a fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (779) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
Aroma is unbelievably delicious, sweet, nuanced, caramel. I loved it. Pours thick and black. The flavour is rich and delightful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle shared at a recent tasting generously hosted by hannont... Poured pitch black with a thin, light brown head that faded quickly to just a few bubbles on the surface of the beer. Nose had berries, rye whiskey and the definitive BCS sweetness. Holy shit! This was incredible. The raspberries and blackberries contributed a wonderful cocktail-like sweetness to all the whiskey bossiness going on here. Strong barrel characters, vanilla, pastry-like malts, bread, dark fruits, grapes, and dark chocolate. So complex and amazing to sip on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle - thanks Greg! Blackberries and raspberries jump out in this. Bourbon is still there too. Another amazing BCS variant. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bourbon and berries,ok so this little vixen pours and looks like any other version of BCS,thick and black the aroma is in the order of berries,dark fruits,vanilla and bourbon,taste is of the sweet sour raspberries upfront followed by the bourbon we all have known to love next up comes the vanillins from the oak barrels yeah Iím lovin this, followed by the blackberries dark fruits notes that are also a little tart,IMO this one is only going to get better with time as the boldness of the blackberries develop and they will come to the forefront as the raspberries sweet and tartness will fade in time. Rerate in a couple of years with part duex ......GET SOME one more thing taste a little Like a Cabernet

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