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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1462) - 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 cant speak highly enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (584) - 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 (4143) - 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 (6559) - Burnsville, 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 Im 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomas15 (688) - USA - MAR 15, 2012
the smell is very unique, very wine like, high fruit, dark fruit. slight booze rye spice in aroma. rye and fruit most evidnet. pours murky black with dark red edges and slight reddish pink foam. taste is vivid fruits, nice tart edges, little booze burn. chocolate raspberry.... fuckin delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Wow. Definite fruit in the nose, small dark brown head. Berries, berries, and more berries from the start. Perfectly integrated into the stout. Only the New Glarus Cherry Stout does as good a job integrating fruit and stout. Hints of barrel and booze. Warming in the tummy. A little vanilla. Very smooth, too easy to drink. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation. I say drink this one fresh, it is too good to pass up now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bacterial (1617) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Riding the line between a fruit beer and stout, the aroma and taste of berries is very upfront and bold. The whiskey, wood and vanilla linger along with a nice boozy finish. Well done, as usual, from the BCBS line of GI! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle shared by 48FaninCali. Sweet raspberry and chocolate nose and flavor. Really sweet and tasty. Thanks for sharing, Austin!

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