Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Bramble Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (790) - Steinbach, Manitoba, - APR 22, 2012
Aroma is unbelievably delicious, sweet, nuanced, caramel. I loved it. Pours thick and black. The flavour is rich and delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (5168) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Another fruited and rye barrel-aged variant of BCBS, vintage bottle at Barts Bourbon County tasting in Bruges. Forms no head whatsoever, just some minuscule beige-ish bubbles on the edge of the glass, quickly gone; black robe with bronze-brownish edges. Aroma of soy sauce, fish sauce even, salted tomatoes, bitter chocolate, wet wood, salmiak, dark forest fruit jam, stewed brambleberries, oaky vanilla somewhere, coffee grounds in the background, whisky, very old sherry. Soft but still vivid blackberry sourishness opens the palate alongside a ripe red berry sweetness and a more sedate dried fig sweetness, followed by a very thick and heavy, soy sauce-like umami flavor; soft carbonation (as expected) but still tangible on the surface of the tongue, thick and oily, fatty mouthfeel. Deeply structured caramelly and nutty malt body stretching over the entire mouth cavity, becoming deeply toasted bitterish in the end, bitter chocolatey too, matching well - as always with Bourbon County stouts - with a wet, tannin-rich, vanilla-ish woodiness, spicy hops and heating, whisky-like alcohol managing to avoid wryness. The umami aspect has grown quite strong here - certainly in comparison with the Backyard Rye sample in the tasting glass next to it - but there is still a pleasant, crisp dark berry flavor in here, making it an interesting and very pleasant piece of art. I did, however, prefer the more lively crispness and somewhat more elegant profile of the Backyard Rye version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Dark cloudy, brown. Strong raspberry nose, touch of coffee. Small hay. Some funkiness. Quite sweet, but some sour and bitter. Heavy body, slightly cloying. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. 2011 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event.Black with small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, baeries, bourbon. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (2563) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
2015 Xmas gathering. Pours Dr Pepper ruby edgets no head and no lacing. Nose is molasses, cherry. Flavours of molasses, cherry, berries, vanilla. Taste is big sweet, medium bitter and hint of tart. Mouth is creamy body wity lively carbonation. Beauty!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (3348) - 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 weve 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. Its 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is packed with jammy berries. Good amount of milk chocolate too with some light whiskey. Taste is packed with rich berries. Crazy how much berry is here still after 3.5 years. Milk chocolate, oak, and light rye spice finish it out. Great variant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (4385) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Bomber bottle shared by a friend. 2011 version allready... Poured your regular bourbon county pitch black colour With a small non lasting beige head. Leasing a small oily ring, fresh raspberries and dark berries hits the nose in no time, dark roasted malts, dark sweet bitter chocolate, spiced rye, oak, mouthfeel explodes with dark berries, going to a sweet raspberry and spiced rye whisky finish. Some charred oak, such a full mouthfeel. Still a ton of fruit in this one. After 4 years now. This is at its peak. Backyard was to arteficial. Cherry was really good, but this one is spot on! Best fruited version of bourbon county for me! Incredible

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 13, 2015
THICK. This pours from the bottle like syrup -- a scary, viscous muck. Deep black in hue, with a whisper-thin layer of raspberry-brown bubbles that rises from the deep. In the aroma, this is very similar to the standard BCS: rich vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, milk chocolate, a touch of toast. A swirl brings out the berries, a background of raspberry and marionberry. The flavor is very similar to BCS as well, displaying the same rich chocolate and French vanilla notes. When cold, the adjuncts are muted, but near room temperature they emerge in a big way. Blue and blackberries swirl, while tart raspberry grips the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is a fairly water medium-light, not nearly as thick as expected. Jammy overall. The berries take the edge off the whiskey and add a nice wrinkle to the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2882) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from my cellar. Pours the part. Nose is full of bourbon and slight berry. The berry flavoring is more pronounced up front in the mouth, bourbon and chocolate finish. Body is a tad thinner than many of the bcbcs variety, but still packs a punch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Appearance is black motor oil with a thin layer of chocolate head. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry jam. Taste is chocolate, raspberry jam, light vinious undertones, and coffee. Finshes with burnt brown sugar, light carbonation, and full bodied. Overall, this really tasty, not nearly as sweet as some of the reviews had me thinking this might be but this bottle is over three years old, still decedent though and best enjoyed in small samples.

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