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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

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876 Ratings
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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 777
Gots: 329 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Khazadum on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with raspberries & blackberries.
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Photo of ElGordito
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaymo18
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Greg for the bottle, enjoyed in 022015.

Pours a viscous, coal black color, with super fizzy head, leaving behind a thin, white lacing.

Has pungent aromas of slightly sour, fermented fruits, with matured raspberries being the most present for me. The prominent fruitiness gets joined by wooden bakers chocolate, fudge and toffee, topped off by sticky fruit syrup. The syrupy aspect invites a decent barrel oakiness to the palate, together with slightly sweetened cocoa and a rich Bourbon note, revealing dried blackberries.

Begins with earthy malts, slightly bitter coffee, chocolate and dried fruits, which got a fermented acidity to them, creating an unusual sour note, which blends perfectly into the coffee. This gets coated up by syrup and toffee, highlighting noble, ripe wild berries, while blackberries turn out more present then they did on the nose. On this sweet fruit impression settles a pungent, wooden, hot Bourbon bite, highlighting the berries even more, by creating a liqueur impression. While bakers chocolate and wooden malts still provide a convincing balance, the beer is certainly on the sweeter side, with warming marmelade and syrupy molasses among a wooden vanilla dryness. The prominent berries prevail till the end, with sugared lemon peel being added to the mix, while the bourbon leaves a sharp bite on the tongue, which turns out to be slightly tooth numbing, with chocolate malts and a whiff of syrup adding a recognizable sweetness to the slightly wooden dry finish.

Photo of CraigTravor
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of apasternak
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ncelauro
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris-1911
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TubaManJack
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour from a share.

I do love me some berries. It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. While the beer has been aged I still found that the flavors have held up extremely well and the expected fruit juice flavors had evolved into the pulp/seed flavors without the corresponding tartness that you might get while enjoying the real fruit. While I understand that this beer might not have the same sexiness as the other varieties. I certainly enjoyed it and wouldn't wait to acquire/consume it.

Photo of Petcha
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. My favorite of all BC varieties to date. Great jammy berry flavor that is surprisingly strong for how old this beer is. Compliments the rich chocolate and vanilla flavors from the base beer. Smooth as can be. Age has treated this one well. Drank side by side with a Backyard, which had a more potent berry profile, but Bramble was more balanced.

Photo of barczar
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blackberry and raspberry dominate, which is not a bad thing, for me! I would like to see those characters meld a bit better with the base beer, though, to provide continuity.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitenads
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IMFletcher
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerDad
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 2005wendyrika
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlackNotesIII
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dataylor21
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evil
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dhamma73
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.