Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by BarrytheBear:
3.28/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared with my dad, brother, and brother in law, while playing anti-social.
Pours black with a short lived head.
Smells slightly children's cough syrupy with an underlying spicy bourbon.
Very, very sweet and crazy berry forward. Time has not quelled the berryblast here at all. Base beer is summarily swallowed up by plums...fruit that is not added and rarely tasted in the base...odd..and the syrupy sweet and borderline cloying berries. I absolutely love dark chocolate covered fruit, but this doesn't express those wonderful qualities. It is something else entirely.
Well, in the humble know-nothing's opinion, Bramble is a much better beer in theory than in execution. The berry flavors are too expressive, serving to eat up much of the best of what the base has to offer. A nice try, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity, but I would not seek this out. For those who are gooing over how well this beer has aged, I can only imagine what an absolute train wreck it must have been to begin with.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2012 13:41:17 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Very excited to finally crack this one open and enjoy. My first Father's Day / Birthday weekend beer, 30th birthday. Bomber poured into snifter. Bottled 12/10/11, #1050, consumed Friday the 13th, June 2014.
A: Pours pitch black with slightly under 1 finger of thin tan colored head that reduces slowly and leaves no lacing. True to all BCBS beers that I've ever had.
S: I expected some berries, but I can not believe how dominant the fruits held up after 2.5 years bottled. Berry aroma up front, and dominant all around. I get a little bit of chocolate buried deep under the depths of fruit.
T: Follows suit with aroma - the berry flavor is dominant. It's similar to eating a chocolate covered raspberry. So much fruitiness followed by a lingering sweet dark chocolate flavor.
M: Thick, smooth, carbed fairly low as expected. It had a rich feeling for after taste, very unique.
O: The most impressive part of this beer for me is just how strong the adjuncts held up. Comparing it to Backyard, I think this is more balanced, even considering it's very fruity. Enjoyed Bramble all the way through, it's up there with the top BCBS variants in my book.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 00:27:22 | More by roger617
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.