Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 784 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by russwbeck:
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Traded for a CBS. Also got a Coffee '11 and BCBS '11
A: Nice active pour with less than a finger of brown head atop a black pour. Pretty viscous overall, the beer looks like on you don't want to mess with. The retention of the head is only ok, with not much more than a thin ring remaining after a few minutes.
S: The aroma is much more assertive than I expected. Blackberries and raspberries are huge, big enough to be noticed over the chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon of BCBS. Still getting a good amount of bourbon here.
T: The taste is a real mixup from what I'm used to with this beer. The fruit, again, is huge. Blackberries mostly, but some raspberries come into play as well. It reminds me a lot of Black and Red by Dogfish Head, but much more delicious. The fruit comes first, followed by the chocolate and bourbon. I will say that the chocolate and roast is really toned down from typical BCBS, but the characteristics are still noted on this beer. The bourbon comes at the end, tied with vanilla, and provides a very nice balance to the fruit. The complexity of this beer is really a force to be reckoned with. Each sip provides a nuance that is difficult to capture.
MF: Thick and heavy body, but the carbonation is right there. The booze I expect from this beer is curbed nicely by heavy fruit and the balance makes it very drinkable. However, if I had to drink the whole bottle, the sweetness would absolutely get to me. I split the bottle three ways and it walked the line with being too sweet already.
O: This is a great beer, but I can see how people would think this tastes like fruit juice. The rye isn't really assertive, but the overall barrel treatments are. Really a complex beer that hints towards too fruits at points, but at the least is ridiculously delicious. Glad I got the chance to try it.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2012 05:31:59 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
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 784 ratings.