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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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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 734
Gots: 327 | FT: 11
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with raspberries & blackberries.

(Beer added by: Khazadum on 02-03-2012)
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -48%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

sjc483, May 21, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours pitch black with a very small dark brown head that fades quickly to a small film

dark chocolate blackberry and raspberry's soaked in bourbon

pretty fruity again like a liquor soaked in bourbon but very sweet, sweeter than expected.

light bodied medium carbon pretty viscous

well i had high hopes for this and it all seemed to be good until the liquor soaked fruits came into play, and yes i hate to admit it this was my first drain pour all three guys i drank this with got to a point where we just couldn't drink anymore and wanted to more on.

rtaps, Apr 14, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Kindly shared by Deer. Larga Deer.

A: Pours black (dur) with a small collar of tan bubbles.

S: This was incredibly berry-like on the nose. Coupled with the alcohol, it creates an unmistakable air of cough syrup, though the roast, chocolate, and whiskey differentiate it. We did a blindfolded smell test with cough syrup for shits and giggles.

T: This is sweet. It's not so syrupy that it is undrinkable, but it is immediately noticed as the type of beer that begs a small pour for sipping and no more. It's like a fruit liqueur or cordial drizzled with raspberry schnapps. It is interesting in the first sip and immediately tedious after. Way too jammy with a noticeable tartness that doesn't meld with the rest of the flavor.

M: It's thick and it coats the mouth, but the booze is brash and unapologetic.

O: I was unimpressed from the first sip, and letting the beer warm didn't do a lot for it. Perhaps, like the Vanilla, Bramble will turn into something fantastic down the line. I doubt it, though. I think you only have one shot to integrate fruit flavors into a stout, and that's when it is fresh. Miss that window and you lose. Buuut I could totally be wrong. As it stands, there are far better imperial stouts out there.

Arbitrator, Mar 09, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to TheStretch for sharing this bottle!

Why stop now? Bring on more all-star beers! It's the Super Bowl, for Pete's Wicked sake! This one pours a staunch black-brown (razor-close to onyx) topped by over a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises blackberry jam, dark cocoa, roasted malts, whiskey, oak, light raspberry, light plum, light vanilla, and a touch of straight booze. I actually think the combination of barrel-aged stout and berries works decently well here. Unfortunately, things go awry when the tongue gets involved: The strong, boozy, whiskey-dipped stout clashes with the jammy berries. Nothing but discord for the tastebuds, a riot of muddled, alcohol-induced mania. Even with a bit of warming, this stuff just doesn't taste very good at all. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a seemingly nice idea, but decidedly poor execution.

TMoney2591, Feb 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/10/11

Aroma- Dominated by berries with some bourbon in the background. Smells like Fanta grape soda.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown color. Soft carbonation with little to no head.

Taste- Imagine blending a grape soda that had little carbonation with some grape flavored cough syrup. The berry flavor is very forward and dominant. The sourness from the fruit and the berry flavors drown the base beer. Hard to tell this is bourbon county. Has a dry finish at the end with a hint of barrel.

Palate- medium bodied, soft carbonation, slick, and dry.

Overall- If you love fruit beers and fresh Bourbon County is too strong for you, then you will enjoy this. The base beer is hidden here by the domination of the berries. If you love regular Bourbon County and all the other flavors, you will not find them in this variant.

StoutFest, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

dwbrews, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black in color with a small tan head. Intense berry aroma, smells like jam with how sweet it is. Not much whiskey to it and not much in the way of typical stout aromas like roast or chocolate. The flavor is absolutely cloying. Like eating a spoonful of jam. Maybe a bit of vanilla and whiskey. Some dark chocolate in the background and a bit of booze. Why ruin perfectly good Bourbon County?

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

pvequalsnrt, Sep 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting choice of a prep. beer to get us ready for KBS Day 2012. Bottle purchased at Poor Phil's and served in a tulip on March 9th, 2012.

A - Looks identical to regular BCBS. If anything, it appears to have even less carbonation than I recall. The fruits must have mellowed this one entirely.

S - Sweet, astringent dark fruit, dark brown sugar, oak, faint bourbon barrel. It's not as robust as the regular stuff.

T - Holy shit batman, insanely huge, cloyingly sweet fruit. Definitely far more raspberries, as the the fruit element has far more tartness than the richness I might expect from a blackberry. Thick syrup and molasses. The traces of bourbon are again, quite soft. Wood undertones. No alcohol detection, which is vastly different from regular Bourbon Co.

M - Medium body, might be a tad light, average carbonation, some alcohol warming in the backend.

D - The fruit is simply too much. It overpowers the base recipe too much. I'd recommend keeping it in the bottle for a while, but I really don't know what will happen. A friend mentioned it may just amount to a dark sour as the blackberries further express themselves. The big plus for Bramble over regular is far less alcohol heat, actually making it more drinkable assuming you can handle the fruit.

Auracom, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

LincolnHawk, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into taster glasses at a share. Deep black in color with reddish purple highlights along the outer edges of the glass. The berry color characteristics definitely visible. Low levels of carbonation with off white foam that fell off quickly with no lacing.

Fresh berries on the nose with typical stout malts present. Traces of dried fruit and burnt sugars and roasted malts.

The taste is powerful raspberry and blackberry right up front. A little sweet but not cloying to me. My palate is searching for the typical Bourbon County whiskey presence and I can't find it. The berries are dominant. Other flavors include dried fruits, bread dough, burnt sugars, roasted malts. Low levels of hop bitterness. As it warms, the bourbon whiskey makes a weak appearance and melds strangely with the berries. Almost like a fruity soap. I'm a bit disappointed.

The mouthfeel is a bit weaker than I expected. A solid flavored stout but it left me a little short and I don't believe this one will be highly sought after over time like its big brothers. GI would've been better off marketing this as just a berry stout rather than attempting to include it in the very successful Bourbon County family of stouts. I'm glad I got to try it I recommend you do the same if you have the opportunity. But I won't be going out of my way to obtain more.

Siggy125, Feb 19, 2012
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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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