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

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Reviews: 178
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rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, berries, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same with the berry flavors lingering on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged stout but it's quite fruity and different than I expected. (488 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a color around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of whiskey, blackberries and raspberries in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The initial taste has flavors of stout and whiskey with flavors of blackberries and raspberries in the finish. There are also some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very well balanced between the flavors of berries and whiskey. This is a very nice dessert beer that hides its alcohol well. (657 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Brad for sharing this beer last weekend. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a purplish hue. Maybe it's just my eyes, but the berries even make their way into the appearance of this one.

The nose is simply loaded with berries. I can't fathom the amount of berries that would have to go into this to overtake the Bourbon County base. Whatever that amount is, Goose Island hit it. There's a bit of oak and rye whiskey behind the berries.

The flavor is the same, though not quite as intense on the berries. Really, still quite a bit over the top and it's a shame that the base is so far gone. This would have worked a lot better with 1/4 to 1/3 of the berries.

Full body with a bit of sweetness and booze. This works well, though the berries are still over-the-top. Overall, just far too much berry taking this one almost-completely over. (887 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resting upon the laurels of the Bourbon County versions that began with the original then expanding into the coffee, vanilla, and Pappy 23's, is something that Goose Island apparently can't do. The addition of raspberry and blackberry to the rye barrel-aged stout propels the series clearly into left field.

As always, the every-classy inky black beer crawls about the glass with an oily viscous quality of weight and thickness. The scant head clings to the sides of the glass with a light tanish barley-stained hue. Even a verbose swirl of the glass hardly releases a foamstance that quickly dissolves into the beer with a somewhat fizzy character- a far cry from the delicate creme of other Boubon County Stout varieties.

Seducing scents of chocolate, espresso, and fruit rise to the nose in a rich and mesmerizing way. Sherry, port, and brownie batter match the espresso roast for a very complex and varying aroma that's almost too big for the human senses. Whisky-like aromas wrap around more grounded scents of walnut and burnt toffee.

Each visit to the glass delivers a different experience- first the roasty espresso flavors, then the fruits of sweet-tart blackberry and raspberry jellies and marmalade, then of bittersweet chocolate, then of boozy whiskey, and back to port wines and sherries, and then finishing with slight coffeeish bitterness. The alternation never relinquishes but becomes much more melded as the beer warms and the palate acclimates. all this robust and rich flavor seems too much for the glass- there's a lot going on with this beer and it seems to be pulling in so many directions, but beautifully so.

Full bodied for sure, but it seems that the fruit tartness and slight pectin astringency may thin the beer and this begins with the initial mouthfeel. Fruity and malty sweetness waivers as the light carbonated creaminess subsides and ushers in the slightly acidic and rye spice that creates a peppery/tart interplay going into finish. The beer closes with a semi-malty feel of malt, port, and chocolate.

A sipper for sure, this beer won't pair so much with a desert but serve as a replacement for deserts that enjoy the raspberry and chocolate interplay. I rather liked the fruit additions to the beer as they were large enough to make a full impact in a very fruit-forward manner. It really takes the series into the world of fruit wines, sherries, and sweeter port wines. (2,413 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of raspberry jam with light roasted malt with quite a bit more residual sugar than I was expecting. Taste is a wonderful mix between a sweet imperial stout based with light roasted malt notes and some raspberry and blackberry jam. All the flavours mix in very well and nothing was off-balance. Body is full with light creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable with barrel notes not as discernible as in the regular version. (560 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eorwar for the bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with a crusty tan head that dissipates quickly. The edges of the beer have a slight ruby tint, the only visual indication that this is any different from regular BCBS.

The nose is surprisingly mild, especially considering that other BCBS variations tend to be so huge aromatically. The fruit is very forward, with a fairly even mix of raspberries and blackberries. The fruit character is largely sweet with a bit of tartness lending some balance. There's also some noticeable alcohol here, along with even more sweetness from the barrel and the chocolatey, roasty base beer.

Initially it comes off as a bit muddled on the palate, with sweet and lightly tart berry flavors at the forefront, supported by a big chocolate malt foundation. It's a rather sweet beer, moreso than the other BCBS variants. The barrel is faint, seemingly contributing more raw booziness than actual flavor. There's nothing that really screams rye whiskey here, but the barrel does come out more as the beer warms, and not necessarily in a good way. The mouthfeel is fine, perhaps on the thin side next to other versions of BCBS, but that's not a huge drawback to me. The swallow brings some astringency, from alcohol and something else lending a tannic bite, fruit seeds perhaps? This washes away in the finish, which is mildly roasty and oaky, but surprisingly mild overall.

This beer sounded great to me on paper, and while it is enjoyable, it didn't live up to my expectations or to the high standards of the Bourbon County series. Nonetheless, it's a good beer and worth trying. (1,618 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one, happy birthday buddy.

Pours into a snifter like any other BCS variant, black body with tobacco stained edges. Scant lacing around the edges, a feeble swirl of skim on the surface.

Jammy fruit dominates the aroma, some mild stouty roast peeks through, but just barely. Its a bit more subdued and less complex than BCS and other iterations.

Indistinct sweet fruit dominates the taste, flirting with becoming artificial/medicinal. Some mild chocolate, vanilla and mellow stout flavors linger beneath. Sweet and jammy fruit lingers, creamy full bodied feel, mellow carbonation.

Not one i'd pick up considering the price and overt one dimensional sweetness and cloying fruit. It isn't as successful as other BCS treatments. Give me Bourbon County instead any day of the week. (812 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
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? (397 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Not as thick as I would have liked. The color is black and the bubbles are large.

S: Seems a bit off. Raspberries and a hint of vanilla. There is a dark sour note here too.

T: Better than the smell but not by much. Raspberries show up but there isn't much rye. The roast, bourbon, and fruit seem to be fighting.

M: the body is too thin with large bubbles. The finish is really dry.

O: not nearly as good as the cherry. Never really came together. (493 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really wanted to try this beer, glad I got a chance to.

Pours a darker chocolate brown fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, almost as if the beer itself is consuming the head, and after a few seconds there is nothing left of the head except this sentence reminding me that there was one. The beer is a pitch jet black color with no light escaping its grasp, and some legs running down the sides of the glass as I swirl, a nice hypnotizing legging.

Nose... holy shit awesome, if that's a not a real descriptor it should be. It brings some of the normal bourbon county stout, with a big dark malty base, some roasted malts, a decent chocolate kick with baker's, dark, semi sweet, and even a bit of powdered cocoa. Then vanilla smoothness and some malty richness, and slight caramelized aromas. The big difference is the pure awesome raspberry aroma, amazingly awesome raspberry and blackberry aromas, fresh, but mostly chocolate covered, like having one of those dark chocolate fountains at a wedding but using raspberries and blackberries to dip init. The deeper I go and the more it warms some nice barrel aromas waft out, this one brings that woody and bourbon like aromas that really bring me back to sampling bourbon in the rickhouses in KY, and brings a light whisky like aroma, not really bourbon, but more of a whisky, at this point I can't tell it's rye though.

Taste is lush and creammm.... oh man its good, again a nice big Bourbon County Stout flavor with pure awesome berries. Dark chocolate malts, some roast that kicks in with a nice big roasty flavor and hints at wanting to be burnt and acrid but doesn't, it just teases my mind thinking it will get over roasty. How the hell do they do it? The chocolate brings a nice baker's chocolate, some light dark chocolate, and even hot cocoa with milk, and even a bit of caramel and some coffee syrup. It's fairly think and a bit syrupy but that's expected for how big the beer is. The berry comes out nice too, like fresh blended raspberry and blackberry, and pure berry essence, with a nice big juicy fruit flavor. It comes out more than I expected it to cut through the beer considering how big the beer already is. It adds a really nice touch to the stout. There is also the whisky, again can't really pick out the rye, but there is a nice whisky flavor, with a bit more barrel and wooden shelf, and again gives me that sampling whisky in a rickhouse sensation. A bit of warming booze kicks in as well, esp as I swirl it more and more, but nothing near 12.7%. The legs I mentioned originally that swirled around the glass also swirl around my mouth and linger for hours and make a nice bit layer around my mouth that keeps me from tasting anything else for quite a while. This lingers on the finish as expected, with a bit of bitterness from the roast and dark malts, maybe hints of hops but i can't taste them, with plenty of dark malts, chocolate, and vanilla barrel lingering, and more importantly the awesome berry flavor sticks around with all that for quite a while. The booze is long gone as well.

Mouth is big bodied, legs that fill my mouth with thick beer and coat everything, a bit syrup, and just enough warming booze to let you know it's a big beer. The carbonation is surprisingly good as well. As I keep sipping and swirling the tingly booze finally starts to hypnotize my tongue with a light tingly feel, and like it's being absorbed through it and even tickles it.

Overall I don't think I even need to say more. The only way they could have improved the BCS was with the berry flavors. This is just soooo delicious, a huge beer that hides the booze well and drinks amazingly smooth all things considered. the berry cuts through quite a bit and really gives you the great chocolate and dark malts syrupy awesome covered berry. (3,811 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott (sbricker) for sharing this one. Served in a GI Black Friday glass.

A - Thin, and extremely dark mocha foam settles to a thick collar, with a few wisps on top, and minimal lacework. Pitch black body.

S - Massive pancake syrup flavor - berries galore. Light vanilla as well, with the Bourbon County dark fruit and chocolate malt bill shining through as this warms up. The rye influence is fairly light in the aroma - I'm not sure I would have identified that specific whiskey type.

T - Extremely jammy, with lots of syrupy berries, and only mild chocolate and roast presence. Rye whiskey shows up in the finish and lingers for quite a while. Alcohol is quite well hidden by the fruit.

M - Definitely lighter in body than the other BCS variants we tried, and the thinness is aggravated by the near-absence of carbonation. Some mild alcohol warmth, but nothing unexpected.

D - I really enjoyed this, although at this stage the fruit dominates the flavor profile. If you dig pancakes with fruit and chocolate syrups this will be a home run for you. A bit to osaccharine for mass quantities, but I'd happily share a bomber of this with a friend in the future. (1,175 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 05/19/14 notes. Had as part of our mega-BCS tasting, side by side with Backyard Rye and some raspberries and blackberries. 22 oz. bottle into a mini-snifter glass.

a - Pours a brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks like all the others, just like Backyard.

s - Smells of blackberries, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, toasted malts, darker chocolate, burnt malts, leather, and earthy malts. Berries are much much lighter than the fresher Backyard, closer to the normal version.

t - Tastes of blackberries, dark fruits, roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, cream, caramel, and otasted malts. Taste has more berry than the nose, but still nowhere near Backyard's amount.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Thick and chewy and not too hot. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I did not think this was as good as Backyard Rye, but it is still good. Much less fruit at this point which makes it closer to the normal BCS version, but that isn't a bad thing. A good beer but wouldn't give up the house to get it. (1,082 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone at a local tasting, I think someone dissolved fruity pebbles in my BCS. Beer is black with a ring of small tan bubbles that cling to the glass. Some lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is hella fruity, the raspberries are winning, honestly up until this point I didn't know this was a fruit version, I just thought it was a rye barrel.

Beer is still boozy, in a good way, but the whole thing is dominated by berries. Sweet sweet berries, black berreis and raspberries sort of drown out the liquor and the stoutiness of this beer. Not a repeat for me. (584 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark jet black. The beer has a thin dark mocha head that reduces to some very thin film over the surface and at the edge of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Some dark roasted malts with quite a bit of dark fruit (raisin and cherry) and some vanilla/oak presence. There is an almost spirit-like (rum) aroma with some light alcohol presence.

T: The flavor has all the elements of the smell (dark fruit, dark malts, char, and oak/vanilla) along with some bittersweet dark chocolate. Not unlike a black forest dessert flavor with some light hints of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slick and oily. Some light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Extremely rich and a very nice complexity to the flavor. The alcohol is more present than I would prefer but a great beer overall. Glad I got the chance to try it and would love to try it again, though maybe on a cold winter evening in front of the fireplace. (1,033 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan for sharing this!

Pours a little tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Lots of berries. Raspberries and blackberries. Tye rye and spice hide behind the berries. A lot of chocolate, but the berries are so dominate in the nose.

Taste: Again, lots of berries. A light roast with a lot of chocolate. The barrels don't so too much here. Maybe a touch of warming rye. There is some spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, fruity, and warming. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, the berries were delish, but they were the spotlight of this beer and the barrel flavors didn't show as much as I expected or hoped for. This was still a very enjoyable beer to drink. (731 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a brown head, exactly like all of the other members of the Bourbon County Stout family. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of berry notes, as well as some chocolate, roasted malt and whiskey notes. All of that goes very well together. The flavor is identical, with a ton of blackberry and raspberry notes up front, which add a very unique flavor to the beer. There is also a nice rye whiskey character, as well as some chocolate, vanilla and medium to heavy roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent beer, which in my opinion, is better than all of the other variants with the exception of the coffee, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. Amazing. (766 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for sharing!

A: Pours a deep black color with a small mocha colored head on top. A little bit of head retention with minimal lacing.

S: Tons of fruit in the aroma, lots of blackberrys and raspberries, reminds me of pie. There is some vanilla and a little dark chocolate.

T: Similarly fruity with plenty of berry flavor. More chocolate and some rye. The berries really impress me here, I was surprised at how syrupy/sweet they were.

M: Medium bodied, slightly thinner than other BCS offerings I have had. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O: Enjoyed this quite a bit. The jam-like fruit flavors worked for me mixed with a bit of chocolate. (669 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark black body with reddish/dark brown hues around the top edges. Medium brown bubbly head settles out quite quickly and leaves minor lacing behind (almost none). A thin layer of tiny bubbles form a ring around the wall.

S: Chocolate, ripe red berries, raspberry, blackberry, oak, whiskey and salty caramel notes towards the end. Certainly has the boozy element like the base beer does but it appears like it's going to hide it well with all the other rich flavors.

T: Lots of semi-sweet dark chocolate followed by a quick tartness from the berries that changes into a nice sweetness. The whiskey comes in right after to help smooth things over, along with plenty of wood/barrel too. It's incredibly complex and layered, very tasty.

M: A little thin but not too bad. Medium-bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with a nice cut.

I was quite happy with this variety of BCBS. You still get all the great qualities the base beer has, and the added fruits make this one really a stellar drink. The boozy whiskey and tart fruits play very well off each other - a lot better than I thought they would. Quite a nice sipper. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is deep black with a small, fleeting head. The aroma is dominated by raspberries. The flavor is significantly sweeter than the standard version of Bourbon County Stout. Bold raspberries and blackberries followed by a sweet, chocolaty malt. Carbonation is pretty low with a lingering berry sweetness in the finish. While I appreciate the bold nature of this variant, I feel that some subtlety in regards to the raspberries would have greatly enhanced the overall experience. The rye aspect of the beer was lost on me, as again, berries really dominate the flavor. Worth a try, but not on the same level as the standard version or other variants. (694 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by siege06nd. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured thick and pitch black in color with a thin tan head forming around edges. Great looking beer for the style.

In the aroma a sweeter, fruity presence is definitely apparent compared to regular BCS. I get some brown sugar and vanilla mixing with a moderate roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. definitely a little sweeter than other versions but pretty good overall.

In the taste some really nice notes of Bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla all come out. The finish is where I get more of the sweeter fruitiness giving it an almost syrupy quality. Pretty light on the roasted malts but I get some bitter dark chocolate to it.

The mouthfeel is thick and slick with low carbonation. Like all the BCS versions, I think it has a pretty perfect mouthfeel to it for the style.

Overall I thought it was excellent beer, but I don't think it is as good as the original. It's a little sweet and fruity where the regular just seems to have a little better balance. The regular version is one of my highest rated beers of all time though so that is a tough standard to live up to. It's still a pretty awesome beer overall though. (1,209 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass.

Off the pour real fizzy sounding and snapping. A real nice cocoa and red hued head but doesn't last at all and disappears real fast. Barley a pencil thin collar is left. Body color has a nice dark walnut brown mixing with red accents. However the appearance gives me the impression something might be off all nice color aside.

Mellow dark berried fruit, and caramel character. A milky lactose bent behind this mixes nicely with the caramel gives off soft toffee, creamy, hints of alcohol liqueur and heat.

Real interesting mix on the palate. Slightly thin body but holds up under scrutiny, even with some faint tight fizz. Warming cherry cordial, giant berry rushing finish. Roast character meets somewhere in the middle. Elements of black forest cake, kirsch, cherry cordial all over. I am liking the fact the sweetness on this doesn't seem so overboard, there's just a hint. Alcohol stomach warming, a little bit of boozy taste. The swallow really explodes in fruit and some tannins.

Overall, it's a very aptly descriptive beer, and a great idea for a fruit pairing with something dessert creamy. It is heavily fruit cordial liqueur like though, and that may not be everyone's cup of tea. Needs food. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled 12/10/11.

Appearance - Inky black as always from GI. Minimal head, but what it has it holds. Mocha bubbles form a collar and some wisps on the surface.

Smell - Tons of raspberries. Blackberries too, I guess, but I'm not as good at identifying those. There's a whiskey character there too. Distinct from Bourbon. Molasses and chocolate trademark of a GI stout.

Taste - Dominated by fruit again. More blended than the aroma, but it's still a bit too much fruit. Sweet raspberries and chocolate. Molasses and some whiskey notes spike in the finish. Not the barrel character I'd like. More of a rye whiskey flavor integration than barrel notes.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly tame in the alcohol. The fruit seems to have put out the BCBS fire. It gets hotter as it warms (you know what I mean), but overall easier to drink than regular. The fruit makes it very sweet and sluggish, though.

Overall - I like fruited stouts. Maybe not this much fruit, but the flavors always seem to complement each other nicely. I'd still prefer other variants to this as the barrel doesn't seem to make as much of an impact. (1,150 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle with Mr Hunt, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid used motor oil black without much of a head. Smell is Roasty. chocolate and tart dark fruits with hints of vanilla and oak. This is certainly less boozy in the aroma than the standard version. This stuff tastes great. It's a rich thick chocolaty roasty stout with a really nice sweet and sometimes tart fruity edge to it. Thick rich creamy mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation and a substantial body. I wish this were a bit easier to obtain because I really enjoyed this. (548 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/27/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Deep reddish brown with a fast fading beige head.

S: Blackberries and raspberries are strong, with notes of seeds and flesh. There's a restrained tartness with a touch of chocolate. Whiskey is very light.

T: Whiskey chocolate raspberry blackberry dessert. It doesn't remind me at all of BCS, but it's pretty tasty in its own right, initially, that is. As I make my way through the glass, the fruit becomes increasingly artificial tasting and somewhat medicinal, which makes this difficult to drink at times. The fruit overwhelms the base beer.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with some alcohol warming.

Overall: A solid beer, but a major step down from BCS or any of its variants. (767 characters)

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