1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

868 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 868
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 759
Gots: 328 | 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:
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.
View: Beers (211) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 868 | Reviews: 174 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PaulUH
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Chip_K
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DantheMan75
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bbrown12
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of _-CARP-_
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NinjaPenguin
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

22oz bottle shared at a whale tasting yesterday, 7/13/2013. Poured into a BCBS snifter.

This one was rather interesting. It was basically BCBS with a dark fruity flavour, mostly blackberries, that came in the heaviest at the end, leaving a subtle sweet aftertaste that complemented the malt chocolate sweetness that is a BCBS hallmark. There was a very subtle spiciness throughout as well. Mouthfeel was excellent, obviously as this is a BCBS brew, but while it was very creamy and smooth, it fell just a bit short of Coffee and Rare. At this point, I think Bramble may get a little bit better with a few more months on it. Very interesting and certainly delicious BCBS variant.

Re-review today, 2/22/2014. #4 in the BCBS Variant lineup. Poured into an original Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter. I cannot get over how fruit-forward Bramble is drinking right now despite being almost two and a half years old by today. Incredible notes of sweet raspberry and tart blackberries dominating the beer. Unfortunately it does cover up what makes Bourbon County Brand Stout what it is- while there is a nice dark chocolate, spicy rye whiskey and barrel flavours- the fruit is still so forward that while it makes for an unique Bourbon County experience, it's just not as complex as the other variants. I really really enjoyed the fruit forwardness of this beer, but I'm a guy who loves fruit lambics so take that for what its worth. A recommendation is try to drink it more as it warms up but not completely- the beer kind of falls off at room temperature compared to Backyard Rye, which we had side-by-side. Backyard retains its fruity jamminess at all temperatures and is ready to drink right now. Bramble is also damn well ready to drink, but I promise you, it will be a significantly different experience than drinking Backyard Rye.

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Niners49
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dkw0063
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rogorama
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Twig2848
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of JulianC
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of langchops
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.