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

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868 Ratings
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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.
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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.

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