Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-14-2014 00:27:22 | More by roger617
4.45/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-20-2014 15:48:33 | More by mdfb79
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
96 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.