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

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 778
Gots: 329 | FT: 9
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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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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.61/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Brewing Company.

Score: 97

Bottled 12/10/11. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 03/02/12. Re-reviewed 04/20/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a faint reddish hue. A super thin layer of creamy chocolate brown head at pour is just enough to cap off the top of the beer, and quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla, maple, milk chocolate, fig, smooth bourbon, sweet red grape and alcohol esters. Sweet and jammy raspberries and blackberries in the nose. The berry elements adds a nice complement to the sweet barrel notes of regular Bourbon County Brand Stout. The aroma is a little boozier than the 2011 Bourbon County Brand Stout. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice blend of sweet, juicy raspberry/blackberry jam mixed with milk chocolate upfront and throughout. The berry flavors are sweet and jammy, and just a touch tart. This beer hits the right contrast balance between the rich, thick and bitterness of the chocolate and the juicy, sweet and acidic flavors of the raspberries/blackberries -- this tastes like an excellently crafted chocolate cake dessert with berry filling. Maple, brown sugar, booze and vanilla on the midpalate rounds out the flavor profile. A very light amount of dry prune/fig on the midpalate too. This is a very sweet beer and a sipper, and it's a little hotter than the 2011 vintage of the regular Bourbon County, but it's still pretty darn tasty. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Dry and sweet finish. 4.75/5

Overall: Although this beer was the weakest of the Bourbon County Brand Stout variants out of the gate, the jammy berry element has release developed nicely over time and put this one on par, quality wise, with the coffee variant. The berry adds a nice twist to the bourbon-molasses of the standard brew. My big regret with this beer is that I gave up on it too soon and traded too many away without giving them the proper chance to develop in the bottle into something special. This is not a mistake I will repeat with the Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout variant.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out!

Pairings: Dark chocolate cake.

Cost: $15.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of zep9865
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed with aasher 2/28. Poured into Aecht Schlenferla snifter. Pours jet black with a ruby-mocha foam head.

Smells like bourbon county stout. Milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla and a little bourbon. The raspberry is slightly detectable and drowns out the booze a little bit

Front palate is vanilla and toffee but raspberry jam immediately takes over with very nice, bright acidity. This is a zinfandel lover's delight.

The fruit is so pure, but well integrated with the rest of the beer. It makes you think about jim beam red stag, and how much it sucks, and how this beer is such a great representation of fruit and bourbon.

This beer is so well balanced. Borderline fruit forward, and i love it for that.

Will drink this ne time, even if i catch a good enough buzz to pay an obnoxious price

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with Kyle (zep9865).

This beer pours an oily and viscous black, indicative of any Bourbon County. It smells of sweet and bitter blackberry seeds witha touch of vanilla and coffee. The blackberry seeds are predominant. The beer itself is very jammy and like a dream come true. It is full of blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry is is both syrupy and complex. It's interesting nonetheless. The fruit is all over the place on the palate. The flavors are the jammy I like added with Bourbon County. This beer is tremendous. This beer was hard to find locally but this beer is a gem seek it out. This variant was delicious.

Photo of DCon
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 650 ML-1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle @ Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO w/ STLWill for $14. Poured from the Marroon/Purple Color labeled bottle into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON: 12/10/11 1101 on the side of the label.

Aroma- This aroma is very strong with booze and power and has tons of fruit but can't specify any of them...

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, light tan head that dies. The body is dark brown with ruby red looking highlights. Very motor oil like. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Has a nice bourbon and light whisky background from the beginning. Very rich and thick like oil to the lips. A berry flavor comes out towards the middle of the drink and then finishes it off. Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Heavy, and Has a great berry finish!

Overall Impression- A very nice addition to the Bourbon County team! I enjoyed this one but wasn't crazy about the nose on it... The berries barley crept though in the drink. Enjoyed and would definitely go back for this again with a friend.

Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a small but dense chocolate brown head. Fades away quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Wonderfully strong whiskey up front, mixed with the big roasted malt character. Lots of char, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and oak. No noticeable fruit in the nose.

T: Up front, lots of spicy whiskey and roasted malt just like the nose. There is some chocolate but just a touch of coffee. There is an obvious rasp/blackberry taste that subtlety mixes in in the beginning, and then gets stronger and more tart as the roasted malt fades. Lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Berries get stronger as the beer warms.

M: Big, heavy and smooth.

O: Quite tasty, the raspberries/blackberries add an interesting complexity. A little bit of spicy rye from the whiskey adds another component. Having said that, despite the extra complexity, it just doesn't mingle as well as you would think. Overall I prefer the base beer. It's simpler but smoother and melds together perfectly. This is definitely worth trying though, just for the uniqueness alone.

Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of dlello2
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Shared with 5 others.

A - not quite as thick as other bcbs varients. Some redish hues. Thin layer of head.

S - Not much going on here. I guess I was expecting more considering how in-your-face the smell from the bourbon county coffee was. I get whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol.

T - Taste is better than the smell for sure. Chocolate berries is the most dominant flavor. Tart and then super sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. Better than I expected--not quite sickly sweet. Wish I was getting more rye.

M - Oily and thick. Not as carbonated as I'd have liked. Really coats the mouth. Definitely feel something like tannins on the swallow.

O - I had expected to be majorly let down with this beer but was overall pretty happy with it.

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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