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

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 726
Gots: 326 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with raspberries & blackberries.

(Beer added by: Khazadum on 02-03-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sbricker, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bauermj, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

THECPJ, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

alampear, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

MasterSki, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Skyline312
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Served in a snifter. Bottle Date: 10DEC2011.

A - Pours a very dark ink color with purple lacing. Minimal head rentention. Leaves an oily coat on the glass.

S - Dark chocolate covered blackberries/raspberries with a little bourbon burn to your nose. Smells absolutely amazing! Immediately made my mouth water.

T - Initial burst of tart berry with a heavy jam/syrup swallow, bourbon burn in the throat, aftertaste was like I just took a bite of dark chocolate and let it melt in my mouth.

M - Oily, thick almost syrup/jam like. Coats extremely well. Even after swallowing there is a secondary coating left across the tongue. Mouth continued to water well after I swallowed, very interesting.

O - An amzing take on the BCS, I plan on cellaring a bottle to see how this beer ages over a couple of years. Berries and dark chocolate were the predominant flavors of this rich full-palate stout. In the war between the berries and bourbon, the berries have won the batttle. After some aging, however, the bourbon will win the war.

Skyline312, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Listers, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a dark chocolate with garnet edges. There was a light purplish mocha head that faded to leave a light halo.

S - Wow. Just wow. Huge bourbon notes with chocolate with maybe some coconut and wood. Huge raspberry notes chocolate covered raspberries oh my.

T - Sweet zombie Jesus I want this in my body. Big raspberry notes and chocolate. Great smooth bourbon. Woody earth notes bright raspberry juice. Delicious.

M - Nice and thick and boozy. Very tasty and each flavorful sip makes me want more.

O - Overall I really really love this beer. Like...why can't I have this yearly?! Want to savour this but I can't its just too enjoyable. Buy this beer whenever you can!!

rudzud, Feb 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

bvick7, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

BrohamidAli, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

dwbrews, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bsuedekum, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

A- pours a half inch dark mocha head on a black body. Average head retention, minimal lacing.

S- May be the star of the show. Your regulat Bourbon County but with raspberries!

T- Very smooth. Raspberries shows up at the tail end of each sip. Extremely well hidden alcohol.

M- Thicker mouthfeel, good low carbonation.

D/O- Good beer, not my favorite BCBS varient though. Great drinkabilty for 12.7%abv...I've had 9% beers that have been boozier than this. Worth a try for any BCBS or raspberry beer fan.

Duff27, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%

Lucky enough to have been able to crack open 3 bottles of this already. Served cold (why, Goose Island, why?) at Goose Island Wrigley in a snifter, served warmer than cellar temp in a snifter (thanks Dunt), and served at cellar temp in a snifter.

At this stage the appearance of a Bourbon County Stout or variation is as familiar as the back of my hand. The thick, viscous black liquid that seeps out of the bottle before settling into a pool of thick, black tar. A small mocha froth rests on top before fading to a creamy ring around the edges. This head is best created and maintained with a pour at a warmer temperature.

The aroma is lighter on the additional treatment (Bramble fruit addition) than some of the other Bourbon County variants. The extra barrel aging really smooths out the nose, blending roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla very nicely. The rye whiskey character does not depart much from the original barrel, at least not that I can detect. The blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors come through so lightly. There is also a slightly off aroma that attaches itself to the fruit. The berry aroma is fuller at warmer temperatures, but so are the off notes.

At first the bourbon county comes through with strong intensity. Dark roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, bitter chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of smoke are wrapped up in a spicy rye whiskey flavor. The whiskey is lighter and less boozy and harsh than in the fresh base beer. The blackberry and raspberry flavor comes in slowly, unleashing a slightly tart berry flavor in the middle. This tartness combines with the bitter coffee and chocolate in a mildly unpleasant way. Some additional vanilla sweetness would actually reduce this conflict of flavors in my mind.

The body is typically full and mouth-coating. The carbonation is creamy, the body is chewy, smooth, and full-bodied, and overall I get a full, intense experience. Only a little bit of noticeable booze, although it does warm the stomach.

The rye whiskey barrels did not seem to have much impact on my enjoyment of this variant compared to others, but the fruit and associated off notes drop it a little bit below the regular version for me.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

bradner, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -38.8%

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.

TMoney2591, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TJBurgess, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

areich6, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

johnbjaeger, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter

A- Dark dark black straight from the bottle. Tiny dark brown head that evaporates quickly leaving no lacing. Motor Oil

S- Sweet fresh raspberries hit you right away followed by vanilla bourbon and the background BCBS scents

T- WOW!! Just like the nose, fresh raspberries smack you in the mouth and leave you begging for more. Then comes the bourbon, oh the bourbon. Dear god please let me swim in this beer if/when I get into heaven.

M- Just like every other BCBS it's thick, coating and amazing.

O- Like those dumb commercials I wish I could get paid in BCBS Bramble. I value this more than I value money and behind CBS this is the best liquid ever to grace my lips. I'm jealous for everyone who will drink this in the future

pschul4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%

Dark brown with a tinge of purple when held up to the light. No head at all.

It smells like blackberry jam and chocolate. It has a heavy sweet presence like dessert in a glass.

It's overly sweet and, when combined with the booze, tastes like childrens' cough syrup. The berries overwhelm the beauty of bcbs and almost take the bourbon out of the equation.

Mouthfeel is thick, astringent, and syrupy. Again, cough syrup.

This was disappointing and a mediocre version of a great beer. Unfortunately, only a shell of that beer remains in this version.

Vonerichs, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of StoutFest
2.98/5  rDev -31.2%

Bottled 12/10/11

Aroma- Dominated by berries with some bourbon in the background. Smells like Fanta grape soda.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown color. Soft carbonation with little to no head.

Taste- Imagine blending a grape soda that had little carbonation with some grape flavored cough syrup. The berry flavor is very forward and dominant. The sourness from the fruit and the berry flavors drown the base beer. Hard to tell this is bourbon county. Has a dry finish at the end with a hint of barrel.

Palate- medium bodied, soft carbonation, slick, and dry.

Overall- If you love fruit beers and fresh Bourbon County is too strong for you, then you will enjoy this. The base beer is hidden here by the domination of the berries. If you love regular Bourbon County and all the other flavors, you will not find them in this variant.

StoutFest, Feb 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Went to GI Wrigley to have a bottle.

A - Color is a deep black / purple with no head. The beer has a reddish tint to it as you swirl it around. The color reminds me of raspberries. Very clean and thick.

S - Smells of raspberries and blackberries with hints of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Definitely has a big boozy and fragrant nose

T - Raspberries and caramel sweetness are the first notes that come through definitely sweeter and tamer than normal BCBS. On the back end, there is vanilla and a hint of oak spiciness. The fruit, especially the raspberries is what stands out on this one as you don't get much of the barrel until the end when a slight spiciness lingers on the tongue. There are only hints of the bourbon compared to normal BCBS

MF - Surprisingly a good amount of carbonation up front that helps add a snap to the fruit. Once that fades the beer has a thick and sticky mouthfeel that goes with the sweeter flavors

O - A delicious and interesting take on BCCS. The fruit flavors add an interesting layer of complexity and make this one stand out in it uniqueness amongst the BCBS family. It's also the most approachable of BCBS family and would be the one that the non-bourbon lovers would like the best. However, I didn't find its flavors to standout and blend as well as they do in Normal and Coffee BCBS.

jeonseh, Feb 04, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer pours with no head. It is dark and viscous, but even a big beer like this in expect a little bit of evidence of carbonation. But who really cares how this beer looks. The aroma is outstanding. A bit of oak, chocolate, and lots of raspberry. The blackberry is not as pronounced, and manifests mostly as a more dried or syrupy fruit. Flavor reminds me of those candies that come in those hearts that are chocolate covered and filled with raspberry jam. Except much much better. Barrel character is more dry oak than full vanilla and coconut bourbon. Lots of raspberry, lots of chocolate, blackberry is nice, but again, a bit harder to pick out. Mouthfeel is thick and full and viscous with a bit of carbonation, but definitely not as full as the coffee we had right after. What an exceptional beer.

Agold, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hawks10
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz bomber, bottled December 10th, 2011 - Poured into a Goose Island mini-imperial pint glass...

Like the rest of the Bourbon County Stout lineup, this beer looks wonderful being poured and sitting in the glass. Thick and black with a dense, dark tan head that builds slowly and recedes the same way. After a few minutes however, I can't remember if I'm looking at a glass of beer or the well overused sludge that I just drained from my oil-pan yesterday...

...smells like no other BCBS has smelled before...My aunt drinks this cheap, but oh so good, blackberry brandy crap, stuff that will clear ya up when you're feeling clogged, Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout is that stuffs older, wiser and more worldly brother. Blackberries hit the nose in a sort of "real fruit and nut bar" kind of way. Fresh and slightly tart with just a hint of alcohol heat. Nuts and dark chocolate are also present, but subtle, as is a roasted scent. The bourbon-y and barrel-y base BCBS scents are there as well but very faint behind the fruit character. Lots of depth in the aroma but thoroughly dominated by the dark berries.

No surprise here that the dark fruits are first and foremost on the palette. The bitter, roasted aspect of the beer comes out after a few sips and nicely offsets the sweet fruit character. Call me crazy, but this somewhat reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin, one that has lost most of its sour character and instead resorted to the flavors of dark fruit, roasted malt and oak from the barrel aging. Like an old Goudenband or De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, I don't know...anyway, I detect no trace of booze heat, which is the first time I have ever consumed a BCBS without some burn. This BCBS variation also has lost some of that typical, strong bourbon barrel character I've come to know and love from Bourbon County Stout, but possibly with some time the fruit will fade a bit and the barrel aging will come forward.

Full bodied, but doesn't feel as thick or viscous as other BCBS varieties, weird. Low carbonation, slick and oily, no heat and finishes with just a bit of sweet fruit flavor and roast...

Pretty good, but definitely my least favorite of the Bourbon County family. Time should hopefully even out a few rough edges, but I'm slightly disappointed in my inability to detect any nuances of the Rye Whiskey...

hawks10, Feb 04, 2012
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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