Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 00:56:22 | More by Agold
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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...
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 00:32:55 | More by hawks10
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Super stoked to pop a fresh bottle of this brew.
Bottled on 12/10/11
Pours a viscous, evil, depth-filled black that chug-a-lugs out the bottle. A bit of tan head sits at first and quickly disappears, leaving oily lacing.
The nose is extremely boozy, moreso than the other variants. Underneath the heat lies some oak, tannin, some vanilla and a bit of tart berry.
The taste brings less heat to the table than the nose. Strong dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon smack, and just enough sweet and tart berries. Once again, as with all of the Bourbon County variations, this has balance. Not one flavor supercedes the next. The berries are used so nicely here to complement those BCBS flavors we all love.
The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and thicker than the drool that forms when thinking about this brew. Love the low carbonation levels that work so well for these beers.
Overall, great variation here. The addition of berries adds just enough sweetness with a tad of tartness. The balance of the BCBS brews also impresses me, time and time again. Love it. Hunt it down!
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2012 21:55:28 | More by ChugginOil
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Easy generating thick milk chocolate head. You know you have a solid Goose product just on the appearance. They make the stouts perfect in appearance. I have thick full lacing, I have long lasting head, I have inky body, and I don't have sneaky cola problems... Sure at the edges I see a bit of crimson, but I like it!
S- Uh oh... Uh oh! This ain't no perfect beer no more....Boozy. Holy shit this 12.7% beer is stronger than some 18% I've come across. We got an astringent and sharp ethanolic character without the tremendous burn of pure alcohol... only because an immensely fruity flavor jumps out and licks your nose hairs. Its clinging on for the ride like I'm a Russian Czar who needs hanger ons. NO! Step off for a while, brambles! Its raspberry, its strawberry, and its grape all smashed into one. Like a jelly in the nature of its strength. Not bad, just needs to tone down a tad to reach perfection.
T- That heat translates right with that sweetness. Its instantly fruity, like a juice. I taste grape and raspberry all rolled into one. Its like a Lindeman's lambic... Yes. THAT sweet. How they got the bourbon county to get that sweet and lose all that stout character.
Right after that sweetness I get the chocolate and roast of the stout. The sweetness burns out really fast despite the relatively immense strength of it. You think as the stout characters start ramping up, you are in the clear... But NOPE! Chuck Testa and all his pals come to slap you in the throat. It has a specifically sweet raspberry syrup lingering flavor along with a dry woody nature. The barrel finally comes through. Its grainy, its sweet, and its relatively clean. You'd think with all the strong-arming I'm receiving it would be around forever.. but again Mr. Testa would like to speak to me.
If you take too many sips too quickly one after another the finish has this oddly juniper like flavor that combines with the grain allowing the sweet raspberry to linger. I can only assume this is a Rye Whiskey characteristic.
M- Thick, chewy, full body, sweet, syrupy, clingy on the lips. Carbonation is very well placed giving it a crisp middle to open. The alcohol is strong. I'm talking flip you over a table because you looked at it funny strong. It isn't negative, but if you aren't accustomed to big beers this will not be a happy experience for you. It isn't strong lived, but it will make the weaker individuals hate allowing this beer to linger in their oral orifices.
EDIT: A nice chocolate nature can be detected here or there on the finish, really bringing up the game of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2012 00:57:05 | More by Khazadum
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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