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

Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 968 ratings
Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with raspberries & blackberries.

Added by Khazadum on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
968
Liked:
903
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
11.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
832
Gots:
329
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 968 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of Damian75
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage; drank 9/20/14 on draft @ 312 Urban Block Party.

Midnight black hue.

Dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Sweet fruit jam & rich mocha nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Rich raspberry jam flavor with a strong chocolate Backbone. Some booze heat on the finish. A berry lover's dream!!

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 12/10/11

A- pours deep purple in color with a small foamy khaki head that eventually disappears completely

S- smells just like raspberry and blackberry jam, tons of fruity notes. Undertones of dark chocolate and hints of earthy oak & peppery rye

T- taste follows aroma with tons of fresh raspberry jam and smashed blueberries, followed by dark chocolate and spicy rye barrel, which adds some earthy notes. Lingers of raspberry truffle

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that leads to a silky finish, just a hint of abv warmth

O- berries berries berries, with just enough to barrel character

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Photo of mmcurran
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks the similar black color of regular BCS, the fruit in this one doesn't make an appearance impact because the SRM is so dark to start with. Aroma still hits with plenty of deeply roasted malt, bourbon, oak, but this one starts to diverge from regular BCS because there is a sweetness in the nose unlike the reg.

There is a trade off with the berries, they obscure some of the bourbon character, imparting juicy sweetness that cuts through the alcohol heat and depth of the bourbon. Carbonation was up on this one, but that's better than too low, especially seeing how much of a sipper this is.

A little bit different compared to most others, definitely better than the cherry rye one.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilfluff
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mklisz
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with the wife, bottled 2013.

Opaque, thin tan rim, minimal lacing, legs with a gentle swirl.

Some nice combo of red fruits, berries, char, barrel and chocolate with subtle pine and earth.

The fruit hits first, mild tart berries. A nice chocolate, malt backing, some subtle barrel and smooth bitterness then a nice tart, berry lingers at the backend.

Medium to full body, tart, tangy mouthfeel at the back end, pleasant.

A fine, complex brew that stands up to a 3 year aging. Well done!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jbrianlee88
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 968 ratings
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