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

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Khazadum on 02-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#592
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
1,060
pDev:
11.24%
 
 
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831
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368
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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpdKilz
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arensburgh
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018.

Reddish tinge, opaque beer, on the side of mahogany. Beautiful jammy characteristic, the typical tartness I look for in a raspberry beer isn't quite there, but it more than makes up for it--I think the blackberries add a depth that makes it still appealing to me. While a lot of raspberry beers tend to go almost artificial in their sweetness, this doesn't happen here. The malt acts more as structure than a prominent flavor, and the berries come off as a more pie type than a fresh type--more sweet and jammy (big surprise).

It's almost godfather/holy grail status for me, but not quite. It's worth going for even just a taste.

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Photo of einman
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz draft poured into a snifter shows an almost purple, black body and briefly floats a 1/2in mocha brown head of mixed sized bubbles reduced to an edge-hugging ring. Agitation produces sheets of lacing that quickly returns to the ring leaving no bubble behind.

Aroma is a jammy berry mix with a touch of rye spice in the whiskey aroma.

Flavor matches but chocolate is added along with a little booze warmth, and leaving a tart berry remnant.

Mouthfeel seems a littler lighter than the regular, but still rich and full.

Overall not my favorite variant this year. Happy to have had it.

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
2.91/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pretty awful. Raspberry syrup in a stout with a little barrel. Awful taste. Dreadful idea. Add a few berries, double the price.

Edit: Jesus fuck, if you're drinking this don't let it warm. Just a rotten raspberry jam. Surely no one wants a big warm glass of jam?

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Photo of MJSFS
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018

Chocolate and Jam with some nice rye overtones. Surprisingly nicely balanced, not overwhelming juice. Really enjoyed this offering.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rab53
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 27.99. Bottled 8/24/18. Served in a long stemmed Goose Island chalice. Enjoyed 12/6/18.

Pours oil black with a short and short-lived pale khaki head. Once that initial head is gone, which doesn’t take long, there is no retention to speak of.

Aromas are incredibly jammy. Berry purée, sugar, chocolate, whiskey and tres leches cake.

That dominant jammy character carries through to the flavor. Raspberries, blackberries, dark chocolate, boozey spicy rye whiskey, leather, wet lightly charred wood and a present-but-not-jarring metallic astringency.

Smooth, fairly full body with moderate carbonation. Boozey, sweet aftertaste of whiskey-soused, dark chocolate covered berries.

While many of Goose Island’s flagship brews escape my appreciation the Bourbon County series consistently impresses. Bramble Rye brings a huge whiskey-infused berry preserve element that works well with this iconic stout. Pricey, yes. But also excellent.

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

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobhits
3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 1

2018 is the yeast of disappointing and way way too many of these variants. Or as we should say, ruined bourbon county beers. I admit i am salty as the standard stout that I love wasn't sold at the store I waited in line for in the cold the day of release. Nobody stood in line for this one!

Anyway the beer looks like bourbon county. Thought a touch light on the legs and a bit under carbonated.

The nose we get chocolate and bourbon but a lot of raspberry. Ok it is 90% raspberry.

The flavor is more over the top fake fruit tasting sugars with a chocolate back with some oak.

Bottom line is simple...this given the price is terrible. It's a good beer in theory but not for the price point.

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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of mocha colored head. Viscous, zero head retention & lacing

S: Plenty of berries, some cherry, prunes, figs & booze

T: Raspberries, dryness, slight peppery presence from they rye, slight chocolate notes as well. Raspberry & chocolate pick up intensity as this warms, dryness is quite pronounced, a little raisin & leafy hop as well. Finishes with black cherry, a little blackberry, woody dryness, just a kiss of Rye spicyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, builds a little once warm

Nice take on the style, ABV is well hidden, berries make a nice impact. I don't believe I could buy this again at this price point

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Near black in color with a finger of tan head that’s relatively quick to dissipate and leaves very little lacing.

A mix of berry jam and grape jelly stand out first in the nose, with chocolate brownie and whiskey behind.

That jammy sweetness dominates the taste. There are some of the chocolatey malt impressions from the base beer (stronger in the aftertaste) and some definite whiskey, but I’m not sure I’d peg it for rye without knowing. There’s a barely perceptible hint of spiciness (as well as some vanilla), but it’s hard to pick out through all that sweet, sweet jam. Some alcohol heat lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is amazingly silky smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things lively.

If you like brownies drenched in sweet raspberry sauce, this is the beer for you. I knew this was going to be too sweet for me going in, but when I saw it for sale, and that it was rye barrel aged, I couldn’t stop myself. Should have known better.

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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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