Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye StoutBourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.39 | pDev: 10.71%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye StoutBourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels with raspberries & blackberries.
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mhksuccess from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pour from a bottle into bruery snifter
was dark and little to no head and not much if any lacing
smell is like BCBS with berries and had slight boozy smell but not as much as BCBS
could tell that this bottle is much better than when it first came out just needed to have some age put on it and let it develop
cause now it is awesome
not hott very little heat if any lot of berry (raspberry come thru but not tart)
very smooth drinking amazingly now

Aug 13, 2013
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MichaelNeelsen from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in Chicago on Thanksgiving 2015 during Packers-Bears game when Brett Favre's number was retired.

L: Typical BCS look. A violet-red head is there initially but quickly dissipates.

S: Like sticking your nose in a bunch of bourbon-soaked blackberries. Like, the plumpest, juiciest blackberries imaginable. My mother smelled "straight molasses."

T: "Like it's been soaked in the wood of a charred, burnt-down house," says my dad. "Filtered through a cowboy's boot." Immediate sweet, juicy, berry fruit up front, but not obnoxious, hurt-your-teeth sugar-sweet like Dark Lord. Juicy and jammy. Roasty, toasty finish. It's tart, rather than the usual bourbon cake flavor of most BCS. At a certain point, it kind of tastes like straight grape juice. I should have paired it with a savory sausage, or "tubular meat" as my dad says. Hardly any bourbon heat at all.

F: None of the typical BCS tackiness. It's sharp, but with practically zero carbonation.

O: Better than the Backyard Rye from 2013, but I find that both of these fruity variants are not my favorite. The 2015 Regal Rye fairs better with the candied cherries - maybe because they aren't as juicy? The juiciness could've been toned down some for me. Still very good and evocative, as I always have a lot of thoughts/memories when drinking BCS variants.

Nov 28, 2015
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a miss for me. It’s lacking the “rye” and “BCBS” treatment. I was hopping for more rye and overall barrel presence. The berry juice flavor is too forward for me. If balanced by more rye sweetness and spice I would have enjoyed this one more. Still a very good stout, but the least favorite of mine so far as compared to Midnight Orange and Wheatwine.

Nov 25, 2018
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Raimalise from Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.9%

It pours black with a little brown. No lacing.

The nose, boose heavy, dried fruit, bit of sweetness, and a little stout.

Tastes... Balanced with barrel characteristics. Light fruity notes delightful smell and taste. Fruits have fallen off a bit. Past its prime for the fruits. Very boose forward and over powering. Still very drinkable.

Nov 01, 2014
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chIAhawks89 from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Initially the nose is a bit off putting but the taste is very different. Chocolate and raspberry are prominent. Creamy feel and the alcohol is hidden well. Would have to say I prefer backyard slightly, but both are world class.

Jun 29, 2015
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siege06nd from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. About like any other BCBS variant I've enjoyed: pitch black, cream colored head, spotty lacing. This specific variant seems to have less head than the others. Still looks good.

S. Smells much like regular BCBS, with hints of sweetness and zest that are likely related to the rye whiskey barrels. I get dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, whiskey. As it warms, the raspberries become more apparent. But not much different from the regular version. Which is to say it smells incredible.

T. Loads of brownie batter, vanilla, and rapsberry and dark fruit. The finish is a little puckering and rather boozy. The rye barrels bring a lot of spice and heat to this. Im digging this.

M. Full bodied, decadent and cloying. Barrel treatment is a little too heavy on the finish. Overall, though, a well balanced beer.

O. This was much better than expected after reading initial reviews. Essentially, this is regular BCBS with just fruity sweetness and acidity on the finish. The different barrels also lend a little more octane to this. Probably needs some age to settle down, but I think this is quite good.

Feb 25, 2012
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manfromanotherplace from New York

2.75/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I’ve collected, cellared and drank bourbon county for 6 years now, had almost every variant for the last few years, a massive fan but this is by far the worst bourbon county release I’ve ever had. It’s barely recognizable as a bourbon county release. Big berry on the nose, touch of chocolate, not so much booze. The mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly carbonated more than usual. The taste is the biggest let down, ZERO barrel presence, tartness and sweetness from the berries is overwhelming. It became a chore to drink.$30 a bottle, these Guys are taking the piss now. I enjoyed two of the other variants this year but overall this is rapidly diminishing brand at a massively overpriced rate. Go to a local brewery, grab their ba stouts because nowadays they are usually better and cheaper.

Jan 11, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass bottled on August 23th 2018. Pours completely midnight black with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some thin waves of lace and actually has some nice retention as it slowly settles into a thin layer of foamy bubbles. 4.5

Smell dark chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruits, toffee, pipe tobacco, and some oaky vanilla whiskey that actually isn’t too over powering or over the top. Makes you want to just keep sniffing and sipping, so dark complex, as I was praying it would be. 4.75

Taste follows maybe a little sour from all the berries it was brewed with, dark roasty expresso, toffee, leather, char, and oaky vanilla Rye whiskey that just knocks you on your ass and makes you crave another sip. 4.75

Mouthfeel is pretty darn big, very gentle carbonation, definetly a tad dry, and goes down pretty easy at 12.7%, but also possibly drinks bigger. 4.5

Overall this beer comes at a pretty hefty price $21.99 but as you savor this sucker you realize all the passion that goes into this beer and god darn it, I am pretty darn dazzled. This makes me very excited for Orange and Vanilla versions. 4.5

Nov 24, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Adam last night.

Pours like an oil slick, black as can be, with no head, lacing, or visual carbonation.

Smells like fresh raspberry puree and juice, even after 3 years, amazingly, with the typical big bourbon, chocolate and marshmallows of the many variants of the series.

This one doesn't quite taste as thick as some of the other Bourbon County variants, but it's still like drinking bourbon fudge- this time, covered heavily in raspberry jam. The raspberry and blackberry flavor is still incredibly strong, and verges on cloying territory- the aftertaste of this one is entirely raspberry juice, with a twinge of cough syrup. The aftertaste is what keeps this from being a perfect variant. There is clearly an inordinate amount of berries added to this beer. Chocolate covered raspberries all the way.

The mouthfeel on this one is great- thick, syrupy, and fudgey, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a huge body.

Not the best variant, in the same way that George is not one of the best Beatles. Still amazing, no matter what.

Sep 27, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in over sized CBS snifter.

A: appearance is pretty much right on par with the rest of the BCBS family, a bit less in the way of head, and tints of red around the edges

S: the first thing that comes to the nose is ripe blueberries, beneath the blueberries is some vanilla and oak and a hint of chocolate, raspberry comes through as well. Right now these components aren't coming together, the blueberry character is dominating the show and hiding some of the BCBS deliciousness.

T: this is incredibly fruit foward on the palate, much like on the nose, blueberry starts things off with a bit of raspberry to make for a compote like flavor. The middle is syrupy and sweet, the bourbon plays a secondary role here and I think I lost the stout base somewhere in the mix.

MF: this feels a bit stickier than the rest of the BCBS flavor with a hearty body and mild carbonation

O: well this is certainly the bastard child of the family so far. I mean its not terrible by any means, but when the realm of comparison includes the likes of Rare, BCBCS, and so on... this one falls quite short. I will give it another chance with a year or two on it to see if the fruit components mellow and allow the barrel character to make more of an appearance.

Feb 11, 2012
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klipper from Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Feb 18, 2012
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EuphonicHops from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 27, 2015
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RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 23, 2018
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keanlacrosse from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Sep 07, 2012
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a noticeable red tinge and no head. Blackberry stands out sharply in the nose, dominating any barrel or malt notes. Taste is blackberry juice. It's pretty amazing how the base beer falls away under this assault of delicious fruit. Low carbonation, long linger. Drinking great.

Dec 27, 2012
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dmsulli from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Oct 03, 2013
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OC_Beer_Fan from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

May 22, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to sparse patches with slight lacing. Aroma of mild dark toasted malt and blackberries; berry component dominates. Flavor is light dark toasted malt, blackberry and raspberry juice, hints of cocoa and rye whisky. Sweet and tart berry juice in the finish with fleeting chocolate and a some rye tartness blending with the berries. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The least BCBS tasting variant I've ever tasted. The berry character dominates everything, even the rye, which is surprising to me. On the other hand, the bright black/raspberry flavors are very nice, reminiscent of a cordial. This reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head's Fort, although there is a suggestion of darker malts here, the fresh fruit is the center stage show. This will get a higher score from me exactly because the dark malt is in the background; I'm not a big fan of tart dark roasted malt ales. Not what I expected, but very enjoyable. Glad I didn’t cellar this any longer. It's time to finish up my 2018 variants to get ready for the new batch coming in a few months.

Sep 09, 2019
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awdturboiv from Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Feb 19, 2012
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codysjb from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasting on 10/14/12
Pours motor oil, no head
The original bourbon county with sutle notes of raspberry and blackberry.
Wow. Bourbon county with raspberry and other berry notes amazing
Mouthful is all berries soooo good.
Def worth it sooo good.

Oct 14, 2012
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ABisonEgo from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Feb 25, 2013
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akang from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 25, 2013
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brokensail from California

3.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black in color with a small tan head. Intense berry aroma, smells like jam with how sweet it is. Not much whiskey to it and not much in the way of typical stout aromas like roast or chocolate. The flavor is absolutely cloying. Like eating a spoonful of jam. Maybe a bit of vanilla and whiskey. Some dark chocolate in the background and a bit of booze. Why ruin perfectly good Bourbon County?

Jul 16, 2012
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Oct 10, 2013
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pghawkins from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Aug 14, 2012
Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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