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

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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

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

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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark black body with reddish/dark brown hues around the top edges. Medium brown bubbly head settles out quite quickly and leaves minor lacing behind (almost none). A thin layer of tiny bubbles form a ring around the wall.

S: Chocolate, ripe red berries, raspberry, blackberry, oak, whiskey and salty caramel notes towards the end. Certainly has the boozy element like the base beer does but it appears like it's going to hide it well with all the other rich flavors.

T: Lots of semi-sweet dark chocolate followed by a quick tartness from the berries that changes into a nice sweetness. The whiskey comes in right after to help smooth things over, along with plenty of wood/barrel too. It's incredibly complex and layered, very tasty.

M: A little thin but not too bad. Medium-bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with a nice cut.

I was quite happy with this variety of BCBS. You still get all the great qualities the base beer has, and the added fruits make this one really a stellar drink. The boozy whiskey and tart fruits play very well off each other - a lot better than I thought they would. Quite a nice sipper.

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Photo of dlello2
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Shared with 5 others.

A - not quite as thick as other bcbs varients. Some redish hues. Thin layer of head.

S - Not much going on here. I guess I was expecting more considering how in-your-face the smell from the bourbon county coffee was. I get whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol.

T - Taste is better than the smell for sure. Chocolate berries is the most dominant flavor. Tart and then super sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. Better than I expected--not quite sickly sweet. Wish I was getting more rye.

M - Oily and thick. Not as carbonated as I'd have liked. Really coats the mouth. Definitely feel something like tannins on the swallow.

O - I had expected to be majorly let down with this beer but was overall pretty happy with it.

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Photo of pigc
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with one finger tan head.

S - Bourbon, toffee, caramel, raspberries.

T - Tart raspberries right up front followed by the bourbon. Some vanilla, rye and toffee in there as well.

M - Medium to heavy oily mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

O - This version is very interesting. Tartness from the raspberry and blackberries makes your mouth almost pucker and then the sweetness of the bourbon and rye set in to transition to the sweet side. Really enjoyable and an interesting twist to the bourbon county series.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eorwar for the bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with a crusty tan head that dissipates quickly. The edges of the beer have a slight ruby tint, the only visual indication that this is any different from regular BCBS.

The nose is surprisingly mild, especially considering that other BCBS variations tend to be so huge aromatically. The fruit is very forward, with a fairly even mix of raspberries and blackberries. The fruit character is largely sweet with a bit of tartness lending some balance. There's also some noticeable alcohol here, along with even more sweetness from the barrel and the chocolatey, roasty base beer.

Initially it comes off as a bit muddled on the palate, with sweet and lightly tart berry flavors at the forefront, supported by a big chocolate malt foundation. It's a rather sweet beer, moreso than the other BCBS variants. The barrel is faint, seemingly contributing more raw booziness than actual flavor. There's nothing that really screams rye whiskey here, but the barrel does come out more as the beer warms, and not necessarily in a good way. The mouthfeel is fine, perhaps on the thin side next to other versions of BCBS, but that's not a huge drawback to me. The swallow brings some astringency, from alcohol and something else lending a tannic bite, fruit seeds perhaps? This washes away in the finish, which is mildly roasty and oaky, but surprisingly mild overall.

This beer sounded great to me on paper, and while it is enjoyable, it didn't live up to my expectations or to the high standards of the Bourbon County series. Nonetheless, it's a good beer and worth trying.

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Photo of bertram
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark and thick, as expected from a Bourbon County Brand Stout...but the similarities kinda end there.

The smell is dominated by the berries, which isn't a bad thing. I'd say the raspberries seem more prominent here than the blackberries, but really, it's not easy to determine.

The taste follows the smell - berries dominate, with very little appearance from the whiskey. I'm okay with this, since I'm not a huge fan of rye whiskey.

The mouthfeel seems to be a bit thinner than a typical BCBS - again, not a bad thing, just different than the other varieties.

Overall, this is an interesting twist on the brand from Goose Island. I was expecting more of the whiskey to come through, but instead berries dominate start-to-finish here. I'd love to see a version done in the standard bourbon barrels, but for now I'm glad to have tried this fresh and will revisit another bottle in a year or two to see how it ages.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick riff review, drank this last night when the site was down.

Pours like the rest of the BCS family- dark dark brown bordering on black with a lovely brown sugar head that is slow to settle.

Aromatics are dynamite- the berries jump out from the second you uncap the beer. The whiskey notes are strong, too.

The beer is sweet and tart. Very jamm-y berry notes. I dig it. A big wave of dark roast comes and sweeps the tartness away, leaving a pleasing light fruity finish. The whiskey is present throughout.

A bit hot, but I knew it would be going in. The BCS series, IMO, thrives on the alcohol heat and flavor.

The tartness and sweetness seems to be throwing some people off, but it was right in my wheelhouse. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of davey101
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/10/2011, 22 oz bomber into a snifter. #1000

A - Pitch black body with a fading dark khaki head. Looks very similar to standard BCBS and it's other variants, with maybe just a slightly thinner body.

S - Very raspberry forward leading to some slightly muted BCBS notes. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Its all there but rather obscured. Blueberries are hardly noticeable but the raspberry is very fresh. I've heard people describe it as raspberry jam, and that's exactly what it smells like.

T - Strong raspberries, almost bitter which stays all the way through the finish. The fruit is fresh tasting but a bit too dominant. There are some nice notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and whiskey. I can't detect any rye spice at all.

M - Mouth feel is a tad lighter than the standard BCBS, but still viscous and coating. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O - A very good fruit infused stout. It doesn't do the base beer justice as some of the flavors and aromas that make that beer so great are muted and overpowered by the fruit. Another gripe is the fact that the blueberries and rye whiskey is nonexistent in aroma and taste. Oh well, its still a delicious and decadent stout. Hopefully age can mellow out the raspberries a bit.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really wanted to try this beer, glad I got a chance to.

Pours a darker chocolate brown fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, almost as if the beer itself is consuming the head, and after a few seconds there is nothing left of the head except this sentence reminding me that there was one. The beer is a pitch jet black color with no light escaping its grasp, and some legs running down the sides of the glass as I swirl, a nice hypnotizing legging.

Nose... holy shit awesome, if that's a not a real descriptor it should be. It brings some of the normal bourbon county stout, with a big dark malty base, some roasted malts, a decent chocolate kick with baker's, dark, semi sweet, and even a bit of powdered cocoa. Then vanilla smoothness and some malty richness, and slight caramelized aromas. The big difference is the pure awesome raspberry aroma, amazingly awesome raspberry and blackberry aromas, fresh, but mostly chocolate covered, like having one of those dark chocolate fountains at a wedding but using raspberries and blackberries to dip init. The deeper I go and the more it warms some nice barrel aromas waft out, this one brings that woody and bourbon like aromas that really bring me back to sampling bourbon in the rickhouses in KY, and brings a light whisky like aroma, not really bourbon, but more of a whisky, at this point I can't tell it's rye though.

Taste is lush and creammm.... oh man its good, again a nice big Bourbon County Stout flavor with pure awesome berries. Dark chocolate malts, some roast that kicks in with a nice big roasty flavor and hints at wanting to be burnt and acrid but doesn't, it just teases my mind thinking it will get over roasty. How the hell do they do it? The chocolate brings a nice baker's chocolate, some light dark chocolate, and even hot cocoa with milk, and even a bit of caramel and some coffee syrup. It's fairly think and a bit syrupy but that's expected for how big the beer is. The berry comes out nice too, like fresh blended raspberry and blackberry, and pure berry essence, with a nice big juicy fruit flavor. It comes out more than I expected it to cut through the beer considering how big the beer already is. It adds a really nice touch to the stout. There is also the whisky, again can't really pick out the rye, but there is a nice whisky flavor, with a bit more barrel and wooden shelf, and again gives me that sampling whisky in a rickhouse sensation. A bit of warming booze kicks in as well, esp as I swirl it more and more, but nothing near 12.7%. The legs I mentioned originally that swirled around the glass also swirl around my mouth and linger for hours and make a nice bit layer around my mouth that keeps me from tasting anything else for quite a while. This lingers on the finish as expected, with a bit of bitterness from the roast and dark malts, maybe hints of hops but i can't taste them, with plenty of dark malts, chocolate, and vanilla barrel lingering, and more importantly the awesome berry flavor sticks around with all that for quite a while. The booze is long gone as well.

Mouth is big bodied, legs that fill my mouth with thick beer and coat everything, a bit syrup, and just enough warming booze to let you know it's a big beer. The carbonation is surprisingly good as well. As I keep sipping and swirling the tingly booze finally starts to hypnotize my tongue with a light tingly feel, and like it's being absorbed through it and even tickles it.

Overall I don't think I even need to say more. The only way they could have improved the BCS was with the berry flavors. This is just soooo delicious, a huge beer that hides the booze well and drinks amazingly smooth all things considered. the berry cuts through quite a bit and really gives you the great chocolate and dark malts syrupy awesome covered berry.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, light mocha-colored head, wisps.

S - Very fruit-forward, huge fruity sweetness, syrup, booze-forward alcohol, light oak, and a hint of the base beer. Pretty much just fruity and boozy, with the base beer taking a back seat.

T - Again, lots of fruity and booze, and barley any BCBS in there, if at all. That said, I do enjoy this for what it is and what Goose is trying to do. The berries are pretty dominant right now, but I think this could use some age for it to settle down and smooth out a bit. Finish is fruits and booze, and that's about it.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I pretty much knew how this one was going to go, so I wasn't all the surprised by how this tasted. It cannot be compared to any other BCBS variant, so I can't really let this one go up against the base beer or any variant. It's a cool beer on it's own, but it needs some time to smooth out and lose some of the fruity sweetness.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into taster glasses at a share. Deep black in color with reddish purple highlights along the outer edges of the glass. The berry color characteristics definitely visible. Low levels of carbonation with off white foam that fell off quickly with no lacing.

Fresh berries on the nose with typical stout malts present. Traces of dried fruit and burnt sugars and roasted malts.

The taste is powerful raspberry and blackberry right up front. A little sweet but not cloying to me. My palate is searching for the typical Bourbon County whiskey presence and I can't find it. The berries are dominant. Other flavors include dried fruits, bread dough, burnt sugars, roasted malts. Low levels of hop bitterness. As it warms, the bourbon whiskey makes a weak appearance and melds strangely with the berries. Almost like a fruity soap. I'm a bit disappointed.

The mouthfeel is a bit weaker than I expected. A solid flavored stout but it left me a little short and I don't believe this one will be highly sought after over time like its big brothers. GI would've been better off marketing this as just a berry stout rather than attempting to include it in the very successful Bourbon County family of stouts. I'm glad I got to try it I recommend you do the same if you have the opportunity. But I won't be going out of my way to obtain more.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one, happy birthday buddy.

Pours into a snifter like any other BCS variant, black body with tobacco stained edges. Scant lacing around the edges, a feeble swirl of skim on the surface.

Jammy fruit dominates the aroma, some mild stouty roast peeks through, but just barely. Its a bit more subdued and less complex than BCS and other iterations.

Indistinct sweet fruit dominates the taste, flirting with becoming artificial/medicinal. Some mild chocolate, vanilla and mellow stout flavors linger beneath. Sweet and jammy fruit lingers, creamy full bodied feel, mellow carbonation.

Not one i'd pick up considering the price and overt one dimensional sweetness and cloying fruit. It isn't as successful as other BCS treatments. Give me Bourbon County any day of the week.

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Photo of birchstick
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jckp64 for the bottle share!

A - pours black, syrupy and viscous out of the bottle. Typical chocolaty bcbs style head on it

S - the nose is bourbon, vanilla, charred caramel, and lots of berries

T - starts off with sweet berries up front that are ushered aside by some vanilla flavors. The berries come back with an explosion of tart, vibrant black berries mixed with raspberries. Hot rye spiciness comes through on the finish. This is a really nice take on the bcbs series. The rye imparted more vanilla than the regular version; the chocolate flavors that I love in the regular version were masked by the explosive berry flavors, not that I'm complaining.

M - medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

D - Another solid bcbs variant. The berries really pop on this one - I would recommend drinking this ASAP in order to maximize the fruits in it. Really enjoyed this take on the bcbs and I look forward to meeting it again soon.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Matt for sharing the bottle!

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Some surprising dark brown froth formed despite the ABV.

(S)- A rich profile. The same classic bourbon county aroma but actually almost heavier in the oak department. Almost port-like with alot more fruits poking through the bourbon.

(T)- Very unique from the norm of what Bourbon County is. The rich backbone is there, but the oaky chocolate covered raspberry/blackberry jam-like body takes the driver seat in this version. Again, one of the most port-like beers I have ever experienced. Just an ever so mild spice in the far background of this that just might be the rye trying to say hello.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. Very rich with a much much bigger fruit character to it than usual(duh). The fruits really do take on a very unique feel to the classic bourbon county base; almost sweeter with that extremely subtle spice combined with the port-like fruits really makes this different, but in a good way.

(D)- Quite the twist on a classic beer. Very fruit forward with a good oak accent behind it. I am very curious to see what time will do to this; if the fruits will balance out more with the rich chocolatey bourbon base or not, but the way it is now it is very fruit forward. Despite is uniqueness, I quite like it. Far superior to the sample taste I had at FOBAB recently.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger cola head and lacing resides immediately. Slight purple/pink ring is apparent around the top of the beer.

S- BCBS with raspberries.

T- Sweet and than more tart raspberries, followed by roasted malts and coffee, bourbon and some faint vanilla.

M- Full body and the alcohol is hidden very well for a nearly 13% beer.

O- Pretty much what you would expect from the description: BCBS with raspberries. Good beer but not the best BCBS variant by any means.

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Bottle on 12/10/11 with a 1116 after the date.

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger dark mocha head forming on the pour. It subsides quickly to a thin collar and leaves some legs behind. The stick is there, but no lace.

S: Upfront there is the solid barrel smell. Rye whiskey and the booze are more present up front than the regular and Coffee of this year. The oak is very much present as well and there is an odd fruity sweetness on the backend, but it's not as pronounce as I would have imagined. There is a slight spice from rye lingering in there.

T: The bramble fruit really comes into play in the taste. There is an underlying tartness and sweetness from the fruit. I'm getting the darker fruits for sure, mainly black berries. After having a desert with raspberries last night I really can't get much of it. There is a slight cherry cough syrup flavor in the middle that lingers in the background throughout the finish, but the barrel comes through in the end to remind you it's still Bourbon County. Slight roast with a caramel and vanilla sweetness and a minimal chocolate. The rye whiskey gives a slight spice to the finish that prickles the tongue a bit.

M: A touch too thin on the body for my liking, but the body is creamy and sticky all the same. Carbonation is low as usual to allow the stick across the palate. The alcohol is noticeable more so than the other variants of this year.

O:'s ok. I'm not one to like hops or fruit flavors in my darker beer and this one, at the moment, doesn't do it for me. It's still a very solid and above average BA beer, but at the moment the jammy fruit flavors are a little much for me.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by sbricker. Consumed side-by-side with '09 BCS, '12 BCBCS, BCBVS and Big John.

A - Looks like the other BCS variants, but slightly thinner, with a smaller, and not quite as rich looking, head on it. Still looks nice though.

S - Berries, chocolate, some bourbon. The berrys seem to be mostly raspberries but you pick up some blackberry undertones on the end. Little bit of oak.

T - Heavy on the berries. Lots of fruit with some chocolate thrown in there. It walks a fine line between syrupy berry flavor and cough syrup, so I can see how sometimes people bring that into it. The rye whiskey gives it a interesting twist on the end. As far as taste goes this is not what I was expecting with berries in BCS, quite different beer.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit thin on this one. It wasn't that it was bad, more that you do notice it compared to the other BCS variants.

O - Interesting beer, it's the least like the rest out of the BCS series, and you shouldn't really go into it thinking it's another flavored BCS. I can see why this one is quite polarizing. A bottle to be shared, for certain, good stuff.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottle number 1116, bottled on 12/10/11, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black and oily with some hues of brown and ruby. Produces no head at all, black mirror surface with a few little wisps.

S- Very whiskey forward with a thick berry juiciness behind it, some oak from the barrel.

T- Whiskey up front, followed quickly by syrupy, gooey sweet berries, the raspberry is super powerful, like others have said the blackberry is pretty subtle. Has a chocolatey roasted center. Finishes with a lot of sweetness from the chocolate and berry flavors and a lingering rye whiskey flavor and burn. Some oak from the barrel. Flavors stick around for a pretty long time, I can pick up on some raspberry jam flavor several minutes after taking my most recent sip. It's an extremely sweet beer, the overall effect is a piece of bourbon-soaked chocolate mousse covered in tons of sweet jam.

M- Full-bodied, maybe slightly on the thinner side, moderate alcohol burn.

O- This is a really tasty, fun beer. It didn't blow me out of the water like the BCBCS did, but it's a great beer nonetheless. I would recommend splitting it with a friend, the sweetness and booze are both pretty powerful, I'd be interested to see how this beer shapes up with some age on it.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber born on 12/10/11. Bottle #1128.

A: Pours inky black with brown and ruby hues. Brown one finger head recedes into brown islands. A little bit of lacing remains.

S: Nose picks up some oak, vanilla, bourbon, strawberry and blackberry jam, and a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and ash. Not quite as fragrant as the BCBCS, but close.

T: Got the sweet bourbon and alcohol sting up front. There are undertones of burnt brown sugar, vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste shifts into nice, ripe fruit jams after that. I taste blackberries and raspberries primarily, but there are hints of other juicy berries. Ends with slight bourbon, a bit of numbing alcohol, and a hint of spicy rye.

When the beer goes down, there are ghosts of bramble-y strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries lingering in the mouth for quite a few's really damn pleasant.

M: Damn smooth. No fuss at all going down. The smooth, medium-heavy mouthfeel complements the juicy fruits very well.

O: A definite interesting twist in the BCBS saga. As with the BCBCS, I think this one is probably best now. The fruits are present, but not overpowering. They team up with the smooth sweet bourbon flavor very nicely. Aging would probably deteriorate the originality of this brew.

I'll be the first to admit, though, that this beer is an oddball. Don't go into it expecting your typical BCBS and you will be pleasantly surprised. Not as good as the coffee variant, but still top notch.

I'd high suggest sharing, also. It was a struggle finishing this one by myself. I could drink the BCBCS all day, but this one gets a little too cloying near the end.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle bought and shared at Bavarian Lodge so I could sample it without opening one of the two I managed to grab...

Smells like chocolate covered dark fruit, some booze soaked cherries, and an earthy oak. The flavor is about the same- dark fruit like black raspberries and blackberries, even some dark cherry notes with an earthy oakiness.

The body is way too thin, but still feels velvety smooth.

Overall-- pretty impressed by the flavor and how well the ABV is hidden under the flavor... But the body hurts the overall slightly.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Half inch mocha head of fine bubbles, which quickly recedes to some carbonation around the edges of the glass. No lacing. Midnight black body with very noticeable dark ruby highlights around the edges.

S: Pungently sweet aroma of syrupy fruit, some traces of roastiness, coffee, and distilled liquor, along with sweet alcohol from the 12.7%. Mostly sweet, with the stout elements taking the backseat to the fruit and alcohol.

T: Following the smell, fruit dominates, melding seamlessly with the usual imperial alcohol sweetness and the subtler rye barrel notes. Fruitiness is mainly raspberry, but the blackberries' juicy bitterness is certainly there. Subtle roast and chocolate give some depth to the sweetness, balancing the acidic fruit somewhat. Rye whiskey flavors from the barrel become more noticeable as the beer warms, yet always stay very, very subtle.

M: Thinner than I was expecting, but still silky smooth, with a bit of fine carbonation giving a nice creaminess to the body. Alcohol is noticeable but not prevalent at all for its size.

O: Don't expect to experience regular BCBS with some fruitiness - this beer is all about the fruit, with the stout and barrel playing an important yet subtle supporting role.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!

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Bramble Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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