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
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
Ratings:
967
Reviews:
186
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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833
Gots:
329
For Trade:
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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 12/10/11

Thanks to SteelersX for sending this one over in a trade!


A: Opaque black, 1/2 a fingers width of dark mocha colored head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 4

S: Tons of berry notes, lots of sweetness, cocoa; like chocolate covered raspberries; barrel notes are there with charred oak; fair amount of booze. 4.5

T: Berries up front and lots of them, almost a tart character. The berry forward flavors fade to a lingering cocoa and big roastiness on the finish. Lingering charred oak in the aftertaste. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, not think but it is a bit syrupy, carbonation very low but acceptable, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 4

O: Far from my favorite Bourbon County variant but still delicious. Only OG Vanilla ’10 and Rare ’10 (in hand) left for me to complete the entire bottled BCS horizontal. 4.25

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Photo of jbwimer
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fcolle2
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate dark berry vanilla amazing

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Photo of brayton
4.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MartyIU13
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shawner
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of benjamincarter
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramerican
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moneynoobject
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterMike
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bferber
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Casey3236
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Tiburon
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too much tartness for me, but I am not a sour beer guy

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Photo of Abbbp
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeMarinello
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of target88
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannyfayy
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timc100
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Late entry - enjoyed at 2.5 years old

Vibrant, lush fresh raspberry jam/puree, dark fudge chocolate, and the familiar bourbon county oak and whiskey flavors take a backseat to the fruity headliner. Really is a raspberry fudge cake in beer form - true desert sipper. Not sure how they managed to get so much raspberry flavor to begin with, and how the raspberry has remained so vibrant is beyond me. Preferred this to Backyard, really impressive variant.

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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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