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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Ratings: 968 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -29.2%

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

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to grohnke

Pours a viscous, opaque blackness with a crop of tanned, dark head resting on top. A slick coating of film rests on top, leaving spotty lacing behind on the glass.

There's that gorgeous, rich smell I've been looking for - plenty of dark chocolate, molasses and bourbon up front. Vanilla sweetness mixes with the blackberry and raspberry. Warm and sweet overall.

Rich and full right up front with a decent smack from the rye barrels. Oak and booze with a nice coating of vanilla. The heavy chocolate and roasted nutty notes wrap around the fruits, allowing the blackberry and raspberry to permeate the darker sweetness. I sense a bit of chocolate covered cherries in here as well, followed by that powerful Bourbon County finish, lush with booze, oak and pleasant heat.

Full bodied, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Definitely a delicious twist on the Bourbon County series...I'm glad I sought this one out, although it's not quite as amazing as the other variants.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of woodjjacct
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Thanks to my cousin for sharing, split into 2 snifters, typical BC stout, thick pour, jet black, thin head. The smell is great, sweet, ton of rasberries. The combo of the rye whiskey, rasberries and blackberries is great. The sweetness of the berries plays with the boozines of the bourbon great. The beer is thick and boozy. Another great beer in the BCS series.

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Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rodkin
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely pitch black. Even held up to the light, nothing gets through. Almost no head, but some visible carbonation.

Smells like raspberry jam, with a little bit of alcohol. Raspberry is incredibly strong, dominates the nose.

Wow, this is really delicious. Heavy raspberry flavors, though the blackberry isn't as pronounced. There's some chocolate in there as well, some slight coffee and vanilla. A little bit of alcohol warmth as it goes down, but it's pretty mild. Malty sweetness comes through as it warms. Very rich. The raspberry is definitely the dominate flavor. It's almost candy-like, but never cloying or fake-tasting.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Thick and creamy, with some pleasant bubbly carbonation as it goes down.

What a great beer. I've loved every BCS variant I've had thus far, and this didn't disappoint at all. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tmarretti
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of litheum94
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an oily black with no head. Just some stray bubbles rise up and fade quickly. Oil slick-like coating when swirled.

The aroma is of blackberries and raspberries--sweet--with bourbon overtones, molasses, dark roast, and some milk chocolate.

On the palate, the blackberries and raspberries really jump. Sweet fruit with some bourbon heat. Oak does its best to dry things out, but the fruit lends a jam-like sweetness that overrides most of everything. Some milk chocolate and dark roast poke through in the finish.

Full, thick body with light carbonation. Oily slick.

A good blend of fruit and base BCBS. Might be my least favorite of all the varieties, but this is still delicious.

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Photo of meerkat2
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark jet black. The beer has a thin dark mocha head that reduces to some very thin film over the surface and at the edge of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Some dark roasted malts with quite a bit of dark fruit (raisin and cherry) and some vanilla/oak presence. There is an almost spirit-like (rum) aroma with some light alcohol presence.

T: The flavor has all the elements of the smell (dark fruit, dark malts, char, and oak/vanilla) along with some bittersweet dark chocolate. Not unlike a black forest dessert flavor with some light hints of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slick and oily. Some light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Extremely rich and a very nice complexity to the flavor. The alcohol is more present than I would prefer but a great beer overall. Glad I got the chance to try it and would love to try it again, though maybe on a cold winter evening in front of the fireplace.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the excellent guy who threw me this in a recent trade...dlello2 I think, but it's been a long fucking week & I'm really fucking tired & my trading sheet is all the way fucking upstairs. That's like 16 fuckings stairs & 36 fucking steps.

Pour is black, just like the soul of the guy who invented work. Does NOT smell like Bourbon County, more like something...else. Fruit basket yeah. Hot licks of licorice, black too. Interesting. Not at all expected.

Bourbon County Bramble Rye is a stickler of juiced fruit. Big berry notes, tart blackberry, blueberry, maybe a nice ripe raspberry or two. Bourbon is slow-grown, slipping underneath to kick only when not expected. Massive port impression dents my face in mid-palate; this could almost pass as a good port. Vanilla hits the greased slide & spreads out on the finish, licking every nook & cranny. Fruit salad & bourbon! Whoda thunk. Right on. Weird & strange but that makes me reach for it often trying to figure out, well, what the hell. What the hell?

Unique, tasty, odd. Missing the rye, which is a bit of a bummer in the expectation department but hey, I'm a Twins fan, I'm used to it. Really good beer.

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Photo of rtaps
2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours pitch black with a very small dark brown head that fades quickly to a small film

dark chocolate blackberry and raspberry's soaked in bourbon

pretty fruity again like a liquor soaked in bourbon but very sweet, sweeter than expected.

light bodied medium carbon pretty viscous

well i had high hopes for this and it all seemed to be good until the liquor soaked fruits came into play, and yes i hate to admit it this was my first drain pour all three guys i drank this with got to a point where we just couldn't drink anymore and wanted to more on.

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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle. 650ml. 12/10/11.

It pours a dark blackish brown with a billowing dark tan head that actually recedes not too quickly but with a loud fizz and no lacing.

The smell is nice. It is complex with nice tart raspberries, caramel, and then the typical bourbon county backbone with cocoa, dark malts, bourbon, and oak.

The mouthfeel is noticeably thick. The raspberries add a nice dimension to this monster of a brew. Actually the first time I had it it was amongst a massive BCS vertical/horizontal and it was one of my favorites. This time it is a bit on the sweet side but still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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