Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 561
Gots: 675 | FT: 91
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries.
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Ratings: 1,938 | Reviews: 170
Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Nov 20, 2013. Opened May 27, 2015.

A – Cola black with a light brown rim. Dark khaki head disappears quickly with no lace.

S – Wonderfully rich and fruity. Raisins, blackberries, molasses, plums, Belgian candied sugar, boysenberries, caramel, chewy gingerbread, and dark spiced rum.

T – Complex, rich, and surprisingly fruity. Plums, boysenberries syrup, blackberry jam, molasses, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, and a chewy pumpernickel bread finish.

M – Smooth full body. Almost perfect.

O – An absolutely outrageous fruit stout. One of the best out there.

Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Ron for the bottle.

Yields a viscous, completely black color, with a very small head, which leaves back a thin, brown lacing, while the beer turns ember at the edges of the glass.

Reveals aromas of milk chocolate, toffee, a faint coffee infusion and scorched walnuts. There is also oak, vanilla and a sweet, alcoholic berry fruitiness. Incedibly complex nose, with berries working very well with hot Bourbon, reminding me of pralines, while vanilla accentuates both the barrel and the marmelade fruits.

Drinks very, very smooth, with a lower carbonation, revealing the beer's full body.

Sweet, sugar rolled, fruits are recognizable from the very beginning, accompanied by chocolate, molasses and burned, rich malts. Then the barrel not only lends its wooden qualities to the taste, but also its luscious, slightly biting heat. While the fruits are well pronounced, they are perfectly integrated into the beers chocolate maltiness, without overpowering the overall taste. Berries and Bourbon blend together to a hot peak on the palate, which's aftermath reveals warm wood, earthy chocolate and a flowery dryness. During its finish, the beer develops a syrupy caramel note among the alcoholic berries.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. It exhibits a fantastic depth of various flavors, all coming together in great harmony. My biggest concern, too much marmelade, turned out to be false. The fruits are prominent on their own, while they add a sugar glazed liquorice impression, blending flawlessly in the hot Bourbon and character of the brew.

Photo of chIAhawks89
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing, great jam taste and smooth feel. Completely different taste then a year ago.

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a matching BCBS snifter. The brew appears black in color with a minimal amount of dark brown head that is wuick to fade.

The aroma includes roast and earth with plenty berry alcohol notes. A slight cheesiness and faint medicinal feel breathes away with whiskey becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

The taste is bitter chocolate roast and earth with a lot of berry character almost to the point of being tart with a real raspberry feel. However, a candy sweetness somewhat medicinal is present blending to caramel/vanilla barrel flavors in the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. This brew is effortlessly drinkable and I cant fathom how many pounds of berries it would take to make this much of an impact in a beer this big. Great stuff.

Photo of boredalready
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smooth, good body, jammy fruit, and a nice amount of character from the barrels.

Photo of cducap
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a tasting on 2-28-15. Huge amount of berries on the nose and at first taste. The berries have held up well over time. Lots of blackberry most of all.

Photo of Flight317
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just don't think this one is nearly as good as the other variants I've had. In its defense it does change about every ten minutes. It's a bit too bitter from the fruit for my liking in a stout. If yoy like fruity stouts, seek this out. If you dont, avoid trading for this one because you will be let down. Glad I got to try it but I would not seek out again't if I could...

Photo of Vonerichs
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black and thick. Short but creamy and persistent tan head.

I'm amazed at the amount of jammy aroma after one year. Boysenberry, coffee, chocolate. Woody and earthy. Tons of berry.

It's so jammy but cut perfectly by the spicey and boozy barrel. The barrel flavors are still strong after a year, yet smooth. Sweet.

Thick and heavy. Sticky and almost cloying. Smooth.

A great varient of a great beer. I'm not going to try and compare or rank against the others and will just say it's s unique and perfectly executed approach.

Photo of cubs943
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really good beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of blackberry jam with light chocolate notes with some light whiskey notes is very interesting. Taste is a complex mix between sweet blackberry jam with some chocolate notes, some dry roasted malt with vanilla and light whiskey notes. Body is dense with smooth texture and good carbonation with alcohol really not that apparent. Maybe a little too much focus on the blackberry jam notes but a very nice beer nonetheless.

Photo of homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours just like the rest of the family. Nose is jammy with emphasis on boysenberry. Rye and barrel follow with some dark chocolate on the finish. Taste is fruit forward, even over a year after its release. Boysenberry jam dominates the flavor with notes of chocolate and spirt to follow. Some heat comes In at the end. This is the best of the fruited variants in my opinion. Nice melding of flavors and I think the fruit will stand up for a long time to come!

Photo of tbart75
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Way too sweet for me. I love the BCS line but this one is not for me. A great beer if you are a fan of fruity, sweet stouts.

Photo of steveheady
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there was a rating higher than 5 for taste that's what I would do

Photo of SteveB24
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gave this to a very close friend for his birthday. He kindly shared the bottle with me.
Delicous- has a similar flavor profile to BCBS; malt notes upfront like coffee, chocolate, wafers, but the bold, richness found in BCBS is replaced by smooth, sweet fruityness, think chocolate cake with a rasberry jam filling. The booze is undetectable. Dont usually love fruity stouts but this was awesome.

Photo of KevBot89
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged a year when I consumed this. It was thick, viscous, almost like fruited syrup. Delicious.

Photo of EBaez
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best BC of the series.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very aromatic and very enticing! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly backed dark bread, some lightly roasted coffee beans, some subtle smoke, dark chocolate, dark molasses, chocolate-covered cherries, brown sugar and caramel. I also get some hints of vanilla and a touch of oak.

Taste: Wow! Amazing! Fantastic! Awesome! Spectacular! There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fucking awesome this beer is! Strong notes of dark chocolate and cherries up front, like chocolate-covered cherries, followed by some less pronounced roasted malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of bourbon booziness, and finished by some more chocolate-covered cherries, and hint of bitterness. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12.7%, there is quite a bit of very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: As I stated earlier, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fucking awesome this beer is! Words like amazing, awesome, exceptional, fantastic, outstanding, spectacular, terrific, and world-class almost come up short, but that’s what this beer is! It’s better than the standard, exceptional, Bourbon County Brand Stout, and I’m glad that I have another bottle to try in a year’s time. I can’t recommend this beer enough!

Photo of Devman171
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, 1 year old, aroma is roast and whiskey with a light sweet berry tones. Taste is amazing roast and barrel with a sweet berry essence finish, very nice

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.74/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov’13 bottle, drank Dec 23 ’14 at Mcrossen’s Tavern in Philly (35 bucks).

App: 4, Poured on snifter, one thin finger of head, doesn’t last long. No retention. Thick and dark as expected.

Smell: 3.75 Sweetness galore, milk chocolate, ripe dark fruit, funky rye and barrel. Freshly-mopped plank with pirate aromas. Spice, peppery overtone. A bit overwhelming.

Taste: 3.75 Berry puree, ice cream and a finish of herbal liqueur a la Fernet Branca/absinthe. Fruitcake, candied pears, marzipan. Sweet and sweet again. It does get better as it warms up, but this is still unbalanced and overly syrupy.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 Low carbonation, full flavor, medium body. Again, sweetness galore and no balance.

Overall: 3.75 Drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable. The syrupy-sweetness gets to be too much almost from the very first sip. Even with a year on it, it doesn’t seem to have mellowed much. One of my least favorites in the Bourbon County family.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Room temp from a fresh bottle pour.

Not quite what I expected. It certainly has a distinct tartness over the other fruit varieties of BC. I was a bit disappointed in this one as it didn't have a deep jam or fruitiness. It seemed more like a jelly extract, sure it's somewhat do to the year+ on it. In general I found it a bit thin and less boisterous than what I expect from BC.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - BCBS with a subtle berry tang - dangerously drinkable.

Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip NYE 2014, big thanks kumatmebrew for the major want

A black liquid, very deep edge, legs and color left behind on the glass, just a short lived thick film leaves no lace

S way fruitier then expected, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, raspberry, strawberries, I don't know what mulberries and marionberries are but I'm guessing they'd make a good jam, this is jammy as all hell, some chocolate syrup and liqueur, with some rye barrel popping up here and there

T much like the nose but the barrel comes through a little more, some booze but considering the strength I'd say its well concealed, just a little spicy and fairly sweet, a little char but for the most part its jam and barrel

M thick and syrupy, enough carbonation to give it some life, sticky and a little a little heat going, lots of jam, char, and rye on the finish

O not exactly what I was expecting but awesome nonetheless, very jammy, ridiculous really, great use of a rye barrel, just all around awesome

I'm struggling to think of a stout this fruity, lives up to the hype anyways, worth seeking out for sure and I really want another bottle to sit on now

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The berry influence is amazing. As it warms I can begin to taste the rye. Incredible! I could drink this all night it is so smooth. Perfect beer for NYE '14!

Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goose Island snifter. Bottled 20Nov13, purchased in Smithfield, RI last year.

Pours a deep Bourbon County Stout characteristic black body with a 2 finger suprisingly fizzy milk chocolate colored head that reduces very quickly to a slight ring of foam. Leaves no lacing.

On the nose is lots of milk chocolate, bourbony caramel and vanilla, some boozyness and a hint of berries.

Upfront is bittersweet chocolate, sweet vanilla and butterscotch, followed by a bourbon, caramel, and a delicious compliment of berries (reminiscent of raspberries, which I'm sure are similar to the 3 berries used to brew this beer). The finish is roasty, leaving a toasted malt taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, not quite as heavy and sticky as other bourbon county beers.

Overall a delicious, complex beer, the berries definitely added a level of complexity to it. A must try for Bourbon County fans.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with family on Christmas day 2014 (over 13 mo since bottling ) for a liquid dessert after dinner. split 4 ways in my dad's Irish whiskey mini-snifters. Deep dark black pour with noticeable hues of deep red in the right light, minimal head.

Aroma was a mix if berry and roasty malts and dark chocolate

Taste was the right amount if sweetness from the berries with some bitersweet chocolate and every so slight whiskey hint and some oak. Berry on the finish is nice

Mouthfeel - thicker body but not as much as the base beer, lower carb and super smooth

Overall - this was a fantastic beer, but I'd take regular BCBS over it any day. it was perfect as a dessert.

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