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

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 1,983
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 29.87%
Wants: 599
Gots: 681 | FT: 87
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
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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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at home from one of two bottles aged in my Wine Enthusiast cellar.

L: Looks like Bourbon County does, although maybe a little thinner? The head looked reddish (from the berry influence?).

S: Holy smokes, it smells like your nose is in a fresh crate of raspberries or blackberries. Maybe a little pomegranate. Berry galore!

T: It's funny, but the berries completely overtake the stout flavors. There's absolutely no chocolate, raisin, or any of those warm coffee flavors one expects in a stout - it's all berry all the time. Strikes me as the least complex (and least interesting) Bourbon County varietal I've tried (I've had the 2014 Vanilla Rye, 2014 Prop, regular BCBS and Coffee at the time of this writing).

F: As with the look, it feels slightly thinner than the Brand stout, but I could be imagining it. The best effect is when you run it over your tongue repeatedly and let it fizz up a bit. The flavors really come out the longer it hangs in your mouth - but again, the flavors are berries and hardly anything else.

O: Far be it for me to complain that a BC Varietal doesn't blow my freaking mind (talk about unfair expectations), but the Backyard Rye is currently my least favorite of the group. There just isn't a whole lot to unlock about this one. It's still very nice, as any BCBS is. And it gets soooo much better as it warms to room temperature. I'll check back and update this in 2018 when I open my other bottle.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks burgundy in color but very dark. Smells of a berry bomb with slight rye spiciness. Tastes of big berries and rye spice. Feel is great with berry in the forefront. Overall awesome beer! Berry is incredible and the rye adds a little balance.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saved this for a special occasion and what day would be more special than when the Blackhawks won! Cracked open the beer while we waited for the Stanley Cup to arrive. Poured thick black, just like regular Bourbon County. Has that bourbon chocolate aroma that BCS has. Was sort of afraid to have a big stout with fruit, but this one is good. Very jammy tasting. Still get tons of chocolate and bourbon, but that berry jam taste is right up there. If you haven’t had it, I’d say try and trade for a bottle. It’s worth it.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I go back and forth but right now I want to say that this is my favorite of the BC variants. Easily the most interesting without being offensive. The berries are subtle but present and really compliment the dark, hot flavors already present in the base. The bottle itself definitely received more smooches than any of the other bottles in our BC lineup.

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Photo of Erikberglund
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best fruit stout I've ever had and one of the best bourbon barrel stouts hands down. Tastes like jam, boysenberries, and blackberries. Simply amazing how they all come together with the bourbon county base beer.

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Photo of Tommo
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 6/12/15

This is good, but not like jizz my pants good. Its VERY sweet, and the berry character is SUPER powerful; totally overwhelms any appreciable rye barrel charecter. Impressed its held up so well. My GF LOVED this, and she can barely finish half a glass of BCBCS. So pick your poison. Glad we drank it, but my god thats alot of berries man.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of cducap
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Flight317
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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...

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of Devman171
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with just a small brown hue near the edges. A half finger or so of a tan head with decent retention and leaves behind a small lacing along with some brown alcohol legs left behind. Completely dark and opaque

Smell: Strong bourbon along with rich chocolate. Juicy berries and some sweetness. Oaky qualities along with some vanilla

Taste: Opens up with a bold and strong whisky. Vanilla to oak flavors come in. In the middle juicy mulberries along with black berries all dipped in chocolate. More flavors of chocolate and some roasted malts come through at the end. Some alcohol but fairly smooth

Monthfeel: Fairly smooth but heavy and chewy. Alcohol is warm but doesn't bite to hard

Overall: Another great in the bourbon county series. Great mix of bourbon berries and stout. Can't wait to try more variations similar to this

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Photo of Jeffo
3.34/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Masterski this past summer. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 10 November 2013
Bottle 0950
BCBS with mulberries, boysenberries, marionberries and aged in rye barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser, fizzy, light mocha head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a ring and slight splotchy wisp. Fizzy and loose. Black body with no carbonation evident. Ring quickly vanishes and looks rather flat by the end of the glass. Like all the variants, this is a below average looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Red berries up front with some whisky, oak, fruity aromas, sweet cream and vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff, while the fruit is very nicely balanced with the barrel aromas.

TASTE: Lots of fruity flavors with red berries and whisky flavors up front, then a good dose of whisky, oak, and alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of oak, whisky, vanilla and sweet cream, milk chocolate and some faint sweet fruits as well. Quite boozy with lots of barrel and whisky as well as fruity sweetness. In that sense, this is rather well balanced, though too hot, unfortunately.

PALATE: Like the other variants in this series. Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, a touch prickly, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Lot so heat lingers. Needs to be thicker, heavier and creamier for sure.

OVERALL: This is a solid brew. Liked the fruit addition and it worked really well with the whisky and boozy flavors in this one. Like all these Bourbon County variants, however, this one falls short in the look and is far too thin, hot and abrasive in the feel. Curbing the heat and beefing up the feel would do a world of good for this brew, not to mention engineering a more appropriate head for such a big brew. Good stuff, but like this entire series, falls far from the pedestal on which is has been placed. Thanks again hotpipes. Always fun swapping brews man.

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