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: 1,952
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 570
Gots: 680 | FT: 93
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Tons of ripe jammy berries leap out at you amidst boozy oaky chocolate. In a nutshell; its like chocolate covered berries.

(T)- Just like the smell. It oozes chocolate covered berries with the oaky boozy finish. Just sooo full of jammy fruits.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. So rich, jammy, and sweet, yet layered and balanced pretty well. Its boozy but fittingly bourbon county.

(O)- Its really Bramble on steroids. So much jam-like flavors in this that it is actually almost too much. Looking back I might prefer Bramble to this. This is still excellent, but Bramble had a bit more layers to it than just mountains of fruit with the stout base.

Photo of Jeffo
3.34/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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 StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow! i might even like this one better than the coffee edition, which until now i think was my favorite bourbon county release. this is insane beer, thick and sludgy looking like the others, and retaining that slick jelly feel, as viscous as almost any beer out there. the flavors here though are so much more complex, way more layered, and frankly just more appealing than the coffee overload, although i love that beer too. the rye whiskey is different than the bourbon in a lot of ways. there is a more textured grain element to it, and deeper wood notes in this example. it gives even more weight to the grain bill of this, and lets the semi harsh rye spice linger. the wood though mellows it all down, even the booze, to really tolerable levels. the berries in this are subtle at first, but come out a whole lot more as the beer warms up. i get an almost purple grape thing, but i suppose the mulberry is the dominant of the three. the dark fruit seems tangy, and nice contrast to the inherent sweetness of the big stout, and an uplifting sensation for such a heavy beer. it doesnt sound all that different, but this is an order of magnitude better than the cherry rye edition, and feels extremely special to me as i sip on it. palate coating and huge, but impossibly well refined. this is the final evolution of bourbon county as far as i am concerned (still havent had the proprietors though...). unforgettable beer.

Photo of Spaten454
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, minimal mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strawberry pop-tarts. Berry dominates the nose. You get hints of chocolate and bourbon.

T - Wow. Mixed berry cobbler with a chocolate, but not bitter finish. Deep rich berry flavor that isn't tart or artificial at all. The bourbon gives it another layer of sweetness that is different. Very delicious.

M - I would have liked it to be thicker but it was ok. Not thin by any means.

O - Best variant I've had and best fruit stout ive ever had. This beer drinks incredible right now.

Photo of Chuck_NE
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an outstanding beer. Served cool, not cold. Berries and chocolate on the nose. Taste was a perfect balance of berries, chocolate, and barrel. Very smooth for the high ABV and not as boozy as the standard BCBS. Mouthfeel is decadent. I just held it in my mouth and took in all the great flavors, even found myself chewing a time or two. Will be interesting to see how time treats this, but it is spectacular right now.

Photo of MattyG85
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on November 20th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a sludgy pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that quickly fades away. Big alcohol legs and lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and pretty sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of berries and rye whiskey. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Solid barrel presence with hints of rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Huge presence of berries with hints of mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. Literally smells like berry juice was mixed in. Also some sweet hints of molasses. A very good fruit infused aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, sludgy, and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of berry fruits and rye barrel. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Barrel notes of rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Big juicy taste of berries with notes of mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. More sweetness from some burnt molasses. Light background presence of hops. The berries really stick out. Overall a really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sludgy, juicy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is surprisingly smooth.

Overall: A really great variation on BCBS. The berries add a great juicy contrast to the dark malt. The rye barrel presence is enough to add a kick without overwhelming anything else.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go too much into detail on this beer.

The appearance is pitchblack and the pour doesn't produce a ton of head.

I don't get a lot off the nose, the bourbon is there, but not much else.

This beer is very much like the Bourbon County regular, but it has a tart cherry taste that to me was good, but slightly cloying. I have to say I prefer the regular, although perhaps this would be better with age.

The beer is very smooth and the high alcohol well-disguised, as is customary with BCBS.

Overall, good, but not great and considering the bottle cost me $23, probably something I'd hesitate to buy again.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Besides the original, best variant I've had minus RARE. Hands DOWN. For the record, I've had coffee, vanilla but not the PROPRIETER's blend but I don't like coconut.

Thank GOD 4 months have past so it's not a berry bomb and there's enough of the base beer coming through, but make no mistake about it, this is all about what the berries lend to the original BCBS. Not sure if a very fresh bottle would lend the same comment.

Raspberry truffle BCBS. Not at all in a cloying or overly sweet way. Rye cuts through the overly sweetness of it all. Kept it spicy & dry when it comes to the finish. I hate fruity and sweet beers, but I killed this bomber in as much time as a favorite DIPA because it was that good. Yeah, I didn't share this bomber with anyone but my greedy self :-) Again, this was the best variant of the bunch I've had and I LOVE coffee and am skeptical of berries. This impressed me more than the Coffee variant.

Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thin, 1/2 finger dark brown head with purple hints; quickly fades, leaving almost no trace. Brew is a solid, oily dark black, not completely jet or ebony black, but still opaque.

Whiskey hits the nose first, along with cream, cocoa, wheat/barley, and a hint of sour/tart.

Taste follows the nose, but in reverse order: touch of sweet tartness initially, followed by creamy milk chocolate, mildly roasted barley, vanilla, and whiskey. The berries are most noticeably present on the back-end, with a sweet, blueberry/raspberry-like flavor.

Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel; oily and slick as a residue on the mouth. Superb. Significant alcohol presence: slight burn, and major heat coinciding with the aftertaste. Not unexpected for this beer, of course.

As I've come to expect from the BCB series, this is a truly outstanding beer. The rye whiskey doesn't come across much differently than bourbon barrels (which is logical), although this carries more liquor heat than BCBS. The berries (mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries according to the label) really add a unique quality to the beer and, while decidedly different, do not detract from the overall experience.

I prefer regular BCBS to this variant, but it's a very, very good beer, notwithstanding.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a dense, 1 finger rich mocha colored head with average retention. Huge, oily legs with good stick but no lace. Solid.

Nose is chocolate, lactose, fudge, raspberry sweetness, and berry jam. Just the slightest touch of booziness in the back. Deep and robust.

Opens sweet and slightly tart. Chocolate, mocha, molasses, and cocoa in the middle mixed with some booziness and jammy fruit. Ends leather, wood, booze and a berry sweet and tartness. Aftertaste of chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Pretty good.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Silky and smooth in the mouth and goes down rich and slightly hot. Messy finish with a lingering, juicy aftertaste. Very good.

Not one of my favorite variations of BCBS but this is still very solid. The fruit presence doesn't quite work here with the big body but its definitely a different take that's much appreciate. Worth trying but don't expect it to blow you away.

Photo of dirtylou
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle, split

Holy balls - incredible variant. Aroma is primarily roast, bourbon, fudge and some light berry notes. Flavor is an absolute explosion of wild berries - 3 of my favorites in mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. Bourbon, fudge and rye perfectly in balance. The best variant I've had and one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of Kylo76
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So much better fresh, the raspberries and bourbon barrel notes have fallen off a ton.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Slight transparency. Small khaki head.

Smell - Whiskey. Berries. Some raspberry. Chocolate and booze.

Taste - Fudgy right up front and immediately tons of berry fruits. Lends a little astringency. Whiskey barrel is there, but doesnt shine. Sweet, but masked by the fruit.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Very sweet. Medium heavy.

Overall - Pretty good in small quantities. Fruit blends well, but covers up some barrel and stout.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 richj1970
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into taster glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a smallish one finger mocha colored head that dissipated quite quickly leaving no lacing at all.

S: The nose keeps bring me back to the thought of chocolate covered cherries. Lots of nice fruity berry notes mixed with big whiskey and hints of chocolate and espresso.

T: a Thick chocolate fudge covered in berry preserve. The berries were a bit subdued at first, but really shine as it warmed up. Nice alcohol heat and chocolate undertones. A little spiciness from the rye whiskey which adds a nice touch.

M: Very full bodied and thick as you would expect. The rye whiskey influence leaves the finish a bit dry.

O: Excellent beer. The original BCBS stands as one of my all time favorite beers, but this is an excellent variant for sure.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/20/13 poured into a snifter. Pours ink black with barrel colored head, maybe a tinge of red.

Smells like BCBS with a touch of fruit. Vanilla, smoke, bourbon, and berries. Really nice

Berries are obvious onl this one. This is why you drink one fresh. Berries are very noticeable on the tongue. Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon plus a hint of berry. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is like any other Bourbon County...perfect. Low carb, almost like a cordial. Like drinking port. Really good.

Drinking this fresh produces more fruit, and it's great. I have 2 other bottles and am curious how they will age. I love this variant and can't wait to try it again!

Photo of boredalready
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mlhyatt
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A- jet black with very little head that dissipates instantly.

S- lots of berry sweetness followed by some vanilla and chocolate.

T- The berries come through so well. It tastes like liquid blackberries and mulberries. he bourbon hits and it blends so ell with the slight tartness of the berries. A little heat comes through but really not much at all.

M- silky velvety thick deliciousness.

O- a fantastic beer. the berries are a great addition to the bourbon county brand. There is a well balanced sweetness from the bourbon amd the tartness of the berries. A very well blended beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
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 rjp217
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/20/13 and poured into a taster size snifter.

A - Solid black. Tiny tiny head, good lace retention. Some red tinge in the head.

S - A lot of mixed berry, a hint of vanilla, light whiskey and rye of course. Fruit dominate smell but not off putting. It is done to a tee.

T - I was skeptical id like the combo of berries and rye whiskey but this is done to perfection. Not as heavy bourbon flavoring as BCBS and just the ultimate blend of spicy and sweet.

M - Velvet smooth. Not hot, rolls like butter off the palate, perfection.

O - This is almost an out of body experience. Hard to admit but it's a perfect 5 in my opinion. Utterly brilliant in all phases!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in June 2015, with two years of age. Seems to have hit it's stride. A beautiful fresh raspberry jam is at the forefront with chocolate and vanilla notes and a very slight tartness from the fruit. Reminiscent of a decadent black forest cake.

Photo of ItsMe
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark, motor oil looking with virtually no head. Ruby edges.

the nose is crazy. super whiskey, vanilla and coconut, dark malty chocolate. dark fruit!

wow. the way dark chocolate, whiskey, and berry flavors are melded and dance with eachother on the palate is amazing. theres a roastiness and surprisingly strong berry zingon the back end that balances out the softer bourbony - vanilla and choclate maltiness up front. jammy.

mouthfeel is viscious. this bitch is thick, slick, and coating with a velvety quality. nice minimal yet present carbonation.

this is one of the best beers ive ever had the privilage of tasting. so sad it's a one off.

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