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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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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 1,992
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 30.09%
Wants: 616
Gots: 677 | 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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 1,992
Photo of Chuck_NE
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of BeerZombies1
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

American double / Imperial stout
12.7 % ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured out a deep dark night sky black, with reddish hues around the rim. No head at all and no lacing. Very small tan halo.

AROMA: Right away I am blown away by the nose on this. Intense chocolate covered berries, jammy, sweet malts. The rye barrel hits hard, vanilla, oaky. Nice espresso in there also.

TASTE: Blown away. Intense velvety chocolate and a ripe berries. Very flamboyant. No hiding the layers of flavors. Dark, deep, roasted coffee little spice and heat on the backend I'm assuming from the Templeton barrels.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and syrupy like I expect form Bourbon County. Very little carbonation, coats the mouth in an oily slick feel.

OVERALL: I for one loved this beer! Very balanced for being so complex. My favorite Bourbon County to date.

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of Crimtor
5/5  rDev +10.6%

OMG this beer was so delightful. The berry taste added to the BCBS added a wonderful full flavor that is hard to find. Definitely in my top 5 beers ever list, if you see it you must get it.

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Photo of RacerX5k
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is Bourbon County. I had this very fresh 2 days before the official release and didn't care for it at all. The berry was way too prominent. Luckily thanks to Matt @Capones I had a second last night, and it was superb.

Beautiful berry purpleish color hits my snifter first then morphs into the familiar black, but keeps the berry highlighting. Gorgeous. Perfect carbonation, very alive in the glass. Huge whiskey aroma, some spice from the rye treatment along with the berry notes, vanilla and coconut. I'm thinking this aroma is very similar to Cherry Rye. Taste is chocolate berry fudge cake, very thick, great mouthfeel. The berry is definitely less than 3 months ago, turning this into Bourbon County perfection.

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Photo of zachary80
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Thanks to Matt, Overml01, for sending this to me. This text is from the second bottle I've had, first one was about 10 months earlier which I gave a simple 4.75.

L: Pitch black, tan head with good retention
S: Need to let this warm up more...tart berries and bourbon are most noticeable.
T: BCS with berries...incredible
M: Just heavy enough on the palate, some recent BCS has been a little thin but not this one. And just the right amount of alcohol kick.
O: Overall incredible. Seriously debating on giving this one a 5/5,the fruit just complements the base beer so well.

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Photo of imscotty
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black as usually for a GIBCS. Next to zero head, little lacing, just inky black oily richness. Held to the light it betrayed a dark slightly reddish hue.

S: There are the rich chocolatey, caramel, malty, aromas you would expect of a BCS, but there is more. The rich aroma has thinned out enough to allow the oak woody characteristics to shine through, and then there are the berries. Oh, the berries. Light and subtle but present.

T: Incredible berry flavor. Not a one trick sickly sweet kind of taste but an amazingly complex and nuanced taste. The berries have lightened this beer up, but in a way that is more complex. Every taste bud in my mouth is alive. To call it raspberry jam is to do it injustice. There are berry flavors here that I have never experienced before. I do not know what a marionberry is, but this blend of marionberries, boysenberries and mulberries is incredible. And of course they are balanced and blended with the usual flavors of the base beer.; caramel, malt, oak, chocolate, and beautiful roast flavors.

This beer was great at cellar temperature, this beer was great at room temperature. The rye/whiskey/alcohol flavors exerted their presence as this beer warmed up, but they never overwhelmed.

No one flavor overwhelms. I am not a fan of sweet fruitified beers. This one is a symphony of flavors all playing in key and in harmony.

M: This variant is not as heavy or thick as BCS. It is still rich and lush, oily and viscous, coats the mouth without being cloying. Some people think it under carbonated, but I disagree. The carbonation is perfect.

O: Drinking this beer is an incredible experience. I had two bottles, the first I shared with friends, the second I have selfishly enjoyed myself. Over the course of a day I have savored every sip, hoping the bottle will never end. Sadly perfection is a rare and transient thing. I hope this day and sensation will last in my memory forever.

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Photo of Rihup
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500th beer review
Had at FOBAB. The harmony of berries, chocolate notes and bourbon danced on my tongue like little fairies. I closed my eyes while drinking this and I felt an orgasmic bliss surge through my body. If you are lucky enough to try this get it.
Maybe the best beer that I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be the best BCS variant I have had. Bottle shared with two colleagues at Stout in Chicago.

A: Deep dark opaque brown with reddish orange edges. Minimal head.
S: Blackberry and a hint of cocoa
T: Berries dominate with chocolate and a bit of roastiness also present.
M: Moderately heavy body with gentle sparkly carbonation. Not too heavy - less syrupy than the regular BCS. Very pleasant
O: I like this more than last years Cherry Rye. Just a fantastic beer. Like chocolate covered berries in liquid form.

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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 SlothB77
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The backyard rye is absolutely luscious. I would do things to get another bottle. Desperate desperate things.

i get the jelly and the jam flavors. some red wine. Less of the chocolate malt and vanilla signature bourbon county flavor.

Pitch black. Low carbonation. Silky smooth. Pops with flavor. Just off the hook. The nose pops as well of sweet jelly and red wine. The taste is rich with fruits and sweet goodness, but sessionable. Not too sweet that I couldn't drink several of these (if it weren't for the high ABV) in an evening. Mouthfeel is luscious.

Also note: I loathe ciders. I loathe sours. If you are afraid this might have too much cider or sour flavor because of the fruit, cast away those fears. You are safe.

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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 PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black and viscous in the glass and continually coating with some small brown bubbles. Rich chocolate with some roast and berries on the nose. Smells like chocolate covered berries. Tastes exactly how it smells. Rich jammy berry flavor with plenty of dark chocolate flavor. Almost no heat/booziness to this one. Drinks incredibly smooth and flavorful. Home run of a beer. Drink this one now if you like berries.

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Photo of StandupandStout
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy moly! Rarely have I came across a sweet beer that I can enjoy but this stout completely changed my mind. The pour is of a very dark brown almost black with little head. The aroma of mixed berry stings the nostrils while the taste has that of fresh boysenberry while maintaining an imperial flavor. Hands down one of the best stouts I've had in awhile!

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I still dream about this beer. Shared and poured into two snifters.

Pours dark, opaque, beautiful. Very small head forms.

Smells of roastiness, dark rich chocolate, sweet berries, and alcohol.

Tastes absolutely incredible. One sip will have decadent, whiskey soaked brownies at the forefront, the next sip will have sweet, slightly tart berry flavors charging to the forefront. So many layers of taste. Can't distinguish the various berries, as I have not tasted them before, but certainly tastes like sweet raspberries and blackberries to me (I think boysenberries are a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries?) Very roasty, and a bit spicy on the back end, which is probably the rye whisky.

The mouthfeel is very typical for Bourbon County, sticky, sweet, and absurdly full. A full dessert in a glass.

The best Bourbon County variant I've had so far. To die for.

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Photo of derftron
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

split a 2013 bottle with friend

pours black, very little head

smells of sweet fruit, bourbon, oak, and just a lot of great stuff

mouthfeel is thick but not too thick. just right. light carbonation

taste is just incredible. the balance of fruit with the bourbon and the stout flavors is so impressive. every sip was savored. I can literally find nothing wrong with this beer. Only Adam From the Wood, Cherry Adam FTW, and Matt pull of blending boozy and sweet so well. And by that I mean there is no hotness from the alcohol at all. This beer has a big fruit presence without losing the stout and bourbon profile.

I knew it would be good, but was not prepared for an all time beer. I have three more that I am very much looking forward to drinking. I guess you could age this beer, but I see no reason. It is perfection right now.

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Photo of ItsMe
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a scant, slight ruby head that dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of. Lots of berry on the nose along with dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and wood, incredible! The taste is reminiscent of chocolate dipped berries. The barrel isn't as dominant as other bourbon county releases, it adds nice vanilla, whiskey, and wood notes. Finishes sweet. Full mouthfeel with no carbonation to speak of. Overall, Backyard Rye is amazing, it's the finest example of a stout with fruit that I've had!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Midnight brown color, definitely not black. Hints of red. No head, but thick with viscosity, great beer legs.

Dark fruit aromas, very sweet and sugary, lightly burnt sugar. Sweet jammy, candied fruit. Basically very sweet but not too sweet. Smell the rye, it's subtle.

Taste is figgy, jammy, very sweet but again, not too sweet or cloying. Burnt character, roasted flavors, some chocolate and coffee/espresso, and even less vanilla. Highly concentrated dark berry fruit. More rye in the flavor, but more of an aftertaste, along with espresso. Very subtle. Very balanced. Linzer tort. Tiny, almost unnoticeable hint of sourness.

Feels incredibly smooth. Minimal carbonation. Smooth jammy espresso. Creamy not too thick, coats the mouth with sugary berry flavors that fade to rye espresso.

Overall this might be my favorite BCBS. It's decadent and desert like. Highly drinkable, abv well-hidden, excellent beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours thick like molasses jet black in color. Thin film of head that dissipates quickly. Nice ring of bubbles surround the glass.

Smell is great. Some nice whiskey a Aromas hit the nose first and are followed by deep dark berry aromas, incredibly rich and smell somewhat sweet. A great deep rich chocolate malt dominates the back end and ties it all together. Smells nicely balanced.

Taste is incredible. Rich semi sweet and lightly tart dark berries forward blend with a beautiful whiskey and oak flavor that also add a great fruity ester itself. Malt comes in on the back end and has a semi sweet chocolat malt that compliment the bold flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Thick heavy body with mild carbonation velvety smooth. Good tartness keeps it refreshing

Overall awesome beer this has probably been the best beer I have had yet.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer I wish was produced every year. The deep dark pour with a bit of roseish cola type head looked great. The smell of the roasted stout with the berries was fantastic and the taste followed. The only knock on this beer was a bit of a thin mouthfeel which was a bit unexpected based upon the pour. This is about as good as it gets. I wish I had another bottle to cellar as I would love to see how the flavors blend when the berries fade a bit ... ISO?

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours very, if any, little head that dissipates very quickly and leaves nothing around the inside of the ring. The beer itself is a ark chocolate back with beautiful hints of red. The beer gives off a nice sheen but unable to see through. No lacing but some hints of alcohol on the glass. The beer has a very nice and unique smell. Dark chocolate notes and a bit of alcohol on the nose. The various berries also make an appearance. The taste is divine bordering on perfect. The mix of dark chocolate notes and the tarty berry flavor provide a great contrast to each other. The beer also has whiskey notes and a bit of lingering alcohol and tart berry taste in the aftertaste as well as slight bits of rye. The beer feel is thick bodied with a very smooth, almost velvety feel with very little biting carbonation. Overall, a FANTASTIC variation of the beer.

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Photo of guityler83
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Less then a half finger of tan head built in the tulip before quickly falling. Swirling produces alcohol legs that slide down the edge of the glass with very little carbonation bubbles kicking up from solution. The beer is black as a winter night, no light shines through, just like the other BCBS's.

S: The first impression I get is chocolate covered cherries. Dark chocolate, cherries, raspberries, strawberry all very distinct. Coffee and a slight roast, combined with the vanilla oaky barrel character, which is not as up front in the aroma as normal BCBS. Slight spicey rye character detected.. but it might be a mental thing because I know its there.

T: Holy schnikeys.. its fermented raspberry jam on a chocolate covered cherry. You've got dark chocolate being the base flavor throughout the beer, but up front is the same strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors as in the aroma, really juicy/fresh tasting. The caramel/toffee flavors usually present in BCBS is very subtle. The barrel is moderately present, on the burp.. I get the rye spiceyness like I was drinking rye whiskey.. very nice.

M: Alcohol warming is the first thing I notice. Smooth thick body overall. Carbonation is very low, but it compliments the berry flavors nice.

O: Balanced very well between the berries and the barrel with the base beer coming through still. After having the normal, coffee, barley wine and now this I'm amazed at the consistency of the Bourbon County beers. I would love to try Prop to round out this years lineup. Backyard is defiantly not for everyone with the jam like flavors coming off kind of sweet, but I'm loving it.

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