Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -9.5%
Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, berry, and rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and berry liqueur flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with rich cocoa and berry flavors.
12-16-2013 04:23:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
Appearance: Pours out rather still, with the fudge brown liquid shivering naked, with just a few bubbles around the edge; leggy, I will give it that
Smell: Chocolate-covered boysenberries
Taste: Heavily roasted, up front, with chocolate flavor building; by mid-palate, the boysenberry (I know boysenberries but I haven't a clue about marionberries and mulberries are just a nursery rhyme to me) flavor overwhelms; after the swallow, the rye barrel flavor builds and cuts somewhat into the sweetness of the fruit; jammy and boozy in the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with very low carbonation and some warmth in the gullet
Overall: I came into this with high expectations but was a little let down as the jammy flavors are just a bit much for my palate and I would have preferred just slightly more carbonation; still, a very fine beer
02-08-2014 22:52:41 | More by brentk56
4.54/5 rDev 0%
You hear "fruit beer" and obviously we shrug a bit; because we've been jaded by underwhelming or even God-awful fruit beers before. But this one is different. Its berry character doesn't shy away from the massive stout underneath. Think of it as that decadent fruit and chocolate dessert, and one that shares the stage with cognac-like strength.
As with the other world -class variations of the Bourbon County Brand Stout, this ominously black beer could easily crawl out of the bottle and into the glass all on its own. Its oily viscousness carries a visual weight and thickness that seems to darken the room with its dense shade alone. Its scant head clings to the snifter with a light mauve berry-stained lace. Even a turbulent swirl of the glass patiently reconstitutes int foam character. Beyond that first minute or two, the ale prefers brandy-like legging to any foam lacing.
Its sultry and decadent aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, and all those foreign berries greet the nose with a rich and captivating spell. Savory aged sherry, tawny port, and brownie batter match the bold-roast coffee for a highly complex set of aromatics that nearly overwhelm the senses. Its background of earthen sweetness and whisky aromas usher in the first sip with sweet toasted grain and drunken oak.
Its sweet, savory and lavish taste greets the early palate with black-strap molasses, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. What should be served with a fork and a knife coats the palate like sultry "death by chocolate" cake. Its rich and fudggy body enlivens the fruits of mulberries, boysenberries and marrionberries. With little experience with any of these, if you had told me cherries, blackberries and redcurrants were used, I would have agreed. As The fruit is wrapped by the meaty, salty, and savory threads that give the taste a mild terryaki nudge that's oh-so irresistible. As its sherry and port tendencies take hold, the spicy booziness of rye whisky gives the stout the balance that's required to round the beer out beautifully.
With a blast of residual sweetness form both fruit and malt, its palate-coating viscosity is equaled by fruit acidity and alcohol warmth- just enough balance to keep the ale complex and engaging. But its near-cloying texture bleeds effortlessly into the next sip for a highly rewarding and decadent session that's slow to recede.
Masterful in its recipe formulation and exquisite in both brewing and barrel-aging execution- the ale comes together as seamlessly as any fruit beer to grace my presence- belonging on a stage next to the finest of bourbons, scotch or cognac.
01-02-2014 18:04:58 | More by BEERchitect
4.55/5 rDev +0.2%
Split with rudzud.
Very small fizzy dark head, typical, pitch black with nice legs.
Nose is very nice, tons of the dark malt, aged roast, bit of coffee, cocoa and choc syrup, nice dark choc and bakers, etc. But the berry is crazy, raspberry, gooseberry, boisenberry jam, lots of berry, little stem tannin, then nice light vanilla barrel and whiskey in the background, no real rye.
Taste starts with sweet fruit, lots of berry jam and candied fruit, boisonberry jam, raspberry/mulberry, gooseberry, etc. Little stem seed tannin, etc. then dark malts galore, little soft aged roast, lots of cocoa and bakers choc, dark choc, soft chewy malt with little creaminess and thick viscous taste, hint of nougat. I'm the background is a nice whisky, little vanilla barrel, but hard to say rye whisky. Finish is long, little sticky sweet, hint of booze, nice long choc and berry. Smooth drinking.
Mouth is fairly big, rich, thick and viscous, hint of booze so smooth, nice carb.
12-07-2013 18:58:10 | More by jlindros
4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
First had, bottle shared at SS'14.
This review is for a bottle from the cellar.
Poured into a Bourbon County tulip (2014 version). Appearance was pretty much like any BCBS, solid black/uber-brown color with a finger of dark brown head that receded to a thick collar, dabs of random lacing on the glass. Aroma of smooth whiskey, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and a good dose of berry jam. I can't quite remember how much the fruit came through when this was "fresher," but it was still pretty prominent at this point. Nice taste, smooth dark malts, whiskey-soaked oak, berry medley, and a touch of tobacco smokiness that lingered into the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, appropriately lower carbonation. Very nice, even if I still prefer the original.
01-26-2014 01:01:31 | More by Rifugium
4.6/5 rDev +1.3%
From 05/19/14 notes. Had as part of our mega-BCS tasting, side by side with Bramble and some raspberries and blackberries. 22 oz. bottle into a mini-snifter glass.
a - Pours a brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks like all the others.
s - Smells of raspberry jam, smells of sweet dark fruits, sticky sweet berries, roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, rye, toasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and light bourbon. Crazy amount of berries and fruit to it. Very good, and very distinct.
t - Tastes of raspberry and strawberry jams, sweet dark fruits, raspberries, blackberries, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, toasted malts, and light vanilla. Tons of berries again, really nice.
m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. No heat, great mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.
o - Overall a really great beer and one of my favs from the night...I ranked it 4/12. It is so distinct due to the fruit it is the first BCS variant I thought was very different than the others. Tons of jam and sticky sweet fruits to it, worth seeking out. Would love to have it again.
05-20-2014 15:43:10 | More by mdfb79
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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