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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world-class

1,817 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 484
Gots: 650 | FT: 100
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-18-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 11/20/13.

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.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Overall fantastic.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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