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

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 1,960
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
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Gots: 684 | FT: 92
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  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. (661 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
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 (838 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (2,611 characters)

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. (538 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (771 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,162 characters)

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. (790 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprise bottle appeared in front of me at Churchkey. How cool is that? Thanks to the gentlemen from ratebeer who shared this.

Typical bourbon county appearance. Dark and ominous with very little head. Thick and viscous. The aroma offers a bouquet of sweet berries which compliment the robust malt, bourbon, and oak notes. Sweet but not overly so. Lots of berry character. It's been a while since I had the Bramble variant, but this Backyard Rye seems to be an improvement. While it's not my favorite of the bourbon county series, it's certainly delicious. Bottle best shared a few ways. (588 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A deep opaque brown to black dark walnut, with perhaps maybe a faint brownish red tinge on the edges but hard to see. Head barely makes an appearance but is quite dark with a mocha brown lifespan, that dissolves to a thin but good 4mm collar that always sticks around. A nice clean top with out a filmy or slimey appearance.

Nose is quite nice, you have classic molasses, but the fruit is real noticeable and juicy. Slight tart red berried fruit without a large sweetness quality. Time gives some nice splintery salty wood action on the nose to go with it. Spice fruit character seems to come out of the rye barrel a bit here as well which compliments nicely.

Palate just really sings. Juicy body with a little bit of light feel but not quite wet. Silky character a bit toned down, but the fruit bursts out not unlike cherry rye. Large juicy and complimenting red berried fruit, with a wonderful spicy angle to this. Hints of fruit sour cherry quality but not lambic like, and great milky light dark chocolate and roast character. Some salty qualities come out with tannic wood. Great warming boozy quality as you drink to match, large but in control. Juicy body takes the silky and roast character qualities down a bit, but it works better for the fruit juice angle, thus not highlighting the malt, roast, and classic stout sensations as much, but that's perfectly fine.

Overall it's another winner in the collection, and at this point it's just a question of personal favorites over others. Jammy not so much, but the fruit component is juicy with a great sour skinned tinge and complimentary bourbon county greatness that it just pairs so well. (1,696 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits muled by Hoppasaurus Rex, thanks.
I decided to open this tonight after a bizarre bottle stacking cap denting incident in my basement.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that quickly dissipates to some fuzz on top. Aromas of molasses and brown sugar with bits of rye whiskey, oak tannin, and bits of tart fruit. The flavor follows the aroma but the tart berry is much more pronounced. Thick sugary molasses base with hints of chocolate atop a pile of tart berries. Light oak and vanilla with a touch of ethanol round thing out quite nicely. Thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Great variation, I really enjoyed this beer, wish I had another. (740 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with some crimson hues and highlights, pretty thick viscosity, a tannish colored head appears, sordove big at first but then it resedes and fizzes away leaving minimal lacing.

S: I get big tobacco, chocolate and smoke on the nose with a dash of berries. Whiskey is very prominent but not overpowering. Some underlying wood and Earthiness present

T : Initial punch of rye whiskey and tobacco leaves, smoke and chocolate with ahint of berries. The berries come out and are detected throughout the taste until the finish but the rye whiskey, tobacco, wood, cocoa are the dominant flavors. The finish is a bit sticky, sweet, velvety and very complex

M: Medium carbonation, good and hearty with plenty of body. A very sweet and somewhat silky like texture with a big booze sting. The flavors really cling to the mouth and linger

O: I did not get as much as others but thats okay because I'm not fan of to much fruit in my beers unless I am going for a full fledge fruit beer. This beer was good, not great, especially not as great as the ratings would have you believe nor did I feel the hype and price tag were a bit inflated (1,145 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Someone generously brought along a bottle of this to the recent bottle share at the Portland Growler Guys. Had heard this beer was good, but it was way better than that.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retetention and light lacing. The beer has that viscuous look that I typically associate with signficant barrel aging. On the palate, the beer smells good enough, as I pick up dark coffee, vanilla, chocolate, light bourbon and a hint of rye. On the nose, I really didn't think the rye component added a whole lot, but on the palate.... wow! This beer tastes like liquid chocolate cherry bons bons, but with some light coffee and vanilla to spice things up a bit. This beer is one of the more decadent tasting beers I can recall ever tasting. Mouthfeel is full, soft and very long, with the seemingly low carbonation working well with this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile in this excellent beer.

OK, a couple of thoughts about this beer. I now understand why this beer is always the first of the BCBS brand variations to sell out each time my local store is supplied. On the other hand, as the beer only comes in bomber format (I believe), I would have to think twice before grabbing a bottle. I'm pretty certain I would be unable to stop myself from polishing off the bottle were I to crack open a bottle by myself. That's how absolutely decadently delicious this beer. Just amazing stuff. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a snifter. 11/20/13 bottling date.

Pours an opaque black with a nice beige head. Smell is big on fruits...i get raspberries but maybe its just because i dont know what mulberries etc smell like. The taste is very fruity but honestly not too much...still a big amount of chocolate and malty flavor to this one. i do not get any whiskey barrels though, however this isnt a bad thing. the overall flavor is tremendous. there is even a slight tart finish to this one! full bodied for sure and ABV is definitely undetectable. carbonation is light but present. creamy feel and very very easy to drink. almost criminally so.

overall a tremendous brew. i wish i could have this more often. (695 characters)

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. (252 characters)

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. (598 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black. There were a few dark brown bubbles ringing the glass, but that's it. Roasted grain aroma with lots of berries and booze, coffee, nutty, a bit woody. Berry flavour was pronounced throughout - impressive that they were able to get that much character into an already big beer. Roast and booze, wood, caramel sweetness, moderate bitterness. Sweet berry finish with lingering tannins and alcohol warmth. Full bodied with low carbonation, moderate astringency. Quite tasty. The berry and barrel character worked well with the stout. (535 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 12.31.13
Bottled On: 20NOV13
Bottle #1148

A - Pours a dark brown with a smaller dark brown head that fades fast.

S - Chocolate and lots of fruity berries.

T- Raspberry, bosen and black berries. Sweet - some heat and chocolate.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very good, a touch sweet and hot, but I still loved it. (350 characters)

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 (1,176 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice rich dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps and nice legs. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of berry jam. galore! Get tons of boysenberries and mulberries on the nose, cooked and fresh, faint chocolate, not much rye bourbon is faint too. Tons of berries which are really nice.

T - Taste is a bit on the sweet side, however, it's delicious! Tons of sweet berries and chocolate, dark and rich like a decadent berry truffle. The whiskey is very nicely integrated, just delicious beer. Can't believe how much berry is in this.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Lower carbonation, silky smooth with the school hidden nicely.

O - Overall I really really enjoyed this beer. Can't believe how well the berries translated. just delicious and worth all the hype. (850 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-A very interesting color. Pours very dark brown; black to to the negligent eye. Yet there is a fascinating reddish glow to the body when held up to a light source. When the glass is swirled, the outer edges of the beer display a purple color almost like an aged red wine. Forceful pour brings forth a small assembly of fizz that dies away. Soft lacing rings with legs like wine. Even the bubbles have a purple tint to them.

S-Jammy and fragrant. Sweet perfumes of berry essences. Just like a dark chocolate filled with blackberry goo. Ultra jammy. Light mocha notes, too. Just a tad of barrel influence. I would like to be greeted with a bit more of the rye barrel but aside from that, this is one neat smelling beer.

T-Sweet blackberries and cousins of said fruit. I know all of the berries used in is beer are nephew to the blackberry and they truly put on a show. I would say the berries do image the flavor, which I was very surprised about. The underlying spicy heat of the rye barrel shows up here slightly more than the nose but far more subdued than any other BCBS variant I have tried. The blackberry-jelly filled dark chocolate description applies here as well. Also akin to burnt toast smeared on blackberry jam. Somehow this beer isn't cloying.

M-Not as thick and velvety as it probably should be. Softer carbonation. A sneakily strengthening heat. Sticky.

O/D-Very interesting. I don't think many breweries could really nail this project of a beer. Goose Island does a damn good job; his could have been an absolute mess but with some brilliant craftsmanship, this one turned out to be a treat. I bet this will really improve with age. (1,654 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating my own little Extreme Beerfest. 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a quarter inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates towards the shoulders leaving a fizzy slick across the surface. Nose expresses molasses, char, ethanol, vanilla, buttery notes and a hint of dark fruit. Taste consistent with nose; however, there are definitely distinct berry notes, as well as a toffee character - all and all, pretty amazing. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation, a slight oiliness and a trace of astringency attributable to the berries. Overall, a rally fantastic variant. I wish I had another bottle to cellar. (673 characters)

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.