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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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1,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,593
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 433
Gots: 604 | FT: 94
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:
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%

mabmab67, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

BarrytheBear, Jan 26, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks to Zeb for sharing this.

Let's skip right to the taste. This beer tastes like someone took a spoonful of overly sweet jam and shoved it into your mouth, and then gave you a teeny sip of BCBS to wash it down. That overly sweet berry flavor dominates the palate.

On the whole, this flavor profile did not work for me. I love the taste of Bourbon County, and I did not get that here. The berries took over and would not relinquish their hold. This is still a decent beer, but doesn't live up to the very high standards of your typical BCBS product. With that said, I wouldn't mind trying it again in a couple years to see if the berry flavor becomes a bit more tame.

thebigredone, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

NWer, Jan 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Ristaccia, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

erialbill, Jan 26, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev -1.3%

Had this multiple times. Always a bomber poured into snifter.

Pours dark black with a thin line of khaki head. Aroma is up front of sweet berries, with a strong lingering bourbon, roast and chocolate - as expected in the base. Taste is surprisingly sweet, fruity, chocolaty with the obvious base beer leading the way. Hard to believe such a strong beer can be dominated by this much fruity sweetness in a good way! Mouthfeel is thick, carbed to fit as expected. Hard to say anything bad about this beer. Takes the base BCBS and twists it upside down with an incredible fruity blend that does nothing but compliments all around.

roger617, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

oldvines, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

mikeincharleston, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

cfaulman, Jan 25, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%

Opaque black, minimal head.

Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon.

Fruit shows up in the flavor. Raspberries. Yum.

Body is light. Slight alcohol warmth.

Chocolate and raspberries, with a bit of bourbon. Ecstasy. Not as sweet as this year's bourbon county. More character with the fruit additions.

barczar, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

jjheinrichs, Jan 25, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -2%

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! An aggressive pour of this pitch black beer yields a one finger caramel colored head that faded quickly, but had some really nice lacing. The nose is totally dominated by the berries, followed closely by chocolate fudge, espresso, oak, booze, and some subtle rye. The taste is rich and bold with the berries and booze dominating. The oak and whiskey really emerge as it warms along with hints of chocolate fudge, vanilla, fresh berry jam, and subtle rye. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and syrupy with a mouth-coating finish. Overall, it's dangerously close to being cloying, and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it for what it was. Definitely a sipper, desert type of beer, but still very well done.

beerdrifter, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

bmmortale, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

griffeyb, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

ralphw56, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

OhioBobcat, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Tyrus, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

RMoeNay, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

DNICE555, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Cynic-ale, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

bdelonj13, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

campfirebrew, Jan 25, 2014
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,593 ratings.