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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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1,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 479
Gots: 621 | FT: 96
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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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.

BEERchitect, Jan 02, 2014
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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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