Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date November 20, 2013 printed on the label. My third variant of this beer to be had this year, following the original Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale. Acquired this bottle from a friend who had to stand in line for over an hour to get at it. Exponentially stoked to have this beer; expectations are through the roof.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a thick viscous chocolate brown color; opaque black in the glass with just a slight purple hued ring of bubbles around the glass. A nice layer of chocolate suds appears when swirled in the glass. Looks very nice. A very aggressive pour manages about a finger of the same chocolate tan head.
S - Smell is of smooth creamy vanilla, earthy toasted oak wood, bourbon, semi-bitter baker's chocolate, and a beautiful authentic symphony of juicy tart berry goodness. The difference between the three berry aromas is distinct and harmonious. The mind will of course associate these berries as smelling similar to the more usual raspberry & blackberry.
T - Taste follows the nose: silky vanilla beans, earthy charred oak wood, some bourbon alcohol heat, chocolate / cocoa bitterness, and the lovely bouquet of vinous / grapey / jammy berry flavors. Delicious. Not nearly as roasty or chocolatey as the original beer, but that is more than made up for with the addition of the trifecta of berries. Alcohol content is slightly noticeable, but is expertly masked for a 12.70% abv stout.
M - Goes down silky smooth and clean, with mild berry tartness, and some sticky sweetness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.
Overall, not nearly as amazing or orgasmic as the original beer, but a superb variant. I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing this bottle, and I think it is absolutely delicious. This will definitely end up in my top ten stouts, that is for sure. A beautiful beer, well worth the purchase and the money spent.
Goose Island Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout ---4.5/5
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 06:29:09 | More by mfnmbvp
4.55/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter.
This beer is an oily black with some dark brown highlights. About a half finger's width of mocha foam that fizzles away. Looks great for a barrel aged offering.
Incredibly sweet from the berry jam bouquet wafting from the glass. Also a good amount of chocolate, not enough roasted quality to be dark chocolate. Bourbon scents are at the front and end of the nose. Smells amazing!
Dark chocolate is more apparent on the palate and hits first. At all times, a current of bourbon is present, dancing around all the proceedings. At mid-palate, the gooey, sweet berry jam explodes along with some sweet port flavors. The finish just builds that jam note, and again the bourbon hits. Balanced flavors, yet flirts with the borderline of boozy.
The feel is solid: slick, fairly creamy, and incredibly sticky. The finish has real staying power.
This beast of a beer is a dessert sipper, but never annoyingly cloying. The bourbon presence makes sure of that. The berries, and all the aromas and flavors they create, are dialed in for this beer. I think Goose Island could have gotten away with even more juicy jam on the palate. As is, Backyard Rye is really nicely balanced.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 09:31:34 | More by Pintofbrown
4.19/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a snifter. Pours black, but not thick like motor oil, and has a ring of head that doesn't last very long. Smell is of strong berries, but I can't put my finger on the distinct berry, with vanilla and alcohol in the rearview mirror. Taste is tart and sweet, and it drinks pretty light for 12.7%. The aftertaste is strong of raspberries to me, with a light amount of chocolate, and it lingers. The body may be a tad light for such a big beer, but the berry flavors are going to slow you back down a bit.
Overall: I really liked it, and I'm glad I was able to try it.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 02:11:14 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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