Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: black bodied beer with thin brown cap that drops to no head.
Smell: nose is well balanced between berries and Bourbon county stout. Getting some dark bakers cocoa too.
Taste: Just like the nose! A really awesome balance of the trio of berries and the bourbon county stout! A nice dark chocolate finsih with mildly tart berry flavors. Goose Island nailed this berry stout!
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Smooth drinking, oily, and rich. Just a touch of booziness.
Overall: This beer is miles ahead of bramble rye when it was fresh. Goose Island really dialed this beer in and I dont think that backyard rye should be aged. I think its the perfect example of a drink fresh stout! striking balance and wonderfully integrated berries into the stout.
12-10-2013 05:38:39 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5 rDev -2.2%
The concept behind this beer had me excited. BCBS can be a little boozy for me, so I figured the berries would taper that a bit.
A - Solid black with a little brown red accent when held to the light. One-finger tan head that settles quickly.
S - Still dominated by vanilla, unsweetened chocolate and smoke, with overtones of blackberry (I've never had a marionberry or mulberry, so ... limited comparisons)
T - I've heard this described as like drink a jam, and that isn't far off. The berry flavor carries throughout, as the taste shifts from bourbon to coffee/cocoa to hazelnut and toffee. There's an odd lemon-zesty aftertaste coming off the berry.
M - Thick, chewy, sticky and weighty, just like you'd expect.
O - I have to say this is an awfully sweet stout. The berry does balance the booze, but it creates its own overbearing aspect. Curious to see if it will settle a little in a few months. Either way, I'm carping. This isn't a world-rocker, but it's pretty tasty.
12-10-2013 02:19:16 | More by TheCuriograph
4.64/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle served in Firestone Walker snifter. Bottled Nov 20 2013.
Appearance: typical black with a red tinged saddle brown colored head that dissipates to small ring around the glass. Seems thinner than regular BCS.
Aroma: all the caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit from the standard but with a spiciness coming from the rye barrel and a hint of raspberry/blackberry.
Taste: again, you get a lot if those characters you get from BCS but with the rye spiciness and an undeniable chocolate covered raspberry/strawberry character. Very clean fruit flavor and not at all leaning towards sour fruit or medicinal.
Mouthfeel: a little thinner on the mouthfeel than BCS or BCBCS. But doesn't detract from the beer because of the fruitiness and spiciness.
Overall: this is the best fruited stout I have had. Awesome balance between the stout flavors, rye barrels, and berry flavors. Not one thing dominates and the complexity is top notch. Awesome stuff.
12-09-2013 03:40:48 | More by MarcWP
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.