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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,446 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 379
Gots: 574 | FT: 93
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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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-04-2013 03:56:12 | More by LotsofLupulin
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-04-2013 01:08:06 | More by atone315
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-04-2013 00:02:28 | More by billab914
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shawlaqua

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-03-2013 20:43:59 | More by shawlaqua
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-03-2013 18:05:09 | More by kjkinsey
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-03-2013 13:10:40 | More by Psychmusic
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-03-2013 04:35:44 | More by bpfrush
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-02-2013 22:43:06 | More by thegoon55
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OPSippin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-02-2013 18:19:33 | More by OPSippin
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-02-2013 18:01:31 | More by MSandahl23
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catboy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-02-2013 17:13:49 | More by catboy
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Grfilwett

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-02-2013 15:48:21 | More by Grfilwett
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

12-02-2013 14:00:06 | More by RKing44
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

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
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4amepiphany

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-02-2013 06:26:03 | More by 4amepiphany
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-02-2013 03:12:37 | More by NooseJustice
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-02-2013 03:10:56 | More by eawolff99
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

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
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briiguy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-01-2013 19:04:27 | More by briiguy
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MrDarcy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.9%

12-01-2013 06:16:53 | More by MrDarcy
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

12-01-2013 03:22:17 | More by vinny21bal
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badboy7113

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 01:52:06 | More by badboy7113
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gkoz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-01-2013 01:35:41 | More by gkoz
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smartassboiler

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-30-2013 23:58:37 | More by smartassboiler
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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