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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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1,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 431
Gots: 605 | 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  rDev -11.9%

RobertColianni, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

ms11781, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Hallertau, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Lasering, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mportnoy, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

SadMachine, Dec 19, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle in trade from Tim. Massive thanks goes out! Pours pitch black--looking a little thinner than other variants though--with a small dark brown head that fizzes mightily and dissipates very quickly. Aroma of chocolate and jammy berries, and then some big time spicy rye whiskey booze. Flavor is a big punch of raspberry-like berry sweetness, some whiskey, then big chocolate notes that fades back I to berries. Substantial prickly carbonation for the style, definitely more light bodied than other BCS variants, but still decent heft to it. The berries meld beautifully with the rye whiskey in this, though the booze level is low. I am almost always disappointed with fruited stouts, but this takes it in a direction I liked. The fruit remains sweet rather than sour and mixes nicely with the ever so slight booze and sweet chocolate notes. Nicely done, though very different from the standard bourbon county experience.

BMMillsy, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

EigenBeer, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ralerwen, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

facesnorth, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

MickeyHops, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

pmarlowe, Dec 18, 2013
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4.99/5  rDev +9.9%

The backyard rye is absolutely luscious. I would do things to get another bottle. Desperate desperate things.

i get the jelly and the jam flavors. some red wine. Less of the chocolate malt and vanilla signature bourbon county flavor.

Pitch black. Low carbonation. Silky smooth. Pops with flavor. Just off the hook. The nose pops as well of sweet jelly and red wine. The taste is rich with fruits and sweet goodness, but sessionable. Not too sweet that I couldn't drink several of these (if it weren't for the high ABV) in an evening. Mouthfeel is luscious.

Also note: I loathe ciders. I loathe sours. If you are afraid this might have too much cider or sour flavor because of the fruit, cast away those fears. You are safe.

SlothB77, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Mark000, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

IrishColonial, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

backbaybrewer, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -13.2%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Slight transparency. Small khaki head.

Smell - Whiskey. Berries. Some raspberry. Chocolate and booze.

Taste - Fudgy right up front and immediately tons of berry fruits. Lends a little astringency. Whiskey barrel is there, but doesnt shine. Sweet, but masked by the fruit.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Very sweet. Medium heavy.

Overall - Pretty good in small quantities. Fruit blends well, but covers up some barrel and stout.

Alieniloquium, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

2013beer101, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

fehrminator, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

wiltznucs, Dec 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

GoBlue12, Dec 16, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Poured jet black with some crimson hues and highlights, pretty thick viscosity, a tannish colored head appears, sordove big at first but then it resedes and fizzes away leaving minimal lacing.

S: I get big tobacco, chocolate and smoke on the nose with a dash of berries. Whiskey is very prominent but not overpowering. Some underlying wood and Earthiness present

T : Initial punch of rye whiskey and tobacco leaves, smoke and chocolate with ahint of berries. The berries come out and are detected throughout the taste until the finish but the rye whiskey, tobacco, wood, cocoa are the dominant flavors. The finish is a bit sticky, sweet, velvety and very complex

M: Medium carbonation, good and hearty with plenty of body. A very sweet and somewhat silky like texture with a big booze sting. The flavors really cling to the mouth and linger

O: I did not get as much as others but thats okay because I'm not fan of to much fruit in my beers unless I am going for a full fledge fruit beer. This beer was good, not great, especially not as great as the ratings would have you believe nor did I feel the hype and price tag were a bit inflated

barleywinefiend, Dec 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

IpeeA, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

imfrommichigan, Dec 16, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -9.5%

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 11/20/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, berry, and rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and berry liqueur flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with rich cocoa and berry flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2013
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.