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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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 573
Gots: 677 | FT: 91
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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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries.
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Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip NYE 2014, big thanks kumatmebrew for the major want

A black liquid, very deep edge, legs and color left behind on the glass, just a short lived thick film leaves no lace

S way fruitier then expected, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, raspberry, strawberries, I don't know what mulberries and marionberries are but I'm guessing they'd make a good jam, this is jammy as all hell, some chocolate syrup and liqueur, with some rye barrel popping up here and there

T much like the nose but the barrel comes through a little more, some booze but considering the strength I'd say its well concealed, just a little spicy and fairly sweet, a little char but for the most part its jam and barrel

M thick and syrupy, enough carbonation to give it some life, sticky and a little a little heat going, lots of jam, char, and rye on the finish

O not exactly what I was expecting but awesome nonetheless, very jammy, ridiculous really, great use of a rye barrel, just all around awesome

I'm struggling to think of a stout this fruity, lives up to the hype anyways, worth seeking out for sure and I really want another bottle to sit on now

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The berry influence is amazing. As it warms I can begin to taste the rye. Incredible! I could drink this all night it is so smooth. Perfect beer for NYE '14!

Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goose Island snifter. Bottled 20Nov13, purchased in Smithfield, RI last year.

Pours a deep Bourbon County Stout characteristic black body with a 2 finger suprisingly fizzy milk chocolate colored head that reduces very quickly to a slight ring of foam. Leaves no lacing.

On the nose is lots of milk chocolate, bourbony caramel and vanilla, some boozyness and a hint of berries.

Upfront is bittersweet chocolate, sweet vanilla and butterscotch, followed by a bourbon, caramel, and a delicious compliment of berries (reminiscent of raspberries, which I'm sure are similar to the 3 berries used to brew this beer). The finish is roasty, leaving a toasted malt taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, not quite as heavy and sticky as other bourbon county beers.

Overall a delicious, complex beer, the berries definitely added a level of complexity to it. A must try for Bourbon County fans.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with family on Christmas day 2014 (over 13 mo since bottling ) for a liquid dessert after dinner. split 4 ways in my dad's Irish whiskey mini-snifters. Deep dark black pour with noticeable hues of deep red in the right light, minimal head.

Aroma was a mix if berry and roasty malts and dark chocolate

Taste was the right amount if sweetness from the berries with some bitersweet chocolate and every so slight whiskey hint and some oak. Berry on the finish is nice

Mouthfeel - thicker body but not as much as the base beer, lower carb and super smooth

Overall - this was a fantastic beer, but I'd take regular BCBS over it any day. it was perfect as a dessert.

Photo of Onecunningman
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had... Love it

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorite BCBS to date. 2013 vintage consumed in 2014. Really nice!

Photo of cduffy201
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a stout fan at all but this was pretty tasty.

Photo of brewskis
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Year old bottle. Reminds me of Haymarket Claire's Thirsty Ale. Delicious!

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with just a small brown hue near the edges. A half finger or so of a tan head with decent retention and leaves behind a small lacing along with some brown alcohol legs left behind. Completely dark and opaque

Smell: Strong bourbon along with rich chocolate. Juicy berries and some sweetness. Oaky qualities along with some vanilla

Taste: Opens up with a bold and strong whisky. Vanilla to oak flavors come in. In the middle juicy mulberries along with black berries all dipped in chocolate. More flavors of chocolate and some roasted malts come through at the end. Some alcohol but fairly smooth

Monthfeel: Fairly smooth but heavy and chewy. Alcohol is warm but doesn't bite to hard

Overall: Another great in the bourbon county series. Great mix of bourbon berries and stout. Can't wait to try more variations similar to this

Photo of Jeffo
3.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Masterski this past summer. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 10 November 2013
Bottle 0950
BCBS with mulberries, boysenberries, marionberries and aged in rye barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser, fizzy, light mocha head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a ring and slight splotchy wisp. Fizzy and loose. Black body with no carbonation evident. Ring quickly vanishes and looks rather flat by the end of the glass. Like all the variants, this is a below average looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Red berries up front with some whisky, oak, fruity aromas, sweet cream and vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff, while the fruit is very nicely balanced with the barrel aromas.

TASTE: Lots of fruity flavors with red berries and whisky flavors up front, then a good dose of whisky, oak, and alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of oak, whisky, vanilla and sweet cream, milk chocolate and some faint sweet fruits as well. Quite boozy with lots of barrel and whisky as well as fruity sweetness. In that sense, this is rather well balanced, though too hot, unfortunately.

PALATE: Like the other variants in this series. Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, a touch prickly, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Lot so heat lingers. Needs to be thicker, heavier and creamier for sure.

OVERALL: This is a solid brew. Liked the fruit addition and it worked really well with the whisky and boozy flavors in this one. Like all these Bourbon County variants, however, this one falls short in the look and is far too thin, hot and abrasive in the feel. Curbing the heat and beefing up the feel would do a world of good for this brew, not to mention engineering a more appropriate head for such a big brew. Good stuff, but like this entire series, falls far from the pedestal on which is has been placed. Thanks again hotpipes. Always fun swapping brews man.

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +10.1%


Photo of BeerRay
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

A little too sweet

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow! i might even like this one better than the coffee edition, which until now i think was my favorite bourbon county release. this is insane beer, thick and sludgy looking like the others, and retaining that slick jelly feel, as viscous as almost any beer out there. the flavors here though are so much more complex, way more layered, and frankly just more appealing than the coffee overload, although i love that beer too. the rye whiskey is different than the bourbon in a lot of ways. there is a more textured grain element to it, and deeper wood notes in this example. it gives even more weight to the grain bill of this, and lets the semi harsh rye spice linger. the wood though mellows it all down, even the booze, to really tolerable levels. the berries in this are subtle at first, but come out a whole lot more as the beer warms up. i get an almost purple grape thing, but i suppose the mulberry is the dominant of the three. the dark fruit seems tangy, and nice contrast to the inherent sweetness of the big stout, and an uplifting sensation for such a heavy beer. it doesnt sound all that different, but this is an order of magnitude better than the cherry rye edition, and feels extremely special to me as i sip on it. palate coating and huge, but impossibly well refined. this is the final evolution of bourbon county as far as i am concerned (still havent had the proprietors though...). unforgettable beer.

Photo of StandupandStout
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy moly! Rarely have I came across a sweet beer that I can enjoy but this stout completely changed my mind. The pour is of a very dark brown almost black with little head. The aroma of mixed berry stings the nostrils while the taste has that of fresh boysenberry while maintaining an imperial flavor. Hands down one of the best stouts I've had in awhile!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Bier Station as part of a Goose Island "Migration Week" event, which I guess is intended to ratchet up the attention for next month's release of Bourbon County and its variants. Unfortunately, they were only serving 4 oz pours, but the keg stuck around long enough for me to order three of them while being able to drink them at a relaxed pace. All three pours were served into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - The bar was a bit dim, so it was hard to make much subtlety of color in the body out, but for the most part it was the same black viscous appearance that most of the Bourbon County stouts have. The pour didn't yield much of a head at all--just a little ringlet of tan around the edge of the glass that disappeared pretty quickly. And while the beer has fantastic, sticky legs, it did not leave any lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - At my initial whiff, I get a good presence from the barrel, with rye whiskey, vanilla and caramel all coming through quite strong, with even some faint astringency from the booze. The berries are there, but quite muted. That said, it was pretty well chilled, so I decided to let it warm up a bit to see how it changed, and that made all the difference. After several minutes, the aroma had evolved into something more--the spicy rye and vanilla remained, but now was buoyed by a delicious jammy element and hints of roasted malt that I didn't pick up as much initially. The more it warms, the more the berries came to the forefront.

Taste (4.5) - Very much like the smell, the taste of this beer went through a great deal of change as the temperature changed. Initially, there were strong barrel notes, and hints of bittersweet chocolate, with a rather generic, syrupy sweetness that gave the impression of the berries. Vanilla and caramelized sugar came through with that great rye whiskey spice. But as before, the taste became much more berry forward as it warmed, and I have to admit that by the end of the glass, it had warmed a bit too much and passed it's metaphorical sweet spot. I'm not sure I've had a beer that changed so drastically with the temperature. For me, it was perfect about 10-15 minutes after pouring, with the aroma and flavor reminding me of a chocolate filled with caramel and raspberry. Decadent, with multiple types of sweet hitting your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - As with most of the BCBS offerings, the feel on this is wonderfully rich and full-bodied, with low carbonation.

Overall (4.5), this is a really well-done and unique beer. It's the first time I've been able to try any of the rye variants and I'm impressed with how they were able to work in the berries without it becoming too sweet or fruity. The fruit provides a much welcome component without taking over. You know GI is doing something right when a beer this good is my least favorite of the BCBS beers I've had. It's like saying it's my least favorite brick of pure gold.

Photo of jag21
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Delicious blend of chocolate, whisky and ripe berries. A delicious dessert beer and another winner in the BCS line.

Photo of Sandbarunner
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Fruity and delicious.
A shot of coffee that is topped off with two shots of bourbon and then a layer of your grandma's jam.
Brings you back to simple, sunshine type of times.

Photo of Mike
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%

Dessert in a bottle. Tastes like sweet berry pie.

Photo of 4thpalehorsemanale
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

I should have cellared this heavy bad boy for more than 6 months. It drinks like hot fire! Heavy booze, but it does have nice heavy malt start covered almost immediately with booze haha. But it is what is suppose to be, so I should have aged it for about 3 years haha let the flavors come to the top :)

Photo of Crimtor
5/5  rDev +10.1%

OMG this beer was so delightful. The berry taste added to the BCBS added a wonderful full flavor that is hard to find. Definitely in my top 5 beers ever list, if you see it you must get it.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer # 1000!!

On tap for $6 for a 6 oz. pour. My lucky day

A: Pours a pitch black color with a minimal tan head. Leaves some sticky film on the way down the glass

S: Quite a bit of jammy and fruity notes up front with the classic BCBS tones underneath. Alcohol hidden very well behind the dark roasted malts and chocolate syrup-like sweetness

T: Follows the nose. The jammy notes come out leading the charge, quickly followed by the mellow and subdued BCBS notes. Very nice rye barrel character, and again, the alcohol is hidden very well

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Slightly syrup-like but not over the top

O: The berries and rye barrel add a nice new dimension to the already well-dimensioned BCBS. Far too easy to drink given the abv and relative viscosity of the brew, but it does make a nice sipper. Definitely drinking very well right now, for those of you holding onto bottles. Glad that I very luckily stumbled onto this one on-tap when I did

Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Tons of ripe jammy berries leap out at you amidst boozy oaky chocolate. In a nutshell; its like chocolate covered berries.

(T)- Just like the smell. It oozes chocolate covered berries with the oaky boozy finish. Just sooo full of jammy fruits.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. So rich, jammy, and sweet, yet layered and balanced pretty well. Its boozy but fittingly bourbon county.

(O)- Its really Bramble on steroids. So much jam-like flavors in this that it is actually almost too much. Looking back I might prefer Bramble to this. This is still excellent, but Bramble had a bit more layers to it than just mountains of fruit with the stout base.

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.68/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

No. No. No. All kinds of no, my children. When Raul was baby Raul, you could toss him a candy cane and he would suck on the hot dog thang, no problem. But nowadays? Nope. Raul grewed up and he ain't into that ultra sweet, high fructose corn syrup artificial stuff. And Backyard Rye? AY dios mio! It's like someone mixed up some Nerds and a Ring Pop and threw it in a perfectly fine BCBS.

This is just rank. Peace!

Photo of blankenhoney
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottled on 20NOV13 and poured into a BCBS snifter

A: dark, dark brown with a minimal head of khaki bubbles. looks like regular BCBS with a bit more carb.

S: the dominant aroma was sweet, tart fruit from the berries. after that there's a fair amount of chocolate, wood spice, and vanilla. the aromas were fantastic. the intense berry aromas were a delight…it's just like when you went to the farmer's market last weekend and picked up some fresh berries, crushed them in your mortar, and splashed 'em with your favorite rye.

T: a great combination of sweet, tart berries and rich chocolate. on the sweeter/desert-y side, but not too sweet or cloying. the finish featured some alcohol heat, lots of wood, and a bit of rye spice. as it warmed up, the beer showed a goodly amount of dark chocolate/espresso roast.

M: perfect as usual with this BCBS variant: full, viscous, and chewy, though not quite as thick and syrupy as BCBS. on the drinkability front, it wasn't a problem to crush this bomber by myself, though the berry flavors maybe became a bit repetitive and slightly less enjoyable over 2 hours or so.

O: this is an amazing beer: the mouthfeel is wonderful (to be expected as BCBS variant), but the berry aromas and flavors are out of this world. not having much positive experience with fruited stouts (cherry rye being the exception), i was a bit surprised to like this one so much. i was glad to have enjoyed backyard rye on a cool summer night: the abv kept me warmed up, and the intense berry aromas and flavors were really in keeping with summer. cheers!

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Almost completely opaque, with dark caramel color around the edges. Not very bubbly, no lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of vanilla and dark fruit/berries with a touch of alcohol.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is smooth, with very little carbonation. So many good flavors are immediately apparent, including vanilla, roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, and dried, dark berries. This beer uses marionberries, boysenberries, and mulberries, and they definitely come through very well without being overly sweet or tart. Combined with the dark roasted malts, the effect is that of a chocolate covered berry or chocolate and dark jam. The sweet berries and bitter dark chocolate are perfectly balanced here, with a rich, full aftertaste of dark chocolate. The whiskey barrel aging lends mellow flavors of vanilla and oak, and adds an alcoholic warmth, but the high ABV never makes its presence known in the flavor.

Final Word: TOP TIER BEER! This is the kind of beer that you are lucky to even find, so if you do chance upon it, buy it immediately! It is perfectly balanced, unique, rich, full, and ages well for up to 5 years! One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted, and a standout in Goose Island’s excellent Bourbon County series.

Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.