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: 1,952
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
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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 macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Datz Deli. Served in a Florida Beer Company Swamp Ape tulip glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, opaque. Has a thin tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, and oak with the berries, all under a more muted bourbon (or rye, or whatever) presence than a lot of the other variants I've had. Sweet and a hint of dark spices.

T: Big sweet sticky malts, berry fruitiness that reminds me of a chocolate-covered raspberry, vanilla and oak, chocolate malts, and a nice barrel and booze presence in balance with the rest of the beer. Finishes with sweet boozy ethanol and some charred bitterness.

M: Sticky mouthfeel with a fairly full body, low carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is fairly well-hidden, especially given the style and the other BCBS variants.

O: Wow - very enjoyable, and nicely executed. Truly world-class, and in my opinion, significantly better than the BCBCS I had preceding this one.

Photo of scotorum
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bomber was $20, the most I have paid for such anywhere, anytime. But there were two bottles at a local shop a few months ago when it came out, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to try it.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip glass.

a: Opaque black. No head to speak of.

s: Complex aromas of dark fruit and spice. Some toasted bread too.

t: Follows the nose, ending with a rush of dark ripe and slightly sour fruit like unsweetened blackberries, and a throat burn all the way down. Dry fruity finish.

m: Full. Smooth and wow.

o: A powerful and complex brew, not quite like anything I have had yet, and that is over five hundred different in the past year alone. Extremely interesting and sippable. Substantial and deserving of great respect. However the sourness makes it a little less than totally enjoyable for me.

Photo of zac16125
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a sniftet
Bottled on: 20NOV13

Thanks to jsteel2 for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque black, approximately 1/2 a fingers width of mocha colored head develops, then fades quickly down. Leaves zero lacing.

S: A surpringing amount of berry sweetness, huge berry notes. Once I get past that then some of the typical Bourbon County Brand aromas come out including barrel notes, booze, dark fruits, and subtle cocoa.

T: Berries are the first flavor I get, but are not as dominant as in the aroma and the base beer flavors are much more prominent including oak, cocoa, booze, and subtle coffee. There is a huge sweetness to this beer, which borders on cloying but is prevented from achieving that by the accompanying booziness and subtle coffee like bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, syrupy at times, appropriately low carbonation and pretty smooth. ABV is noticeable but in a good way in that it helps to balance out the sweetness.

O: A really good beer, but I think I prefer the regular BCBS, and I definitely prefer the BCBCS. The berries just add to the already big sweet components to bring this one to the verge of becoming cloying. Dont get me wrong, its still an excellent beer, but even if it were readily available its probably something I wouldn't frequently drink (whereas I could drink BCBS daily and be happy). Glad I got to try it though, thanks Jason!

Photo of John_M
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Someone generously brought along a bottle of this to the recent bottle share at the Portland Growler Guys. Had heard this beer was good, but it was way better than that.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retetention and light lacing. The beer has that viscuous look that I typically associate with signficant barrel aging. On the palate, the beer smells good enough, as I pick up dark coffee, vanilla, chocolate, light bourbon and a hint of rye. On the nose, I really didn't think the rye component added a whole lot, but on the palate.... wow! This beer tastes like liquid chocolate cherry bons bons, but with some light coffee and vanilla to spice things up a bit. This beer is one of the more decadent tasting beers I can recall ever tasting. Mouthfeel is full, soft and very long, with the seemingly low carbonation working well with this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile in this excellent beer.

OK, a couple of thoughts about this beer. I now understand why this beer is always the first of the BCBS brand variations to sell out each time my local store is supplied. On the other hand, as the beer only comes in bomber format (I believe), I would have to think twice before grabbing a bottle. I'm pretty certain I would be unable to stop myself from polishing off the bottle were I to crack open a bottle by myself. That's how absolutely decadently delicious this beer. Just amazing stuff.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in June 2015, with two years of age. Seems to have hit it's stride. A beautiful fresh raspberry jam is at the forefront with chocolate and vanilla notes and a very slight tartness from the fruit. Reminiscent of a decadent black forest cake.

Photo of Dawgboned37
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very very solid offering from Goose Island. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. The aroma and flavors were dominated by the bourbon and the berries. However, when I sipped and swallowed it, I was reminded of the BCBS. The berry flavors were quite interesting, turning the stout into almost a barleywine flavor. Reading the label was almost funny to me, because it sounded like they were inventing types of berries... the snozzberry-infusion!

Photo of scottfrie
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks again JulianC.

A: Pours a brown color a couple shades darker than cola with almost no light tan head. A few specks of spotty lace were left down the glass.
S: Super sweet and fruity smelling with dominating notes berry jam and fruit roll-ups. I get a few hints of caramel and mild chocolate as well.
T: Tastes just as described on the bottle: BCBS with a ton of sweet berries added in. I get flavors of black berries, boysenberries, blueberries, slight raspberry, caramel, and chocolate syrup. The finish is boozy and rich with flavors of mild leather, caramel, slight vanilla, spicy rye and sweet brown sugar. The aftertaste is sweet and fruits with some potent alcohol.
M: Smooth and mellow mouthfeel with a rich full body, lowish carbonation, decent amount of alcohol.
O: A fruity BCBS all the way. Rye wasn’t potent but the sweet fruit by the foot was. Good for what it is but not my favorite variant.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a bubbly one finger head. Head goes away quickly. Leaves a mocha ring around the edge. The smell is incredibly sweet. The rye barrels are very dominate. Theres a roastiness and sweetness coming from the berries. This tastes really good. The bourbon flavor hits you right up front, with layers of fruit right underneath. Nothing too overpowering. A little roasty, with some chocolate flavor in there, too. Incredibly smooth. Doesn't taste as sweet as the aroma would suggest. I can pick up just a slight amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, easy to drink. This is even better than I remember the first time around.

Photo of rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, not much carbonation or head.

S-Some fruit, good bit of rye, some oak, roasted notes and chocolate.

T-Lots of fruits. The berries are coming through big time. The finish has a slight rye/whiskey note. Roasted malt and chocolate are present as well.

M-Heavy in body, rather thick, not much carbonation.

O-A good beer the berries add a nice level of fruity flavors but it does not stand up to the other bourbon county beers out there.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bourbon County Backyard Rye

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temp.

A) Pours out smooth and black. A small dark tan head quickly settles to a collar. This has some legs. Looks rich and quite inviting.

S) I can't say that I'm familiar with the aroma produced by mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries, but I smell berries, and it's delightful. The aroma is a combination of the berries and a fine dark chocolate. I feel like I've walked into the shop of a world class chocolatier. A deep pull brings out the rye whiskey barrel.

T) How do they do it? The berries are a perfect compliment to this barrel aged stout. A wonderful Jammy sweetness. The description on the bottle is no bullshit. The alcohol is so well hidden, just a little warmth on the backend. Just delicious....

M) Pretty full bodied, not quite the same thickness as regular BCBS or the BCBCS. The carbonation is on the light side. This is super smooth. Finishes so nice, with a delightful aftertaste. Coats the entire mouth in a good way.

O) This beer is so good. It falls into the category of being slightly sad when you realize you're done. Top notch stuff... Glad I have one more in the cellar, but wish I had more.

Photo of mdfb79
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 05/19/14 notes. Had as part of our mega-BCS tasting, side by side with Bramble and some raspberries and blackberries. 22 oz. bottle into a mini-snifter glass.

a - Pours a brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks like all the others.

s - Smells of raspberry jam, smells of sweet dark fruits, sticky sweet berries, roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, rye, toasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and light bourbon. Crazy amount of berries and fruit to it. Very good, and very distinct.

t - Tastes of raspberry and strawberry jams, sweet dark fruits, raspberries, blackberries, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, toasted malts, and light vanilla. Tons of berries again, really nice.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. No heat, great mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

o - Overall a really great beer and one of my favs from the night...I ranked it 4/12. It is so distinct due to the fruit it is the first BCS variant I thought was very different than the others. Tons of jam and sticky sweet fruits to it, worth seeking out. Would love to have it again.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a black viscous color with ruby hues and almost no head. No lacing. The aroma is bourbon, berries and actually kind of smells a bit like chocolate chip cookies. Hints of vanilla. The taste is booze and dark chocolate covered berries and cherries. More chocolate and berries at the finish with some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick. The berry flavor works well and balances nicely with the booze and chocolate flavors. Overall, really good but not my favorite of the variants.

Photo of peensteen
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Liam and Jay for sharing this.

Black/brown with some reddish points towards the top of the glass, ring of tan head, no lace. Smell is very berry forward, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry jam is the best I can describe this as I have little experience with the types of berry actually used, a slight roast, chocolate covered berries with bourbon and oak. Taste like the nose is very fruit forward, tons of jammy flavours, bourbon soaked chocolate coverd berries, a little bit of alcohol and maybe just a touch astringent. Sticky full body, light carbonation. Certainly very good, and my sample was consumed quite quickly, tasty stuff even though admittedly I don't love fruit stouts, also having this after Proprietors probably wasn't fair to this beer, still awesome and would certainly love the chance to have this again.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from bobbypaulson (thanks Michael!). Bottled 11/20/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a familiar oil black with a thin cap of tan head. Against the light a faint rim of a red wine or violet hue shows. Very little retention and no lace.

Huge aromatic blast of berries followed by faint sweet whisky, chocolate, vanilla and wisps of alchohol.

Delicious blend of dark baker's chocolate, dark berry jam, rye spice, soft whisky, coffee, mild burnt caramel, a little molasses and some booze. Sticky sweet and mildly tart. A sweet sipper with alcohol mostly covered by the jammy sweetness.

Fairly heavy, viscous with light carbonation. Bittersweet dark berry jam, chocolate and rye finish.

A close cousin to the standard Bourbon County Brand Stout but with a whole new profile of berries and rye. Good stuff for sure.

Photo of jbaker67
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is jammy chocolate with nice berry notes, deep roasted chocolate and well integrated bourbon. The palate follows with big chocolate flavors that mingle nicely with the berry jammy jam notes and a lot of bourbon character. A touch thinner than years past but the balance of flavors are there and its very enjoyable.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A- jet black with very little head that dissipates instantly.

S- lots of berry sweetness followed by some vanilla and chocolate.

T- The berries come through so well. It tastes like liquid blackberries and mulberries. he bourbon hits and it blends so ell with the slight tartness of the berries. A little heat comes through but really not much at all.

M- silky velvety thick deliciousness.

O- a fantastic beer. the berries are a great addition to the bourbon county brand. There is a well balanced sweetness from the bourbon amd the tartness of the berries. A very well blended beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a glass at City Beer Store. 20 November 2013.

A: Black, with nary a hint of head or carbonation. Needless to say, opaque.

S: Incredibly rich and intoxicating. Boozy, just dripping with sugars and fruit. Boysenberry. Brown sugar. Creme brûlée. Alcohol. Boysenberry is unmistakable but the rye spiciness might be somewhat my imagination.

T: Mmmm. Oh ho. This is just pleasurable drinking. Semi-savory, with a hefty booze base countered by a hint of fruity acidity and dry, spicy yeast. Jammy. The finish is long, dry, and lingering. I really like this because it's not too sweet. Wonderfully balanced, complex and engaging.

M: Stern, if softly forgiving. Yeasty dry finish with a huge, towering, overwhelming maintaste.

O: I really, really enjoyed this. The acidity is surprising, but welcome.

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

A: Pours black as usually for a GIBCS. Next to zero head, little lacing, just inky black oily richness. Held to the light it betrayed a dark slightly reddish hue.

S: There are the rich chocolatey, caramel, malty, aromas you would expect of a BCS, but there is more. The rich aroma has thinned out enough to allow the oak woody characteristics to shine through, and then there are the berries. Oh, the berries. Light and subtle but present.

T: Incredible berry flavor. Not a one trick sickly sweet kind of taste but an amazingly complex and nuanced taste. The berries have lightened this beer up, but in a way that is more complex. Every taste bud in my mouth is alive. To call it raspberry jam is to do it injustice. There are berry flavors here that I have never experienced before. I do not know what a marionberry is, but this blend of marionberries, boysenberries and mulberries is incredible. And of course they are balanced and blended with the usual flavors of the base beer.; caramel, malt, oak, chocolate, and beautiful roast flavors.

This beer was great at cellar temperature, this beer was great at room temperature. The rye/whiskey/alcohol flavors exerted their presence as this beer warmed up, but they never overwhelmed.

No one flavor overwhelms. I am not a fan of sweet fruitified beers. This one is a symphony of flavors all playing in key and in harmony.

M: This variant is not as heavy or thick as BCS. It is still rich and lush, oily and viscous, coats the mouth without being cloying. Some people think it under carbonated, but I disagree. The carbonation is perfect.

O: Drinking this beer is an incredible experience. I had two bottles, the first I shared with friends, the second I have selfishly enjoyed myself. Over the course of a day I have savored every sip, hoping the bottle will never end. Sadly perfection is a rare and transient thing. I hope this day and sensation will last in my memory forever.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Bourbon County snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a thick inky black liquid with some mahogany edges. A nice thin tan head rises up to about a quarter inch but recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma is pure delicious ecstasy. Notes of berry jam fill the glass and my nose. Berry sweetness and sharp berry tartness all commingle into one sweet and tart delicious melange. Notes of strong boozy bourbon creep up and mix very well with the berry cocktail that is present. Under all that lies a nice slight roasted character with some darker fruit notes (prunes, raisins) that conjure up memories of the base beer.

The flavor of this brew is equally exquisite and complex as the nose would indicate. Notes of berry jam and preserves are quick to entice the palette with their mix of sweet and tart. Ripened berries and notes of molasses are present right away as the Bourbon tries to battle with the berries for dominance. Delicious notes of caramel and some slight roast mix together with fruit juicy goodness and some great heat to provide for a delicious and complex experience. Body is near perfection. Carbonation is on the lower side but with enough clearing power to keep you coming back. Nice oily and viscous feel as well.

Overall a delicious variant that is drinkable and complex. Dangerously.

Photo of Pencible
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This poured an opaque black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like boysenberries and rich dark chocolate, with some coconut and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet berries and rich dark chocolate, with some oak and coconut. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was very thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Awesome huge body.
D: This was delicious! The scent and taste were complex and unique and amazing. The body was perfect, and the finish was smooth. It was too easy to drink, but should be sipped and savored. No need to cellar, although I'm sure it would last. So good.

Photo of N_Schleret
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a motor oil color with a one finger head that dissipipates to a light ring. Very light lacing.
S: Fruit takes away the big BCBS smell on the nose like a lot of the variants have. Dark tart fruits, dark chocolate, bourbon is faint.
T: The berries really come through, jam like. Malt, chocolate, vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Heavy and creamy on the palate. Light alcohol burn, medium dryness.
O: The berries take away from the overall BCBS flavor but not a bad brew. Glad I had someone to share this with as it is very sweet.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from a recent trade with Holland, thanks bud! Appearance is identical to regular bourbon county stout, black with a tan head that doesn't last long. Aroma is very much like regular bourbon county, stout, barrel, vanilla, and then a hint of berry jam. The flavor was very heavy on the berries to the extent it almost hides the stout and the rye barrels,super fruity. Overall delicious but I liked the cherry rye better and the coffee blows this away while the regular also runs ahead of this. Glad to have tried this and a delicious beer in its own right.

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle shared at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours ink black. Completely opaque black in color. A one finger tan head forms in a minute, but recedes to nothing in a second.
S: A huge aroma that is incredibly well incorporated. The big barrel aroma is very apparent. Toasted malts and baked bread. Oak, vanilla, chocolate from the barrel. Then the fruit. Jammy, slightly tart chocolate covered berries. Love it.
T: Like the nose, incredibly well incorporated. Lightly roasted malts, more toasted baked bread. The big barrel character for the brand. Oak, vanilla, chocolate covered fruits. Jam like berries. The fruit is very fresh, and not medicinal like at all. Incredible.
M/D: A full viscous body with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth and silky. So easy to drink. A great sipper.

I have to wonder if Bourbon County Cherry Stout would be similar to this if I had it fresher. This, however, is a treat. Everything is so well balanced, and the berry additions are not medicinal at all. I really need to get more. Another reason why Goose Island makes one of the best barrel aged stouts on the market.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours thick and black, just like a Bourbon County should. Very small head and lacing on the whole, but I wasn't expecting a huge head for the style. What little foam is there is tan to chocolate in color.

S- Starts off with a little bit of dark roast and barrel flavor before huge, sweet berry notes hit your nose. All of the berries meld together into a sweet, fruity, and boozey scent that is quite enticing. Barrel characteristics kick in midway through the smell and display some char as well as vanilla sweetness and oak flavor.

T- Starts off with a strong combination of sweet and fruity berries and dark malts. Berries are really the prominent flavor in the beginning, and most of the way through the drink, while melding with the malts and barrel. Barrel flavors are in there, just hidden a little behind the berries. Barrel flavors are primarily vanilla sweetness and just a touch of char. Lingering berry sweetness and barrel flavors are what is left on the tongue.

M- This beer is thick and smooth and just a little sticky on the tongue. Alcohol is present as a warming sensation, but not too aggressively so. Sweetness from the berries and alcohol make this beer a slower drinker.

Overall, a tremendous, unique variant for BCBS. The berries are both unique and rather strong. A great member of the BCBS family.

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The immediate note in this beer is a "jammy" berry quality. It is quite sweet and tastes like you can spread this over bread. Then onto the classic Bourbon County of vanilla, chocolate, sweet bourbon, which all really work well with sweet forward berry character in this beer.

Bramble is slightly better for its more refined berry flavors, but this beer may turn into that with a bit of age.

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