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

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries.

Added by MasterSki on 10-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

This has developed very nicely, becoming on the same page as Bramble. Fantastic berry flavor that doesnt take away from the classic bourbon county flavor . My new favorite variant.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep dark (muddy when holding a high powered flashlight to it - yes I really did that, its not normal). Finger of dense rich chocolate colored head, OK retention and lacing.

S - sweet cherry like/mild tartness, rich cocoa, vanilla, Raisin/cinnamon deliciousness.

T - Initially very sweet, cocoa/raisin/cinnamon flavors followed by a Mediciny boozy flavor. Cherries and other similar berries, some decent whisky heat. Finish/aftertaste is berries/medicine burn.

M - full bodied+ thick and smooth, minimal carbonation. A sipper for sure

O - possibly my least favorite bcbs variant

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Photo of SHerninko
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on my daughter's birthday. Thanks to Leesure for stopping by with a bottle. 3/30/14
Poured into a large red wine crystal glass (hey it looks and has lots of wine characteristics).

Appears deep red/ruby. Some light legs dribble down the sides of the glass.

Smell is interesting. Lots going on. Fruit, raison, berries (duh), the some strong alcohol and bourbon. Not a stout smell really but it's there as a base.

Taste -- first sip was a bit cloying and like a fruit juice/wine as it hit the tongue. I was like "whoahhh"- a bit sweet. After a minute and another sip, the sweetness was mellowed out. It is like drinking a wine, maybe a port. As it warmed the alcohol increased (I will age my other bottles and see how it matures), but so did the more bourbon stout like flavors. It is interesting as it changes like a chameleon as it warmed up.

Mouth was the only sort of disappointment. It was slightly on the thinner side. Not annoying or a problem, but not thick or creamy--again more wine like and silky.

Overall---got to try it at least once if you can find it. It was a bit too sweet, but for me anyway it toned down after the initial shock. It has many layers and lots of things going on (layers), especially as it goes from full glass to the last sip.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on November 20th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a sludgy pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that quickly fades away. Big alcohol legs and lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and pretty sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of berries and rye whiskey. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Solid barrel presence with hints of rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Huge presence of berries with hints of mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. Literally smells like berry juice was mixed in. Also some sweet hints of molasses. A very good fruit infused aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, sludgy, and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of berry fruits and rye barrel. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Barrel notes of rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Big juicy taste of berries with notes of mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. More sweetness from some burnt molasses. Light background presence of hops. The berries really stick out. Overall a really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sludgy, juicy, and fairly syrupy. Alcohol heat is surprisingly smooth.

Overall: A really great variation on BCBS. The berries add a great juicy contrast to the dark malt. The rye barrel presence is enough to add a kick without overwhelming anything else.

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.