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

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 2,032
Avg: 4.53
pDev: 29.36%
Wants: 633
Gots: 686 | FT: 86
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 unclejazz
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is unlike any other Bourbon County varient, if I didn't know my guess would be its not even a Goose Island beer. It is so different, very drinkable. You just get a hint of the whiskey barrel treatment, but the berry flavor is so enjoyable. If you have a bottle of it, please drink this stuff fresh. It is really a wonderful treat. Note to Goose Island, make this every year and release it in four pack like BCBCS.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As expected, pitch black in color with a fantastic aroma. Unlike any of the Bourbon County variations I have had so far. Very berry forward on the nose, and it translates perfectly into the taste. It is almost like a perfect mixed berry jam in a bottle. Well balanced, smooth, berry tasty and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying and I was glad I got a chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

American double / Imperial stout
12.7 % ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured out a deep dark night sky black, with reddish hues around the rim. No head at all and no lacing. Very small tan halo.

AROMA: Right away I am blown away by the nose on this. Intense chocolate covered berries, jammy, sweet malts. The rye barrel hits hard, vanilla, oaky. Nice espresso in there also.

TASTE: Blown away. Intense velvety chocolate and a ripe berries. Very flamboyant. No hiding the layers of flavors. Dark, deep, roasted coffee little spice and heat on the backend I'm assuming from the Templeton barrels.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and syrupy like I expect form Bourbon County. Very little carbonation, coats the mouth in an oily slick feel.

OVERALL: I for one loved this beer! Very balanced for being so complex. My favorite Bourbon County to date.

RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov. 2013 bottling, thanks to Cam for sharing this crazy beer.

Appearance - A bit lighter than regular BCBS with reddish hues. Small beige head dissipates quickly to a very thin ring and nothin' else.

Smell - Comes off as kind of a tamer BCBS, berries are noticeable, but I'd say whiskey barrel comes out more than anything else. Chocolate and vanilla cake. Sweet and bourbon-y.

Taste - Wow, so different. Straight up spoonfuls of berry jam, seeds and all. Definitely reminds me of boysenberry jam and blackberries. Throw in some whiskey, chocolate, vanilla and roast and you've got one insanely rich and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, nice whiskey without really being boozy. Big sweet flavors but quite drinkable.

Overall - Crazy, very unique and intense berries, never encountered a beer like this for sure. A very different feel than Bourbon County Stout in the flavor and body. I kind of wish the base beer wasn't as buried, but those berries tho, thoze berries.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured to five wine glasses pretty much like putting new oil into my engine, thick and viscous with a small tan coating, not much of a head. No retention since no real foam happens. Small tan ring leaves a few spots of lace but not much at all.

S- Similar to BCBS here with some fruit in the back drop. Thick, decadent cocoa-forward super roast malts, vanilla Bourbon and oak barrels. Rich, thick sweetness even here, you can tell is coming big time next. Fudge bomb.

T- Whoa this opens up a ton here compared to the nose. The berries blow out here with a huge jam, syrupy, jelly feel that creates something beyond decadent with the base stout. I don't have a ton of experience with the actual berries themselves but the fruit flavor is semi-tart with a blackberry-blueberry feel for me with some cherry type hints. Extremely sweet. Base BCBS is trumped by the fruit but the rich cocoa and strong Rye barrels are solid in the backdrop. Reminds me of fudge, cake and truffles.

MF- Super thick and syrupy body with low-medium carbonation. Texture is somewhat creamy and frothy and just rich. Slight alcohol warming at the end. Slight berry tarts.

Gotta give some major credit considering the intensity and authentic flavor they capture from the berries. Somehow this is stronger than the flavor of a beastly, cocoa and whiskey laden stout. Maybe a bit too much fruit but still a beer like no other.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colonial Spirits muled by Hoppasaurus Rex, thanks.
I decided to open this tonight after a bizarre bottle stacking cap denting incident in my basement.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that quickly dissipates to some fuzz on top. Aromas of molasses and brown sugar with bits of rye whiskey, oak tannin, and bits of tart fruit. The flavor follows the aroma but the tart berry is much more pronounced. Thick sugary molasses base with hints of chocolate atop a pile of tart berries. Light oak and vanilla with a touch of ethanol round thing out quite nicely. Thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Great variation, I really enjoyed this beer, wish I had another.

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Photo of richj1970
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into taster glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a smallish one finger mocha colored head that dissipated quite quickly leaving no lacing at all.

S: The nose keeps bring me back to the thought of chocolate covered cherries. Lots of nice fruity berry notes mixed with big whiskey and hints of chocolate and espresso.

T: a Thick chocolate fudge covered in berry preserve. The berries were a bit subdued at first, but really shine as it warmed up. Nice alcohol heat and chocolate undertones. A little spiciness from the rye whiskey which adds a nice touch.

M: Very full bodied and thick as you would expect. The rye whiskey influence leaves the finish a bit dry.

O: Excellent beer. The original BCBS stands as one of my all time favorite beers, but this is an excellent variant for sure.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a scant, slight ruby head that dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of. Lots of berry on the nose along with dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and wood, incredible! The taste is reminiscent of chocolate dipped berries. The barrel isn't as dominant as other bourbon county releases, it adds nice vanilla, whiskey, and wood notes. Finishes sweet. Full mouthfeel with no carbonation to speak of. Overall, Backyard Rye is amazing, it's the finest example of a stout with fruit that I've had!

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened for my bday and shared amount 5 or 6 people along with many other beers.

A - Dark as night just like every other variant. Little to no head formed. Drank about 4-5 ounces of this and that was plenty.

S - Smell was wonderful with a lot of the barrel character coming through as well as the berry smells that they used to make this beer

T - Taste was a little overpowering in terms of the fruity characteristics. I felt as though it took a lot away from the bourbon and base flavors of the beer as I wasn't getting those tastes until the after taste. Really glad that I picked this one up and wish I had one more to age to see how the flavors would meld together as I can see this one aging beautifully

M - Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than other variants but still a medium to full bodied beer that coated the mouth and was creamy and smooth

O - I was a little underwhelmed surprisingly with this one as it's my least favorite variant. Still a world-class beer but I had slightly higher expectations.
Note: Everyone else loved this beer more than I did.

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Photo of RacerX5k
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is Bourbon County. I had this very fresh 2 days before the official release and didn't care for it at all. The berry was way too prominent. Luckily thanks to Matt @Capones I had a second last night, and it was superb.

Beautiful berry purpleish color hits my snifter first then morphs into the familiar black, but keeps the berry highlighting. Gorgeous. Perfect carbonation, very alive in the glass. Huge whiskey aroma, some spice from the rye treatment along with the berry notes, vanilla and coconut. I'm thinking this aroma is very similar to Cherry Rye. Taste is chocolate berry fudge cake, very thick, great mouthfeel. The berry is definitely less than 3 months ago, turning this into Bourbon County perfection.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Besides the original, best variant I've had minus RARE. Hands DOWN. For the record, I've had coffee, vanilla but not the PROPRIETER's blend but I don't like coconut.

Thank GOD 4 months have past so it's not a berry bomb and there's enough of the base beer coming through, but make no mistake about it, this is all about what the berries lend to the original BCBS. Not sure if a very fresh bottle would lend the same comment.

Raspberry truffle BCBS. Not at all in a cloying or overly sweet way. Rye cuts through the overly sweetness of it all. Kept it spicy & dry when it comes to the finish. I hate fruity and sweet beers, but I killed this bomber in as much time as a favorite DIPA because it was that good. Yeah, I didn't share this bomber with anyone but my greedy self :-) Again, this was the best variant of the bunch I've had and I LOVE coffee and am skeptical of berries. This impressed me more than the Coffee variant.

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Photo of guityler83
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Less then a half finger of tan head built in the tulip before quickly falling. Swirling produces alcohol legs that slide down the edge of the glass with very little carbonation bubbles kicking up from solution. The beer is black as a winter night, no light shines through, just like the other BCBS's.

S: The first impression I get is chocolate covered cherries. Dark chocolate, cherries, raspberries, strawberry all very distinct. Coffee and a slight roast, combined with the vanilla oaky barrel character, which is not as up front in the aroma as normal BCBS. Slight spicey rye character detected.. but it might be a mental thing because I know its there.

T: Holy schnikeys.. its fermented raspberry jam on a chocolate covered cherry. You've got dark chocolate being the base flavor throughout the beer, but up front is the same strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors as in the aroma, really juicy/fresh tasting. The caramel/toffee flavors usually present in BCBS is very subtle. The barrel is moderately present, on the burp.. I get the rye spiceyness like I was drinking rye whiskey.. very nice.

M: Alcohol warming is the first thing I notice. Smooth thick body overall. Carbonation is very low, but it compliments the berry flavors nice.

O: Balanced very well between the berries and the barrel with the base beer coming through still. After having the normal, coffee, barley wine and now this I'm amazed at the consistency of the Bourbon County beers. I would love to try Prop to round out this years lineup. Backyard is defiantly not for everyone with the jam like flavors coming off kind of sweet, but I'm loving it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, from the 2013 bottling, ordered at Timothy O'Toole's in Streeterville. Poured into unlabeled snifters today, 12/11/2013.

Pours standard BCBS body, dark black and very opaque, with a fairly minimal brown head that drops quickly. Beer shortly becomes very placid, dark with a thin collar. Not much lacing about.

Smells like Bourbon County Stout. So lots of barrel vanilla, sweet bourbon, some dark chocolate. No hints of berries initially, but as it warms up you get more hints of berries- not quite raspberry but not quite blackberry, hard to know as I've never had the component berries. But it smells pretty good, nothing compared to the burden of berries in the taste though.

And this is what sets aside this beer from the other Bourbon County offerings. Lots of chocolate, barrel vanilla, sweet bourbon and most importantly, lots of sweet and slightly tart berry flavour. It's very well integrated and drinking very smoothy. The whole flavour profile reminds me of Berry Berry Kix cereal in chocolate milk, except well-integrated. No joke. Very very very tasty.

Obvious phenomenal mouthfeel as with any Bourbon County. About the same body and consistency as regular, it might be a little more slick and resinous than normal BCBS, though. Solid carbonation, no heat whatsoever, can't tell its 12.7% at all.

Great BCBS variant, I love the berries and how easy it is to drink. Its not as cough syrupy like Cherry Rye was, and the berries integrate fantastically well with the base stout. Highly recommended; I don't see any point in aging bottles of this as the berries are just perfect and well-integrated with the base beer.

Re-reviewed today, 2/22/2014. Thanks Shaun! #5 in the BCBS Variant lineup. Poured into an original Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter. Basically, this confirms what I wrote above; its still jammy in the perfect sense; and it retains that nice jamminess and a bit more as it warms up. Compared to Bramble, this beer stays what it is cellar to room temperature and its very much worth sipping on over time. One of the better BCBS Variants in my opinion; I consider this to be more enjoyable and interesting than Proprietor's which is more of a one-note coconut beer.

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Photo of Anker13
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/21/14 – Goose Island | BCBS Backyard Rye | 22 oz Bomber

Appearance – Jet black / motor oil / night’s watch black. Tan head, no retention.

Aroma – Jam, raspberry truffle, earthy spice, almost like a pinot noir. No detectable boozy smell, slight chocolate roast

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, almost wish there was a little more. Full bodied, sticky, chewy, thick.

Taste – Way sweeter than I thought it would be, especially as it warms up. Definite jam-y qualities, dark fruit, hint of chocolate, subtle spice. Dark fruit flavors dominate… Not necessarily in a bad way, but it’s close to being a little too much.

Residual – Lingering pleasant sweetness, sticky

Overall – The first sip is a “wow” moment, but as you continue to drink the beer it becomes a little too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, Backyard Rye is still better than MOST beers out there, but the jam-y qualities and sweetness are a little distracting. Besides that, however, this 12.7% is the easiest drinking BCBS variant I’ve had and I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque brown pour into motor oil black in a snifter; shiny black surface slightly edged with thin dark foam.

S: rich black malt molasses and bright berry tartness

T: many flavors mingle freely, from the dark black malt base, bringing dark chocolate syrup and cold espresso and blackstrap molasses, to the juicy and tart berries, bursting with dark, sweet, and tart jam flavors, spiked with rye whiskey vapors and spice

M: smooth and medium-heavy, moderately dense, nice tartness

O: an exceptional double stout - wonderful use of sweet tart dark berry to complement the sophistication of the whiskey barrel aging; no better base beer than BCBS.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black. There were a few dark brown bubbles ringing the glass, but that's it. Roasted grain aroma with lots of berries and booze, coffee, nutty, a bit woody. Berry flavour was pronounced throughout - impressive that they were able to get that much character into an already big beer. Roast and booze, wood, caramel sweetness, moderate bitterness. Sweet berry finish with lingering tannins and alcohol warmth. Full bodied with low carbonation, moderate astringency. Quite tasty. The berry and barrel character worked well with the stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I still dream about this beer. Shared and poured into two snifters.

Pours dark, opaque, beautiful. Very small head forms.

Smells of roastiness, dark rich chocolate, sweet berries, and alcohol.

Tastes absolutely incredible. One sip will have decadent, whiskey soaked brownies at the forefront, the next sip will have sweet, slightly tart berry flavors charging to the forefront. So many layers of taste. Can't distinguish the various berries, as I have not tasted them before, but certainly tastes like sweet raspberries and blackberries to me (I think boysenberries are a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries?) Very roasty, and a bit spicy on the back end, which is probably the rye whisky.

The mouthfeel is very typical for Bourbon County, sticky, sweet, and absurdly full. A full dessert in a glass.

The best Bourbon County variant I've had so far. To die for.

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Photo of ItsMe
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark, motor oil looking with virtually no head. Ruby edges.

the nose is crazy. super whiskey, vanilla and coconut, dark malty chocolate. dark fruit!

wow. the way dark chocolate, whiskey, and berry flavors are melded and dance with eachother on the palate is amazing. theres a roastiness and surprisingly strong berry zingon the back end that balances out the softer bourbony - vanilla and choclate maltiness up front. jammy.

mouthfeel is viscious. this bitch is thick, slick, and coating with a velvety quality. nice minimal yet present carbonation.

this is one of the best beers ive ever had the privilage of tasting. so sad it's a one off.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Prairie Teku glass.

Apperance: Very thick, next to no head. Pitch black, with a slight raspberry tone to it. A coffee colored crown around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Loads of bourbon, sweet jammy berries, and lots of chocolate. Smells delicious.

Taste: Tastes like Bourbon County tends to. Loads of dark chocolate and bourbon flavors, a hint of spicy rye, and then an overwhelming berry tanginess on the finish. Like biting into a delicious raspberry truffle.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously thick. Coats the mouth for sure, and has a rather sticky finish.

Overall: This is absolutely delicious. Probably my favorite of the Bourbon county variants so far, and yes I've had Proprietors. The berries just work so well with the chocolate notes of the beer, it's really just damn good. I've decided that fruited stouts are always delicious, or at least the two examples I've had of them so far have been.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out rather still, with the fudge brown liquid shivering naked, with just a few bubbles around the edge; leggy, I will give it that

Smell: Chocolate-covered boysenberries

Taste: Heavily roasted, up front, with chocolate flavor building; by mid-palate, the boysenberry (I know boysenberries but I haven't a clue about marionberries and mulberries are just a nursery rhyme to me) flavor overwhelms; after the swallow, the rye barrel flavor builds and cuts somewhat into the sweetness of the fruit; jammy and boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with very low carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I came into this with high expectations but was a little let down as the jammy flavors are just a bit much for my palate and I would have preferred just slightly more carbonation; still, a very fine beer

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- As balck as they come. With almost no head to speak of.

S- Bold Rye and dark chocolate, massively roasty. A touch of blueberry on the back end.

T- Typical bourbon county. Massive roasted malt. Dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar. The rye is excellent, a bold sour mash and a complex whiskey flavor. The Wood from the barrel also adds to the drying factor of this beer. The berry twist is awesome. A lot of blueberry, A hint of raspberry as well. The berry is a welcome twist and a fantastic addition to the fantastic beer.

M- Big feel, A welcome sweetness from the berries. A surprising balance and drinkability from such a massive flavor

O- Amazing stuff, one of the best stouts Ive ever had and a good addition to the BC family.

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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Gonziollini for handing me this bottle during the chaos, fun, & lost phone signal that was the Central Waters Anniversary Party. Been looking forward to this one. 22 oz. bottle with a berry-colored label, split with my wife. Bottled on 11/20/13, #0803.

Pour is black with zero wind moving across it & a five o'clock shadow of head. Look lifeless, taste good, you're beautiful. The nose makes me reflect on the headware of Carmen Miranda, without the bananas, with a suprising amount of chocolate drizzle & surprisingly low amount of vanilla/bourbon. Smells niiiice.

Bourbon County Brand Stout Backyard Rye is a boozy fruit shovel to the cranium. The berries - I'm not buying that anybody could identify them without the label - are bright, fresh, & tasty as hell, not like that weird, Skittish cherry flavor that some stouts sport. Behind the berry blast is a double spoonful of liquid chocolate & a left hook of understated but spicy rye. The barrel also brings mild back-of-the-tongue heat & an expected dollop of vanilla. The rye cuts what might have been overbearing sweetness to tolerable, nay, nipple-twisting levels of yum. As thick as one would expect any Bourbon County Stout to be, but a notch up in drinkability. I tried to restrain myself, occifer, really.

As always, I'm left wondering why I believe the base beer is just good but some of these variants knock my grundies off. This one does a balancing act that's tough for the best brewer: balancing the barrel, base beer, & berries. Unless it slipped me some tongue, I'm not sure it could get much better. An elite-level beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip; split with a friend.

A: As expected, it's pitch black with a thin brown head that quickly settles into a ring. Intimidating and appreciated.

S: Lovely, intense combination of barrel and fruit. The oak, whiskey, and vanilla are the most aromatic elements, with the sweet berry notes forming a delightful background for the spicy, vibrant rye. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose, and then some. The whiskey, spice, oak, coconut, and vanilla from the barrel are front and center, but eventually give way to a sweet, chewy, chocolatey maltiness before the deeply sweet fruit takes over toward the finish. Impressively little alcohol flavor, even on the aftertaste - the intensity of each of the beer's three well-balanced components keeps any heat far in the distance. Genuinely outstanding, even among BCBS variants I've had.

M: Thick, chewy, and sticky. Nice creamy carbonation helps, but it's a bit on the cloying side.

O: I expected to like this one the least of this year's variants, but actually enjoyed it more than either the Barleywine or even Coffee (haven't had Prop; ISO!). I loved the way the base beer's sweetness was embraced and enhanced by the fruit and yet offset by the piquancy of the rye barrel. Great stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go too much into detail on this beer.

The appearance is pitchblack and the pour doesn't produce a ton of head.

I don't get a lot off the nose, the bourbon is there, but not much else.

This beer is very much like the Bourbon County regular, but it has a tart cherry taste that to me was good, but slightly cloying. I have to say I prefer the regular, although perhaps this would be better with age.

The beer is very smooth and the high alcohol well-disguised, as is customary with BCBS.

Overall, good, but not great and considering the bottle cost me $23, probably something I'd hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thin, 1/2 finger dark brown head with purple hints; quickly fades, leaving almost no trace. Brew is a solid, oily dark black, not completely jet or ebony black, but still opaque.

Whiskey hits the nose first, along with cream, cocoa, wheat/barley, and a hint of sour/tart.

Taste follows the nose, but in reverse order: touch of sweet tartness initially, followed by creamy milk chocolate, mildly roasted barley, vanilla, and whiskey. The berries are most noticeably present on the back-end, with a sweet, blueberry/raspberry-like flavor.

Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel; oily and slick as a residue on the mouth. Superb. Significant alcohol presence: slight burn, and major heat coinciding with the aftertaste. Not unexpected for this beer, of course.

As I've come to expect from the BCB series, this is a truly outstanding beer. The rye whiskey doesn't come across much differently than bourbon barrels (which is logical), although this carries more liquor heat than BCBS. The berries (mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries according to the label) really add a unique quality to the beer and, while decidedly different, do not detract from the overall experience.

I prefer regular BCBS to this variant, but it's a very, very good beer, notwithstanding.

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.