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

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 2,086
Photo of LloydDobler
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber dated 20NOV13 1304 poured into snifter

Very dark pour. Black with cola brown in the pit of my glass and around the edges. Nose is just like BCBS. There is a very feint berry smell here. Much less than I was expecting. The berry that is there is reminiscent of strawberry rhubarb jam spread across pumpernickel toast. And then it happened...

Boom! The first sip explodes with the fruit flavor I was hoping for. Tastes like I'm having some whiskey in my coffee to accompany that strawberry toast. The berry runs the table of taste, from bitter to sweet. Classic BCBS chocolate bourbon taste is an awesome base for any adjunct, but this REALLY works here. Everything you love about regular Bourbon County with some funked up umph. Super brew!

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I agree with nawpnawp's description of fruity stout, but that is what I loved about it. I am very glad to have tried this beer and I personally thought that it was better than the 2015 BVDL or the ABVMZ that I had at the same tasting (yes I had all 3 poured chilled and sipped on it and all 3 got better as they warmed up). This was an absolute berry bomb with a subtle bourbonish taste at the end. I have already procured a bottle, and can hopefully get my hands on a few more. Cheers!

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what I really expected this beer to be but it definitely exceeded any bar I coukd have set. Think brookside dark chocolate covered fruit candies. Perfect dessert beer, a tad sweet but it comes with the territory of a massive stout with this much fruit added. 12.7% well hidden, time has done this beer wonders, great stuff

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Photo of nawpnawp
2.49/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with zero head. Extremely strong smells of boysenberry with just a hint of the base stout. Anyone who has a problem with "soy sauce" tasting stouts -- avoid this. The taste upfront is all sweet berries, finishing with a slight bitterness that might also be from the berries. It is so overpowering, that it is hard to pick up on the rye whiskey and malty backbone from the beer. I though it would get better as it warmed up, but it only got more berry intense. This variant is not worthy of the amazing beer that is BCBS.

If you understand what you are in for (super fruity stout), this probably does it well. I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't have it again if it was offered to me for free. If I didn't give up an outrageous amount to get it, I would have drain poured it.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a tremendous beer. 2 1/2 years following release - I finally cracked this open. Luscious, velvety berry stout with tons of chocolate. The underpinning rye adds a nice spice tinge. Big big berry notes right across from first pour to this warming up. The flavors come together well but provide enough zip to be distinguishable. One of my favorite BCBS variants that I have tried.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DLD bottle share. Nose is dominant barrel but can get a slight hint of the sweetness from the fruits. Taste follows the nose and great rye barrel notes along with the sweet fruit flavors. Absolute treat to have gotten a chance to try this.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking perfectly right now! Enjoyed this at a recent share during the Super Bowl while in SFO area! Awesome fruited stout! Wish I had more of this....oh yeah! I DO!!! Cant wait to have it again!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is drinking incredibly well right now.

BCBS stout with berries on the nose.

The flavor is boxed chocolate truffle with sweet berry filling. Just fantastic.

The feel is thick and viscous.

Overall, one of the best stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of eifster82
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bomber into a snifter, shared in a group of 3.

The look is of motor oil. Very dark, no foam head upon pour at all. Just pitch black. Smell is off typical Bourbon County. I was expecting some berries on the nose but none of it was really present. The taste though, especially as it warmed, was phenomenal. Possibly the best tasting beer I've ever had. So much berries! It tasted like jam with all the different berries combined with an imperial stout. Supper smooth and berry tasting. Full mouthfeel and deliciousness remaining for a bit. Absolutely loved this beer and would love to have it again.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - poured dark...not opaque. Could see through.
S - berries and chocolate with some whiskey character. Smells sweet.
T - exactly as the nose. Berries and chocolate. Reminds me if a berry jam filled dark chocolate candy.
M - drinks pretty viscous. Nicely coats. Very nice.
O - very nice stout. Drinking absolutely amazing right now!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013. Poured in a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a halo of tan head. Nose of roasted coffee, tangy sweet berries, and toasted notes, with boozy highlights. Flavors are rich, tart, and fruity forward, heavy on berries, with a solid backbone of milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted overtones. Subtle highlights of vanilla and bourbon. Smooth and velvety in mouth, with a boozy, chocolate, and berry sweet aftertaste. Amazingly balanced from start to finish. Fruity and chocolate linger on a smooth, layered, slow finish. Tremendous beer.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 20NOV2013. Look is rather unassuming, with a slight light brown head that dissipates quickly - two years maybe has impacted that. The nose is awesome - a little boozy, a little charred, a little soy sauce but a lot of fruity sweetness comes through as well - different from any other beer I've experienced. Taste is where this really pops - a perfect blend of berry sweetness, chocolate, whiskey and roasty/nutty flavors. Drinks very smooth, with almost no alcohol burn despite 12.7% abv. A seriously awesome beer to welcome in 2016.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours out with a little redder hue than normal BCS.. fruits are huge in the nose and the taste.. this has to warm up to almost room temp for me or it is too sweet. if your a berried stout person this is for you.. awesome beer..

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely exceptional beer. The smell is so damn good. Super rich toffee, blueberries , cocoa, bourbon. Taste is dark malt, cherries , cocoa, bourbon. Feel is great. Overall awesome.

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Photo of wowthatbeerisgood
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged almost exactly 2 years. The beer has a reddish tint to it. And it smells amazing! It smells very strong of berries. Hands down one of the best smelling beers. The berry taste is great, but very overwhelming. I cannot taste any bourbon or rye personally. If you are a fan of berry stouts, you'll love this. They say you can age it up to five years, and I wish I had another one to try in a few years.

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Photo of kik
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged this 2 years (from 2013-2015) and had it alongside a steak. Great aroma (smelled strongly of fruit) and very smooth going down. There was a strong aftertaste of fruit, so it tasted like one of those chocolates with raspberry jam in the center. I could not really taste the bourbon (which I generally dislike.) Great beer!

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

Poured at home from one of two bottles aged in my Wine Enthusiast cellar.

L: Looks like Bourbon County does, although maybe a little thinner? The head looked reddish (from the berry influence?).

S: Holy smokes, it smells like your nose is in a fresh crate of raspberries or blackberries. Maybe a little pomegranate. Berry galore!

T: It's funny, but the berries completely overtake the stout flavors. There's absolutely no chocolate, raisin, or any of those warm coffee flavors one expects in a stout - it's all berry all the time. Strikes me as the least complex (and least interesting) Bourbon County varietal I've tried (I've had the 2014 Vanilla Rye, 2014 Prop, regular BCBS and Coffee at the time of this writing).

F: As with the look, it feels slightly thinner than the Brand stout, but I could be imagining it. The best effect is when you run it over your tongue repeatedly and let it fizz up a bit. The flavors really come out the longer it hangs in your mouth - but again, the flavors are berries and hardly anything else.

O: Far be it for me to complain that a BC Varietal doesn't blow my freaking mind (talk about unfair expectations), but the Backyard Rye is currently my least favorite of the group. There just isn't a whole lot to unlock about this one. It's still very nice, as any BCBS is. And it gets soooo much better as it warms to room temperature. I'll check back and update this in 2018 when I open my other bottle.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks burgundy in color but very dark. Smells of a berry bomb with slight rye spiciness. Tastes of big berries and rye spice. Feel is great with berry in the forefront. Overall awesome beer! Berry is incredible and the rye adds a little balance.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saved this for a special occasion and what day would be more special than when the Blackhawks won! Cracked open the beer while we waited for the Stanley Cup to arrive. Poured thick black, just like regular Bourbon County. Has that bourbon chocolate aroma that BCS has. Was sort of afraid to have a big stout with fruit, but this one is good. Very jammy tasting. Still get tons of chocolate and bourbon, but that berry jam taste is right up there. If you haven’t had it, I’d say try and trade for a bottle. It’s worth it.

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Photo of Erikberglund
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best fruit stout I've ever had and one of the best bourbon barrel stouts hands down. Tastes like jam, boysenberries, and blackberries. Simply amazing how they all come together with the bourbon county base beer.

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Photo of Tommo
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 6/12/15

This is good, but not like jizz my pants good. Its VERY sweet, and the berry character is SUPER powerful; totally overwhelms any appreciable rye barrel charecter. Impressed its held up so well. My GF LOVED this, and she can barely finish half a glass of BCBCS. So pick your poison. Glad we drank it, but my god thats alot of berries man.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Nov 20, 2013. Opened May 27, 2015.

A – Cola black with a light brown rim. Dark khaki head disappears quickly with no lace.

S – Wonderfully rich and fruity. Raisins, blackberries, molasses, plums, Belgian candied sugar, boysenberries, caramel, chewy gingerbread, and dark spiced rum.

T – Complex, rich, and surprisingly fruity. Plums, boysenberries syrup, blackberry jam, molasses, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, and a chewy pumpernickel bread finish.

M – Smooth full body. Almost perfect.

O – An absolutely outrageous fruit stout. One of the best out there.

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Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Ron for the bottle.

Yields a viscous, completely black color, with a very small head, which leaves back a thin, brown lacing, while the beer turns ember at the edges of the glass.

Reveals aromas of milk chocolate, toffee, a faint coffee infusion and scorched walnuts. There is also oak, vanilla and a sweet, alcoholic berry fruitiness. Incedibly complex nose, with berries working very well with hot Bourbon, reminding me of pralines, while vanilla accentuates both the barrel and the marmelade fruits.

Drinks very, very smooth, with a lower carbonation, revealing the beer's full body.

Sweet, sugar rolled, fruits are recognizable from the very beginning, accompanied by chocolate, molasses and burned, rich malts. Then the barrel not only lends its wooden qualities to the taste, but also its luscious, slightly biting heat. While the fruits are well pronounced, they are perfectly integrated into the beers chocolate maltiness, without overpowering the overall taste. Berries and Bourbon blend together to a hot peak on the palate, which's aftermath reveals warm wood, earthy chocolate and a flowery dryness. During its finish, the beer develops a syrupy caramel note among the alcoholic berries.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. It exhibits a fantastic depth of various flavors, all coming together in great harmony. My biggest concern, too much marmelade, turned out to be false. The fruits are prominent on their own, while they add a sugar glazed liquorice impression, blending flawlessly in the hot Bourbon and character of the brew.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a matching BCBS snifter. The brew appears black in color with a minimal amount of dark brown head that is wuick to fade.

The aroma includes roast and earth with plenty berry alcohol notes. A slight cheesiness and faint medicinal feel breathes away with whiskey becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

The taste is bitter chocolate roast and earth with a lot of berry character almost to the point of being tart with a real raspberry feel. However, a candy sweetness somewhat medicinal is present blending to caramel/vanilla barrel flavors in the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. This brew is effortlessly drinkable and I cant fathom how many pounds of berries it would take to make this much of an impact in a beer this big. Great stuff.

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Photo of cducap
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a tasting on 2-28-15. Huge amount of berries on the nose and at first taste. The berries have held up well over time. Lots of blackberry most of all.

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