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

Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 2,113 ratings
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
2,113
Liked:
2,070
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
8.35%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
637
Gots:
670
Trade:
81
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Ratings: 2,113 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank this with the Firestone 2017 Crew on the night before. Been owing this beer to Adam for days from our Chiefs/Raiders bet.

Pours black, carbonation seemed fine, thin 1/5" brown head ring on it. Aroma of heavy bourbon and lighter red fruits.

Taste, ah a sweeter, fruity BCS basically. I think it works wonderfully. Its the sweetest, but it isn't deserving of any tired beetus jokes you liked to kick around your first decade in craft beer. Its just a rich, well, heavily roasted massive ass stout that was put into bourbon barrels with tons of Oregon berries come harvest time. I dunno if they're from Oregon, but shit like that is all over the place there. This one was aged 5 years and was just exquisite. Not hot, fruit where it should be. Carbonation spot on, especially for age and style.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous and rich looking dark black with a light shade of brown on the pour, a minimal thin layer of foam sits as a crown.

While this beer was sampled quite some time after it's release there is still a nice pungent aroma of berries, while the chocolate, roasty, and barrel character is also quite pleasing yet.

With some age, some of the character has fallen off, but the berry addition has changed to a jammy sweet deliciousness, while oaky barrel along with vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt adds even more complexity.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, pleasing, warming, where sweet and roasty meet in perfect harmony.

Overall, I sure do wish this was brewed yearly, it's a true home run and do not pass up a sampling if you have a chance.

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopSavant
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of juicy berries and roasted malts with some chocolate as well as some oak, caramel and vanilla
T: Taste is slightly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with plenty of jammy fruit notes as well as some oak, caramel and vanilla but the jammy fruit notes remain. The swallow on this one is more oak and roasted malts with some lingering jammy berries. Incredible
M: This beer is thick and viscous with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is light but adequate and the beer has a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is outstanding. This takes an already killer beer and dials it up to 11. I wish they still made them like this but those days are over. Definitely happy that I still have one more of these.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisTota
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dirtyhands
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a sniffer. Pours jet black with no head. Smells very strong of berries almost like a raspberry jam. Taste is similar with the smooth aged flavor of the base glinting through. Awesome beer would habe loved to try fresh as the barrel is muted.

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Photo of ryanwbrodie
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. Strong berry flavor on the nose and taste but not overly so. Very sweet but balanced well with the base beer and barrel. Very satisfied

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Photo of bennyman12
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The sweetest beer I've ever loved.

Looks like a stout, smells like a chocolate covered orange peel. Taste is dark chocolate bar with raspberries. And I like a dark chocolate bar with raspberries. It's cloyingly sweet, with very little alcohol burn at this point. Plenty thick but not syrupy. Woot!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours typical bcs...black in black with no head
S: big smooth bourbon just from taking the cap off. There are sweet berries, chocolate and bourbon. The aroma doesn't explode, but it's nice.
T: think, bourbon soaked chocolate covered jelly doughnut.
F: smooth and creamy. Coats well but a little thinner than regular bcs.

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Photo of DTown
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rabbott2
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 bottle (only batch) drank on 2/4/2017

Look - deep dark black, decent lacing, barely any head

Smell - berry jam, oak, sweet dark chocolate, oak

Taste - follows the nose totally. The bcs base is present but not overpowering. The flavor of this berry combo is exquisite.

Feel - no booze whatsoever. Could chug this as fast as a light lager. Amazing. Not overly thick but its sticky and the flavors linger nicely.

Overall - without any experience with the berries used in this, i can't pinpoint the flavors beyond "berry" but man does it want me to pursue getting some of these berries fresh just to eat! A great great beer that has aged wonderfully. If anything, I'd love the bourbon bcs base to come through a tad bit more, but this is an amazing jammy bold stout

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Photo of dddddddd
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- The beer poured black with hints of red and purple creating highlights.

Smell - The berries create an impression in the nose as does the bourbon and malts.

Taste - Raspberry and blueberry make it early impression. What impresses me most is that the berries are not medicinal. Then the coffee comes lays a bitter but sweet backbone. A layer of chocolate adds sweetness. Bourbon notes are present, but any burn as well masked.

Mouthfeel- The feel is nicely coating with a little carbonation and an appropriate amount of thickness.

Overall- I would suggest this is the best variant.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 11/13/13

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki head that disappears completely

S- definitely picking up the marrionberry up front, underlined by plenty of spicy rye for the barrel, along with woody oak, chocolate and vanilla. Has a mulled-wine-like aroma

T- berry sweetness up front is complimented by a cranberry-like tartness, followed by some jammy notes. Spicy peppery rye notes kick in, along with some wood oak, caramel and vanilla. The finish gives more berry sweetness, with peppery rye in the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- plenty of berry notes throughout, though distinctively different than Bramble

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Photo of Tine802
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Late 2013 vintage; drank 11/12/14 on draft @ the Village Tap.

Black/brown hue.

Minimal dark khaki head; no lace.

The nose is a red berry explosion, with a hint of mocha. Delightful!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

The flavor is a rich melange of berries; mostly sweet with a faint hint of tartness. A rich mocha backbone emerges as this warms. The best beer I've ever had?!?!

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 2,113 ratings
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