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

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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:
191
Ratings:
2,123
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,123 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of NiceTaps
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, bottled on 11/20/2013, consumed on 3/10/2018. Poured into snifters.

Crude oil black color with glowing colorful highlights on the perimeter - purple, pinkish red, and burgundy. The brown cap was thin and fleeting, left little lacing, but revived with a gentle swirl.

Berry, cherry, vanilla, and a healthy dose of soak in oak. Soft rye whiskey aroma.

Lightly sweetened berry flavor, jam like. Perfectly roasted malt with chocolate, liquid oak, mellowed rye whiskey, and a touch of char.

As smooth as a barrel aged BCBS with 52 months of rest in the bottle could be. Perfectly smooth with no booze burn. In fact, the 12.7% abv is disguised throughout the experience, showing no sign in the aroma or taste.

Better than I expected. What good fortune to have purchased and held it until ready. I shared it with a good friend who genuinely appreciated the gesture, thus enhancing an already sublime experience.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible. Even at 5 years old, the berry flavors and booze still shine through. Wish I had more.

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Photo of Eman17
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boldbrew
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hopley
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrZach76
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The berries make this ridiculously good. You can smell it from across the room.

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

Chocolate covered dark fruit with rye barrel accents coming through on the finish.

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

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a pinkish hue noted in the head. Nose is rich chocolate, raspberry truffle, oak, not getting much bourbon. Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, sweet berries, licorice, mild bourbon notes. Full bodied, smooth, classic Bourbon County feel. Overall, a delicious, unique Bourbon County variant. A treat to have the opportunity to try.

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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 CityFarmer
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

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Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,123 ratings