Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.6 | pDev: 8.26%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
Notes: Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries.
Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 2,144 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Schlafly33 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Apr 19, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Tons of ripe jammy berries leap out at you amidst boozy oaky chocolate. In a nutshell; its like chocolate covered berries.

(T)- Just like the smell. It oozes chocolate covered berries with the oaky boozy finish. Just sooo full of jammy fruits.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. So rich, jammy, and sweet, yet layered and balanced pretty well. Its boozy but fittingly bourbon county.

(O)- Its really Bramble on steroids. So much jam-like flavors in this that it is actually almost too much. Looking back I might prefer Bramble to this. This is still excellent, but Bramble had a bit more layers to it than just mountains of fruit with the stout base.

Jul 17, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.34/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Masterski this past summer. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 10 November 2013
Bottle 0950
BCBS with mulberries, boysenberries, marionberries and aged in rye barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, looser, fizzy, light mocha head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a ring and slight splotchy wisp. Fizzy and loose. Black body with no carbonation evident. Ring quickly vanishes and looks rather flat by the end of the glass. Like all the variants, this is a below average looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Red berries up front with some whisky, oak, fruity aromas, sweet cream and vanilla from the barrels. Good stuff, while the fruit is very nicely balanced with the barrel aromas.

TASTE: Lots of fruity flavors with red berries and whisky flavors up front, then a good dose of whisky, oak, and alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of oak, whisky, vanilla and sweet cream, milk chocolate and some faint sweet fruits as well. Quite boozy with lots of barrel and whisky as well as fruity sweetness. In that sense, this is rather well balanced, though too hot, unfortunately.

PALATE: Like the other variants in this series. Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, a touch prickly, unfortunately, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Lot so heat lingers. Needs to be thicker, heavier and creamier for sure.

OVERALL: This is a solid brew. Liked the fruit addition and it worked really well with the whisky and boozy flavors in this one. Like all these Bourbon County variants, however, this one falls short in the look and is far too thin, hot and abrasive in the feel. Curbing the heat and beefing up the feel would do a world of good for this brew, not to mention engineering a more appropriate head for such a big brew. Good stuff, but like this entire series, falls far from the pedestal on which is has been placed. Thanks again hotpipes. Always fun swapping brews man.

Nov 09, 2014
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
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?!?!

Nov 25, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow! i might even like this one better than the coffee edition, which until now i think was my favorite bourbon county release. this is insane beer, thick and sludgy looking like the others, and retaining that slick jelly feel, as viscous as almost any beer out there. the flavors here though are so much more complex, way more layered, and frankly just more appealing than the coffee overload, although i love that beer too. the rye whiskey is different than the bourbon in a lot of ways. there is a more textured grain element to it, and deeper wood notes in this example. it gives even more weight to the grain bill of this, and lets the semi harsh rye spice linger. the wood though mellows it all down, even the booze, to really tolerable levels. the berries in this are subtle at first, but come out a whole lot more as the beer warms up. i get an almost purple grape thing, but i suppose the mulberry is the dominant of the three. the dark fruit seems tangy, and nice contrast to the inherent sweetness of the big stout, and an uplifting sensation for such a heavy beer. it doesnt sound all that different, but this is an order of magnitude better than the cherry rye edition, and feels extremely special to me as i sip on it. palate coating and huge, but impossibly well refined. this is the final evolution of bourbon county as far as i am concerned (still havent had the proprietors though...). unforgettable beer.

Oct 09, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mar 26, 2015
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Tommo from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Jun 13, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Feb 17, 2016
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kik from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev 0%
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!

Nov 25, 2015
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wowthatbeerisgood from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Nov 25, 2015
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

May 01, 2016
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Aug 18, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 26, 2014
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 08, 2014
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jschonert from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

May 25, 2014
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BeboThoughts from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Apr 30, 2014
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Schooner12 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Jun 20, 2014
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WhatsTheNoteSay from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

Jan 05, 2014
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DantheMan75 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Jan 03, 2014
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Jaywalsh20 from Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 28, 2015
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Brew33 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

Dec 26, 2013
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hairylikeapeman from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jun 03, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, poured into a snifter, shared with the family at Local Option.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, right in line with the standard BCBS lineup. A thin, caramel colored head appears briefly before vanishing into nothingness leaving almost no trace film or lace behind. The aroma is quite berry forward, jammy, fresh and sweet, the rye adds some nice pop that really emphasizes the berries, before chocolate, light oak and vanilla take over. It's extremely sweet on the nose, but the berries are highlighted quite well. The flavors follow well, big helping of sweet berry preserve, seedy, fleshy and lightly tart. Chocolate and rye barrel sweep behind it, giving the sensation of chocolate covered berries while vanilla, fig and a touch of chewy oak linger behind nicely. The body is rich, velvety, soft and coats the mouth quite well. It's not quite as carbed as the base beer or BCBCS but it's still a great mouthfeel.

Verdict: A really good showcase of berries and one of the best fruited BCBS expression yet. It's mellow, integrated but still impactful, but it really takes the sweetness over the top. I can't wait to see what a bit of time does to this beer and how the flavors develop with a bit of age.

Dec 16, 2013
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egrace84 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Nov 17, 2013
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HereforBeer from Washington

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Nov 17, 2013
Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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