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

What an outstanding beer. Served cool, not cold. Berries and chocolate on the nose. Taste was a perfect balance of berries, chocolate, and barrel. Very smooth for the high ABV and not as boozy as the standard BCBS. Mouthfeel is decadent. I just held it in my mouth and took in all the great flavors, even found myself chewing a time or two. Will be interesting to see how time treats this, but it is spectacular right now.

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Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/20/13 and poured into a taster size snifter.

A - Solid black. Tiny tiny head, good lace retention. Some red tinge in the head.

S - A lot of mixed berry, a hint of vanilla, light whiskey and rye of course. Fruit dominate smell but not off putting. It is done to a tee.

T - I was skeptical id like the combo of berries and rye whiskey but this is done to perfection. Not as heavy bourbon flavoring as BCBS and just the ultimate blend of spicy and sweet.

M - Velvet smooth. Not hot, rolls like butter off the palate, perfection.

O - This is almost an out of body experience. Hard to admit but it's a perfect 5 in my opinion. Utterly brilliant in all phases!

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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 Johnny_Cardboard
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has developed very nicely, becoming on the same page as Bramble. Fantastic berry flavor that doesnt take away from the classic bourbon county flavor . My new favorite variant.

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Photo of Crimtor
5/5  rDev +10.4%

OMG this beer was so delightful. The berry taste added to the BCBS added a wonderful full flavor that is hard to find. Definitely in my top 5 beers ever list, if you see it you must get it.

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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 zachary80
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks to Matt, Overml01, for sending this to me. This text is from the second bottle I've had, first one was about 10 months earlier which I gave a simple 4.75.

L: Pitch black, tan head with good retention
S: Need to let this warm up more...tart berries and bourbon are most noticeable.
T: BCS with berries...incredible
M: Just heavy enough on the palate, some recent BCS has been a little thin but not this one. And just the right amount of alcohol kick.
O: Overall incredible. Seriously debating on giving this one a 5/5,the fruit just complements the base beer so well.

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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 imscotty
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours black as usually for a GIBCS. Next to zero head, little lacing, just inky black oily richness. Held to the light it betrayed a dark slightly reddish hue.

S: There are the rich chocolatey, caramel, malty, aromas you would expect of a BCS, but there is more. The rich aroma has thinned out enough to allow the oak woody characteristics to shine through, and then there are the berries. Oh, the berries. Light and subtle but present.

T: Incredible berry flavor. Not a one trick sickly sweet kind of taste but an amazingly complex and nuanced taste. The berries have lightened this beer up, but in a way that is more complex. Every taste bud in my mouth is alive. To call it raspberry jam is to do it injustice. There are berry flavors here that I have never experienced before. I do not know what a marionberry is, but this blend of marionberries, boysenberries and mulberries is incredible. And of course they are balanced and blended with the usual flavors of the base beer.; caramel, malt, oak, chocolate, and beautiful roast flavors.

This beer was great at cellar temperature, this beer was great at room temperature. The rye/whiskey/alcohol flavors exerted their presence as this beer warmed up, but they never overwhelmed.

No one flavor overwhelms. I am not a fan of sweet fruitified beers. This one is a symphony of flavors all playing in key and in harmony.

M: This variant is not as heavy or thick as BCS. It is still rich and lush, oily and viscous, coats the mouth without being cloying. Some people think it under carbonated, but I disagree. The carbonation is perfect.

O: Drinking this beer is an incredible experience. I had two bottles, the first I shared with friends, the second I have selfishly enjoyed myself. Over the course of a day I have savored every sip, hoping the bottle will never end. Sadly perfection is a rare and transient thing. I hope this day and sensation will last in my memory forever.

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

500th beer review
Had at FOBAB. The harmony of berries, chocolate notes and bourbon danced on my tongue like little fairies. I closed my eyes while drinking this and I felt an orgasmic bliss surge through my body. If you are lucky enough to try this get it.
Maybe the best beer that I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

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

This may be the best BCS variant I have had. Bottle shared with two colleagues at Stout in Chicago.

A: Deep dark opaque brown with reddish orange edges. Minimal head.
S: Blackberry and a hint of cocoa
T: Berries dominate with chocolate and a bit of roastiness also present.
M: Moderately heavy body with gentle sparkly carbonation. Not too heavy - less syrupy than the regular BCS. Very pleasant
O: I like this more than last years Cherry Rye. Just a fantastic beer. Like chocolate covered berries in liquid form.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very aromatic and very enticing! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly backed dark bread, some lightly roasted coffee beans, some subtle smoke, dark chocolate, dark molasses, chocolate-covered cherries, brown sugar and caramel. I also get some hints of vanilla and a touch of oak.

Taste: Wow! Amazing! Fantastic! Awesome! Spectacular! There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fucking awesome this beer is! Strong notes of dark chocolate and cherries up front, like chocolate-covered cherries, followed by some less pronounced roasted malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of bourbon booziness, and finished by some more chocolate-covered cherries, and hint of bitterness. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12.7%, there is quite a bit of very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: As I stated earlier, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fucking awesome this beer is! Words like amazing, awesome, exceptional, fantastic, outstanding, spectacular, terrific, and world-class almost come up short, but that’s what this beer is! It’s better than the standard, exceptional, Bourbon County Brand Stout, and I’m glad that I have another bottle to try in a year’s time. I can’t recommend this beer enough!

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Photo of SlothB77
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The backyard rye is absolutely luscious. I would do things to get another bottle. Desperate desperate things.

i get the jelly and the jam flavors. some red wine. Less of the chocolate malt and vanilla signature bourbon county flavor.

Pitch black. Low carbonation. Silky smooth. Pops with flavor. Just off the hook. The nose pops as well of sweet jelly and red wine. The taste is rich with fruits and sweet goodness, but sessionable. Not too sweet that I couldn't drink several of these (if it weren't for the high ABV) in an evening. Mouthfeel is luscious.

Also note: I loathe ciders. I loathe sours. If you are afraid this might have too much cider or sour flavor because of the fruit, cast away those fears. You are safe.

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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 PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black and viscous in the glass and continually coating with some small brown bubbles. Rich chocolate with some roast and berries on the nose. Smells like chocolate covered berries. Tastes exactly how it smells. Rich jammy berry flavor with plenty of dark chocolate flavor. Almost no heat/booziness to this one. Drinks incredibly smooth and flavorful. Home run of a beer. Drink this one now if you like berries.

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Photo of StandupandStout
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy moly! Rarely have I came across a sweet beer that I can enjoy but this stout completely changed my mind. The pour is of a very dark brown almost black with little head. The aroma of mixed berry stings the nostrils while the taste has that of fresh boysenberry while maintaining an imperial flavor. Hands down one of the best stouts I've had in awhile!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/20/13 poured into a snifter. Pours ink black with barrel colored head, maybe a tinge of red.

Smells like BCBS with a touch of fruit. Vanilla, smoke, bourbon, and berries. Really nice

Berries are obvious onl this one. This is why you drink one fresh. Berries are very noticeable on the tongue. Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon plus a hint of berry. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is like any other Bourbon County...perfect. Low carb, almost like a cordial. Like drinking port. Really good.

Drinking this fresh produces more fruit, and it's great. I have 2 other bottles and am curious how they will age. I love this variant and can't wait to try it again!

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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 derftron
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

split a 2013 bottle with friend

pours black, very little head

smells of sweet fruit, bourbon, oak, and just a lot of great stuff

mouthfeel is thick but not too thick. just right. light carbonation

taste is just incredible. the balance of fruit with the bourbon and the stout flavors is so impressive. every sip was savored. I can literally find nothing wrong with this beer. Only Adam From the Wood, Cherry Adam FTW, and Matt pull of blending boozy and sweet so well. And by that I mean there is no hotness from the alcohol at all. This beer has a big fruit presence without losing the stout and bourbon profile.

I knew it would be good, but was not prepared for an all time beer. I have three more that I am very much looking forward to drinking. I guess you could age this beer, but I see no reason. It is perfection right now.

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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in June 2015, with two years of age. Seems to have hit it's stride. A beautiful fresh raspberry jam is at the forefront with chocolate and vanilla notes and a very slight tartness from the fruit. Reminiscent of a decadent black forest cake.

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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 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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