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

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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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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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is jet black with a light caramel colored head. Nose has rich fudge with notes of charred wood and bourbon. Light tobacco note behind with a hint of the fruity sweet berries as it warms. The taste has a ton of sweetness. The rich malt is an afterthought in the flavor and the nice bourbon and wood notes in BCS struggle to even make an appearance. The sweet fruity berries are incredibly strong, overly sweet, albeit bright. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a hint chewy. The sweetness lingers.

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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.

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