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

Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutBackyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
2,113 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, from the 2013 bottling, ordered at Timothy O'Toole's in Streeterville. Poured into unlabeled snifters today, 12/11/2013.

Pours standard BCBS body, dark black and very opaque, with a fairly minimal brown head that drops quickly. Beer shortly becomes very placid, dark with a thin collar. Not much lacing about.

Smells like Bourbon County Stout. So lots of barrel vanilla, sweet bourbon, some dark chocolate. No hints of berries initially, but as it warms up you get more hints of berries- not quite raspberry but not quite blackberry, hard to know as I've never had the component berries. But it smells pretty good, nothing compared to the burden of berries in the taste though.

And this is what sets aside this beer from the other Bourbon County offerings. Lots of chocolate, barrel vanilla, sweet bourbon and most importantly, lots of sweet and slightly tart berry flavour. It's very well integrated and drinking very smoothy. The whole flavour profile reminds me of Berry Berry Kix cereal in chocolate milk, except well-integrated. No joke. Very very very tasty.

Obvious phenomenal mouthfeel as with any Bourbon County. About the same body and consistency as regular, it might be a little more slick and resinous than normal BCBS, though. Solid carbonation, no heat whatsoever, can't tell its 12.7% at all.

Great BCBS variant, I love the berries and how easy it is to drink. Its not as cough syrupy like Cherry Rye was, and the berries integrate fantastically well with the base stout. Highly recommended; I don't see any point in aging bottles of this as the berries are just perfect and well-integrated with the base beer.

Re-reviewed today, 2/22/2014. Thanks Shaun! #5 in the BCBS Variant lineup. Poured into an original Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter. Basically, this confirms what I wrote above; its still jammy in the perfect sense; and it retains that nice jamminess and a bit more as it warms up. Compared to Bramble, this beer stays what it is cellar to room temperature and its very much worth sipping on over time. One of the better BCBS Variants in my opinion; I consider this to be more enjoyable and interesting than Proprietor's which is more of a one-note coconut beer.

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4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/21/14 – Goose Island | BCBS Backyard Rye | 22 oz Bomber

Appearance – Jet black / motor oil / night’s watch black. Tan head, no retention.

Aroma – Jam, raspberry truffle, earthy spice, almost like a pinot noir. No detectable boozy smell, slight chocolate roast

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, almost wish there was a little more. Full bodied, sticky, chewy, thick.

Taste – Way sweeter than I thought it would be, especially as it warms up. Definite jam-y qualities, dark fruit, hint of chocolate, subtle spice. Dark fruit flavors dominate… Not necessarily in a bad way, but it’s close to being a little too much.

Residual – Lingering pleasant sweetness, sticky

Overall – The first sip is a “wow” moment, but as you continue to drink the beer it becomes a little too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, Backyard Rye is still better than MOST beers out there, but the jam-y qualities and sweetness are a little distracting. Besides that, however, this 12.7% is the easiest drinking BCBS variant I’ve had and I would recommend this to anyone.

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Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,113 ratings
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