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:
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Reviews:
191
Ratings:
2,123
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,123 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of rabbott2
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 bottle (only batch) drank on 2/4/2017

Look - deep dark black, decent lacing, barely any head

Smell - berry jam, oak, sweet dark chocolate, oak

Taste - follows the nose totally. The bcs base is present but not overpowering. The flavor of this berry combo is exquisite.

Feel - no booze whatsoever. Could chug this as fast as a light lager. Amazing. Not overly thick but its sticky and the flavors linger nicely.

Overall - without any experience with the berries used in this, i can't pinpoint the flavors beyond "berry" but man does it want me to pursue getting some of these berries fresh just to eat! A great great beer that has aged wonderfully. If anything, I'd love the bourbon bcs base to come through a tad bit more, but this is an amazing jammy bold stout

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Photo of dddddddd
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- The beer poured black with hints of red and purple creating highlights.

Smell - The berries create an impression in the nose as does the bourbon and malts.

Taste - Raspberry and blueberry make it early impression. What impresses me most is that the berries are not medicinal. Then the coffee comes lays a bitter but sweet backbone. A layer of chocolate adds sweetness. Bourbon notes are present, but any burn as well masked.

Mouthfeel- The feel is nicely coating with a little carbonation and an appropriate amount of thickness.

Overall- I would suggest this is the best variant.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 11/13/13

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki head that disappears completely

S- definitely picking up the marrionberry up front, underlined by plenty of spicy rye for the barrel, along with woody oak, chocolate and vanilla. Has a mulled-wine-like aroma

T- berry sweetness up front is complimented by a cranberry-like tartness, followed by some jammy notes. Spicy peppery rye notes kick in, along with some wood oak, caramel and vanilla. The finish gives more berry sweetness, with peppery rye in the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- plenty of berry notes throughout, though distinctively different than Bramble

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Photo of Tine802
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.96/5  rDev +9%
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 Datdubj1988
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of fondyball20
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Bomber dated 20NOV13 1304 poured into snifter

Very dark pour. Black with cola brown in the pit of my glass and around the edges. Nose is just like BCBS. There is a very feint berry smell here. Much less than I was expecting. The berry that is there is reminiscent of strawberry rhubarb jam spread across pumpernickel toast. And then it happened...

Boom! The first sip explodes with the fruit flavor I was hoping for. Tastes like I'm having some whiskey in my coffee to accompany that strawberry toast. The berry runs the table of taste, from bitter to sweet. Classic BCBS chocolate bourbon taste is an awesome base for any adjunct, but this REALLY works here. Everything you love about regular Bourbon County with some funked up umph. Super brew!

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Photo of Mersh
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Svyturys30
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I agree with nawpnawp's description of fruity stout, but that is what I loved about it. I am very glad to have tried this beer and I personally thought that it was better than the 2015 BVDL or the ABVMZ that I had at the same tasting (yes I had all 3 poured chilled and sipped on it and all 3 got better as they warmed up). This was an absolute berry bomb with a subtle bourbonish taste at the end. I have already procured a bottle, and can hopefully get my hands on a few more. Cheers!

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Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VetsPackage
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what I really expected this beer to be but it definitely exceeded any bar I coukd have set. Think brookside dark chocolate covered fruit candies. Perfect dessert beer, a tad sweet but it comes with the territory of a massive stout with this much fruit added. 12.7% well hidden, time has done this beer wonders, great stuff

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Photo of Jroden5446
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of OU_Bobcats
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dub_deuce22
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nawpnawp
2.49/5  rDev -45.3%
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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Photo of KingforaDay
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,123 ratings