Bourbon County Brand Backyard Stout (2023)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Backyard Stout (2023)Bourbon County Brand Backyard Stout (2023)
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #859
Ranked #2,445
4.25 | pDev: 7.06%
Friday at 10:38 PM
Aug 08, 2023
Stout aged in bourbon barrels with mulberries, boysenberries, and marionberries.

Feeling nostalgic this year, we dove into our Bourbon County vault and pulled out an iconic recipe. In 2013, we released “Backyard Rye” and our senior innovation manager Mike Siegel found himself hand picking mulberries off trees just steps away from our Goose Island Barrel House in Chicago. Inspired by that initial release and by his own childhood memories of picking fruit in his own backyard, Mike set to work on this year’s Bourbon County Backyard Stout.⁠

This barrel-aged stout was first aged in bourbon barrels for at least one year, and then finished and blended with mulberries, boysenberries and marionberries. Each addition of berry contributes its own distinct flavor profile, with some adding sweetness and others providing acidity and complexity. A taste of the past, this imperial stout is a balanced and nuanced play on fresh fruit, vanilla, and chocolate.
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Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Friday at 10:38 PM
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Very heady for its ABV. Very fragrant aroma: vanilla, berries, bourbon. Sweet & delicious: lots of vanilla, berries, bourbon, brown sugar. Thick & smooth as velvet. A bit weak on carbonation but enough alcohol hidden behind the sweetness to occupy the taste buds. Overall: the horses ate the mulberries on the trees around here. I’ll just have to make do with Backyard Stout.
Feb 17, 2024
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
L - black with mahogany highlights and a tan head that has a slightly pink/red hue to it - the head dissipates quickly, leaving behind no real lacing to speak
S - Sweet, tart, ripe berry notes and bakers chocolate, sweet bourbon
T - Sweet, tart berry notes up front and throughout followed by bakers chocolate, vanilla, slight molasses, some graham, with sweet bourbon on the backend
F - medium leading to full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth
O - a solid BBA stout with berry notes. Feels slightly less complex than the usual Goose Island BCBS offering
Feb 17, 2024
Rated: 4.21 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 17, 2024
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Another remake this year of a previous iteration I stumbled upon and loved before living in chicagoland. How would this compare? Usual pitch black pour with a dark brown cap. Big chocolate and tart berries meeting molasses forward barrel in nose. Taste is not great in comparison, tart and now pithy berries start, before bourbon and malt try to take over but fail, leaving berry guts and bitterness. Feel is thinner than most bcbs, somewhat astringent, tartness lingers on the palate. Disappointing since the orignal was a great variant
Feb 16, 2024
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured this beer from a bottle into a teku glass. Very dark brown color with a brief effervescent brown head and a smidgen of lacing. Boozy smell and taste with sweet berries, dark chocolate and bourbon. Hint of vanilla and warm spices. I think the feel could be a bit fuller. Still a nice warming beer.
Feb 15, 2024
Rated: 4 by Miles_Nilges from New York

Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Opaque and dark, both with the pour and in the glass; no head per se, just a partial wire-thin ring of foam inside the glass. Great aroma; dark roasted grain and dark chocolate infused with subliminal notes of berries. Very fine flavors working on the palate; dark milk chocolate and brownies with hints of blueberries; a nice hint of bourbon in the background. Heavy body; silky smooth; light stickiness clings to the palate.

The addition of multiple berry varieties is a very nice aspect of this beer. Still, it seems a bit half-hearted in the feel (and definitely the appearance). It does improve as it warms up, but it's hardly extraordinary.

Pouring temperature: 42 °F; bottling info: DRINK BY 14OCT28 GI
Source: local purchase
Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2023 variant. Best by 11OCT28.
Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a n extremely dark brown black hue with one inch dark mocha head that fairly quickly settles to a very thin skim.
S: The sweet bourbon hits from a couple feet away! Dry cocoa, dark roast coffee, molasses, leather, and hints of berries and tobacco.
T: Juicy marionberries up front, followed by dry cocoa, tobacco, sweet bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and subtle leather and coffee notes.
M: Heavy body. Nice berry fruit sweetness overlaying darker sweet notes. Extremely smooth and ABV is very well hidden. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Really nice variant with strong berry component that actually doesn’t get overpowered by the base beer. Excellent winter sipper.
Feb 11, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by Oktoberfest from Ohio

Feb 04, 2024
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500mL bottle
2023 release
best by date is 14OCT28
L: near black body with pink hues at the edges; no head
S: berry, roast, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak
T: boozy bourbon, oak, berries, dark cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted barley, earthy hops
F: full body, a boozy sipper, nice balance between sweet, booze, roast, and bitterness
O: another great BCBS variant!
Feb 04, 2024
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Backyard is cold coffee black. No head but some carbonation. Smells like marshmallows dripping with molasses and sweeter than a cheerleader's thighs. Taste is dark chocolate alcohol molasses and amazingly as smooth as that cheerleader's thighs. Maybe some nuttiness more than fruit. No bad aftertaste or lingering yuckiness. The alcohol is not hidden but doesn't linger either for 12.9%. My tongue is liking it. Ima drink this whole bottle. HELL YEAH! Bourbon County
Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.24 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4.28 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Jan 27, 2024
Rated: 4.12 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 26, 2024
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Best by 10/14/28, had 12/31/23.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating foamy head and a little foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, berries, oak, vanilla, some caramel, chocolate as it warms. Similar flavors: bourbon, berries, malt, some vanilla and caramel, light chocolate and oak. Smooth a very good full body, well carbonated.

Best fully warmed. The berries have a good presence and compliment the solid base. Overall, the vanilla and caramel notes show best. Very enjoyable.
Jan 25, 2024
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour with some reddish hue around the edges and a thin toffee colored lacing with very light carbonation and nice viscosity on the sides of the glass.

S - Complex with toasted chocolate malt and berries.

T - Alcohol, berries, more alcohol, chocolate malt, berries, and more alcohol.

M - Light syrupy body with warming in the back of the throat.

O - Don't know how else to describe it but it works.
Jan 21, 2024
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Gorgeous pinkish hue on the edges of an otherwise typically-fantastic looking BCBS body. Mocha head with little retention but lots of sticky, splotchy lacing. Big alcohol legs. This thing looks sticky and chewy.

Chocolate covered berries up front. Absolutely decadent. Raspberries, cherries, blueberries, just pure jam. Covers up some of the usual wonderful barrel notes, but they’re still there in the background. Not as rich and layered a nose because of that. But it’s exactly what you’d hope for given the description.

Taste follows exactly but is wonderfully tart and a little drier than I expected. Delectable dark chocolate and dark fruits, espresso, cacao nibs, toffee, wine tannins, and jam toast. Extremely clean finish with a bit of hop bite. Lasting bitterness even with coated teeth and tongue.

Much thinner than it looks but silky smooth and coating. Drinks dangerously easy.

Not the best BCBS variant I’ve had, but spot-on for what’s advertised and one I would gladly revisit again and again. I could actually drink a whole bottle of this one on my own with little trouble, which isn’t always true for the more exotic variants.
Jan 21, 2024
Rated: 4.34 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Jan 19, 2024
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 115 ratings