trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwerís for Migration Week. Really interesting twist on this brew. The berries really come through strongly, making it almost like a cordial - the bourbon and vanilla somehow migrate toward chocolate. A little overbearing; I think they actually detract from the brew. Still damn good, just not my favorite variant.
mattkorsgaard (18) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at brouwers. Pours black. Sweet berry smell and flavor. Blends well with the bourbon. Good balance.
keanex (1476) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled November 20, 2013.
Glass: Dogfish Head signature glass.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a fizzy/quickly dissipating brown head. It settles into a spotty coating with a dense ring.
Aroma: The aroma is big and complex. Iím getting big barrel notes (bourbon and oak tannins) along with big syrupy fruit. The aroma is a bit hot, even almost a year later. The smell comes off a bit like rubbing alcohol. Not bad, but not good.
Taste: Big raspberry intro with whiskey and cocoa during the mid. The finish is a bit boozy and the fruit is a syrupy from start to finish. Not my favorite variant by a long shot.
Palate: Thinner than Iíd like and syrupy, practically no carbonation.
Overall: This comes off as a syrupy and boozy disappointment for me. Iíd take many other stouts over this, especially when considering the rarity and price of this.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is grapes, blackberries, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is berries, dark chocolate, wood, liquor, red wine. Finish is tart, spicy, fruity, roasty. Lingering medicine-ish flavor. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
abcfan (726) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Pours black, with a thin tab head. Aroma is dark and fruity. Taste is fruity with a coffee finish. Very good / complex.
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a brief tan head. Nose is chocolate, boysenberry, mulberry, but i wouldnít have guessed, cherry and more wood than rye. Beautiful medium to full body typical of BCBS, perfectly accented by the berry tartness played off the dry rye. Each sip is like a whiskey soaked chocolate covered black cherry. The depth of the berries and spice from the barrel expertly compliment the base beer. Yum, yum.
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber, wow this is jammy. Like raspberry jam, some of the rye spiciness is in the background which is cool. The base beer is awesome so theres no way of screwing this up. Well done belgians.
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014.08.17 - Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Backyard Rye Barrel - 22 oz bottle in goblet.
Aroma: Obvious same BCS aroma when pouring 7/10
Appearance: Nearly jet black like BCS, minimal to no head. 3/5
Taste: About what you expect. Itís still clearly BCS. Itís not tart or "juicy" but the berries are prominent. Honestly the berry is a bit floral and aroma, and buried while prominent if that makes sense. The berry comes forward more and overall flavor improves as it warms. Itís similar to the marionberry in Rogueís Marionberry Braggot. Pretty good. 8/10
Palate: medium body, medium creamy/oily texture, nearly flat carbonation, long finish of floral berry. 3/5
Overall: If the more stout-y dark roasted stuff in BCS put you off, or the heavy vanilla sort of notes, then this might be up your alley as it seems to subdue both. The ABV is a bit lower as well, by about 2%. I can agree with others who said itís a bit more berry than they wanted. I still enjoy it but I totally understand that. For the price these things go for you want to at least recognize it is indeed a BCS.
An enjoyable BCS variant, questionable if itís worth the premium prices. Make sure you indeed want a BCS with prominent berries because that is what youíll get. 16/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at belmont in PDX
The usual black used motor oil appearence. Nose carries some extra berry character, mostly a blackberry character IMO. The flavor is of course the previously well known BCBS a touch of sharpness from the rye with some unsweetened mixed berry jam and a little extra acidity and near astringency. The berries a just too much here. Full bodied with low carb and a sticky finish. Well, meh for the series.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TJ for the bomber! Poured black with a short-lived charred beige head. The aroma picked up a whole bunch of berries, dark chocolate, and coffee notes with accents of spicy black pepper, rye, and sweet whiskey.. burned a few nose hairs on the back (in a good way). The flavor found spicy rye and bourbon on the tip of the tongue, with tart berries laced throughout.. burnt black malts and dark chocolate at the core.. tart with belly-warming whiskey and spices on finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. just a hair more berries than I wanted, but thatís more of a personal preference. Great brew!