Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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Always on the lookout for the next thing they can throw in a barrel, our brewers actually looked no further than their own backyard for this release – literally. Inspired by the berries they remember first eating from the trees in their yards; this Bourbon County release is full of the dark, spicy, and pleasantly sweet flavors of mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. This trio of fruit nicely rounds out the spice and heat of the rye whiskey barrels in which they were aged, resulting in a smooth, jammy stout perfect for sipping on your back porch.

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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2208) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
BERRIES. BERRIES. BERRIES. Nose is loaded with berries. Flavor is jammy with cocoa and some bourbon. A touch too boozy, but so loaded with berry flavor that I cannot help but enjoy it. A very different take on BCBS, but I admire it.


4.4
RLiddell (141) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Pulled this out of the refrigerator to share with my sons. I’m guessing it’s been in there for 3-4 years. Pour is pitch black, minimal head. Taste is tart berries and rich chocolate. This is amazing!

4.3
thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2017
Four year old bottle, split at a share. Although theres a great stout at the heart of this beer, theres really only one thing to discuss -- the berry flavor that completely dominates the flavor profile. The three, pretty obscure, berries that they chose work incredibly well, giving it a big blast of jammy fruit flavor that reminded me of raspberries.

3.8
JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, berry and rye. Malt and berry flavor with chocolate and bourbon before a bitter finish.

4.1
rouhlas (3665) - GREECE - JAN 12, 2017
650 ml bottle shared with friends, thanks to Glen. Black color with small beige brown head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, caramel, light soy, dark dried fruits, red fruits, berries, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter fruity taste like aroma. Full silky oily body with soft carbonation.

4.2
GlasgowTAD (1873) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2017
Bottle at Blue_Xulus. Pours opaque black with no head. Aroma is fudge, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, blackcurrant jam. Taste is vanilla sweet, molasses sweet, oak, blackcurrant jam sweet, raspberry jam, fudge. Silky smooth mouthfeel.

4.9
Alengrin (5539) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Vintage bottle at Bart’s Bourbon County tasting in Bruges. BCBS aged on rye barrels (like several other variants) and ’fruited’ with rather unlikely fruits: marionberries (an American bramble species), boysenberries (a hybrid of bramble and raspberry) and mulberries (a completely different and delicate kind of fruit with superficial resemblances to brambleberries). Thin, yellowish beige, quickly dissolving head, black robe with mahogany edges. Wonderful bouquet of bitter chocolate, wet wood, vanilla-like oak, whisky, toasted brown bread, old dry sherry (maderisation effect - stunningly beautiful in this case), lots of berries but indistinguishable from each other (could just as well be blueberries or blackcurrant, though a blackberry juice aspect is certainly there), cooked dark fruit or even ’forest fruit’ jam, old raisins. Intense fruitiness in the onset, a ton of dark berries providing a soft, fruit jam-like sweetness alongside a crisp but soft, vivid sourishness surrounding a more ’deeply’ situated dried fruit sweetness and meaty umami aspects; thick, oily, softly carbonated body. A multi-layered, deliciously thick caramelly, nutty and eventually deeply chocolatey maltiness ensues, providing a mouth-filling bittersweetness in which this lush dark fruit sweet-and-sourishness unabatedly persists, cutting through the whole and refreshing it at the same time; drying wood tannins, spicy and perfectly dosed hops and a lot of warming, but non-astringent, old port- or sherry-like alcohol bring the finish to utmost perfection. I had great tasting experiences with this world famous brand of beautiful beers, but this one stands a good chance at being the most perfect, delicate, complex and wondrous Bourbon County I ever had the pleasure to taste. Absolute genius at work here.

3.8
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
Merci à Lussier pour le partage de cette bière très convoitée! Le choix de l’étiquette est parfait. Avant même de lire ce qui y est écrit, on sait que des baies rouges et noires ont été employées dans l’élaboration de cette variante. Attention cependant car c’est jammy! Il faut aimer la confiture! En effet, le fruit est explosif et sucré. Au nez comme en bouche, je ressens une écrasante dominance de baies. Tentons d’imaginer une Bourbon County stout, bien bourbonnée, bien vanillé et sirupeuse à souhait, brassée avec une purée de fruits. En effet, les fruits prennent l’allure de fruits en purée ayant été mélangés à la bière originale. Mon palais détecte la même sensation alors que la bière coule dans ma bouche comme si je buvais réellement une confiture clarifiée sur le rond de la cuisinière. Beaucoup moins complexe que les autres variantes dégustée lors de cette mémorable soirée, j’ai tout de même aimé cette bière franchement décadente.

4
fonefan (49999) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2016

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish (Ulfborg) Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2016, TNO(U)DRBSG16 @ fonefan & Brugmasia House.

[ As Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel ].
ABV: 12.7%. Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, roasted, dark malt, raspberry, tart notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, raspberry, chocolate, rye. dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160820]

4
MaBeer1972 (2121) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Sampled from a 2012 bottle. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice fruity-tart berry flavor well balances out the intense sweetness. Good roasty backbone. Very tasty.

4.1
Desverger (12240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
[email protected] Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2016 - Black pour with tan head. Sweet and roasted malty with notes of sweet chocolate, some caramel, some berry fruits, sweet cocoa finish.


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