Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2131) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2940) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1458) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (4812) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Vintage bottle at Barts 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1602) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
Merci Lussier pour le partage de cette bire trs convoite! Le choix de ltiquette est parfait. Avant mme de lire ce qui y est crit, on sait que des baies rouges et noires ont t employes dans llaboration de cette variante. Attention cependant car cest jammy! Il faut aimer la confiture! En effet, le fruit est explosif et sucr. Au nez comme en bouche, je ressens une crasante dominance de baies. Tentons dimaginer une Bourbon County stout, bien bourbonne, bien vanill et sirupeuse souhait, brasse avec une pure de fruits. En effet, les fruits prennent lallure de fruits en pure ayant t mlangs la bire originale. Mon palais dtecte la mme sensation alors que la bire coule dans ma bouche comme si je buvais rellement une confiture clarifie sur le rond de la cuisinire. Beaucoup moins complexe que les autres variantes dguste lors de cette mmorable soire, jai tout de mme aim cette bire franchement dcadente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46057) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1893) - Taunton, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (9665) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24074) - Tyres, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
Bottled at TNOD(U)RBSG2016. Black, small head. Rich vanilla aroma with some blackberry. Sweet with full body and dense, rounded mouthfeel. Licorice, sugar and vanilla, lots of black berries. Peppery warming finish. Rich, but overly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin00sr (3070) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
TNOD(U)RBSG16. Black with small tan head. Aroma has whiskey, syrup, spice. Flavour is boozy with jammy berries and light spice. Thick mouthfeel, stille quite drinkable. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (18050) - PCastle, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
Sampled @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2016, Saturday, Day 2

65cl bottle. Pours very dark brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, red berries, vanilla. Taste of very sweet dark malt, red berries, vanilla, some wood.

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