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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 Ė 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2695) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle - Pours deep black with purple highlights. Nose isnít pungent--you really have to get in there and smell to get the berry and sweet malt. Taste is muted--sweet BCS base, with a berry blend and a bit of spiciness. Nothing seems to be smooth and integrated--everything is kind of on its own. Thick and slick in the mouth. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2495) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Surprise bottle appeared in front of me at Churchkey. How cool is that? Thanks to the gentlemen from ratebeer who shared this. Typical bourbon county appearance. Dark and ominous with very little head. Thick and viscous. The aroma offers a bouquet of sweet berries which compliment the robust malt, bourbon, and oak notes. Sweet but not overly so. Lots of berry character. Itís been a while since I had the Bramble variant, but this Backyard Rye seems to be an improvement. While itís not my favorite of the bourbon county series, itís certainly delicious. Bottle best shared a few ways.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
draft at fountainhead. pours like all BCS, slick black with small tan head around the rim. aroma has a huge berry quality up front, some chocolate and bourbon oak underneath. the flavor is pretty shocking, just how explosive and dynamic the berry flavors are yet everything feels in balance at the same time, the bourbon and chocolate notes balance the fruit perfectly and this never becomes sweet or cough syrup/medicinal like bramble did. The execution is pretty stunning here. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1658) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Brian! Very deep brown pour, call it black as it reaches the glass with a dark, khaki layer of foam that recedes to a modest ring in just a few moments. Aroma has notes of sweet berries covered in chocolate fudge, light maple syrup, vanilla bean, roasted malts, melted brown sugar, & a finish of more berry-like jam & preserves. Dense & sweet with a controlled undercurrent of bourbon flowing through it all. Taste is heavy with the cocoa & brown sugar up front before launching into a heavy berry jam profile with mild notes of berry flavored syrup. Nice vanilla character throughout with a bit of roast, oak, brown sugar, & faint maple in the finish. Bourbon character is dangerously smooth. Great fruited stout, though I much prefer Bramble... I wonder if this will continue to get better with time the same way?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tortman18 (187) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours pitch black with A very, very, thin ring of chocolate head, thatís it. No lacing. Nose is very unique. Bourbon, a lot of vanilla, like all bourbon county, and a mix of berries. I canít detect specific berry notes, but the presence of sweet fruit is there. Mouth is delicious. The boysenberry comes through very prominently for me. Itís like a chocolate covered boysenberry. Very sweet and tart. A lot of vanilla and some roasted malt. Great finish, with almost no bourbon present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours like all the other Bourbon County variants. The nose is very fruity with notes of plum, cherry, and raspberry. The taste is, to me, overwhelmed by the fruit flavors. Thick notes of the dark fruits bordering on cough syrup like. The Rye Whiskey barrel takes backs seat here. Overall, itís fine but I actually prefer just regular BCBS to this. Itís just too sweet for me. Could not drink more than 4-6oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 November 29, 2013 - via bottle at Goose for the Black Friday event. Black pour with limited head. Aroma was whiskey, spice, fruity/sweet and chocolate. Taste was consistent with the aroma, but heavier on the sweetness and less of the spice. This one seemed a bit sweeter than Bramble fresh, where I thought Bramble was a bit more sour fruit. Both very good in their slightly own different ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Thanks to me for buying this. Pours a dark brown color with a pinkish hue, and a light mocha head which recedes quickly leaving just rainy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasts, cherry syrup. Taste is much the same.......some chocolate roastiness up front which finishes to a cherry medicinal taste that fades smoothly. Pretty balanced. I wish I could afford a few to age for a few years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Havenít rated in awhile but this one impressed. Pours a inky Black color with light pinkish hue. Aroma is intense chocolate, bourbon, and berry goodness. Most berry stouts are lopsided bit this is beautifully balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2658) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Dark black body, super thin khaki head, minimal foam. Dark and brooding with various combinations of chocolate, berries, dark fruit, caramel, and rye whiskey as the beer warms with each. Full bodied, silk/oily on the tongue, moderate carbonation, a little heat, nice lingering finish.

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