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Rank these Stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by Finatic, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

    I'm trying to figure out which beers to trade for in, Looking for input from fellow BA's who have had these stouts:

    Dark Lord

    P.S. Please note if any years are better or worse.

    Thanks, Fin
  2. BCBS
    Dark Lord
  3. crushedvol

    crushedvol Savant (275) Illinois Jan 29, 2008

    Those stouts are pretty unique from one another so you should have no problem choosing one based on other stouts you like.

    BCBS - bourbon barrel aged obviously, so you get a lot of bourbon heat and sweetness
    Darkness and Dark lord are non-barrel aged stouts. Darkness is a hoppy stout, while dark lord is very sweet.

    Edit: obviously the above definition greatly simplifies the complexity of each beer. I guess my real answer would to be read the reviews from each beer and see which one lines up with your preffered taste. The fact that i would say BCBS > DL > Darkness should mean very little to you personally
    libbey, ColdOne, Willbfun and 3 others like this.
  4. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    Trade for BCBS, disregard the rest.
  5. Correct answer:


    Dark Lord

    SPLITGRIN Advocate (610) Kentucky May 13, 2003 Verified

    As previously stated these really are three completely different stouts. You really must try all three. My pure favorite of the group is BCBS easily. I do love the way the bourbon plays. Followed by Dark Lord and then Darkness. I am just not a fan of a hugely hoppy stout.
    cindyjeffsmith likes this.
  7. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

    Would CBS be the equal of BCBS?
  8. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Dark Lord is a brewery only release and Darkness might as well be. I thank god everyday that BCBS is distributed.
    BlastBeats likes this.
  9. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    CBS = Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout
    BCBS = Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

    Extremely different beers.
    FUNKPhD likes this.
  10. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

  11. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    No worries.
  12. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (410) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

  13. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    Dark Lord

    I would take several over these three, but that's the order for me.
  14. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Verified

    Dark Lord #1 all day long.
    Darkness and BCS tied for 2nd.

    I plan on a tasting of the three in a couple weeks.
    '12 Dark Lord, '11 Darkness and '12 BCBS.

    Let the testing begin! :D
  15. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Savant (315) Aug 20, 2012

    and on the 7th day...there was DARKNESS
    Texasfan549 likes this.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    BCBS (by a good margin)
    Dark Lord
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  17. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    IMO BCBS and Parabola are are similar in taste, despite the BCBS 15% ABV. KBS is coffee. All are great in their own way.

    I have all 3 stocked, IMO none is really better than the other, just different.
  18. je1129

    je1129 Aficionado (245) Iowa Feb 22, 2011

    Than just wait till you get a pour of dark lord at a tasting or festival some day and you'll never have the urge to trade for it again.
  19. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (820) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Verified


    Regular BCBS -aged in 12yr Heaven Hills barrels and no coffee added.

    CBS -aged in Bliss barrels(maple bourbon barrels) and it has coffee in it since FBS is CBS base beer.
  20. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Washington Nov 14, 2009

    Trade for BCBS and as much of it as you are able to.

    Also trade for a bottle of Darkness so you can judge it for yourself against other non-Barrel aged imperial stouts.

    Don't worry about Dark Lord. Eventually someone will show up to a tasting with a bottle and you'll be able to see how disappointing it is for free.
    Hopsiam14 and harrymel like this.
  21. Darkness
    Dark Lord
  22. arambler

    arambler Aficionado (115) Illinois Feb 10, 2011


    I have been having a great time recently sipping on some 2010 Darklord, if you could find it, I would strongly suggest it. Then again, I am also drinking some BCBS I just got, so one half dozen of the other?
  23. BCBS
    Dark Lord
    - On a side note, I really liked Dark Lord. Maybe it was because my bottle was two years old when I cracked it but the flavors impressed me.
  24. FBS isn't the base beer for CBS. Different recipe.
  25. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (820) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Verified

    really? thats interesting.
  26. rdilauro

    rdilauro Savant (375) Connecticut Mar 8, 2010

    Oh gosh, this is like telling me I can have a candy store!

    1 - Ten Fiddy
    2 - Founders Breakfast Stout
    3 - Brooklyn Chocolate Stout
    4 - SixPoint 3Bean
    5 - Southern Tier - Chocolat
    6 - Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout
    7 - Founders Russian Imperial Stout
    8 - Green Flash Double Stout
  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    KBS uses a different base beer than FBS but IIRC FBS is the base beer for CBS.
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  28. Can't get
    Can't get
    excellent #1 out of a lot of potential lists.

    In the west Parabola, Ten Fiddy and The Abyss should be contenders on any stout list.
    TheMonkfish and StoutChaser7D like this.
  29. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011 Verified

    As crushedvol said, very different tastes.. and what I like depends upon my mood. BCBS is incredibly lovely, but you likely don't want a heavy bourbon beer all the time. Sometimes you want sweeter, other times hoppier...
    Ten fidy and founders breakfast (admittedly not on your list) are shockingly drinkable. Both go down very easily. I like them when I want something less intense than bcbs. Big john is also amazing. Almost like BCBS without the bourbon barrel.
  30. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (670) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Verified

    Dark Lord first because I like em sweet and a bit less hot.
    BCBS second
    Darkness third because I like the hops the least. But it's still very good!
  31. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    Having only had the chance to taste BCBS I would say
    I resemble that sort of - except for me it's:

    Can't get
    Can't get
    Tried it and didn't care much for it (I'm sure it is/was a well crafted beer, it's just that anything bourbon flavored and I are not on good terms.) I'm glad to have had the chance to try it though!
  32. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    BA Old Raspy
    Speedway Stout
    (probably a couple more that I'm forgetting)
  33. josephwa

    josephwa Advocate (670) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Verified

    Dark Lord
  34. Agreed. Of the 3 listed.... So many more out there...
  35. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Advocate (705) New York Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Plead The 5th
  36. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poobah (1,230) Michigan Sep 23, 2011 Verified

    Dark Lord
  37. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    Extremely different? Both barrel aged stouts. Different, sure, but not polar extremes.
  38. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Both barrel aged stouts, yes. But that said...

    -aged in spent maple syrup bourbon barrels
    -10% alcohol
    -brewed with chocolate and coffee

    -aged in Heaven Hills barrels
    -15% alcohol
    -not brewed with chocolate or coffee

    Maybe not "polar extremes" but I wouldn't say they're in the same ballpark.
  39. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Savant (465) California Nov 2, 2012 Verified

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  40. sil1

    sil1 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Verified

    A ton of others then...
    Dark Lord