Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.35 | pDev: 6.9%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla StoutBourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout
Notes: Goose Island added Intelligentsia Coffee beans and cold brew to the beer but then also included cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar garnish.
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jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for about, though not quite, a year. Drink by 7 Aug 2021. Poured into a Goose flute glass.

L: Pours like a BCBS, dark and viscous. Head dissipated almost immediately; for some reason I get more carbonation if I let it sit in the fridge with a stopper overnight and pour it then. (Probably I'm not cellaring them ideally.)

S: Initial nose doesn't have much coffee on it, mostly woody, maybe a mix of the barrel and the cassia bark. A hint of cinnamon, becoming more than a hint as it hangs out in the glass.

T: There's more coffee, and a lot more cinnamon, on the initial taste. The coffee lingers, though; I'm taking pretty lengthy breaks between sips and as I do I notice it more. I don't get much orange on first taste but I'm wondering if that will come out as it warms up.

F: It's maybe a little lighter than BCBS regular? But the cinnamon gives it kind of a sharp spiciness that counters it nicely. I'm actually going to bump this up to 4.25, since I'm liking the complexity of it.

Overall I think based on other people's reviews that this has lost a step from when it was fresh, but it's still got a lot of depth and complexity to it. Not the usual coffee stout, and very enjoyable.

Yesterday at 12:30 AM
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours onyx black with a dense, medium tan head. Simply gorgeous in the glass. The nose is dominated by heavy char aromas, some chocolate and cinnamon, and a decent amount of coffee. No sign of the orange.

The orange is present on the taste, though, a subtle citrus taste at the back of the palate, long after the magnificent char and coffee flavors vied with the chocolate and cinnamon. Wow, is there a lot going on here - and it really works (for me).

The mouthfeel is really full and creamy, which surprised me, as did this beer - my expectations were that it would be good, even very good, but it is world class, IMHO. Wish I had another bottle to share with our son, because I think he’d love this.

Yesterday at 12:10 AM
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FBarber from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this one fresh and apparently never reviewed it - having one now a year on and although its still outstanding, its not as great as it was fresh.

Pours a dark oily black color. Viscous and with some apparent debris in the beer - not quite sure what that is. A momentary thin one finger brown head forms with a vigorous pours but dissipates quickly. No residual head is seen. Top of the beer is oily and has some little floaties on top.

Aroma has notes of cinnamon, cassia bark, chocolate, hints of coffee grinds, and some roasted malt notes. The coffee has definitely faded as you might expect over the course of a year, but that has allowed the cassia bark to really shine through and provide more of that cinnamon - spiced aroma on the nose. Its sweet on the nose, but not sugary sweet - its more of a savory sweet for lack of a better term.

The taste is where this one is just outstanding. You get chocolate and cinnamon up front quickly giving way to rich oaky bourbon and some earthy barrel must. Notes of coffee, earthy bark/wood and roasted malts come through with a slight, but balanced sweetness to it. The bourbon provides a warmth to the beer that becomes more present as it warms up. The coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and bourbon just work so well in this one. A year along, the orange has all but disappeared. Fresh it was a subtle but complimentary flavor - now its hardly noticeable. Rather it provide just a hint of dried citrus rind to the beer - a zest like you'd get in a hot chocolate or something like that.

Feel is thick, slick, viscous. Moderate carbonation but very smooth.

I have never been as big of a fan of the BCBS coffee variant as other seemed to be, but this variant, fresh, was one of my favorite variants of all time from Goose Island. Its aged gracefully, but was at its best fresh.

Thursday at 05:52 AM
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a half finger of head that dissipates to a thick ring of foam around the glass. Fantastic aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak barrel, coffee. Flavors are really well balanced combination of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels, coffee, subtle chocolate, and orange peel and sugar on the finish. The spices are interesting, almost reminiscent of mulling spices or Mexican hot chocolate somehow. Alcohol is noticeable but well masked for this high ABV. Syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice variation on the original.

Nov 13, 2020
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma starts with the typical BCB characters of big roastiness and huge barrel notes. Coffee is also very prominent, cinnamon and orange are noticeable but more subtle. I am glad the orange is mild, was concerned it might overpower this coffee stout. Taste is boozy and sweet. It’s even sweeter than most Bourbon Counties. Lots of dark fruit notes, sugary sweetness, coffee is there but not particularly prominent. Orange is subtle and primarily on the finish, I get essentially no cinnamon. The big roastiness is present and balances the sweetness somewhat but this remains a bit cloying. Barrel notes are also less prominent than most BCB stout variants. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, ABV well masked as always. Overall, this is a good beer that I would gladly drink again, but it’s far from my favorite Bourbon County, and no where close to the near perfection of “regular” Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. The adjuncts didn’t add much and in fact IMO detract even from the base beer.


Nov 01, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019vintage courtesy of JohnnyHops.
L: black with mocha head that fizzles off.
S: coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, oak.
T: really good coffee and chocolate/vanilla. Tobacco, strong cinnamon/cassia bark taste, Minimal booze. Minimal orange taste, some extra sweetness.
F: bcbs standard. Fairly thick but not overly.
Overall: I think this is the first specialty/one-off variant of bcbs I’ve had. I’m not sure if better than OG, but very good nonetheless. Delighted to receive it in trade from a friend.

Oct 29, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a creme brûlée sheen of the head. Vanilla and sweet karmel korn hints straight away, tastes of coffee, rich and creamy, with the alcohol just at the end. Like a Christmas pudding. Overall this is a joy to drink, all the BCBS variations are delicious.

Oct 21, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cassia bark and some spices, and super light orange peel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, spices (mostly cinnamon/cassia bark), and coffee. Picks up the bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and oak shortly thereafter. Orange peel comes through a bit candied, albeit lightly. Finishes with lingering cassia bark, coffee, bourbon, and drying oak

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: An excellent variant of BCBS that really adds another dimension to the typical coffee version. The cassia bark works really well in tandem with the coffee while the orange peel adds a nice, super subtle addition. As with all variants and the OG, this one is a must-try

Oct 15, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a small light brown head. Super dark brown body.

Smell: Like a fresh bark of dark chocolate. Fabulous. Small hints of vanilla, coffee, orange peel.

Taste: Complex and well balanced. Dark chocolate giving way to a burnt bread finish. Vanilla oak barrel. Not much in the way of orange flavors. A bit of booze, not shocking for the ABV.

Feel: The finish is very dry and a bit boozy. Only thing that ruins it a little for me.

Aug 03, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Freaking fantastic. Had it on tap 7 months after release and the beer has developed beautifully. WOW!!! Kudos to the Original, the One and Only, Goose Island Brewery, for deciding to age stout in a used bourbon barrel!!!!! Yes, I will be waiting in line on Black Friday for the 2020 release! It's a Chicago tradition!

Jul 16, 2020
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**Blind Review**
Thank you TheGent, I enjoyed it!

Pours dark with an opaque body, minimal khaki colored head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, coconut, cinnamon.
Taste: chocolate, big coffee initially, cherry pits, and more coffee at the finish. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee ( in a good way). Spicy cinnamon.

Smooth, velvety, low carbonation.

This is a Bourbon County...does not taste like the bourbon county coffee I’ve had. It’s definitely a new variety that I’ve not had. It is tasty as always

I was ready to reveal the beer and Mrs. Strohme2 said:
“I have to live with you being a nerd, let me see what it is” She asked me what I thought it might be and I said the Cafe de Olla.

After reveal: I don’t get any orange peel, oils, citrus in any way. Maybe I can fool myself into believing I smell some citrus in the aroma but frankly, it’s just not there for me. That doesn’t detract anything away from the beer.
I’m very happy to try this. It makes for a great summer deck sipper. Thanks Anthony!

Jul 14, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour that's borderline black.

S - Spicy aroma with roasted chocolate, light cinnamon, spice, and roasted chocolate.

T - Delicate orange (very delicate orange), cinnamon, and roasted cocoa. The orange is extremely subdued

M - Medium texture on the edges but thick in the middle. Silky soft and sticky on the lips, light dryness on the back of the tongue and wet in the rest of the mouth.

O - The ABV is nicely hidden and the orange is almost nowhere to be found.

Jun 18, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/7/21

Here it is, my first time reviewing any BCBS variant. I did have a bit of the 2019 base version, but did not get around to reviewing it. I remember it being pretty hotly alcoholic, but also had a massive complexity

Pours completely pitch black with just a finger of espresso colored head that fades quickly to a ring of bubbles and leaves no lacing, but has legs as expected for the abv

There’s a lot going on here in the nose. Primarily, I get earthy coffee roast, rich milk chocolate, and spicy cinnamon. The orange is more of a background note, which is also supported by minor notes of oak, vanilla, and spice

Starting off the sip I primarily get charred oak. Mid palate, this turns into a bourbon heat with coffee roast. The orange starts to appear after the swallow, almost in a candied fashion. The end of the sip brings many barrel complexities, tons of vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits with just a touch of spice from the cinnamon. Absolutely incredible and complex taste

Full bodied (duh) with very mild carbonation, this is a sipper for sure. The alcohol comes through more in flavor than in feel, but still feels less than 13.5%. This is super smooth and finishes somewhat sticky and sweet

Holy hell, this was something completely new. Complex without too much going on, non traditional ingredients, and it all works together perfectly. I can not wait to try the other variants, and hopefully some vintages of them

Jun 15, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep black with mahogany highlights and a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind some lacing
S - Rich roasted, bitter coffee along with charred wood and sweet hints of sugar and orange peel. Hints of sweet bourbon and vanilla as well. Complex, but not a strong smell. Some molasses as well.
T - Follows the nose: Tons of charred wood and roasted, bitter coffee up front and throughout follows by hints of sweet bourbon, vanilla, sugar, and orange peel. Some cinnamon in there as well.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky.
O - Another incredibly complex, yet well executed Goose Island BCBE. The orange and coffee really work well together.

Jun 07, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Doopie shared this a while back. Cheers, man!

From a 500ml bottle into tasting glasses
Vintage: 2019
Made with Intelligentsia Coffee, cassia bark, orange peel and panela sugar

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a two finger, looser, foamy tan head with lousy retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head quickly recedes to a faint wisp and ring. Quickly looks flat by the end.

SMELL: Lots of cassia bark, cinnamon aroma, bourbon, vanilla aromas, milk chocolate and coffee as well.

TASTE: Bourbon, cassia bark, cinnamon flavors, vanilla and coffee flavors up front. Bourbon at the swallow with cinnamon, notes of vanilla, orange and bitter roasted coffee lingers on the palate. Flavorful.

PALATE: Thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down prickly with a bit of a burn and finishes sticky. Some solid heat lingers. Typical harsh BCBS feel.

OVERALL: This is really delicious and aromatic. It obviously suffers from the harshness that is the BCBS line, but the aroma and flavors are great. Really happy to have the chance to try this one. Thanks a lot, doopie!

May 30, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was thick and black in color with a small mocha colored head crowning the glass.

Smell - The beer had a spiced orange nose. The spice scent was something between a cigar box and mulling spices.

Taste - In the taste, the orange comes with chocolate with cedar aging notes and dry coffee notes. The dryness made sure the overall profile did not become overly sweet like regular BCBS. The dry finish really helped to solve that problem.

Mouthfeel - The body was sticky with low carbonation and a fair amount of viscosity.

Overall - Of the 2019 set, this one was probably my favorite.

May 30, 2020
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BryanB from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looked great poured into glass as all BC variants do. Deep black with a nice thick tannish brown layer of foam that dissipates beautifully.

Right off the bat I smelled the coffee over everything else.

Taste was strange - the coffee/orange flavor didn’t work for me. But after the initial sip, oddly enough the flavors seem to meld together and settle nicely. The boozy bourbon taste really takes over eventually.

Probably my least fav BC variant I’ve tried so far, but still a good beer.

May 16, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 2020 Review
2019 Vintage (only one, I think). Purchased at Total Wine in Sarasota. Poured into the usual tulip glass.

Pour: deep chocolate brown with minimal head that quickly ends in a thin ring, a little lacing. 3.5

Nose: cinnamon, coffee and a little booze. 3.75

Taste: cinnamon, espresso, bourbon. Hints of orange, vanilla, molasses. Really enjoyed it. 4.25

Feel: super smooth, mod-low carbonation. Slightly viscous. 4.0

Overall: maybe not a regular go to beer but, once in a while, a really unique taste and easy drinker considering the ABV. Will watch for it in case there’s some laying around somewhere. Would like to see how it is in another year. 4.0

May 09, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with distinctive notes of vanilla and bourbon, some nice sweet chocolate notes with light orange bark notes clearly noticeable. Taste is a complex mix of creamy sweet black chocolate notes with some nice floral coffee notes, some vanilla and bourbon with light orange bark notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Loads of flavours with great level of complexities and still retaining good drinkability. I am usually not a fan or orange chocolate but this was well balanced.

May 06, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention

S- aroma opens with bold espresso notes with a vanilla sugar-like creaminess, complimented by cinnamon and orange peel undertones. Undertones of the base beer start to poke through, adding notes of chocolate, fig, caramel, toasted coconut and oaky bourbon barrel, outstanding

T- flavor opens with a delicious mix of earthy espresso and orange peel, along with a hit of cinnamon. Mid-palate brings out a vanilla cream sweetness, as well as some brown sugar and caramel notes. The finish brings out a bit of dark fruit as well as some oaky bourbon and toasted coconut. Lingers of espresso, cinnamon and orange peel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy slightly warming finish

O- one of my favorite BCBS variants, the adjuncts are perfectly balanced, making it a slow sipper

Apr 16, 2020
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is pitch black, with no head whatsoever. Aromas are super rich, consisting of dark chocolate, salted caramel, raisins, dark roasted coffee, and candied orange peel. Very decadent! Flavors are the same. The feel is heavy bodied, with low carbonation. The ABV is well hidden.

Apr 08, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/11/19, had 2/15/20.

Pours dark brown and opaque, with a short, quickly dissipating head and light foamy cling. Aromas of coffee, light roast malt, cinnamon from the cassia bark, chocolate, some bourbon, light caramel, smoke. Flavors of cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, malt, bourbon, light caramel. It’s a little smoky and sweet, a bit earthy. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The cassia bark and coffee are excellent, the panela sugar has some impact. Don’t pick out the orange peel- maybe it adds a little acidity. The barrels are lighter than expected, but have a presence. Overall, love the combo, quite well executed.

Apr 07, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an almost immediately dissipated tan head. Smells of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, orange, vanilla and brown sugar. Full bodied with a thick and sticky mouth feel, minimal carbonation and a very slightly dry finish.

Mar 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I hear so much hate on this variant, but I thought it was fantastic! Typical shimmering black bcbs pour. Smell has the usual bcbs aromas but they are around their champion, the expressive lighter roast coffee, this really work for me. Thought the vanilla, bourbon and chocolate in particular bonded with the cassia bark for a nice aromatic lift, orange peel light in background as it warms. Taste is a rich and viscous version of the smell, more dark too, more coffee, fudgey, and sweet than normal bcbs, but still well balanced. Finish is the spot I could see some dissension, has a touch of anise, orange zest, and cinnamon, but I find it to be a fun flair. If I want the regular I will have the regular! (with a year of age of course) Live a little people! Feel is thick, viscous, sticky, mostly smooth, slightly warm, and finishes brighter than most variants.

Mar 24, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Fogies at $24.99 per bottle. Odell snifter.

Deep silky black but not as black as regular BCBS and has a fleeting head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma of dark chocolate and tootsie roll; heavy hot bourbon presence but not overwhelming, some type of faint cinnamon icing, some orange-filled chocolate cremes. Slight honey sweetness permeates as well. All this is fairly mild to moderate and not strong, but not faint either.

Flavor brings stinging bourbon alcohol first, followed by woody bark, orange cream chocolate candy, toffee and caramel, dark chocolate, some cinnamon red hots, and some vanilla. Some slight sweet honey and more bourbon on the swallow.

Feel is a bit bothersome, it really clings to the palate like a starchy syrup if that's a thing, has a distinct alcohol sting on the tongue, leaving it buzzing much like your head after half a glass, and some slight roast on the finish.

Overall, let this warm up or at least let it sit and buzz in your mouth for 20 seconds before you swallow as the flavors really come out. Would i pay $25 a bottle for this again? Hell no. It's not even near that good. But it is good. So take that for what it's worth. Maybe $12.99 like regular BCBS would be more in line with what we have here. Obnoxious price considered, I'd say 4.3 is a fair score.

Mar 16, 2020
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