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'12 BCBCS

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Stevedore, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Stevedore

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    Anyone open a '12 BCBCS lately? How is it drinking?
     
  2. JmH

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    Had one a few weeks ago, which I coincidentally drank exactly 1 year to the day after the bottling date - didn't notice until I tossed the empty into the recycling bin. Anyway, tons of fudgy chocolate, vanilla and still packing a nice bourbon punch. Overall, much richer than I remember from 5 or 6 months ago. It was a pleasant surprise.
     
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    As someone who tends to enjoy a little bit of bite with bigger bourbon forward beers like this, I thought the '12 tasted fantastic from the get-go and 1 year of aging hasn't really cut down on the heat too much but as JmH said, it is probably more balanced, richer, and slightly more mellow than it was a year ago. The two bottles I've had in the last couple of months have confirmed this and I'm interested to see how it continues to develop.
     
  4. Eriktheipaman

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    Just had my second to las bottle a few days ago. It's been in the 90's here and while it was an epic beer, it made me super full and took hours to drink. It was amazing and I find BCBS to peak at about a year. I think the heat has changed my palate for the time being though.
     
  5. Stevedore

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    Wait, are we talking about '12 BCBS or '12 BCBCS? I.e. the Coffee variant.
     
  6. Eriktheipaman

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    Good question, I didn't catch that.
     
  7. BlackNote

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    The thread title would lead me to believe coffee.....
     
  8. Stevedore

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    Yeah. I think at least 2 posts here have been talking about regular BCBS. I don't think BCBCS was bottled in September, but rather in November.
     
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    I am new to the craft beer scene so this is my first year with BCBCS. I had one in January and did not like it that much. I had my second in late May and I was amazed at how much better it had gotten.
     
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    sorry brahs, I was thinking (and described) regular BCS -- bottle date was 8/22/12

    missed the extra C
     
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    I had one last weekend to celebrate the start of the Bears season (sorry don't have bottle date). It seemed the coffee had faded somewhat, which i expected but still an amazing beer.
     
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    I had a 2012 last week and a 2011 a few months ago. The 2012 was significantly better IMO as I really don't think this variant of BCS ages well. The 2011 had a bitter stale coffee taste. I would say drink it now if you got em and I plan to drink all of my 2013 fresh this year.
     
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    I love aged BCBS. The best Coffee I've had is the freshest one that I've had. Second best? Second freshest. Third best? Third freshest. Etc.
     
  14. Stevedore

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    Gotcha. Yeah I found 2 extra bottles in my cellar that I must have forgotten about and can't remember for the life of me why I decided to stash it away. Maybe drink one and trade one.
     
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    I'm opening one of my 9/20/2012's on the year anniversary. Regular BCBS of course.
     
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    In the past I've found myself to enjoy BCBCS most with a bit of age on it. I love regular BCBS, so when Coffee is fresh the coffee flavor tends to be a little bit too overpowering. I'll be opening one of my 2012s for the Breaking Bad series finale in a couple weeks.
     
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    Wow timing is everything, started the day at an event setting up a brew, 7:30 AM yday, cracked my last one with the guys. Posting this without reading other replies. It had really come into its own, def. still a bright coffee presence, surprisingly, rich and chewy and integrated is how I would describe it, huge and beyond delicious. Haha now for the fun of seeing what you all thought.

    Edit: Strangely it appears necessary for me to mention the BCBCS I am talking about is Coffee
     
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