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Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Stevedore, Sep 13, 2013.
Anyone open a '12 BCBCS lately? How is it drinking?
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.
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.
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.
Wait, are we talking about '12 BCBS or '12 BCBCS? I.e. the Coffee variant.
Good question, I didn't catch that.
The thread title would lead me to believe coffee.....
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.
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.
sorry brahs, I was thinking (and described) regular BCS -- bottle date was 8/22/12
missed the extra C
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm opening one of my 9/20/2012's on the year anniversary. Regular BCBS of course.
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.
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