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Release '16 Bourbon County Lineup

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by sahd-1, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Disciple (373) Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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  2. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (4,813) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Maple Rye sounds very similar to last year's Prop.
     
  3. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Meyvn (1,480) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    The whole sour bourbon county thing, sort of soured me on lining up for any bourbon county.
     
  4. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (1,980) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I find it odd that the Maple Rye Stout isn't the Prop this year and the Prop is just BCS in Scotch barrels. That being said, they all look pretty great and I'll be looking forward to hopefully getting a nice variety.
     
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  5. tlema1

    tlema1 Meyvn (1,305) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    I'm sure I'll only have access to the base beer, no variants
     
  6. lanciloti

    lanciloti Zealot (541) Nov 10, 2013 Illinois
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    I agree, but scotch barrels sound super smooth
     
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  7. mwa423

    mwa423 Crusader (735) Nov 7, 2007 Ohio

    Interesting that the two keg labels had ABV on them. I'm hopeful that variants will make it farther outside Illinois, especially into Ohio, now that we have gotten rid of our 12% ABV cap.
     
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  8. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Devotee (490) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois
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  9. bmony26

    bmony26 Initiate (182) May 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Is a sour going to be a variant this year?
     
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  10. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (1,980) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    They do sound good - but as discussed in the other thread on the 2016 prop, the scotch barrels seems to be a departure from the more traditional prop format which involved adding more "adjuncts".
     
  11. lanciloti

    lanciloti Zealot (541) Nov 10, 2013 Illinois
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    Your right, maple should be this years prop and scotch it's own variant.
     
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  12. Jplachy

    Jplachy Aspirant (275) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Took 2 minutes.
     
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  13. Bferber

    Bferber Disciple (332) Apr 17, 2013 New York
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    I will be looking forward to trying the Maple Rye, but sounds a little less appealing than years past. The addition of chipotle and chocolate (along with the maple that appears to be the primary adjunct?) might just make it a muddled mess.

    Chipotle + cacao without maple sounds good.

    Maple + cacao without chipotle sounds good.

    Maple + Chipotle + cacao sounds like too many flavors fighting with each other. I don't think I'd order a dessert or a cocktail or anything else with that combo.

    I think its the maple/chipotle combo that just doesn't sound that appealing to me.
     
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  14. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Aspirant (201) Oct 29, 2015 California
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    More interested in a non-infected coffee varient but will grab a regular and maple if I see it.
     
  15. croush

    croush Zealot (576) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    The more I think about it, the more I am a bit disappointed if the 2016 Prop variant really is just the regular stout aged in Scotch Whisky barrels. Of course, if I don't get too caught up with thinking that Prop should be something more exciting, then I'm still intrigued to try it. It's just strange that we hear about how cool the idea process is for Prop, with so many employees coming up with ideas and submitting them....that this was the best that anyone came up with.

    I really like the sound of the Maple Rye, but it will definitely depend on the presence of those peppers.
     
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  16. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Devotee (416) May 24, 2011 Ohio
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    I'm just excited at the prospects of some of these beers coming to Ohio after the repeal of our 12%abv limit. They all sound good and I'm excited to try them.
     
  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Disciple (313) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    It sounds like Prop has just become a test bed for the following year's rye roll out....
    2015 Prop- Maple Syrup, peppers and nuts
    2016 Rye- Maple Syrup, peppers and nibs

    By the same token, after getting burned on Prop this year, I'd rather have something simple and not infected than nothing at all....
     
  18. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (332) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    I would have been more excited without the chipotle. I'm generally not big on spices in my beer, though it sounds like a great steak marinade. It should be a little smoky if the peppers are a prominent flavor.
     
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  19. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Initiate (198) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    Why do they add the peppers? Why?
     
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  20. SeanBond

    SeanBond Champion (877) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    If it's like last year's Prop, I assume the pepper is there to take some of the bite out of the sweetness of the beer, and it's possible that they're using chipotle specifically because they think the smokiness of it will mix well with the maple portion.

    Either way, it's surprising to me that this year's Prop is just scotch-barrel BCBS, while this year's rye is basically a twist on last year's Prop.
     
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  21. Jmorey

    Jmorey Disciple (321) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan
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    Sounds like a good lineup to me, I'll be happy if i get a chance at a maple at all, but I seriously doubt it
     
  22. That_Bearded_Guy

    That_Bearded_Guy Disciple (327) Jan 25, 2016 Michigan
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    They may just not have enough scotch barrels for a nation wide release as a variant. Who knows though. I also agree they need to leave out the god damn peppers on everything.
     
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  23. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (1,980) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    That's a good point in the number of barrels - likely the driving force behind the decision.
     
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  24. WCKDVBZ

    WCKDVBZ Savant (961) May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    After all the bs, I'm not even remotely interested. And I'm still waiting for a check.
     
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  25. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (157) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    If Maple is less sweet and features a slightly more prominent pepper taste than Prop '15 I'm all in.
     
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  26. TboneRN

    TboneRN Zealot (569) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota
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    A little nervous they are doing a similar variant to prop 15 again...I had prop 15 on black Friday and the pepper taste was barley there, it was an overly sweet mess...so hopefully they learned?
    You almost need coffee with maple to really balance the sweetness...bourbon count is already sweet as is...
     
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  27. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (157) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    Exactly.
     
  28. TboneRN

    TboneRN Zealot (569) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota
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    Last years prop barley had a pepper flavor, was extremely sweet and honestly not good...I would like to think they can adjust last year but with the turnover they have in brewers I don't want to hold my breathe
     
  29. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Aspirant (272) Jul 29, 2006 Massachusetts

    Call me biased (I work for AB), but the Coffee variant, when it was fresh on draught, was amazing last year. My favorite of the whole lineup.
     
  30. croush

    croush Zealot (576) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I'd love it if we could get the thread title fixed so I don't have to look at the wrong spelling for the next 6 months or so whenever we talk about the variants. :flushed:

    For some reason I'm still holding out hope they will have something else in store for Prop. I am also hoping they will do some sort of even like Rare Day from last year, since I wasn't around for it. But, if they're not doing any sort of special release like they did with Rare, then I don't know if they will.
     
  31. TboneRN

    TboneRN Zealot (569) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota
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    Agreed, on draft it was good
     
  32. TboneRN

    TboneRN Zealot (569) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota
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    King Henry 2.0 day?
     
  33. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Disciple (313) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    How about Prop Day? In Chicago rewarding locals (or whoever buys tickets...) fits the theme of Prop.

    Or better yet, just have a ticketed brewery release day for the BCBS stuff. GI could sell tickets online for $10+ bucks or whatever covers costs (or even more to make a fat profit off convenience) and in return the ticket guarantees the holder the righ to buy one of each BCBS that came out that year- Reg, Barley, Coffee, Rye and Prop. You can only enter once and no mules. GI could gain more profit from cutting out the distributor in that model and then people could buy them at GI's suggested MSRP which isn't what they usually sell for.
     
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  34. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (332) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    If it's like 15 in terms of pepper strength, MR should be fine. I got a lot more sweetness than pepper. Then again, that sample was at DLD in the late afternoon, so not the most reliable tasting notes.
     
  35. SeanBond

    SeanBond Champion (877) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Oh yeah, there's definitely much more sweet than pepper (others have said they couldn't taste the pepper at all). I just don't think they used chipotle last year, so I'm not sure how that'll affect MR.
     
  36. Can_has_beer

    Can_has_beer Savant (917) May 14, 2013 Texas
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    Everyone complaining about peppers have apparently never had Prairie Bomb! I guess.
     
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  37. Fargrow

    Fargrow Zealot (573) Feb 7, 2013 Michigan
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    Everyone else is right, it's spelled variant.
     
  38. croush

    croush Zealot (576) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I'd love it if they did something like this, but wonder if the distributors & retailers would be a bit peeved by it. I'm sure they could strike the right balance of not making it too big to interfere with all the hype at Binny's, etc.
     
  39. croush

    croush Zealot (576) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    That's kinda what I had expected based on the rumors of it coming around again this year. We'll have to wait and see...but it's only 4 months away!
     
  40. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Disciple (313) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    If Rare spent 2 years in the barrel, maybe KH 2.0 should as well? Was the original only aged 1 year in the barrel?
     
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