2020 BCBS Release (Black Friday)

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  1. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Aspirant (214) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I had a bottle of #4 last night, and I was honestly super disappointed. I'd rather drink Maple BA Brigadiero. It tastes better and is half the price.
     
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  2. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Zealot (545) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I only ever buy the regular, I'm not a huge adjunct guy. That being said the 2020 BCBS is exactly what you'd expect and in no way is that disappointing
     
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  3. floozbag54

    floozbag54 Initiate (64) Mar 25, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I had to go to wegmans early so I only picked up Birthday from Total Wine. Waited about 20 minutes outside since it wasn’t too cold. I’d say there were 12 birthday bottles(assume those are gone,) and tons of the variants. A bunch of last years variants too. Birthday was $30. I didn’t see the price on the others.
     
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  4. floozbag54

    floozbag54 Initiate (64) Mar 25, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Total Wine in Burlington got about a case. Gone right at open. $29.99 each.
     
  5. Patfan1987

    Patfan1987 Disciple (324) Dec 18, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Just regular per there website.
     
  6. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (351) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Was there at 9:30. Plenty of stuff to buy for variants and as stated as soon as I got there he jokingly was like man you should’ve been up earlier. Excited to try #4 tonight.
     
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  7. floozbag54

    floozbag54 Initiate (64) Mar 25, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Happy to score a birthday, sad I missed the Bokke sale on Etre. The stout god gives, the lambic god takes.
     
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  8. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Initiate (192) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    any birthday sightings in CT? I imagine I'm too late by now, though
     
  9. BRYeleJR

    BRYeleJR Disciple (347) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Plenty of variants minus Birthday available at Total Wine Burlington still as of 12:30. Thanks @floozbag54
     
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  10. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (349) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    pretty sure we did not get that variant we usually just get the commons
     
  11. floozbag54

    floozbag54 Initiate (64) Mar 25, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Glad you got some!
     
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  12. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (351) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Anyone try the fog? Really had no idea what to expect with the tea and didn’t buy it.
     
  13. dolomite128

    dolomite128 Initiate (155) Sep 17, 2014 Massachusetts
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    If you like Earl Grey tea or a darker English style breakfast tea, the beer is great. I'm not a big fan of the tea and a little bit goes a long way. Maybe a 4 oz pour is just about right for the Kentucky Fog. YMMV.
     
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  14. Piels25

    Piels25 Aspirant (238) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    One of my least favorite variants I’ve ever had.
     
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  15. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    @lansdowne24 checked Hugh O’Neil’s site. While they’re still doing the Black Friday thing, and there’s multiple stout taps going, the only BCBS they have is 2016.
     
  16. wehaveamap

    wehaveamap Aspirant (208) Jan 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Blanchards in JP has #4, Fog, Caramella, regular, and 2016 barleywine. $27/27/19/14/14, was just there about an hour or two ago so I imagine they'll still have most or all tomorrow if you'd prefer to pay the $2 upcharge than rush to hunt for somewhere cheaper.
     
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  17. schinebd

    schinebd Disciple (380) Feb 11, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Total wine in Braintree had plenty of regular, fog, caramella, and #4 around 7 pm today.
     
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  18. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (351) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Wish I had found birthday.

    Enjoying #4 tonight with the lady and it’s fantastic! Really like what they did with this one. I can see why some comparisons could be made to other big stouts but it’s right up there with them. Also had CBS and maple f this weekend and this just steps it up in many ways.

    Also for anyone else who was out early this morning. How friggin quiet were the plazas ha. Was nice to see empty malls
     
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Yikes, seeing prices here for #4 definitely overpaid at $40 for that at Pemberton.
     
  20. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Yeah, I was surprised to see that price when I was checking things online. Quite high.
     
  21. fortpointmarket

    fortpointmarket Initiate (33) Apr 15, 2020 Massachusetts

    That's a huge ripoff for customers, and this is why some of it will be shelf turds in the next few months like some of few years priors.
     
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  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I had no idea what it should have cost, the price did seem quite steep.

    The regular was $15 there, what are you charging?
     
  23. fortpointmarket

    fortpointmarket Initiate (33) Apr 15, 2020 Massachusetts

    Same but I'm talking about that #4, at $40? That's over 100% profit margin.
     
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  24. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,943) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Oh yeah that’s definitely high (which I discovered from this thread).

    I was just curious if they price gouged on both Goose offerings.
     
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  25. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Initiate (192) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    OG has been around $12-$15
     
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  26. cskollmann

    cskollmann Initiate (67) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    I'm too old to chase beer anymore, but was happy to run into some at Market Basket in Waltham while re-upping on Celebration:
    $11.99 for regular
    $14.99 for Caramella
    $19.99 for #4, though I bought the two that were on display maybe there is more in the back
    I want to say the Fog was $14.99 as well, but I passed on it.

    The real find was they had 4 packs of 2014 BCBS out as well at $24.99. I bought one, there were two left this evening.
     
  27. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Great prices.
     
  28. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (640) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Damn man, I want to say it was either the 2013 or 2014 which was the best vintage IMO.
     
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  29. brother_rebus

    brother_rebus Meyvn (1,024) Jul 28, 2014 Maine
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    We just did a blind vertical earlier this year. 2014 & 2018 were by far the standouts on everyone’s list.
     
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  30. cskollmann

    cskollmann Initiate (67) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Tried the Caramella. It tastes exactly as described, they definitely achieved their stated goal. Too sweet and too much cinnamon for me though. A small pour would have been plenty.

    I have one 2014 bottle that I've cellared, since I have no idea how these were treated maybe I'll try to do a side by side. Just need to convince the wife she wants that much barrel aged stout at once.
     
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  31. mhull

    mhull Initiate (128) Apr 11, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I went with Yankee also since I only wanted to try #4 out of all the variants. Comparatively I think they were only charging ~$20 for variants since 2 regular and 1 variant came out to $45
     
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  32. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (293) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Two questions for you all: 1: what is the best price you have seen on #4? 2: Do you think it is worth the cost? Looks like 25 bucks is the going rate? Also, anyone come across some Vanilla from 2018 in stores?
     
  33. dolomite128

    dolomite128 Initiate (155) Sep 17, 2014 Massachusetts
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    24.99 is the price I've seen most places. Some 25.99. I think it's worth it. Great coffee forward stout. Maple adds complexity. I recommend it.
     
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  34. Genghis_Kanca

    Genghis_Kanca Initiate (28) Dec 2, 2020 North Carolina
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    Where do you get Hardywood around here? I didn't realize they distributed outside of VA and NC. I was able to pick up some GBS, Barrel aged GBS, and Christmas Pancakes on my way through Richmond a couple weeks ago.
     
  35. Ryanwithacomb

    Ryanwithacomb Initiate (33) Jan 22, 2018 Massachusetts

    Trader Joe's has actually had BBA GBS the past two years IIRC.
     
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  36. nathanb47

    nathanb47 Initiate (179) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I work for a store on the south shore in MA, I believe us and Boston got it at the same time
     
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  37. Peterock27

    Peterock27 Aspirant (255) Oct 4, 2016 New York
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    I think retail is 23.99 for #4, some places have it higher. Yes, I saw Vanilla on the shelf in NYC but that probably doesn’t help you ;-)
     
  38. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,226) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    The best price I saw was Wegmans in Burlington for 22.99. IMO, yes, it's worth the cost to pick up a bottle or two.
     
  39. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (640) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    RI finally got stocked over the past few days, I grabbed one of each carried at the store in my town. Probably going out again at some point for some cellar bottles as these move more slowly every year. It was $12.99 regular, $16.99 caramella, $22.99 #4.
     
  40. Jcorn

    Jcorn Disciple (393) Jun 17, 2015 Massachusetts
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    Watertown MA - Arsenal Wine and Spirits had Fog, Caramella, and #4 today. Looked like about a case each left.
     
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