Bolero Snort (in NJ) ready to go!

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by NJOssie, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. NJOssie

    NJOssie Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    Congrats to some really great guys! Cheers Bob!

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  2. brooklynbrews

    brooklynbrews Initiate (186) Jan 21, 2010 Uzbekistan

    good luck guys!
  3. beertography

    beertography Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2007 New Jersey

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  4. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2010 New York

    Great news. Can't have enough quality breweries in NJ
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  5. beerassociate

    beerassociate Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2011 New Jersey

    Just got my first sixer of Blackhorn, getting cold in the fridge right now, can't wait!!
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  6. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (78) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey

    Looking forward to trying some Bolero Snort at the AC Beerfest.
  7. Berndondervin

    Berndondervin Initiate (65) Apr 5, 2015 New Jersey

    These guys have been putting out some creative, tasty beers recently. Had the OVB Orange Creamsicle IPA last night and was seriously surprised by how good this was. Got a smooth citrus up front, then followed the lactose to give that creamsicle experience, finishing with a nice little resinous touch. Keep up the good work, guys.
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  8. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (277) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    What is thread may never die.

    On topic: I loved OVB and enjoyed the lemon meringue one even more! Great stuff lately, BS.
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  9. Berndondervin

    Berndondervin Initiate (65) Apr 5, 2015 New Jersey

    Agreed, lemon meringue was great too. Wish I could double like for the GOT reference.
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  10. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (2,972) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I agree with you 100% I drank a bunch of these over the 4th of July holiday and thought they were great. I also really enjoyed LaTaureau Tripel and We're Bucked.
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  11. Dschwartz83

    Dschwartz83 Initiate (105) Feb 1, 2013 New Jersey

    I feel these guys deserve a lot of credit. They took all the criticism they were getting, listened, and started putting out really creative and great tasting beers. IMO, the product is getting better and better every release.

    Well done guys!
  12. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (208) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    I enjoyed the "I Ain't Afraid of No Bulls" and the OVB so far. They got a really bad rap for a while, and didn't really start to try them until about a month ago. They had a beer on tap at The Chubby Pickle that was pretty nice.
  13. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (208) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Anyone had OVB in the past few days? Just cracked my last can and damn, that got better with a few weeks time. Really getting that vanilla bean. It's reduced the citrusy outburst and combined really well. Not sure if the beer I had before it had an effect or what, but this last can was golden.
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  14. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,396) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    I had one over weekend and agree that the citrus bite when extremely fresh has faded a bit. I prefer it fresher, but either way it's still delicious. I still have 2 or 3 cans and will probably be drinking them this coming weekend, so we shall see what another week does, if anything.
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  15. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,396) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    My experience with BS has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some ups and down along the way, but right now I'm on my way up hoping there are no steep drops in sight.

    First I tried their Razbullied Rye last summer. This beer tasted like butter pecan. Given the style, I was not going to write them off after one bad experience.

    Their next offering to hit the shelves near me was Moovember Milk Stout, and it was phenomenal. I really hope this is a seasonal that comes back.

    Strawbully Fields then pulled me back into the wrong direction as that had some odd smells like melted plastic and dirt, with a muted earthy and musty flavor that I did not enjoy.

    Then came the most recent offerings.

    Unfortunately I missed Lemon Bullringue, but OVB, Kow Lime Pie, I Ain't Aftaid of No Bulls and We're Bucked have all been very good to excellent. For me, this brewery is on a great run right now. They're bringing some well done unique offerings to the market and I hope it continues.
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  16. tinkfist

    tinkfist Initiate (0) May 11, 2016 New Jersey

    Finally saw their stuff down at Farmingdale Liquors and picked up some Rotatabull. Very nice! They had OVB and Lemon on the shelf as well that I'll try next time. Why are these guys so low profile?
  17. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (565) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    Their early offerings were mostly average or sub par (in my opinion) and I think their logo/label art didn't help either so for a while people wrote them off but over the past year or so they've really been improving
  18. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (208) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Negative PR in the first year - dealing with infections, bad customer feedback, not so great beer.

    To the craft beer rookie now coming into the NJ scene, Bolero has some great offerings, as long as you make sure you are getting some of their 2016 beer. I've seen some of their 2015's still on the shelves of some places, and don't let my curiousity wander too far.

    There are still quite a few people that still swear off Bolero. Thankfully, I'm not one of them.
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  19. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (314) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    Gypsy/contract brewed, their early stuff especially the year round stuff was pedestrian at best, labels weren't great, no taproom to visit, etc.

    They're on the right road. I hope they hollow out their own space personally.
  20. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    I enjoyed the two new beers they just released in cans. Solid.
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  21. tinkfist

    tinkfist Initiate (0) May 11, 2016 New Jersey

    Thanks for the run down everyone. The labels are still, eh, but that does not affect the experience for me. It's NJ, so I'll support it, but the price point was a little higher compared to what I'd otherwise get, so that may be the unsustainable part.
  22. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (277) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    I have really taken a liking to Bull Pop, bought and drank 4 bottles or so. Rotatabull 004 was solid (001 was still my favorite though) and Lemon Bullringue is a favorite. Super excited for the apple pie!
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  23. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,227) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I had a bunch of their stuff early and wrote them off.
    I am ready to give them another try.
  24. tynian16

    tynian16 Disciple (332) Oct 23, 2015 New York

    They are not the greatest brewery in the world but they have gotten better. The beers have gone from undrinkable to drinkable with the occasional really good beer.
  25. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (642) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey

    I will have to revisit myself as I did not care for the few I tried early on. And they really need to do away with using "Bull" in the name of every single beer. It's kind of juvenile IMO and the names can only get more ridiculous.
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  26. garfscores

    garfscores Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012 Connecticut

    Meh. With other options (Magnify, Brix City, Alementary) why buy a subpar beer for a higher price? I don't think I've loved any Bolero Snort beer, yet. Would like to see them succeed, though.
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  27. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Oh yeah and I also enjoyed the new kolsch in the bomber.
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  28. Dreamer57

    Dreamer57 Initiate (129) Apr 13, 2015 New Jersey

    Thought the kolsch was really enjoyable too
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  29. MattyBlayze

    MattyBlayze Initiate (38) Nov 3, 2015 New Jersey

    What was the last thing you had from them? As others have stated, they, deservedly, get a bum rap for a lot of their early stuff, but ever since January, I think they've been on fire. I still have them on a short leash, but now I try to get every new thing they release. OVB is always good, Lemon Bullringue is very good, I actually liked Kow Lime Pie more, Variabull and Rotatabull have both been good to very good, and AppBull PiePA ala Mode sounds like it could be a really fun fall seasonal.

    I've also heard that they're changing the brewery for Bergen County Bull Stout and that all the recipes are getting turned up to 11 so I'm excited about that.
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  30. Lesak87

    Lesak87 Initiate (51) Mar 26, 2015 New Jersey

    I was recently talking to someone who owns and operates a brewery in NJ. He knows quite a bit about the stiff ABC rules/regulations in the Garden State and somehow Bolero Snort came up. The big thing I took away from our chat was him basically saying BS might not legally be able to brew/pour their contract-brewed beers (OVB, Lemon Bullringue, etc.) in the new facility because they were originally brewed at another location. They would still be able to distribute cans to retail, but basically they can't legally feature previously made contract-brews in the new place.

    Again, his reasoning was a lot more intuitive and he explained things much better than I ever could. I'm a big supporter of BS and wish them nothing, but the best. Just figured I'd share this. If anybody with a good knowledge of the rulebook regarding brewery legislation in NJ could shed more light on this I'd appreciate it.
  31. BeerFan

    BeerFan Initiate (144) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey

    I also had a conversation (not about BS) with an owner/operator and it sounded like the beer has to be brewed on premises to be poured on premises.
  32. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (277) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    So even if it was originally brewed elsewhere, as long as the batch being poured was brewed on site, we're cool?

    Anyone want to speak to a possible BS physical location? Timelines, locations, etc?
  33. RJIV

    RJIV Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2015 New Jersey

    I think they are already brewing at two places (High Point and Dark City).

    Until they get their own place or dedicated, controlled barreling space in a brewery, I am going to be staying away from the barrel aged offerings.

    All of the new beers they have brewed that aren't barrel aged I have been very impressed with. I'm glad to see the distribution growing again.
  34. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Initiate (170) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey

    have one of each of last years Bergen County still.. curious to see how they are when i pop them all for football season
  35. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (1,924) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Same here. I remember buying a 6-pack a few years ago and when I got home I realized that the bottles were almost completely filled to the top with no headspace for air. The beers poured flat. Their 6-pack prices were on the pricey side and I didn't feel like gambling on them again. I'm always willing to give breweries a second chance though so maybe it's time.
  36. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (277) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    ApBull PiePA a la mode was brewed and canned at Double Nickle. Source: the can label
  37. RJIV

    RJIV Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2015 New Jersey

    Guess it is up to 3 (4 if you include their recent collaboration). If you had it, how did you like ApBull PiePA a la mode? Deciding whether to grab this or head to Magnify tomorrow - although I'll probably cave and get both...
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  38. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (277) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    Definitely worth a 4pk but a beer like this might be too young to judge right now. I thought it was a solid, fall-spiced IPA with some apple notes, but I didn't get the lactose or the graham cracker crust that I get in Lemon Bullringue. Excited to see what happened to it. I understand your pain! Magnify, Greenpoint, Interboro, Other Half . . . . I only have so much time and money!
  39. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Yeah. I bought a 4 pack of this (apple pie-ish) and also got the new Magnify brews AND going to OH tomorrow after my son's football game. Lucky to have a craft-loving wife. Too much good beer around!
  40. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey

    Does anyone know the contract details of any brewery that contract brews? not specific numbers of anything but more so how it works. Does the physical brewery get a percent profit from the sale of the beer or just a flat fee for allowing the brewery to use your equipment?