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Bourbon County Sightings

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by chi16brew, May 17, 2012.

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  1. MarkFy

    MarkFy Disciple (317) Dec 18, 2009 Illinois
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    It was great, but glad I just got a sample of it. Can't imagine a full glass of it. BCBS still flowing when I left Clybourn at 730. Cheers!
  2. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    What are the charging for bcbs at the source?
  3. DrWalterWhite

    DrWalterWhite Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2012 Illinois

    $10/10 oz snifter. Honestly, I felt like my pours were more than 10oz. Also, I completely second those recommending digestif. It's a rare instance where you have a beer completely unlike any other you've ever had and it's amazing. I don't think I could do more than one in a sitting, but it is absolutely worth seeking out. Truly unique.
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  4. agwalters

    agwalters Initiate (61) Nov 10, 2006 Illinois
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    Digestif burns in an amazing way. Every sip caused me to put the glass down and question whether I could have another....but the overall taste of it kept causing me to say YES.

    10oz of BCBS + 10oz of Digestif = Goooooood night!
  5. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    Anyone know when it will make it to Dekalb or Rockford? Ill be there soon.
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  6. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Anyone hear when it is actually being released in the cheese land? Im hearing early as late next week to 2 and a half more weeks.
  7. Zeller12

    Zeller12 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Wisconsin

    I heard this week for Kenosha area.
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  8. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

  9. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Vav, I admire you sticking up for your fellow Binny's employees, but you have to admit it the whole thing does seem bizarre -- a mix of a guaranteed list and a raffle, while implying that everyone has an equal chance via a raffle. On top of that, stephenieman is enough of a regular that samie85 knew his phone #, and yet somehow didn't know the raffle that he ostensibly won even existed. Maybe not aliens, just a rigged system is all.

    I'm sure there's a good reason you don't allocate rare bottles in such a convoluted fashion at your store.
  10. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (6,694) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois

    More reasons why raffles inherently suck (for this sort of thing, anyway...).

    Also, I had no idea Mr. Tsoukalos had entered meme territory. While I feel it's a bit simplistic toward the Ancient Alien hypothesis, that shit's fuckin' hi-larious (dammit, where's HistoryAdvocate so's we can debate that shit!?). Adam, you've made my day yet again...
  11. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    My point is this: Just because the system didnt work for you this time doesnt mean it's rigged.

    The individual in question (Full Disclosure: He's a friend of mine) i know for a fact is a once/twice a week customer at Skokie. It seems that he was rewarded for his loyalty. Seems pretty cut and dry to me.

    As for my store, i'll be frank: If i say i'm sold out, there is a pretty good chance there might be something in the back i'm holding for a good customer. Or i stashed cases in the Vintage Program. If i were to do a raffle, i would probably hold a few back for the same reason. There's no conspiracy. It's just business.

    Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you.


    Now send me a private message and find a time to come in when i'm around to pick up a 4pk of the BCS i had put aside for myself.
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  12. leftyhyzer

    leftyhyzer Initiate (169) Jul 10, 2012 Indiana
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    Just got an email from lp whole foods raffle. Guess I get to eat/drink the bear this time. No homo
  13. BDub81

    BDub81 Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2009 Illinois

    We actually told people to spread the word. We had a great crowd. Everyone that was there got to enjoy multiple glasses..
  14. matthageman

    matthageman Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    My brother in law asked me where/when he could find some in the Dexter, MI area. Does anyone know? I saw MI was getting their BCS this week. The Meijer by their house had an awesome beer selection, so I told him to call there.
  15. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (213) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    Capone's is on;y charging $23.99 per Beermenus.com
    Must be some sort of catch to it.
    La Primera is $29.99
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  16. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (93) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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    Prestige on Cass comes out to $34+ with tax. Needless to say I passed on that
  17. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Aspirant (223) Jul 12, 2009 Illinois
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    Binnys st Charles ~$24/4pk after tax limit 1 4pk

    They got in 15 cases.
    je1129, wsnich, ravot and 1 other person like this.
  18. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Thanks for posting this. My buddy in Geneva has been looking everywhere for it, and I just gave him a call.
  19. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Disciple (321) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    Still pouring at Goose Clybourn. I agree with those that have described a black licorice flavor. I also think this is due to some more charred oak flavor. However, I do not think it's hotter than the last two releases (keg only/2011 bottles).

    The Digestif is very interesting. If you enjoy pepper brews, this is a must. It reminds me of Conquistador de Muerte Porto.
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  20. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2011 California
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    It's worth it if it's true.
  21. tonyclifton36

    tonyclifton36 Initiate (194) Feb 10, 2011 Illinois
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    I noticed the black licorice flavor too. Isn't night stalker supposedly the base beer for BCS, that beer has a really strong black licorice flavor when it has some age on it and the massive amounts of hops fade.
  22. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (274) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I've been told by a GI cicerone that Night Stalker, Big John, and Bourbon County share the same base beer. It's anyone's guess as to how true that is. The recipe information on GI's page shows them using the same malts, but different hops, fwiw.
  23. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (6,694) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois

    There was a separate base stout (can't remember the name at the moment). Dry-hopped, it's Night Stalker; with cocoa/vanilla (whatever it really was), it's Big John; aged in the barrels, it's BCS. Such is my recollection of the the situation...
  24. zieglemt

    zieglemt Initiate (43) Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    This is the impression that I was under as well.

    So, have they never released just the base stout?
  25. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (6,694) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois

    I wanna say it's been on at either Clybourn or at fests in the past, but I could be wrong. I do know it sure as hell ain't a common sighting in the slightest...
  26. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Disciple (321) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    That's right in the sense that Night Stalker and BCBS share the same base. Night Stalker is hopped up while, obviously, BCBS is BBA.

    Yes, both Night Stalker and Big John had been bottled and released. No longer available, however it's been spotted around the country as recently as two months ago.
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  27. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (274) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Saw both of them in the cooler at GI Clybourn last night.
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  28. cadaugherty

    cadaugherty Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2010 Illinois
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    The base beer is known as Cook County stout. It hasn't been commercially bottled, but popped up on draft at a few special events in the past (last time I can think of was about 2 years ago though).
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  29. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Adding to this, my understanding is that Greg Hall initially crafted the "Cook County Stout" specifically to take to barrel-aging (or it was later formulated to do so). I think the "Cook County Stout" would be more of a novelty (nothing wrong with that!) than anything since it's effectively an unfinished beer (from the brewer's perspective).
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  30. cadaugherty

    cadaugherty Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2010 Illinois
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    Completely agreed. I have always been told that it was designed as a jumping off point and never really intended to be a stand alone product.
  31. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Disciple (320) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    they have been on the "vintage menu" the past week.
  32. stouts4me

    stouts4me Disciple (377) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    Spring Hill Mall Liquors 222 w. main st, just got BCBS, but it is rapage - $33 a 4-pack. Have at it guys.
  33. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    so i think the current price record is $45/4 set by foremost on kedzie/wilson (as discussed earlier in this thread)...hope no one tops that. yeesh.

    edit: i set myself a price ceiling of $30/4 at most - gotta have some discipline!
  34. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (93) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Vas Foremost still has a bunch at $26.50 so around $29-30 with tax. I went there yeserday and they had a bunch of cases still on the floor. 1 4pk per person
  35. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    already got one there, and the dude knows me so i won't be able to get a second. surprised they still have it after a whole weekend and change..
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  36. bertram

    bertram Aspirant (228) Dec 18, 2010 Illinois
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    I was really surprised at how much there was to go around - I had my two (plus my Wookey) and had to leave, but it looked like people were able to pretty much get their fill. Well done tapping!
  37. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    when i was there a couple weeks ago they only had night stalker! (in which i picked up 3 bottles)

    but they also had super old vintages of matilda and pepe nero (04 and 05 i think?)
  38. zieglemt

    zieglemt Initiate (43) Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    Yes, I'm well aware of these 2 in bottles, which are essentially variants of the base (one dry hopped, one with cocoa nibs).

    This is the info I was looking for. Thanks.
  39. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    So no other fresh sightings? I know W Grocer in Wicker Park/Bucktown got their allotment -- but there's a list and it costs $29.99/4-pack anyway. Other Loop-ish stores (Warehouse Liquors, Un-Cork-It, etc.) also expect it tomorrow or the day after.

    For those still looking, there are still stores out there who haven't gotten any yet!
  40. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    priced as advertised. came out to about 26 something after tax. they should be getting more in on thursday.
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