Bourbon County Stout vs KBS vs Parabola

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  1. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I ended up with two bottles of each. I plan on having them over the next few weeks to determine which I like best. I've had KBS once (in October), Parabola once i(n August) and BCBS recently.

    Which of the three is the better beer? Which will age better?

    I'm hoping I like BCBS the best as its plentiful in Rhode Island.
  2. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Where did you find KBS? I haven't seen any in RI since I started getting into craft during the summer of 2012. BCBS is fantastic and I'd recommend the Coffee Stout if you haven't had that yet. Waiting for Parabola to come out so I can compare as well.

    Being such a huge fan of FBS I feel biased to KBS but I will say that you can't go wrong with BCBS. Such a deep, complex brew.
  3. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (271) Jul 12, 2012 Utah
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    KBS is best fresh. BCBS is best with a little age. Parabola is just always amazing. All are good beers. Just drink em!
  4. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    BCBS for the win.

    I once thought that KBS was king but after trying BCBS, I'll never look back. Parabola is pretty good but I think it's overrated slightly. :sunglasses:
  5. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I traded for two bottles of KBS.

    The BCBS I had last week was probably a top 10 beer I've ever had. I'm curious to see how the other two compare. I had an Abyss on Christmas Eve and it was a major let down. I don't recall what KBS and Parabola tasted since I only had a limited amount several months ago. I just know I really liked them at the time I tasted them.

    I have a bottle of the Coffee Stout and Cherry Rye which I'll probably have in a few weeks.
  6. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    I had KBS and BCBS side by side and liked the KBS better. Never done it with parabola but think I will put it to the test this weekend I have all three ready to go. If I had to say right now it would be KBS BCBS and Parabola in that order. But that maybe because its been 3-4 months since I have opened a bottle of Parabola. Each 1 is awesome though.
  7. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    I prefer aged kbs over fresh bcbs and parabola. But, I prefer aged bcbs over fresh kbs
  8. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I may have all three tomorrow night then. What order would be best to have them? KBS, Parabola then BCBS?
  9. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    I've got a bunch of all of them sitting in my cellar. I don't see them so much as a vs. but as a compare and contrast. They are each amazing in their own special way.
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  10. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    What year was the abyss?
  11. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    The reason I'd like to do a vs is to spend the most on the one I like best. Sure I'll try and grab a little of each, but I'd like to avoid driving all over the place to find all of them.
  12. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    Id take BCBCS over all 3
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  13. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    2012. I still have two bottles, so I'll age them to see if they improve.
  14. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I should've said that I've never had KBS but I can't wait to try it but I'm biased due to the fact that FBS is one of my favorite beers. BCBS is one of the best beers I've ever had. The Coffee Stout, for me at least was the best beer I've ever had. I'd like to try an Abyss but Parabola and KBS are very high on my to try list. But as the others have said, I'm sure you'll see that KBS will be better fresh and BCBS will be better with age. I'm not quite sure about Parabola but FW does do a great job barrel aging their beers so I'd say that it would probably place 3rd among this list.
  15. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Depends on how much you like bourbon
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  16. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    havent had the 2012 yet but had 07 new years eve and had 10 and 11 recently. If you can get an abyss 10 i would do it that beer is great imo.
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  17. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    There's mad Rhode Islanders up in here these days. I dig it.
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  18. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I had an '11 Parabola, '12 Black OPS and '12 BCBS all side by side last weekend and the Parabola KILLED the Black Ops and BCBS. Wasn't even close. Parabola is undoubtedly the best -bal imp stout i've ever had that doesn't include anything else (i.e. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whatever).

    I've only had KBS once and liked it a lot - think probably more than BCBS, less than Parabola, but hard to rank when it wasn't side by side, and that KBS has other stuff in it.
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  19. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    I gotta get up to RI someday. I hear it's somewhere close to Delaware and Connecticut. :slight_smile:
  20. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Sometimes it's easier if I just tell people I am from "The Greater Boston" area, ha ha ha.
  21. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (569) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    BCBS > Parabola > KBS, all awesome though.
  22. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    This is really what it boils down to.
  23. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Most people (not from Northeast) I've run in to usually think that Rhode Island is Long Island.
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  24. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,188) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I had an '11 Parabola on New Years Eve.
    Simply amazing.
    I can't compare it to BCBS but I would rank it ahead of KBS.
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  25. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I've had all three, though never side by side, and I found each to be unique. I found KBS to be the hottest and most aggressive, Parabola to be the most well-rounded and beautiful, and BCBS to be the most underwhelming. I will say that BCBS had the fullest mouthfeel, but I found the flavors to be muddled and there to be none of the kick that I expected. KBS I found to be extremely hot, but in a great way. It was the most bourbon of the bourbon stouts. Parabola I found the be thick, rich, complex, with many layers of great flavor.

    On a side note, I found CBS to be the best of them all. The best-smelling beer I've ever had.
  26. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    The 2011 and 2012 batches are partially aged in red wine barrels and it has given them an interesting (and very different) flavor from prior batches. If I were you I'd try to get a 2010 or older bottle which is strictly 33% BBA and see if you like that better.

    Also I strongly agree with your plan
    because I think they shall improve greatly. I know my bottle from Libbey will be drank somewhere around my bday in 2 years :grinning:
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  27. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    BCBS is the best. I was very underwhelmed by the other 2 mentioned.

    also- I had an '06 BCBS in 2009 or 2010 and it was fantastic- holds up really well.
  28. DeutschesBier

    DeutschesBier Devotee (470) Feb 8, 2009 Maryland
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    I think KBS is the most balanced. One sip you get slight bourbon. The next you get coffee and vanilla. Not one aspect really dominates.

    BCBS is the most bourbon forward, easily.

    Parabola has the most chocolate character. I thought 2012 Parabola was fucking fantastic.

    Overall, I think it just depends what sort of mood you're in. KBS is my all-time fav though.
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  29. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    I can't hardly drink more than 1 "Rhode Island Tea".
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  30. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,314) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Never had KBS.

    Between BCBS and Parabola, I have had Parabola more so perhaps I am biased but I would vote that. With that stated, being able to buy 12 oz bottles of BCBS I would prefer to buy BCBS.
  31. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Disciple (305) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    KBS >Parabola>BCBS

    Then again, I have a harder time finding KBS, so that might factor into the equation
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  32. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,758) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    BCBS, easily. I was surprised how sophisticated and delicate (relative to the style) it came across, both chilled and warm. By contrast, the one bottle of Parabola I had 6 months prior featured a fantastic chocolate flavor, but little finesse, nowhere near the depth everyone says it has, and a bit too much harshness when it warmed up. Regardless, I'd love to give Parabola a second chance on an untainted, unbiased palate.

    Never had KBS before, but I assume it's great like many things Founders makes.
  33. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    BCBS > Parabola > KBS

    I haven't had BCBS aged longer than one year but I hear it ages really well.

    I have had Parabola with 2 years and KBS with 2+ years and I have to say both of these beers are better fresh.

    Parabola with about 6 - 8 months is better than fresh. Purely based on my experience and taste
  34. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    KBS>Parabola>BCBS. I love all three, but KBS is so much more balanced than any of the others. BCBS and Parabola are similar in terms of sweetness. It's almost too much for me at times
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  35. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,314) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I agree with this.
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  36. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (585) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    well i have had all three ( and have all three in my cellar) and i think they are all excellent beers as far as cellaring and ranking I would put BCBS as number #1 but think that this years version is a little hott and will get better with age I am going to try the BCBCS in the next week or so and will let know #2 KBS definitely and I don't understand what people mean by it is better fresh I recently drank 1 and half year old bottle and it was amazing so smooth and chocolate roasty it was so good I drank it super slow motion and savor every sip #3 I live in CA and have a had a lot of Parabola and find that is really best with 1-2 years age on it recently had a 2010 and it was amazing had this years version number of times and find it is just ok but think it will improve vastly with some time on it all this talk make me want to try some barrel aged beer tonite hmm
  37. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Well, then it's settled. We all agree to disagree.

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  38. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    Fresh KBS over parabola and BCBS. 2+ year aged BCBS over 2yr old KBS.
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  39. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    I've seen this posted before and several people have said that the recipe didn't change...only the amount of info they printed on the bottle. Remember reading something about the ABC required that they include more info about the beer printed on the label...but the brewing process was still the same. This is second hand info to me so can't verify it myself but just know several BA's have posted in the past that nothing changed with the beer...only the label.
  40. markrmoser

    markrmoser Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2010 Illinois

    I think thats the best order. I love both KBS and BCBS, the other day i had a BCBS before a KBS and it ruined the flavor of the KBS for me. I would recommend the exact order you have here. InKBS you will get the coffe and vanilla flavors first and the other two have no coffee and are more bourbony with BCBS being the most overpowering. Just my two cents though...
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