1. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    It looks like we need a new annual thread for this as well. I saw BA Ten Fidy hitting a bunch of stores today. I’ve managed to show some restraint, despite really enjoying that beer. Have stores received more of it than last year?
     
  2. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Not sure, but I would definitely say the restraint is probably the bigger key this stout season. I too passed up BA Ten Fidy when I saw it, not to mention all the other stouts I've never had the luck of seeing on a shelf in Chicago prior to this season- Abraxas, CBS, etc.
     
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  3. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I've personally spent more this year on stouts than I usually do, thanks to Rev finding the special formula to empty my wallet. So stuff like BA Ten Fidy falls into the "I already maxed my donations at the sperm bank this week so I can't afford this beer" category for me.
     
  4. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Meyvn (1,134) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    Thanks for the idea! Now I can afford to go to Rev in 2 weeks!
     
  5. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (557) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I passed on BA Ten Fidy for a few weeks down here. Then, I think it was last week, made a pass through Binny's after not going for a while and it was still there. I bought it and have mixed feelings. It's great and all, but I don't need the beer and that 19+ oz can just sits because I need someone to drink it with.

    EDIT - I did pass on one of those Collective Arts stout collabs. So I've got that going for me.
     
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  6. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Oh, that's what you meant by double fisting stouts...
     
  7. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Wait, I'm not supposed to be drinking those by myself? It's just like one of those 19 ounce cans of All Day IPA...right?
     
  8. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (129) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    I saw the OV Bar and Grill to-go store had a ton of big name stouts yesterday. However the price point on them led me to walk out with nothing.

    2018 Bourbon County Midnight Orange
    2018 Bourbon County Brambleberry
    2017 BA Surly Darkness $35
    2018 Benthic $40

    just to name a few...they also had BC Wheatwine and Coffee Barley
     
  9. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (557) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Video please!
     
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  10. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    2017 BA Darkness doesn't seem bad at $35 (since it's what, $25 or 30 normally anyway?), although I'd still pass.
     
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  11. croush

    croush Crusader (737) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    A true horror flick, if video were to exist.
     
  12. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    He’s all talk. He left me and @kdawgmoney stranded with a Black Tuesday to crush between us. We did it, and then we opened a celebration beer.

    Also, I’m definitely going to drink less this year.
     
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  13. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (557) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Mocha Wednesday?!
     
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  14. Alex_Awesome_H

    Alex_Awesome_H Initiate (49) Jan 2, 2016 Illinois

    Finally, BA tenfidy! Last year's was a little too boozey for my tastes, but $12 for a ba Stout ain't bad. I like it well enough to at least grab a can!

    Also had Apollo and all it's variants (chocolate,coffee, and vanlilla). Regular was a let down, even as a budget ba Stout ($9.99 for a 12floz 4 pack). Coffee was the best but lacked any real barrel flavor with vanilla being my least favorite before regular. It wasn't aweful, but I wish the vanilla was a little more present to sweeten the Brew.

    Kinda sad considering how much I liked Drago. I was also at Binnys grand and they have a lot of vintages, including:

    2017-18 BB Baptist & Orin, 16-17 BCBW, 17 Hellderado, and plenty of 18 BCS. I know not all of these are stouts but worth mentioning considering buying verts for some pretty solid beer is available.

    Last: is candy County still pouring at Goose Clybourn?
     
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  15. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Someone checked Candy county in last night, so probably!

    As a note, it was a rare stout that I preferred cold.
     
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  16. miniditka77

    miniditka77 Initiate (189) May 21, 2015 Illinois
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    Yeah, they have had them for a couple of weeks at those same prices. I guess $35 for a BA Darkness isn't that bad, but it's still highway robbery to charge that at retail.
     
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  17. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Is a brown ale a stout?

    On Tour is celebrating their second anniversary this weekend. They have their brown ale pouring along with coffee, cherry, and spiced variants.

    They also have their GABF gold 2017 low boy Maibock on.

    Crowler deals on Sunday. Enjoy!
     
  18. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    After being blown away by Dovetail's Maibock earlier this year you caught my attention with GABF gold and Maibock....Is this one any good?
     
  19. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Yeah, actually. I haven’t had a beer in a couple days and just went with a taster, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Lots of flavor, but still very clean - no overwhelming malt sweetness. Nursed 5 oz over a while, and each sip was really nice. Great structure and balance.

    I do have a cold, though, so - grain of salt.
     
  20. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (386) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Hmm. Do they have growler/Crowley’s of it?
     
  21. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Apologies - I didn’t check. It was under the “limited for anniversary” page of the menu, so my guess is no. I think they have a keg of it.
     
  22. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (386) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    All good. I’m home now, and I have a dope parking spot— so I’m not leaving until tomorrow.
     
  23. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Devotee (439) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois
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    Drinking an Energy City S'mores stout. It's good, but I just don't think I'm a pastry stout guy. These are so freakin sweet.
     
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  24. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Disciple (367) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    I haven't tried Dovetail's yet, but Low Boy is one of the best I've had recently and probably my favorite On Tour beer. Not surprising that it took gold at GABF. Hoping it's still on today and if I'm really lucky it'll be available for today's $5 crowler sale.
     
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  25. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Let us know what you find!

    I also tried Grind, their coffee stout. Super roasty!
     
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  26. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Disciple (367) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    On tap, just as good as ever, no crowlers. That Grind is pretty good. Could be a little thicker, but great coffee flavor!
     
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  27. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (280) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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  28. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (353) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Defender is my favorite hoppy stout.
     
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  29. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm liking your post but I'd also like you to know that I don't appreciate you blowing up my spot. :stuck_out_tongue:

    Defender is slightly more bitter than I like, but I'm happy it's getting canned. Their BA stouts are some of my favorites in the city, and I'll be there for lunch on Friday. I'm hoping the 37 month lasts until then, but I'll live either way. Their Indignant flights were really fun.
     
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  30. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I cannot in good conscious agree with a 7% abv beer being called a stout when the basic IPA these days is 7%+.
     
  31. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I hadn't read the article. Holy crap, Defender is only 7%? You have a point, we really have inflated our abvs...
     
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  32. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,878) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    So its a porter?
     
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  33. jmk

    jmk Initiate (87) May 8, 2008 Illinois

    7% is actually on the high end for a traditional stout (range is 4-7), English or American. Remember it's a stout, not an Imperial or Russian. IPAs are also traditionally 4-7 so this is not really unusual.
     
  34. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,226) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    The indignant imperial stout is one of the best stouts I ever had, at a nice price $8.90 w tax for 10 oz.

    Today’s pour was aged for 12 months. No debate w the 11 % abv, subtle to start but comes with a vengeance as the beer warms. Jeremy spoke in class today.

    Looking forward to other pours leading up to the Saturday pick up of Clare. Plenty of Defender on tap and to go $12.25 w tax for six pack.
     
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  35. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,878) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    4% to 7% is certainly right on for the English style stout. American stout is more 6%-9% so this would be right there. I think @HouseofWortship point was just that its become unusual to see just a basic 7% stout ... everything is 9%, 10%, 14% ...
     
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  36. Mager

    Mager Initiate (21) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

  37. jmk

    jmk Initiate (87) May 8, 2008 Illinois

    It's really not unusual at all. I still think you are thinking about imperial stouts. Look here:
    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/158/
    Out of the top 100 American Stouts on this list, only 18 are more than 7%. I think they are just not as popular with this crowd, so maybe you are not familiar with them.
     
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  38. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,878) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I think you're misunderstanding what I'm trying to say .... but at the same time I think we're saying the same thing. A basic 7% "traditional" American stout with no additives isn't very common on shelves today. Generally speaking, the majority of stouts out on the shelves are higher ABV (so yes, not an America stout). There just seems to be a bigger market for the so called pastry stouts with high ABV these days ...
     
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  39. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I think it is more in comparison to IPA abv escalating. Hop Butcher, PWs, HA, Etc are all putting out IPAs at 7%/7.5%/8% so as those continue to inch higher, seeing a stout with less abv is just plain weird to the point that they almost should rethink the definition. A stout used to be "stout" from the abv. Not at 7% it isn't.
     
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  40. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    ^^^^
    It's honestly gotten to the point where I have trouble taking lower abv stouts seriously, because I'm not even getting as much sugar from the alcohol as I do from most of the IPAs I drink (and yes, I generally prefer sweet stouts).