Defective Bourbon County Bottles

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  1. denverbeerguy

    denverbeerguy Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 Colorado

    Hey guys-

    I went BCBS prowling this morning and ran into an unusual issue, and I'm hoping it's isolated to the distributors. I went to four different stores and about 30-40% of the bourbon county bottles (both barleywine and stout) had serious cracking and damage to the necks. A bunch of my friends in the Denver area have complained about this as well and the store I was most camped out at had to set 4 packs aside that were seriously damaged. On top of that, even the ones without cracks have hardened glass malformations on the sides and bubbles in the glass.

    Anyone else had this experience?
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  2. gjoker321

    gjoker321 Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2007 Florida

  3. supaadam

    supaadam Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2014 Texas

    Some of the bottles here in Austin have what looks like mold on the necks.
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  4. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,819) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    You should probably contact Goose Island or even Anheiser-Busch
  5. cmwilliq

    cmwilliq Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    Bottles in wisconsin are perfect
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  6. AdmiralOzone

    AdmiralOzone Poo-Bah (2,374) Jun 26, 2014 Minnesota
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    Haven't looked that closely at mine.:grimacing:
  7. Doomcifer

    Doomcifer Champion (878) Nov 10, 2005 Rhode Island

    I know of some store owners/managers that have had to clean off, what appears to be, mold off the BCBS bottles. Kinda disturbing.

    Edit: Also, the bottles that I saw a couple weeks ago, prematurely on display, were in horrendous shape. They looked absolutely filthy. Presumably the mold that some are speaking of.
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  8. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (10,570) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    What's the ABV on these supposed defective bottles? It seems a few batches made it into distribution, with different ABVs.
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  9. spacecake9

    spacecake9 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 26, 2014 Illinois

    They could solve this problem by only distributing BCBS to the Chicago area.
  10. grahuba

    grahuba Savant (911) Feb 14, 2011 Connecticut

    My 8 bottles look fine here in CT
  11. mikepcarney

    mikepcarney Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2009 Ohio

    Is it just the BCBS or variants?
  12. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (487) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I just checked the two bottles of BCBS that I have, and I see no problems.
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  13. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Initiate (173) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico

    I knew it. Anheuser-Bush is already showing signs of disinterest on their craft brands. It's only a matter of time until they start watering down the beer for the masses to find it palatable. Apocallypse!
  14. waitwhatamidrinking

    waitwhatamidrinking Initiate (148) Aug 17, 2014 Illinois

    That's probably the Brett version, or BCBBS.
  15. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Please private message me and I'll send you my addy to inspect any so called defective bottles and contents. Thanks in advance.
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  16. hmvalp

    hmvalp Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2014 Tennessee

    you shut your mouth!
  17. tylerk88

    tylerk88 Aspirant (245) Nov 17, 2013 Massachusetts

    Unsure if I should open my bottles with mold on them or return them. Has anyone tasted one of these "defective" bottles ?
  18. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 California

    Aren't you guys greedy enough as it is? :sunglasses:
  19. Yellolab2010

    Yellolab2010 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Are you serious? As long as the cap is on and you hear the hiss when you pop it the beer is fine! Don't know what the mold is people are talking about but my case has a date of bottling from end of August. If there was some extra to get on the outside of the bottle it very well could have "mold" on it. That being said what's in the bottle is pure heaven! :slight_smile:
  20. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Just cracked a 2014 BCBS, there was some brown sticky stiff around the lip of the bottle kind of felt like glue, cleaned it off, poured it, and I can't tell if there is anything wrong with the beer. The only flavor that stands out is some bitterness that I have never tasted in a BA stout. There is also some kind of crease on the bottle.
  21. beerdedking

    beerdedking Crusader (737) Oct 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I saw an unopened bottle today that was 1/4 full...
  22. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Florida

    Got a BW bottle with one side that was totally flat and deformed but seems otherwise fine.
  23. smi69

    smi69 Champion (893) Apr 8, 2014 New York
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    Talked to a place in mass and they said they got it but sent it back because of mold on the neck
  24. mrchrisray

    mrchrisray Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 Ohio

    Last year, yes. I had some BCBCS bottles that were sticky. Upon closer inspection I saw a very, very fine crack in a few bottles from different 4 packs. Once opened they seemed just fine and damn tasty. Once I took a bottle to a friend's house and had it wrapped in a towel, the towel had one drop of beer on it. Again, still seemed fine. I dont have this year's yet.
  25. Somel3uddy

    Somel3uddy Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 California

    Northern California here, Just inspected a bunch of my bottles and 1/4 of them do have small cracks and bubbles, I did not see any mold though. My guess, since these were all bottled up to 3-4 months ago they sat somewhere that maybe wasn't well temperature controlled and perhaps got too chilled and cracked, then after they went back to warmer temp possibly molded from the moisture on the outside of the bottle. As far as mold inside the bottle, which fortunately I did not see on any of my bottles, if the cracks were big enough to let air in they potentially could have molded. But you would think the beer would seep out if air could get it.
  26. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    Mold on the outside of a bottle luckily shouldn't be an issue for the contents, so long as they are properly sealed (save issues arising from poor storage temps). I didn't notice any issues with my bottles (Illinois/Wisconsin/Iowa border) today, but I'll take a closer look. Hope it's all still enjoyable!
  27. vshay

    vshay Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Was at my favorite beer spot here in Pa and was gonna buy 2 bottles and the clerk grabbed em and noticed one was broke, they were the only 2 left so I only got the one
  28. OldRickSputin

    OldRickSputin Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Illinois

    Cellar it for at least a year my friend.
  29. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (2,017) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Tons of the stout was recalled from western mass today. I called around 20 stores and 75% mentioned that they had to send BCBS back to the distribution due to a mold/cracking problem.
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  30. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I will, thanks for the advice. I have Parabola, BA Old Rasputin, and a few other BA stouts and I have never noticed bitterness. The bitterness did subside after it warmed up, very nice beer.
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  31. Bonsall_Phil

    Bonsall_Phil Disciple (384) Mar 21, 2014 California

    Mine are all fine here in Cali
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  32. OldRickSputin

    OldRickSputin Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Illinois

    Man, that's a real kick in the nuttsac!

    You wait all year for this and then it'a bunk! It will be interesting to see how widespread this is.

    Guess it goes to show, it takes more than a recipe to brew and bottle these correctly.
  33. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    liquors 44?
  34. Jobin_24

    Jobin_24 Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Florida

    I did notice a little hazing on the necks of some of the bottles.
  35. gibgink

    gibgink Savant (934) Oct 27, 2014 Missouri

    Any issues with bottles, just send them to me(unopened of course) for a final quality check. :slight_smile:
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  36. TIsherwood

    TIsherwood Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2010 Maine

    The store I work at was requested to send our two cases back because of mold. I personally looked at all the bottles. iMHO it's mildew from shitty storage conditions.
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  37. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I stopped at 3 places this evening, and all 3 had it. I ended up getting 2 4-packs.
    1 bottle went into the fridge for tomorrow afternoon (I got a bottle of Pretty Things Cutie Pie 2xIPA (Belma and Citra hops) that was tonight's libation (very excellent) and the rest went straight down to the cellar.
    I just went down and checked, and there appears to be nothing wrong with any of the bottles.
  38. ajpowell5

    ajpowell5 Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Any report of the ABV on the defective bottles? I've heard of people getting their hands on both 13.8% and 14.4%

    EDIT: 14.2%
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    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014
  39. timotao

    timotao Disciple (303) Sep 16, 2013 New York

    Can someone post a picture of a moldy bottle.
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  40. deleted_user_586277

    deleted_user_586277 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011

    Pour your bottels into a glass let the head settle look for small particals on the top of the beer... tell me what you see.
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