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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by funhog, Mar 2, 2012.
Brixie's GI tap takeover Thursday March 1st, 16 Goose Island Beers including Vanilla & Coffee Stout.
I went, fun times. The vanilla kicked in about an hour
I went and had Indira, Lolita & Juliet (all excellent). I was disappointed that they removed Scarlet from the tap list. Didn't get a chance to try any of the stouts. Coffee was the second one to kick. They also had their Imperial IPA on tap.
Indira was a mess as my last drink of it. The vanilla, coffee were great. The Imperial IPA was phenomenal. In order of amazing beers for that night...
50% Coffee/Vanilla Hybrid
'Twas a blast. I'm glad I got to try the vanilla, and thereby realize my preference of coffee over it. Definitely gonna be seeking out a second coffee to add to my cellar! It was great to see so many ba's, and that I was able to introduce some of my novice beer drinking friends to bigger brews.
Tell me it was mobbed so I don't feel too bad for sitting it out with the flu.
Were the prices any better than the similar tap takeover at Sheffield's? I liked getting to have Vanilla, Coffee, Juliet, etc but didn't like getting the bill to see all $12 pours.
Everything was priced at $6 for a 7oz pour with some exemptions for the regular Goose line, then you got 12oz I believe.
The Bourbon County Vanilla was excellent! Sad that they aren't making that one again. The Bourbon county stouts sold out quick, "Big John" stuck around for a while and was very good.
If you're looking for a trade I have an extra Coffee if you have a Vanilla? Cheers
Thanks, That would have been the one I wanted to try but had to work until 10:30. <:-(
It was a really fun time. Good crowd, great prices for the beers involved, and as always, it was great to see the West 'burbs BA's en force!
Definitely a great time. Sadly I was in line when the vanilla kicked since I had to work, but I got to try the Imperial IPA for the first time in forever which was great and I got my dad hooked on BCBS.
Unfortunately, I do not have a bottle of the Vanilla. I have one Coffee I'm aging, and I traded my Bramble for a Rare. Thanks anyway though!
It's your beer to do with whatever you like, but BCBS Coffee isn't really a great candidate for aging. The coffee flavor will noticeably drop off relatively quickly.
I'm not sure where people are getting that from. I opened a bottle of 2010 a couple of weeks ago and it tasted fine. Sure it didn't have that in your face coffee aroma like a fresh bottle, but there was no doubt this was a coffee stout.
Of course. But it was also a little boozy fresh, and I'm operating on the assumption that since KBS had even less coffee flavor fresh, and still had some pleasant espresso roastiness overtake the bourbon flavors after a year or two, then maybe the bourbon notes would decay enough to still keep a decent amount of coffee in the palate. Thoughts? I really have no objection to drinking this bottle ASAP, but I thought it might offer something equally desirable with a little age.
I agree that it was a tad boozy when fresh. However, I had some BCBCS at Day of the Living Ales (3/3) and thought it was perfection, i.e. noticeably less hot than a fresh bottle. Did you try any Coffee at Brixies? This makes me wonder if the sweet spot is somewhere between 3-6 months.
I tried some fresh at Brixie's and adored it, though like I said, thought it could do with a little less bourbon heat. I have one bottle I got the day of the release this year that I'm currently deciding upon when to drink, but it's looking like that day is (fortunately) fast approaching.
Bramble for a Rare? does he have another rare for trade?
I don't think anyone would suggest that BCBS Coffee somehow turns into, I don't know, Big Flats if you let it sit a while -- the last time I had a bottle of the 2010 vintage (about 6 weeks ago), yes, it was still a very good beer. I found that the aroma had hints of coffee grounds but picked up more of that bitter flavors on the finish. It was absolutely still very good and enjoyable but not nearly as enjoyable as it was before.
Shoot, the brewers who made the beer encourage people to drink this beer sooner rather than later:
It was a regular at the store so he was particularly generous, but from what I understood, he got 5 from the initial release, drank one, is aging a couple, and decided he really wanted a second Bramble Rye aside from the one I was able to sell him, and I gladly accepted his offer of one of his Rares for it. So short answer, I don't think he's looking to part with any more.
Did anybody make it to Brixie's GI Tap Takeover?
I made it in, but I didn't make it out.
Posting by telepathy?
I get another chance. Durty Nellies March 13th.
No tap takeover but I should get a chance for one(or two)
of my Goose Island favorites.