Favorite BCBS Variation Poll

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by ChugginOil, Jan 18, 2013.


What's Your Favorite BCBS?

  1. BCBS

  2. BCBS Coffee

  3. BCBS Vanilla

  4. BCBS Rare

  5. BCBS Bramble Rye

  6. BCBS Cherry Rye

  7. Other Draft-Only Variations

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  1. ChugginOil

    ChugginOil Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Illinois

    Just curious to see what other BA members enjoy most.

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  2. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan
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    The barleywine style.
  3. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (374) Jan 30, 2011 New York
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    Pre Hype - too comical

    Vanilla is still amazing
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  4. 71gto

    71gto Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2009 Illinois
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    Love the coffee. Baudonia was awesome too, but coffee is still my favorite.
  5. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    vanilla, rare, and baudonia are my top 3.
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  6. nharres

    nharres Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Illinois
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    I'm probably in the huge minority here, but Bramble is my favorite. I loved it last February fresh and this past month as well. Haven't had the Vanilla or Rare though...

    BUNZILLA Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 Indiana
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    Ghost pepper gets my vote
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  8. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (216) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    Pear BCS all the way!!
  9. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Ill forever be in the minority with my bramble rye vote. Maybe bramble/coffee blend.......nah ill stick with bramble.
  10. chronie

    chronie Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2011 Illinois
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    I know its become an urban legend around here. However, I did taste some BCSP at the 312 Urban Block Party. I really liked it!
  11. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    what's wrong with regular BCBS... haha
  12. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Its all about nilla
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  13. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Rare is falling off in a big way, so my memories of it are much more pleasurable then having it now.

    Vanilla, however, remains as delicious as it was in 2010.
  14. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Coffee, it ages better than people say/fear and it is hands down my favorite beer of all time.

    I've been a supporter of the bottling of a chili variant for some time now. The Ancho chile variant was incredible on draft. Think bourbon barrel Hunahpu.
  15. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    The Mexican Hot Chocolate variant at Stout Fest 2011 (maybe '10) was freaking fantastic...I'd LOVE to see one of those.
  16. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Agreed, that was pretty good.
  17. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (204) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    I'm joining team Bramble Rye, next choice being a few of the draft only variants, Neapolitan and Apple Brandy Barrel.
  18. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (458) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    In case you are serious, I just want to inform you and those in the thread that this was a joke. An employee wrote Pear BCBS on the barrel and the guys pouring did not realize it was a joke, and wrote it on the board. It was not Pear BCBS. I think it was regular BCBS but I forget.
  19. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Neapolitan, BCS Blueberry (or what we thought was BCS Blueberry at FoBAB 2008 - It was labeled as "Bourbon Blueberry Imperial Stout" and the BCS/Soft Dookie Blueberry blend at GTMW 2011, and Napa County all jump out to me.

    If I had to chose a bottled version, it'd be Coffee (and obviously Rare is a very special beer).
  20. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    It's almost as if Vanilla has gotten better with age.. at least to me.
  21. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    a friend of mine is a brewer at GI, and he told me that it might have been the imperial stout resulting from the second runnings of the base beer for BCBS (but that no one actually knew for sure what was in that keg).
  22. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    I think they released a small beer from BCS in the past (draft only -- I think it was around Craft Beer Week 2011?). It was called Lazarus (and still came in at ~9%ABV).
  23. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    I must be in the minority when I say that I did not like the Vanilla. I had bought a bunch when I found them on a shelf. After I drink one I couldn't wait to get rid of them. (I don't have any left).

    I was surprised that I liked the Bramble as much as I did.

    I guess if everybody liked the same thing, there wouldn't be so much to choose from!
  24. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    When your talkin coffee, what variation though? Tortuga, black cat, anajilijilihijil? I'm goin with anajihikilhikilhgilk.
  25. bradner

    bradner Aspirant (287) Dec 26, 2007 Illinois
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    I'm in the other category. I really loved the wine barrel aged one at FoBAB 2012.
  26. stouts4me

    stouts4me Disciple (377) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    best flavor is the blended Rare-Cherry-Vanilla.
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  27. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Rare fo shizzle
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  28. JerryM1984

    JerryM1984 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012 Florida

    vanilla for sure....how was the apple brandy variation??? sounds amazing
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  29. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Bramble ftw, coffee #2
  30. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    I'd agree with you, but I'd have to stop drooling first since Vanilla got mentioned.
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  31. grynder33

    grynder33 Devotee (422) Jul 31, 2003 Wisconsin

    Of those listed ,the Rare,but the Neopolitan I had at Great Taste in2011 was one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. The Chocolate BCS I had the the BCS blending class was memorable
  32. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Vanilla and Coffee blended on tap is pretty legit also, forgot about that one.
  33. Coirm

    Coirm Initiate (185) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Split a bottle of Cherry Rye last nite with friends. Had it with brownies and cherry ice cream ( on the side). Beer was amazing. Have not had other varieties so can not compare, but man that beer rocked.
  34. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    The best ever Coffee version I had was not a bottled batch.

    It was a draft only batch called Honey Badger that was making the rounds in Spring/Summer of 2011.

    I'd pick Black Cat for my favorite of the bottled stuff.
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  35. sidetracked

    sidetracked Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Illinois

    It's been at various Goose take-overs as well. It would be hard to confuse it for a BCBS treatment though, as it wasn't barrel-aged and is much lighter in body.
  36. PDZ

    PDZ Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 Illinois
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    what was that one time variation at that small venue 4 years ago that none of you had? yeah that was my fave :rolling_eyes:

  37. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Baudoinia is right up there. Just had it this afternoon, incredible. Like a lump of chocolate fudge soaked in bourbon.
  38. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Illinois

    Apple-brandy from FoBAB gets my vote.
  39. chronie

    chronie Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2011 Illinois
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    Can you expand on how Rare is falling off?
  40. tjfilippo

    tjfilippo Initiate (182) Jan 28, 2008 Illinois
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    I'd like to hear as well. Vanilla was my favorite beer fresh, however... the last few times i've had it it tastes like regular BCS. I haven't had rare in a long time (I guess I should open my bottles soon), but 2009 BCS is epic. Absolutely destroyed the 2012 when we did a side by side last month. I can't imagine Rare tasting worse than '09, which was phenominal.
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