Favorite Bourbon Barrel Stout?

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  1. CummingsK21

    CummingsK21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2011 Illinois

    Central Waters 1414 (on tap at the party)
    BCBS '08 drank recently is a close second
  2. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    There's just so many damn good bourbon barrel stouts out there. However, last week I had BB Plead the 5th for the first time on tap, and it's an amazing brew. It's definitely in the top tier!
  3. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Having tried all of these in the past two months, I'd rank them:
    Bramble Rye BCBS -- LOVE the berry addition
    Rare BCBS or 2011 BCBS -- both amazing, but not a huge difference to me
    Coffee BCBS
    Vanilla BCBS
    BA Plead the 5th
    CW BBS
    Would gladly have any of these again, any day of the week. I had a small sample of KBS and wasn't wowed, but will have a bottle before passing judgment.
  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    According to my reviews it's CBS.
  5. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,030) Oct 24, 2009 California

    I haven't had many BBA stouts so I'm just going to list them all here in order from most enjoyed down to the least:

    BT '11 (aged 5 months)
    Silva Stout '11 (tapped fresh)
    Ballast Point BBA Sea Monster '09 (tapped; aged 2 years)
    BT '11 (tapped fresh)
    Abyss '10 (tapped fresh)
    Abyss '09 (tapped; aged 1 year)

    had to put a gap here...
    Moylans BBA Ryan Sullivan's (tapped fresh)

    Looking forward to the BA BORIS and the Eclipses from my cellar.
  6. DangerousSweatpants

    DangerousSweatpants Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2012

    Eclipse, Silva, Older Viz, Parabola, BA Blackout.
    But overall, 50/50 puts out the best BA Impy stouts around.
  7. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Illinois

    2009 BCS is drinking AMAZING right now.... I hear 4 years is the max on BCS before its just drops off. I had BA Plead the Option and it was awesome but the one that stands out most is BCS RARE!
  8. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I recently had a vertical of BCS going back to 2003, which was barely recognizable as BCS. But 2005, in comparison, was very good. So somewhere between 6-8 years it faded pretty badly.
  9. stevegoz

    stevegoz Disciple (305) May 5, 2008 Illinois

    I learned last night that Dogfather BBA Stout should be renamed Dogfarter or Dogwater....
  10. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (186) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Now now, it wasn't that bad. All I tasted from the barrels was the oak.
  11. Angst

    Angst Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    Parabola and most of the 5050 Eclipses.
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  12. ericwgbeer

    ericwgbeer Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Lost Abbey Deliverance
  13. Gables

    Gables Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2015 Minnesota

    Spot on, totally agree
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  14. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,030) Oct 24, 2009 California

    Woah.. almost a 4 year resurrection. Can't believe how young I was in the craft beer world I was back then. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    Btw, happen to be drinking a BA Bomb right now and it's fantastic.
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  15. aecliptic

    aecliptic Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2015 New York

    I have only been doing this for about 8 months, however my favorites...

    Founders CBS '15 (on tap)
    Perennial Abraxas '15 (on tap)
    ET BB Biscotti '15 (btl)
    Finback BB BQE '15 (btl)
    AleSmith BB Speedway (btl)
    BCBS '13 (btl)
    De Struisse Cuvee Delphine (btl)
  16. Beerleon

    Beerleon Initiate (100) Oct 7, 2011 Texas

    06 Abyss, 15 Parabola, 14 BCBS in that order.
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  17. KLogan1989

    KLogan1989 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2016 Ohio

    The best I've had so far is BA Dinosmores. I haven't had the opportunity to try many of the "big boys".
  18. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    BCBS and KBS are about equal, imo. However, I have yet to try Parabola.
  19. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,826) May 7, 2015 Florida
    Society Trader

    BA Nikolai Vorlauf was the only one I've had and it was pretty good.
  20. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Favorite? BA Blackout

    Best? ORF, BA Dark Apparition, BASC
  21. Cannibalgasm

    Cannibalgasm Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Minnesota

  22. JoelAK

    JoelAK Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2014 New York

    BBA Grimm Double Negative
  23. Bobbydigi

    Bobbydigi Aspirant (247) Feb 3, 2009 Kansas

    BA Abraxas
    Derivation blend 1
    I'd put Apple Brandy Mexican Cake up there too if we were just talking about Barrel Aged.
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    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

  25. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
    Society Trader

    So far it BA Siberian night. I have a 5050 Elijah Craig, BA speedway, and abyss in my cellar though so I'll have to repost later.
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  26. Aldogg007

    Aldogg007 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2013 California

    BA Speedway because I just drank it last night, and the speedway was prevalent and the barrel followed behind.
  27. Aldogg007

    Aldogg007 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2013 California

    I just drank my first BA speedway last night and was blown away. I probably will not let my other bottles cellar for much longer because I am afraid the coffee will fade. Cheers man you will not be disappointed.
  28. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
    Society Trader

    Good to hear, regular speedway is in my top 5 beers so I'm sure the BA will be great.
  29. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 New York

    Ive tried kbs, bcbs and bcbs coffee, sunday morning stout,siberian night;central waters ba stout and a few more. For me, the bcbs coffee was the best, was lucky enough to try it on tap and it was astonishing .for me the taste of kbs is slightly bourbon heavy, still great but id have it behind the others i mentioned.
  30. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (11,424) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Trade for that one it is a must try its indulgent and decadent in its BA and layers of flavor.
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  31. rbelcher1959

    rbelcher1959 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2016 Virginia

    I've only had a few bourbon barrel stouts, Blue Mountain Brewery Dark Hollow, Big Bad Baptist, but my favorite so far has been New Holland Dragons Milk, have had it draft and bottled. My wife and I enjoy this as a dessert beer.
  32. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Wow, big question. I have lots but I'll narrow it down to 3 or 4 for the sake of this post.

    Evil Twin BBA IBB
    Great Divide BBA Yeti

    For starters. All four are world-class beers. So many more to list, but those four really resonate with me.
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  33. mingo

    mingo Initiate (191) Mar 24, 2013 Arizona

    CBS - one of the few maple bourbon stouts i've had and its fantastic
    Double Barrel Jesus - hard to beat that chocolate fruit bomb
    Bent Paddle BADSDB - coffee, vanilla, and a little heat
    BCBCS 13 - had a bottle at a vanilla rye tapping and i still think about it today
  34. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    2014 fifty fifty Four Roses Eclipse.
  35. Mlkluther

    Mlkluther Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 Canada (AB)

    The scene is a Canadian visiting Fort Collins, CO for a conference. I "had" to stay an extra day because of flight connections - or so I told my wife and those who needed to know.

    I do the New Belgium tour. It was nice. They are very generous with free beer in the tour.

    I visit Odell. Awesome. Such a great brewery. Great patio. Better beer. Likely one of the better IPAs.

    But, I went down to the States with one goal in mind. I needed to try Pliny the Elder. Choice City Butcher and Deli told me they would happen to have it on tap the day I was there. It was all set. I walk into the place and order me a Pliny. Nope. The keg has not been tapped and likely won't be for a couple days. I'll be back in snowy Canada by then With great dejection I look at the tap list and ask for a recommendation. Parabola '15 is there. I say, " Sure, I guess." Still dejected on being shut out on Pliny.

    I sit down at my table not at all aware of the absolute treasure I have in my glass. I take the nose of the beer and it becomes readily apparent that this is not your ordinary beer. I spent the next hour in conversation with this beer. Likely one of the best beer experiences I've ever had.
  36. Asics

    Asics Disciple (376) Jul 28, 2012 Washington

  37. mikevanatta

    mikevanatta Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 Minnesota

    Out of genuine curiosity, I must ask. What is the difference between what you consider the best and what you consider your favorite?
  38. idrinkchicago

    idrinkchicago Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2016 Illinois

    Probably the bourbon county by goose island is the winner in my opinion
  39. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Well I wouldnt consider BA Blackout the best BA stout on the planet, but I just love the beer. It was the only beer that GLBC put in a barrel, and my love for GLBC knows no bounds. They were my first brewery tour, and "that beer" that turned me to the good side.

    The best are well the best in the glass. Kind of like how I dont think Milbrandt Merlot is the best WA Merlot, but its my favorite.
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  40. TomDRaleigh

    TomDRaleigh Initiate (104) Feb 8, 2016 North Carolina

    Love Bo and Luke from Against the Grain.
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