1. floyd_pugman

    floyd_pugman Aspirant (206) Sep 14, 2015 California

    I love BA stouts, but my palate is getting a weary of pastry stouts that taste more like a rich after-dinner dessert than a beer. What are your favorite straight BA stouts? They can be anything from Uncle Jacobs to SR-71; I'd be interested in favorites regardless of price, as well as those that you feel outperform their price point at any level.
  2. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (252) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    You named one in Uncle Jacob's. My favorite semi-local is BA Dark Apparition from Jackie O's.

    As far as readily available and out-performing price point...it is hard (impossible) to beat Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout.
  3. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,103) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    First and foremost Parabola, and, since you're in CA, Smog City Infinite Wishes.
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  4. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,564) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout for out-performing its price point.

    @floyd_pugman, you mentioned pastry, sweet, etc.,... but since you also said "straight stouts" I assume you are also excluding any flavored stout, correct?
  5. narddawg314

    narddawg314 Initiate (158) Feb 6, 2015 Missouri

    SR-71 is tops. Close 2nd is Carpathian. Then you've got Rare '15 and a few others but those 3 are memorable.
  6. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,940) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Old Hickory Event Horizon, theres harder to get and more expensive options, but it’s as good as a stout gets.
  7. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,200) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    BCBS, an incredibly well-balanced Stout with surprisingly rich coffee and chocolate notes simply from the malts used. Nothing over-the-top, just absolutely beautifully rounded, with a fantastic mouthfeel as well. I wish it was as easily available in Germany as it is in the US, but then again, the price is kind of a turn-off.

    Parabola would be a close second, but while it is somewhat richer than BCBS, it's not as well-balanced in my opinion with the Bourbon standing out a touch too much, giving this a certain booziness that I personally dislike. Also even more expensive than BCBS.
  8. 7irondave

    7irondave Zealot (515) Jun 22, 2016 Massachusetts

    There's three that sit at the top for me.
    • Appervation
    • A Night To End All Dawns
    • Rare DOS 1
    I'd probably put them in this order if I was forced, but they're all first class and delicious
  9. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,348) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Might not be the most creative answer, but probably BCBS. Parabola is obviously up there, as well. The BORIS series are all tremendous (I'm assuming oatmeal stout is OK).
  10. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,027) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Anchorage Darkest Hour. There are several variations, including some with additional ingredients such as coffee, but the brandy barrel aged version with no other flavorings added is the one of the best beers I have ever had.

    Also, various offerings from Clown Shoes. They do stout spirit barrel aging very nicely.
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  11. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,239) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois

    Somewhat attainable, my top tier (in no particular order:
    BA Ten Fidy
    Central Waters Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout
    BA Expedition Stout

    More difficult to obtain tier (no particular order):
    Beer: Barrel: Time batch 2
    Assassin ‘14, ‘19
    Maman ‘17
    Black Magick Willett (silver wax), Buffalo Trace b2 (blue wax)
    BCBS ‘13, ‘14
  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,351) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Ten fidy has oats, it's out. I'm going BA Framminghammer.
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  13. marquis

    marquis Crusader (774) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Just a plea for the correct use of the word "adjunct", a lot of the time it is used simply to describe added ingredients. An adjunct originally meant a source of sugar which used the enzymes in malt to unlock. More loosely it has sometimes been used to describe fermentable non malt ingredients, but to describe all non malt ingredients as adjuncts degrades the word.
    Of course the main culprit is brewing literature assembled by cut and paste from existing work. This means that errors and omissions perpetuate.
  14. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Crusader (744) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    In no particular order.
    Crystal Lake Brewing Boathouse Reserve Rye BA Stout.
    Wild Onions' Drago.
    On par with the best of them!
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  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,940) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    My last BA Ten Fidy was a soy bomb, ugh just the most vile concoction ever. I’ve had it before and it’s been great, but I can’t even look at the stuff right now. The smell alone would make me barf.
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  16. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,422) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I've always found Barrel Aged Ten Fidy to be one of the better barrel aged stouts, it's one of the few where the bourbon complements the beer and not the other way around. BA Old Rasputin and Yeti gets an honorable mention
  17. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (3,483) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Great thread.
    For me locally in CT
    -Black Hog bourbon BA leaves a mark is amazing. 16 oz cans and great price point
    -new england brewing BA stout trooper is solid
    -BA Kompromant from Hanging Hills also great

    Generally i agree with the event horizon post and the Drago post.
    Ill also toss in BA Impending Descent from Troegs.

    If you found it north coast anniversary BA Rasputin 2008 vintage was one of the best beers Ive ever had. Not sure of other vintages but I bet they are solid.

    Im definitely following this thread. Sure to find some good recommendations and trade targets.
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  18. Thirst_trappist

    Thirst_trappist Aspirant (273) Jan 18, 2016 Florida

    Marshall Zhukov is great as well as its ba versions

    A few others...
    Sleeping forever..especially the Kentucky barrel one
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  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,742) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Adjuncts vs. add-junks.
  20. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (779) Mar 12, 2013 California

    @floyd_pugman, I will 3rd or 4th Parabola as an excellent BA Stout, also you should be able to find the various BA Old Rasputin iterations around and they are quite excellent. I would also look out for Colossal from Fall River brewing. It's not BA but it is an excellent imperial that packs a lot of roasty flavor (I hope they give it some barrel treatment one of these days).
    Beyond that I was pleasantly surprised at how worthy of the esteem BCBS is and is a great value for that class of beer in my mind.
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  21. mkh012

    mkh012 Crusader (703) May 7, 2015 Colorado

    BCBS and BA Ten Fidy
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  22. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (342) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Barrel Aged Yeti may be the best ever for me.
    Double Barrel Jesus is in the running.
    So Happens It's Tuesday is a well done stout with a more dark fruit forward profile vs. the roasty chocolate type stouts I gravitate to.

    As for outperforming for their price, Bourbon Barrel Porter from Williamsburg Alewerks is pretty solid.
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  23. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (231) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    Ten Fidy was gonna be my vote. Back to pondering my own thoughts I have in my head brain.
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  24. TheBrewsky

    TheBrewsky Meyvn (1,345) Apr 23, 2017 California
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    Pipeworks' Barrel Aged The Abduction is pretty tasty
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  25. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,334) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Dragons milk
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  26. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (343) Apr 29, 2012 California


    BA Ten Fidy and BCBS are close behind.
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  27. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,742) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Except the variants, which all have add-junks
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  28. TheeWarPig

    TheeWarPig Initiate (84) Sep 30, 2015 Michigan

    BBA Expedition Stout and Black Note.
  29. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (48) Feb 3, 2019 California

    For me it would be in this order

    BA Ten Fidy
    Marshall Zhukov
  30. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,943) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    If BA Ten Fidy doesn't count, then Parabola all day long.
  31. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (48) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Really? I just had a can last week and it was every bit as good as the other 4 cans I have in my cellar. Sorry to hear, wonder if there was a bad batch or something.

    Was it a 2018 vintage?

    I've had a 2017 at a bottle share recently, and it was a disappointment (unanimous decision) but the 2018 at least as of last week was holding up very well.
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  32. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,742) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Yeah, while I've had aged BA Fidy that had faded and lost their boldness, I've never encountered a bad "soy sauce" one.
  33. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,835) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Big Bad Baptist, so I will.
  34. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (779) Mar 12, 2013 California

    I am currently enjoying a Critical Thinking from Stillwater and while it isn't barrel aged it has the vanilla, char, and booze combination is often appealing to BA stout fans. Worth picking up if you enjoy those flavors.
  35. jlharman

    jlharman Initiate (57) Apr 5, 2015 Washington

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont.
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  36. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,453) Dec 25, 2003 California

    Lagunitas whatever Stout in the $5 Bomber Bottle. You simply can't beat it for the money to quality ratio.
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  37. Brent212

    Brent212 Initiate (139) Jan 13, 2014 California

    Modem Tones in "Beautiful Meadows" (Belle Meade) barrels.
  38. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Zealot (563) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Bell's Black Note.
  39. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,110) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    Sixpoint Master Blend is great. It was released as brewery only, but at some point will be distributed. Just a straight up fantastic stout.
  40. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (90) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    OP is looking for adjunct-free brews.

    My picks are:
    Dragons Milk
    BBA Dark Star
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