Getting Tired of Bourbon Barrel Stouts?

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  1. brureview

    brureview Pooh-Bah (2,597) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    I usually only drink half a bottle. I put a wine sealer in the bottle and it's fine the next night.
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  2. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,896) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Maybe not tired of them, but no longer impressed by them might be accurate.
  3. dcall384

    dcall384 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2011 Indiana

    Ditto! Never been a Bourbon fan. Had a beer aged in a port wine barrel and it was amazing!
  4. JonBeer

    JonBeer Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Georgia

    With the increasing flood of brewers on the craft market it seems like there are a lot of mediocre BA stouts out there now and its a bummer when something you hoped would be great is just OK. I can say I am done with chasing down the great ones. If fate presents them in my path so be it.
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  5. StartedwithSAM

    StartedwithSAM Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2015 Virginia

    This has been my behavior from my first day joining the community, in general. I'm not Capt. Ahab, if the opportunity presents itself then sure, I just hope that I have educated myself to know the difference between a well crafted version of the style vs. one that isn't.
  6. 57md

    57md Pooh-Bah (2,587) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I think part of the OP's point was that (for him) BA stouts had become "omnipresent."

    That certainly depends on your local market. I can get BCBS annually in small quantities and MAYBE get more than a small sample of a variant or two. Black Note, Uncle Jacob and KBS are handed out with eyedroppers. Furthermore, some of the most renowned BA stouts are completely unavailable to me locally. That said, it is hard to get tired of something you can't get in significant quantities.

    There are some 2nd tier BA stouts that are more readily available but they are close to the price of BCBS (the gold standard to me) and not nearly as good. Usually, I walk by those selections at my local bottle shop.
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  7. 57md

    57md Pooh-Bah (2,587) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This too
  8. RJM1978

    RJM1978 Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2014 Nevada

    I'm definitely not getting tired of BA Stouts, by far one of my favorite styles, but my preferences change with the seasons. During the winter months nothing is better than a boozy stout, but during the summer I prefer IPA's, DIPA's, and Sours.
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  9. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    No offense, but you probably drink too much...
  10. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    I like knowing I have a reserve of them when the mood strikes, but it is certainly not all the time. I think of the 9 bottles of BCBS I scored in November, I have opened 3 of them. I have quite a few BA bombers/750s stored, but I usually wait until I can share those with someone. I would like to see more variety of BA styles in general like Barleywines and Brown Ales. I LOVE imperial stouts, but lately I find myself often preferring a non BA version - which usually end up being lower in alcohol also. I'd like to see more BA experimentation with lower ABV beers too.
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  11. mmulebarn

    mmulebarn Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2013 Minnesota

    BA stouts are one of the few things that make Minnesota winters bearable.
  12. Drift

    Drift Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2014 California

    I'm more of a Sour beer person, I tend to drink BA stouts only at tastings. Its def not my go-to beer.
  13. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    When I get tired of breathing air, I will get tired of bourbon barrel aged stouts.
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  14. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    I'm currently restricting myself to beers aged only in quart-size Pappy Van Winkle barrels.
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  15. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (1,963) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I never cared for them... I just don't find them special or that interesting. I would take a solid IPA, Stout or Porter over a world class BA option any day! I didn't even want to finish my Jackie O's BBA Dark Apparition when at the brewery, so I left half of it. Thankfully it was at the end of my tasting there.

    Not a hater by any means, just can't get into them... I have a few cellaring (Big Bad Baptist, Abyss, among others...), but not really excited to crack those open.
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  16. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    you wouldn't necessarily think this, but I have nudged a couple of people to start looking at what craft beer has to offer based off of this type of beer. They were normally bourbon drinkers and liked the occasional bud lite/miller lite beer. I handed out some of the Abita Bourbon Barrel Aged stouts as Christmas gifts.
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  17. Donco

    Donco Maven (1,493) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'll send you my address....I have a large mailbox:wink:
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  18. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I'm going with "no" here, but I don't consume them in such quantity that I'm getting burnt out. The good ones are not that readily available, so the dozen or so that I have each year are always appreciated.
  19. ArsMoriendiOU818

    ArsMoriendiOU818 Pooh-Bah (1,558) Nov 5, 2013 Virginia

    I'm tired of crappy one's. Too many brewer's are capitalizing on a trend and a money maker. Half of the BBA stouts/porters, anything really, rated in the low 90's on here are not so good. I guess some people are really suckers for barrel aging.
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  20. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,536) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    Parabola and KBS coming any day, FUCK NO! Rarely swear on the site, but ask this question in July. Not with 2 of the 20 beers on earth coming soon.
  21. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    I'd rather have the regular version of a stout than it's BA version. Too many times the barrel overpowers the rest of the beer.
  22. zac16125

    zac16125 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,296) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I don't get bored with BA IS's because theres a lot of variability within the style, IMO. Some are very sweet, some are very roasty, some are barrel bombs, others have barely noticeable barrel characters, and the best are well balanced combinations of base beer and barrel notes. So I'm certainly not bored with them, but I will say I am fairly often let down by them. Not everything in a bourbon barrel is a worth while beer, and the more BA Stouts that come out, the more mediocre BA stouts there are.
  23. MisterB330

    MisterB330 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2015 New York

    ---How do you drink your beer without your pinky that is clearly outstretched poking you in the eye???
  24. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Pooh-Bah (2,026) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    I'm not tired of them, but my wallet is :wink:
  25. metsfansour

    metsfansour Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2015 Connecticut

    yes one of the most overrated styles out there. Most are way overpriced *cough GI cough* Mostly a medicore stout masked by a heavy rew alcohol flavor I would rather have a well crafted stout for half the price
  26. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    BBA beers are like Port. A little is great, but to me, as a regular beer choice my palate would be destroyed. I'll split one or two with my son and son in law occasionally, and that's plenty for me. I like them, but for beer DRINKING, they are generally too much. I have great access to many great BBA beers, but remain on the sidelines watching the fad move along.
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  27. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    i'm tired of paying for them.
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  28. seabeetastetest

    seabeetastetest Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2015 Texas

    OK i admit i was the guy that would always say stouts tasted the same all like coffee but now..... i just cant get enough
  29. Scarfer_Brad

    Scarfer_Brad Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2014 Florida

    NEVER get tired of them! wish there were more!
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  30. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,523) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Its not that I don't enjoy some its just the affect on the liver and the calorie intake I have to take into consideration.
    I mean how many calories does a BCBS have? Or a bomber of a BA stout? I didn't look it up but I would be scared to see how many calories are in a 12 oz BCBS. 800 or more maybe?
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  31. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    No, so many different takes on the style.
  32. DerelictPI

    DerelictPI Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2010 New York

    I absolutely LOVE them! Plenty of crappy ones but when they are done right, I think they are amazing!

    A good rule of thumb for 12oz beers is to multiple the abv by 30 to get a decent calorie estimate.
  33. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,523) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    And the answer is???............
  34. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    Open an FIS. It'll be okay.
  35. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,523) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    430 calories. Very nice my friend!
  36. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,523) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    So 800 plus in a bomber which was probably my thinking instead of a 12 oz. Hell that's huge....,.
  37. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I have custom-made beer goggles, but I've found that regular swimming goggles do just as well for a fraction of the cost
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  38. Notacraftdrinker

    Notacraftdrinker Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2014 Florida

    I'm in the minority that I usually just don't have a fixation for them. Have had great ones. Have had some that are overpowering with booze and taste syrupy. Would rather just drink bourbon at that point. But to each their own. If you like them drink em. Me. I'll find something else if needed
  39. Sweffin

    Sweffin Pooh-Bah (1,698) Jun 25, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Not tired of bourbon barrel, but I've been loving the stouts aged in other barrels that I've had recently
  40. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Savant (1,082) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana

    No. But I am am getting tired of poorly crafted (D)IPA's.
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