Getting Tired of Bourbon Barrel Stouts?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Dec 22, 2014.

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  1. IPAGeorge

    IPAGeorge Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Illinois

    I change up what I drink too much to get sick of anything.
  2. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2013 California

    I for one am getting sick of BA stouts being done poorly and what I mean by that is getting 3 months in a barrel, executing these 7-9% ABV BA stouts with very little barrel backing, or just something that doesn't integrate in with the base beer.
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  3. MjBrewhouse

    MjBrewhouse Maven (1,316) Mar 25, 2014 Idaho

    I totally agree! I see the base beer is 8.0 abv and the Barrel aged version is like 8.5 abv, to me something is wrong here. I think the barrel aging should add at least 2%,at the very least.
  4. sosus

    sosus Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2015 Iowa

    I like beer, why destroy it? If I want bourbon I'll grab a bottle of Turkey, if I want coffee I'll make espresso. My brother makes me try one of these every time he buys one. I rarely finish a glass.
  5. patpbr

    patpbr Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Ohio

    spring is here and so is the craving for fresh hops
  6. thomas_marbach

    thomas_marbach Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2014 Texas

    Stop cherry picking and only drinking the "special" or "limited release" beers and drink something else and then you won't be tired of them.
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  7. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2013 California

    You'll see once you try a couple good ones. You can't just throw bourbon into a beer either. Barrel-aging if done right is an art. You've got Toppling Goliath over there.
  8. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona

    Some barrels are dry when used, so they would not add to the ABV.
  9. Anhyzer

    Anhyzer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2007 Oregon

    Cue the crickets...
  10. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona

    I feel like most BA Stouts aren't that great. Sometimes it's too much whiskey flavor, other times the base beer is not good to begin with. Our obsession with barrel aging has lead to much hype and inflation in the ratings, and now it's a mad dash to put out the next big-ass BA Stout, while other great styles are being overlooked. It all comes full circle though, as the more people spend $20 to $30 on one bottle of Stout, the more they realize it can be better spent elsewhere.
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  11. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    Likewise. I'm closing in on 50. If your counting Weight Watcher points (or even aware of what that is) you need a testosterone boost.
  12. lionelhutz23

    lionelhutz23 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Florida

    I've come around to this way of thinking. I really enjoy a barrel aged stout. I like big beers. The good ones are fantastic but there are a lot of really bad ones but they'll keep pumping them out as long as we keep buying them. I'm buying them less lately unless I know it's a really good beer.
  13. esetter

    esetter Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2014 Tennessee

    BBA stouts all pretty much taste the same to me.........
  14. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    That's unfortunate since most hops are harvested in the fall, exactly on the other side of the year.
  15. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    So what is beer in your opinion? And I'm guessing anything that does not fit your criteria is not beer or has been "destroyed?" Humans have added flavor to beer since it's founding. What about hop, malt and yeast varieties? Is citra too fruity, Brett too funky, or toasted malts to chocolatey? What about salt in Gose that defines the style? I can't even imagine how boring your tastings might be.
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  16. sosus

    sosus Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2015 Iowa

    Adding or Altering a ingredient to make a beer to achieve a style is completely different than using a bourbon barrel to make finished beer taste like bourbon. You could put Natty ice in a bourbon barrel and in a couple years you would have a beer that tastes like bourbon. If I wanted to taste bourbon I would attend a bourbon tasting.
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  17. JISurfer

    JISurfer Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

  18. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

  19. WhoKnew23

    WhoKnew23 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Michigan

    I lud dem so damn much brah...
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