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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jduffy21, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. jduffy21

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    Can you guys recommend some nice Imperial Stouts, preferably aged in bourbon barrels? What are you favorites?
     
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    Bourbon County is all you need to know.
     
  3. BeerSquirrel

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    Founders Imperial Stout is a terrific RIS that is easily obtainable during the winter and relatively inexpensive.
     
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    Bourbon County is awesome, but I have been unable to find in Pa
     
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    as far as availibility atm for bourbon barrel aged stouts I would say try some barrel aged boris by hoppin frog. It is year round and one of my favs. Also there is duclaw's retribution which has the added benefit of being only 13$/22oz and is 11.5%
     
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    Dragon's Milk by New Holland is one of my favorite readily accessible BBA stouts. Not sure what the distribution is like in PA though.
     
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    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout is great as well. Try and find that.
     
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    stone RIS and DG Yetis are solid
     
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    Yeah, this is the one that popped into my head as well. I think I prefer Central Waters BBS but I doubt they distribute to Penn, and it's out of season now anyway.
     
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    Stone IRS and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy are my go to shelf RIS.
     
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    Peche Mortel isn't barrel aged but it is fabulous, as is Old Rasputin and even easier to come by. Alesmith Speedway is also great stuff.
     
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    +1 for Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and Dragons Milk, its not BBA but try Plead The 5th by Dark Horse if you can!
     
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    For PA I would say:

    Victory Storm King
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal (Oct-Dec)
    Stoudts Fat Dog
    Founders
    Dogfish Head Palo Santo (they call it a Brown Ale)
    Oskar Blues Tenfidy
    Founders KBS (look for it soon and fast)
     
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    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout might be what you're looking for but a few

    others that should be much easier to find are:

    Founders Imperial Stout (a little on the hoppy side for me but still good), Old Rasputin,

    and I have loved Chocolate Oak aged Yeti (the older the date of production, the better it is, IMO).
     
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    Great Divide barrel aged yeti
     
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    weyerbacher Heresy is quite good.
     
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    Ale Smith Speedway Stout
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    Prairie Pirate Bomb / Prairie Bomb
    Founders KBS
    Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo
    Mike Hess Brewing Umbrix
    Great Divide Yeti (any of the Yeti Stouts are solid)
    Port Old Viscocity
     
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    They also do have a BBA that I have yet to try but really want too!
     
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    BA:
    BCBS (obviously easier after the release, but you can trade for it)
    KBS (release coming soon!)
    FW 17th Anniversary, Velvet Merkin, and Parabola

    Non-BA:
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Stone IRS and Espresso IRS
    SN Narwhal
    Oscar Blues Ten-FIDY
    DFH World Wide Stout

    My personal favorites are BCBS (by a mile, although I only had FW 17th once, sadly), and Narwhal, for their categories. Not saying Narwhal is the best non-BA imperial stout; just my favorite.
     
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    just get any RIS and dump some bourbon in it. Thats what every barrel aged stout ever tastes like to me. Yuck. I absolutely love stouts but absolutely hate bourbon/whiskey etc.
    Bells Expedition Stout is my all time favorite Stout. Get that one.
     
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    Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
     
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    + 1 for Old Rasputin. If you can find the XV (reserve?) it's worth the high sticker price.
     
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    Squatters Outer Darkness I have not seen mentioned yet. Not sure if they make it to PA.

    Also, Surly Darkness. they don't distro here at all, so I don't know how rare they are further north.
     
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    Old Rasputin, founders kbps, and victory storm king
     
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    My favorite for now is Morning glory from Old Dominion, its actually an expresso stout. really tasty and smooth.
     
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    Old Rasputin, Ballast Point Sea Monster, Huge Arker (Bourbon barrel aged) from Anderson Valley Brewing, Firestone Walker Parabola (barrel aged, not sure if its bourbon), Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout it has a lower ABV.
     
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    The Abyss
     
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    The best Bourbon Stouts I've had thus far are..

    Bourbon County
    Firestone Parabola
    Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout
    Fremont Bourbon Abominable (stout-like winter ale)
    Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout
    Oak aged Yeti
    Port Brewing Older Viscosity
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout (non-barrel)
    Evil Twin: Even More Jesus (non barrel)
     
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    I was able to obtain a single bottle of BCBS and a single bottle of BCBBW during last year's release. It is available in PA, but distributed in eyedroppers.

    In PA, you can definitely get Fegley's Brewworks Barrel Aged Insidious Stout. It is clearly a notch below BCBS, but very good nonetheless.
     
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    Obviously the OP could do a little more research but follow up posters are either ignorant, careless, or smart alecky when recommending beers they know or should know are not available in PA. Kentucky Brunch isn't happening. The poster is almost certainly not trading for it if this is the type of question they are asking. I dug hanging out at Hess when I was in SD but that is also not particularly helpful.

    I'm not sure where OP is in the vast state of Pennsylvania but central waters bb stout is an easy find in the eastern regions at least and is a terrific recommendation even if it's not a personal favorite of mine. I always find CW barrel aged brews when I travel to PA assuming it's relatively close to their release. I'd add their BA coffee stout Peruvian morning; I know infections hit a batch a few years back but I've not had a bad bottle myself; none have shown signs of infection in my experience.

    Retribution is a solid choice I see in pa frequently and usually isn't too expensive. BA Boris is very good too but tends to be a bit pricey .
     
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    Oh forgot to mention BC rare, BA abraxas and gray Monday. You should get those.
     
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    Join the club..I found a couple of terrific traders to get mine (thanks gentlemen!)...but the more BCBS I drink, the more I want.:eek:
     
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    Never appears in Philly...
     
  35. Donco

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    Central Waters IS in PA..but relatively sparse...
     
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    Parabola
    Bourbon County Brand Stout
    Bourbon Barrel aged Old Rasputin
    Lair of the Bear
    KBS
    Boris Van Wink
    Eclipse Variants
    Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper (Port Brewing)
    Older Viscosity
    Ten Fidy
    The Abyss

    There's more, forgetting some.
     
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    Hunahpu's

    Barrel aging is overrated.
     
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    Ballast Point's Victory at Sea....it's technically a porter, but it's basically the same thing at 10% ABV
     
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    Besides all of the above
    Storm king is solid
    Harviestoun highland park aged ( scotch ale)
    Black flag
    Xantus
    Beer geek breakfast
    Anderson valley bourbon barrel is good for the price and availability
    Lagunitas imperial stout, great price, availability
    Of course Rasputin
    Dark truth
    Green flash double stout
    Serpent stout
    I got a bunch...
    But mainly firestone and goose island barrel aged schnazz, it's the best!
     
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    Storm king is amazing but way hoppy for a irs.fegleys Insidious is way amazing tasty sipper.plus fegley's breworks is a PA brewery so I gotta figure you can get it. Cant go wrong with founders imperial stout. Its like cough syrup but it a good way
     
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