Since both of these once truck-chaser beers were more than plentiful this year, I thought it would be interesting (to me, at least... YMMV) to do a side by side tasting. First, here are my review notes for each beer by itself (done previously) BCBS (2018): "Aroma is whiskey with roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. Deep black with just a slight brown tinge around the edges with a back light. Short tan head dies quickly to a ring with an island in the middle. No lacing. Thick, chewy, substantial body initially on the tongue. Deep flavor of whiskey, roasty raisins, caramel, vanilla, and alcohol. Sweet and delicious. The finish is mild (low bitterness) with an alcohol burn. This stout is dangerously easy drinking and smooth." KBS (2019): "Tall tan head, thick and creamy from a fairly vigorous pour into a tulip. Opaque black color, even with a back-light. Head recedes moderately fast, leaving dense lacing. Somewhat thick creamy cap remains after a few minutes. A few minutes more results in a thin cap with creamy islands. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate, just barely picking up the bourbon aroma. Medium-thick feel, creamy. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, with bourbon just underneath, stronger bourbon in the taste than in the aroma. The barrel and whiskey is there, but definitely in a complimentary role. A subtle touch. An excellent intermix of flavors. Chocolate, no that's coffee, no that's vanilla, and then back to chocolate. Delicious. Nicely bitter finish." Side by side notes: Appearance: very similar, but KBS has a beautiful tan head, receding to a ring with islands. BCBS has virtually no head, just a thin cap that disappears quickly. Both from a vigorous pour into a tulip glass. KBS wins. Aroma: KBS has coffee and chocolate front and center, with bourbon well behind (but there). BCBS has strong bourbon and barrel front and center, with alcohol. Faint malt aromas. Winner: depends on what you prefer. I call it a tie. Feel: Both are moderately thick and chewy. Almost identical. Taste: KBS has a complex taste bringing out the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla intermixed and playing tag team with your tongue. The bourbon and barrel are more evident in the taste than the aroma, but not at the forefront. Alcohol is well hidden. BCBS is, as with the aroma, bourbon, barrel, and alcohol to the fore, but backed nicely with raisins, caramel, and vanilla. BCBS has a slightly sweet finish. KBS's finish is dry(er) and more bitter on the finish. Winner: hard to say. Personally, I prefer the balance KBS has struck, but, then, I tend to prefer a bit of bittering to balance the malts. Overall: Take your pick. Both are outstanding. For me, personally? A tie. I'll plan on buying several each year they are available in plentiful supply. (But, I don't chase, not even for these beers previously).