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Rank these Stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by Finatic, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Finatic

    Finatic Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Florida

    I'm trying to figure out which beers to trade for in, Looking for input from fellow BA's who have had these stouts:

    Dark Lord

    P.S. Please note if any years are better or worse.

    Thanks, Fin
  2. Hessian257

    Hessian257 Devotee (472) Mar 22, 2011 New Jersey
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    Dark Lord
  3. crushedvol

    crushedvol Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2008 Illinois

    Those stouts are pretty unique from one another so you should have no problem choosing one based on other stouts you like.

    BCBS - bourbon barrel aged obviously, so you get a lot of bourbon heat and sweetness
    Darkness and Dark lord are non-barrel aged stouts. Darkness is a hoppy stout, while dark lord is very sweet.

    Edit: obviously the above definition greatly simplifies the complexity of each beer. I guess my real answer would to be read the reviews from each beer and see which one lines up with your preffered taste. The fact that i would say BCBS > DL > Darkness should mean very little to you personally
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  4. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    Trade for BCBS, disregard the rest.
  5. kansascitytrader

    kansascitytrader Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2011 Kansas

    Correct answer:


    Dark Lord

    SPLITGRIN Poo-Bah (1,564) May 13, 2003 Kentucky
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    As previously stated these really are three completely different stouts. You really must try all three. My pure favorite of the group is BCBS easily. I do love the way the bourbon plays. Followed by Dark Lord and then Darkness. I am just not a fan of a hugely hoppy stout.
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  7. Finatic

    Finatic Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Florida

    Would CBS be the equal of BCBS?
  8. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Dark Lord is a brewery only release and Darkness might as well be. I thank god everyday that BCBS is distributed.
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  9. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    CBS = Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout
    BCBS = Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

    Extremely different beers.
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  10. Finatic

    Finatic Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Florida

  11. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    No worries.
  12. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

  13. miketd

    miketd Zealot (515) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Dark Lord

    I would take several over these three, but that's the order for me.
  14. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Dark Lord #1 all day long.
    Darkness and BCS tied for 2nd.

    I plan on a tasting of the three in a couple weeks.
    '12 Dark Lord, '11 Darkness and '12 BCBS.

    Let the testing begin! :D
  15. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    and on the 7th day...there was DARKNESS
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  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,887) Mar 18, 2010 California

    BCBS (by a good margin)
    Dark Lord
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  17. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,344) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    IMO BCBS and Parabola are are similar in taste, despite the BCBS 15% ABV. KBS is coffee. All are great in their own way.

    I have all 3 stocked, IMO none is really better than the other, just different.
  18. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    Than just wait till you get a pour of dark lord at a tasting or festival some day and you'll never have the urge to trade for it again.
  19. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,197) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Regular BCBS -aged in 12yr Heaven Hills barrels and no coffee added.

    CBS -aged in Bliss barrels(maple bourbon barrels) and it has coffee in it since FBS is CBS base beer.
  20. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Trade for BCBS and as much of it as you are able to.

    Also trade for a bottle of Darkness so you can judge it for yourself against other non-Barrel aged imperial stouts.

    Don't worry about Dark Lord. Eventually someone will show up to a tasting with a bottle and you'll be able to see how disappointing it is for free.
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  21. SamuelJackson45

    SamuelJackson45 Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Dark Lord
  22. arambler

    arambler Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2011 Illinois
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    I have been having a great time recently sipping on some 2010 Darklord, if you could find it, I would strongly suggest it. Then again, I am also drinking some BCBS I just got, so one half dozen of the other?
  23. codysjb

    codysjb Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
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    Dark Lord
    - On a side note, I really liked Dark Lord. Maybe it was because my bottle was two years old when I cracked it but the flavors impressed me.
  24. MrHolland10

    MrHolland10 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Georgia

    FBS isn't the base beer for CBS. Different recipe.
  25. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,197) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    really? thats interesting.
  26. rdilauro

    rdilauro Crusader (753) Mar 8, 2010 Connecticut

    Oh gosh, this is like telling me I can have a candy store!

    1 - Ten Fiddy
    2 - Founders Breakfast Stout
    3 - Brooklyn Chocolate Stout
    4 - SixPoint 3Bean
    5 - Southern Tier - Chocolat
    6 - Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout
    7 - Founders Russian Imperial Stout
    8 - Green Flash Double Stout
  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    KBS uses a different base beer than FBS but IIRC FBS is the base beer for CBS.
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  28. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (4,576) Feb 20, 2009 Washington

    Can't get
    Can't get
    excellent #1 out of a lot of potential lists.

    In the west Parabola, Ten Fiddy and The Abyss should be contenders on any stout list.
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  29. loafinaround

    loafinaround Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    As crushedvol said, very different tastes.. and what I like depends upon my mood. BCBS is incredibly lovely, but you likely don't want a heavy bourbon beer all the time. Sometimes you want sweeter, other times hoppier...
    Ten fidy and founders breakfast (admittedly not on your list) are shockingly drinkable. Both go down very easily. I like them when I want something less intense than bcbs. Big john is also amazing. Almost like BCBS without the bourbon barrel.
  30. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (708) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Dark Lord first because I like em sweet and a bit less hot.
    BCBS second
    Darkness third because I like the hops the least. But it's still very good!
  31. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Having only had the chance to taste BCBS I would say
    I resemble that sort of - except for me it's:

    Can't get
    Can't get
    Tried it and didn't care much for it (I'm sure it is/was a well crafted beer, it's just that anything bourbon flavored and I are not on good terms.) I'm glad to have had the chance to try it though!
  32. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    BA Old Raspy
    Speedway Stout
    (probably a couple more that I'm forgetting)
  33. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (452) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Dark Lord
  34. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (54) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    Agreed. Of the 3 listed.... So many more out there...
  35. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (608) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    Plead The 5th
  36. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (1,791) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Dark Lord
  37. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Extremely different? Both barrel aged stouts. Different, sure, but not polar extremes.
  38. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Both barrel aged stouts, yes. But that said...

    -aged in spent maple syrup bourbon barrels
    -10% alcohol
    -brewed with chocolate and coffee

    -aged in Heaven Hills barrels
    -15% alcohol
    -not brewed with chocolate or coffee

    Maybe not "polar extremes" but I wouldn't say they're in the same ballpark.
  39. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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  40. sil1

    sil1 Aspirant (225) May 19, 2012 California
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    A ton of others then...
    Dark Lord
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