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    Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Picking up where Winston left off back in the winter with his massive beer tasting I'm going to host one tonight but on a smaller scale. My cousin and
    neighbor are huge barrel aged stout fans so we're going to drink some of the ones that I have in the bunker tonight. On the schedule to be sampled
    are:
    2008 GI BCS
    2010 GI BCS
    2012 GI BCS
    2012 Founders KBS
    2013 Founders KBS
    2013 Bell's Black Note
    2012 FW Parabola

    I've never had any of these other then the 2012 GI BCS and the Bell's Black Note so I'm excited to see the difference between the vintages and
    the brewery offerings.

    Here's to what I hope is a great night of sampling!
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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Nice lineup -- pretty much the "big 4" of semi-widely available BBA stouts! The fresh KBS will be the outlier due to the coffee; the 2012's coffee had faded a fair bit on the last one I drank in January.

    Will you be declaring a "best in show"?
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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    I plan on tasting them blind so we'll each get about 4oz's to drink through and we do plan on providing a top 3.
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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    What a fun and tasty treat for you guys. Sounds great.

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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    IMHO the most recent BCS crushes Black Note. BCS only gets better with time from what I've seen. I'm going to a buddy's for a tasting tonight. I'm taking rabbit stew and a slew of cheeses to offset the huge list of items we'll be sampling:

    Bourbon County 2006
    Bourbon County 2007
    Bourbon County 2008
    Bourbon County 2009
    Bourbon County 2010
    Bourbon County 2011
    Bourbon County 2012
    Bourbon County Coffee 2010
    Bourbon County Coffee 2011
    Bourbon County Coffee 2012
    Bourbon County Vanilla
    Bourbon County RARE
    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
    Bourbon County Bramble

    Looking at beeradvocate, it looks like the first bottle release was 2003 so we'll be able to sample most of what has been bottled. I'm stoked for this evening!

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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Quote Originally Posted by Beer&Bourbon View Post
    I'm going to a buddy's for a tasting tonight. I'm taking rabbit stew and a slew of cheeses to offset the huge list of items we'll be sampling:

    Bourbon County Vanilla


    Bourbon County Bramble
    I'm particularly interested in hearing about the vanilla at 2.5 years and bramble rye at 1.5 years. I didn't get to taste them when they were released, but I've been holding on to one of each, trying to let them age as long as I can resist opening.
    "A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Sounds like a killer tasting.

    Make sure to serve some small bites, sparkling water and maybe some cheeses. I attended a stout tasting recently and with only water to drink it was tough to discern between the beers after a few of them. Palate fatigue seems to set in pretty quick with high octane stouts IMO.

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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Both tastings sound like fun. I look forward to hearing impressions later.

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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWF View Post
    I'm particularly interested in hearing about the vanilla at 2.5 years and bramble rye at 1.5 years. I didn't get to taste them when they were released, but I've been holding on to one of each, trying to let them age as long as I can resist opening.
    I'm interested in the vanilla as well. I thought it was overpowering fresh and even with a bit over a year on it. I really like the Cherry Rye and am excited to try the Bramble. The coffee (fresh and aged) is my least favorite of the bunch. I'll try to jot down general impressions while we're going through.

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    Re: Barrel Aged Beer Sampling

    Quote Originally Posted by Beer&Bourbon View Post
    IMHO the most recent BCS crushes Black Note. BCS only gets better with time from what I've seen. I'm going to a buddy's for a tasting tonight. I'm taking rabbit stew and a slew of cheeses to offset the huge list of items we'll be sampling:

    Bourbon County 2006
    Bourbon County 2007
    Bourbon County 2008
    Bourbon County 2009
    Bourbon County 2010
    Bourbon County 2011
    Bourbon County 2012
    Bourbon County Coffee 2010
    Bourbon County Coffee 2011
    Bourbon County Coffee 2012
    Bourbon County Vanilla
    Bourbon County RARE
    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
    Bourbon County Bramble

    Looking at beeradvocate, it looks like the first bottle release was 2003 so we'll be able to sample most of what has been bottled. I'm stoked for this evening!
    wow. After the first couple samples, im not sure you will be able to tell the subtle differences from aging.

    And Bourbon county is a giant bourbon bomb from day one. I would expect the fading of the hops to only make it more prevalent. I have tried some vintages of BCS but never in a side by side with fresh. BCS isnt bottle conditioned so I wouldnt expect it to change greatly over time.

    KBS and coffee stouts are a different story.

 

 

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