DDB is no stranger to eating shovelfuls of molten crow. Back when I was yapping off at the nanners before the BA Barleywine tasting, the midwest cleaned up and Great got the heisman right to the chest. It’s fine to be wrong and tuck the acorn peen between the thighs. In this instance being speculatively wrong has never felt so right: BCBVR is amazing. I can’t backpedal or use artful qualifiers to wriggle out of this one. It really is that good, lamentably. Let’s get to it already and get this pageantry over with.
Imperial Stout, Chicago, 13.4% abv, whalezbro
Ok so what sets this apart from the previously, already good, BCBVS? Different beans to flick, different BALs to juggle. Bourbon in the previous iteration and rye in the current one. Let’s get to it.
A: This has a thinner aspect than coffee and the other variants with less sheeting and less, more carb, and just overall seems livelier. There is a degree of balance to what is typically intensely massive and just looks dead on in every aspect.
S: The nose is rich and decadent with layers of waffle cone, vanilla milkshake, Whoppers, nougat and of course sticky vanilla. This is not vanilla extract or Yankee Candle or Glade Plug In, legit WE ARE BAKING SNICKERDOODLES, vanilla. It is frustratingly good, it’s difficult to take in the layers of smells concurrently with the gnashing of teeth.
T: This is a touch thinner than regular BCBS but shines as a result. Without hefty residual sugar flab, the bakery goes into full production with mounds bar, almond joy, rich chocolate notes, cake pops, and a lingering sweet vanilla finish. IT never becomes too sweet for its own good and delivers without excess the promise of that bean. It is an unquestionable improvement over regular and coffee BCBS, I prefer it to Propreeshitors, baconator or otherwise.
M: The rye barrel takes this to places that made the original BCBVS seem uninteresting. The spicy crackle from the rye helps to offset the sticky vanilla and seems to thin out the vanilla oils with a touch of balance adding nuance and depth to a beer that could have been like sticking your cock in a soft serve cone. It is the thinnest of the BCBS treatments since Cherry Rye and just works so well with a light fusel heat and crackle along the gumline. It is silky but never flabby, excellent carb and you keep hitting up the ATM to get more vanilla singles/fun tickets to rain on the stage.
D: This is just an outright phenomenal beer and no amount of brow furrowing, or quoting distro numbers, or making fun of dipshits on the trade boards will change that fact. I could try to whip up a 2 minute youtube masterpiece to bring myself to terms with this but, it is just simply too well done and widely available to the masses. Sure there are other stouts that are better, but with a much steeper casting cost. This wont tap your lands that hard, relative to the other top tier stouts. It would be absurd to tell a DDB reader to seek this out, but I would temper that sentiment with “within reason.”