[S2/E8] The Blind Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout Bout, Part 2

Season 2, Episode 8 This week on the show, part two of our epic blind bourbon barrel-aged stout tasting, with the final rankings and results.

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The time has arrived! We’re drinking the final five beers of our blind tasting, adding up the scores, and announcing the big winners. Just to recap, here are the beers we’re tasting:

· Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Parabola, 2014
· Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Brand Stout, 2014
· Hangar 24 Craft Brewery – Pugachev’s Cobra, 2014
· The Bruery – Black Tuesday, 2014
· Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Narwhal, 2014
· Dark Horse Brewing Company – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Plead The 5th, 2014
· Bell’s Brewery – Black Note Stout, 2014
· Bottle Logic Brewing – Darkstar November, 2014
· Avery Brewing Company – Uncle Jacob’s Stout, 2012

SPOILER ALERT: The results of the tasting are listed below, after the photo. All of our individual scores were pretty close to one another, and that could simply be coincidence, or the result of us discussing these beers as a group. Every beer in this tasting was great. They are all world class beers, and it was a real treat to have them all on the show.

The Blind Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout Bout
The Blind Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout Bout

Results of the 2015 Four Brewers Blind Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout Bout:

1. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Parabola, 2014
2. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery – Pugachev’s Cobra, 2014
3. Dark Horse Brewing Company – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Plead The 5th, 2014
4. Bell’s Brewery – Black Note Stout, 2014
5. Bottle Logic Brewing – Darkstar November, 2014
6. Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Brand Stout, 2014
7. The Bruery – Black Tuesday, 2014
8. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Narwhal, 2014
9. Avery Brewing Company – Uncle Jacob’s Stout, 2012

So as you can see, Firestone Walker Parabola come out on top, followed by Pugachev’s Cobra from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, with third place going to Dark Horse Brewing’s Plead the 5th. This was a fun exercise, and we encourage you to try this with your friends. The results may surprise you…

BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

Special shoutouts go to “Cougar Steve” Saavedra for hookup on the Michigan beers, and Scott McElhone for inspiring the titles of episodes 7 and 8.

Links to things from this week’s episode:
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