12.22.13 Black Sunday: Rare Beer Release

12/22. Black Sunday at 99 Bottles

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But over in Federal Way, at 99 Bottles beer store, Santa’s elves were digging up something better than coal. They’re rich and they’re dark and they’ll fill you with good will, these things we call barrel-aged imperial stouts will give you a fill.

Available at checkout, immediately upon opening—

Goose Island BCBS rare beer release 2013

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013

One of the most sought-after beers in the craft beer world. It has been recognized by judges at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. BCBS is dark and dense in a powerful yet silky body made to be sipped. Its nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and smoke; finishing with a signature bourbon heat only this bold stout could harness. 14.5% ABV
19 available, $5.99 | 1 per household, while it lasts – please have I.D. ready

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2013

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is brewed using coffee roasted from Intelligentsia Coffee, their next-door neighbor at the Fulton Street brewery. This world-class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. Each year, Goose Island brewers collaborate with the coffee experts at Intelligentsia to select a new bean. In 2013, we feature ‘Los Inmortales’ coffee beans from El Salvador. The beans were roasted and cold brewed just days before being blended into the stout. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. 14% ABV
19 available, $5.99 | 1 per household, while it lasts – please have I.D. ready

Goose Island Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013

New for 2013 and was inspired by the berries our brewers first remember eating from the trees in their backyards. Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. Full of dark, spicy and pleasantly sweet flavors, this trio of berries nicely complements the flavors imparted from the barrel resulting in a smooth, jammy stout perfect for sipping on your back porch. 13.9% ABV
22 available, $20.99 | 1 per household, while it lasts – please have I.D. ready

Available from the 99 BOTTLES cellar; these beers will be on the counter leading to checkout—

Black Sunday 2013 rare beer release

Deschutes Black Butte XXI (2009)

Similar recipe and strength to Black Butte XX (2008), “enhanced by adding some Theo’s Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopping it with 100 pounds of Bellatazza’s locally roasted coffee, and then aging a portion of it in Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey barrels.” 11% ABV.
10 available, $18.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Deschutes The Abyss

This special Reserve Series brew has very limited distribution. The Abyss is an imperial stout brewed with licorice and molasses with a portion aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s mysterious. Aged in French Oak and Bourbon barrels, this special brew has immeasureable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of molasses and licorice draw you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss beckons. Enjoy the journey. 11% ABV

The Abyss 2007

3 available, $23.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

The Abyss 2008

5 available, $22.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

The Abyss 2010

3 available, $20.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2009

World Wide Stout is one of the world’s strongest dark beers. It is brewed using six different yeast strains over seven months and then aged for half a year. Dark, rich, roasty, and complex, World Wide Stout has more in common with a fine port than a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer (released in early winter with very limited availability). 15% ABV.
6 available, $14.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Firestone Walker Parabola 2010

Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favorites. An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. 12.5% ABV
6 available, $23.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Full Sail Black Gold Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Our barrel aged beers have been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. Every year since, we’ve brewed an imperial style dark ale, filled roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, and then aged them in our cellar for a year. We rack this special beer in small batches, available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint. 11.4% ABV

Black Gold 2009

3 available, $15.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Black Gold 2011

6 available, $14.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island could have thrown a party to celebrate the 1,000th batch at their original brewpub. But they did something better: They brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation they brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it. They’ve been brewing it every year since. Limited!

Bourbon County Stout 2010

6 bottles available, $12.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Bourbon County Stout 2009

2 bottles available, $21.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Harviestoun Engineer’s Reserve 2012

The intensely flavored but incredibly smooth Engineer’s Reserve is our fabulous Old Engine Oil brewed up to 9% ABV. Three hop varieties – grassy Fuggles, spicy East Kent Goldings and fruity Galena – are combined with roast barley providing a slightly burnt, toasted coffee character. Enjoy a bottle after dinner and take time to savor the earthy, hop fruity flavours of this spectacularly dark, rich beer. 9% ABV
12 available, $8.99 | 2 per person, while it lasts

Laughing Dog The Dogfather Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2008

This imperial stout is aged for nearly 11 months on bourbon barrels. It’s got aromas and flavors of bourbon, oak, roasted bitter chocolate and coffee. 11% ABV
6 available, $12.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Midnight Sun Berserker 2010

Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Also labeled under the “Alaska’s Most Wanted” series. 12.7% ABV
3 available, $25.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Nectar Ales Black Xantus 2011

Black Xantus is a rare bird and the first new release from Nectar Ales in Years. It is the First ever “big-beer” to be released under the Nectar Ales line. Barrel aged for 6 months in combination of Bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels and Infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local roaster Jobella. Rich bourbon and coffee aromas greet the senses. Complex chocolate and tobacco flavors fill the palate. This beer displays a full-bodied mouth-feel and an overall balanced presentation. It would be a perfect pairing to rich chocolate desserts. 11% ABV
6 available, $18.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV (2011)

Seems hard to believe that we’ve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but that’s what’s happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, we’ve brewed a special small batch that’s been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. It’s bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label —- and it’s amazing. The depth, intensity and complexity of the flavor profile make it a worthy tribute to this fine beer. 11.5% ABV
3 available, $28.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Barrel-Aged 2011

Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. This is one seriously naughty but nice beer. Black as coal that he’s known to leave for those children who haven’t behaved, but smooth and sweet like good kids who leave Milk and Cookies for the Jolly Old Fat Man. Port Brewing took their 2010 Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout and aged it on bourbon barrels to come up with this masterpiece.
12 available, $19.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

“There’s no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts,” states Stone CEO Greg Koch. “I know, because I’m one of ’em and I can hardly wait for it to come out each year!” Some may think that a late Spring release for a special brew of this sort is an odd time for it to come out onto the market. Koch justifies this with the rationalization “What better than a warm time of year to come out with a brew that tastes great as it warms up!” That’s because “ice cold” is certainly not the appropriate way to serve the beer. Nearly without exception, the darker, richer and more alcoholic a brew is, the warmer the serving temperature should be. The Stone Imperial Stout label describes the brew as being “intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate…expect this mysterious brew to pour like used motor oil and taste even heavier! Serve at 55 degrees.” 10.5% ABV

Stone IRS 2008

9 available, $13.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Stone IRS 2010

6 available, $11.99 | 1 per person, while it lasts

Wells & Young’s Courage Imperial Russian Stout 2011

As Originally brewed in 1795 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Enjoy now or allow to mature in the cellar. Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh smoky, fruity finish. 10% ABV
24 available, $7.99 | no limits

Black Sunday Shoppers at 99 Bottles

Thanks to all who braved the weather and came out early today for Black Sunday. The line started formation around 10:00 a.m. and reached to the entrance of House Teriyaki Wok by 11:45 a.m. Tickets were handed out to those in line for the 2013 Goose Island beers, to folks in order of their arrival. All in line prior to opening were able to get at least one ticket for Bourbon County Brand Stout (19), Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (20), and/or Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout (22). Everyone was then ushered in to peruse the cellar release items, with those arriving earliest getting first selection. Thank you to everyone for the kindness in sharing and your patience waiting in line.

12/22/13 2:15 p.m. update: BCBS, BCBCS, and Backyard Rye are sold out. We ended up with one bottle of Backyard Rye after the crowd cleared and found the abandoned ticket for it in the Anderson Valley Winter Solstice; the beer was purchased shortly thereafter. Parabola, Black Butte XXI, Abyss, WWS, BCBS, MS Berserker, NC BA Old Rasputin are sold out. A few bottles of other beers remain.

Black Sunday at 99 Bottles -- December 22, 2013

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