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Black Note 4 Packs - Chicagoland?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by dman127, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Verified

    You're effin awesome man. I called mr A's bout 3 hours ago and he said he had 3-4 packs left with 2 pack limit. Reserved 2 of them for myself. I gotta say it is definitely worth the hype, probably even better. Freaking amazing. It's so much different than BCBS and so much better than hopslam (probably cuz I'm biased towards RIS'). So well balanced. I thought for sure I wasn't gonna score any for myself. Especially when I went to armanettis in Aurora and the guy in front of me bought the last 4 pack. Cheers!
  2. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Savant (490) Illinois Mar 19, 2012 Verified

    Rumor has it that Black Note is only Expedition stout barrel aged for about a year, and then blended with the Double Cream Stout to taste. There's your "balance", it's a blend.

    I don't know about off flavors, but Black Note has always been thin to medium bodied. A good beer for sure, but I prefer BCBS and won't be chasing any BN in the future. Same opinion on BA Blackout, HF Damon, Hunahpu, etc good enough beers, but if it's not better than something readily available (BCBS, Abraxas) then why bother seeking it out?
  3. ChugginOil

    ChugginOil Initiate (0) Illinois Sep 23, 2010

    Anything I can do to help a fellow local BA! I'm glad you're enjoying it. Next time I score some hyped allocated beers i'll BM you the location. Cheers!
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  4. And yet another thread about awesome beer becomes a comparison to BCBS.... Completely different beers!
    JohnB87 and TheIpaGuy like this.
  5. wintbs379

    wintbs379 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 13, 2009 Verified

    BA can't have Chicago folk feeling bad about themselves now....
  6. You bought a lotto ticket on the spot, right? Lucky you.
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  7. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Verified

    So let me get this right, cuz I'm a little confused. BCBS is a Bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout. Black note is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. I mean i might be a little new to craft beers. but they seem to be the SAME exact type of beer to me. Yet they're different beers?
  8. Mandark

    Mandark Savant (315) Illinois Apr 8, 2008

    One clerk told me 30 cases for the whole city.

    Another guy told me 35.

    Somebody else said 20.

    And one dude in the far northern suburbs told me there are no bottles, it's only on draft in Chicago.

    I've become less interested in shelf whale hunting, and more interested in tale spinners.
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  9. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    And that's the problem. Why release a beer for distribution if you can't put an even slightly respectable amount out. Just sell it out of the General Store and be done with it. You'll never satisfy the demand, but this is fairly ridiculous. And, no, I didn't get a bottle, but it didn't matter all that much to me. I've had Black Note on tap a few times and it's a solid brew that I wouldn't turn down. Is it a brew that I would consider to be in the exceptional range? Without a doubt, absolutely not.

    What is important, however, is that I successfully conquered Vav's Hopslam challenge earlier today. I didn't even have to taste it, I could tell the difference by the nose. So could a couple of others including Vav.
  10. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Black Note is blend of Expedition Stout (a Russian Imperial Stout) and Double Cream Stout (a lower abv. American Stout) that has been aged in bourbon barrels. However, it also has added hype and rarity that drives up the ratings and demand among those that frequent this site.
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  11. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 23, 2010

    I've got a bottle for you if you tell me about this "Hopslam challenge".
  12. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

  13. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Vav cellared a six pack of last years Hopslam. Between 2:00 and 2:30 today he pulled it out and started pouring a side by side of this years Hopslam and last years Hopslam for anyone who stopped in the store and wanted to participate. The challenge was to identify the fresh from the aged Hopslam. A couple of us were able to distinguish last years Hopslam from the fresh Hopslam solely by the nose without even tasting it. The early results were fairly mixed, however the number of those that were successful in correctly identifying the aged Hopslam from the fresh Hopslam were growing when I left this afternoon. I don't want to threadjack here, however there were some other interesting things were noticed. Vav pointed out the head of the aged Hopslam was much more pronounced and the aged Hopslam actually had more lively carbonation (due the fact that its bottle-conditioned and the yeast has had longer to work.)
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  14. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 23, 2010

    Both of you fellas can have a 12oz'er of the 'Note if you want. I don't do the whole Twitter thing very actively...I made mine 3 years ago when I found out "that's what you need to get tickets for Dark Lord Day".

    A hat-tip and bow to chanokokoro for the lengthy explanation! Sounds neat-o.
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  15. Vav

    Vav Advocate (515) Wisconsin Jul 27, 2008

    The final tally was 15 were able to correctly identify the aged hopslam, 8 were not.
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  16. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

    After reading this, I'm so glad I made the trip to Bell's last weekend and bought it there.
  17. chriltz

    chriltz Aficionado (205) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    Taste wise, how was the aged hopslam? I've got a 6 pack somewhere in the basement that never got consumed last year...is it worth drinking?
  18. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (365) Illinois Jul 12, 2009 Verified

    Think of it as a honey pale and yes, its very drinkable.
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  19. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i found a couple in the fridge last year that were a year old. extra honey. bonus good.
  20. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (360) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    But I thought that Hopslam was supposed to turn into a Barleywine after aging?
  21. aclara

    aclara Aficionado (190) Illinois Mar 16, 2011 Verified

    I was told Hopslam turns into more like Maltslam
  22. I was told Three Floyds burned down.
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  23. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I was told it turns into Arctic Panzer Wolf.
    Vav likes this.
  24. Docrock

    Docrock Advocate (570) Illinois Jan 21, 2012 Verified

    Not to cause a mad rush up I-94 but was at Eccentric Cafe for lunch today, Black Note on tap. Then walked over to General Store and the cooler was full of Black Note, limit 1 case and nobody in the store was even looking at it...
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  25. jegross2

    jegross2 Champion (750) Illinois Jan 3, 2010 Verified

    Who said the trade value of those 750s plummeted again? If we're going by single bottles, a 750 ML > 12 oz ;)
  26. Based on this I made the trip up on Wednesday, so thank you for your post.

    Was stoked to find they also had the following on tap from an event they held over the weekend:

    2007 Cherry Stout
    2010 Expedition Stout
    2011 Black Note
    2007 Third Coast Ale
    2009 Eccentric Ale
    Batch 7000
    BA BATCH 9000

    Well worth the trip.
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  27. jegross2

    jegross2 Champion (750) Illinois Jan 3, 2010 Verified

    How was their batch 7000?
  28. Yeah that was the first thing I went for. Could not have asked for a better first pour for my day.
  29. they still have black note cases? i was thinking of driving up tomorrow morning, though i'd definitely call first before making the trek.
  30. Yes definitely call. I made my plans starting with calling the General Store near closing time Tuesday night. fwiw the bartender at Eccentric did say that my case was from their final pallet which they received on Tuesday.
  31. willandperry

    willandperry Savant (275) Colorado Sep 15, 2011 Verified

    Do these 12 oz bottles taste as good on the 750s from last year?
  32. pmoney

    pmoney Advocate (665) Colorado Apr 15, 2011 Verified

    No, they taste much less rare.
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  33. willandperry

    willandperry Savant (275) Colorado Sep 15, 2011 Verified

    Makes sense...
  34. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Savant (295) Illinois Sep 19, 2012

    I was able to snag 8 bottles here in my little town 60 miles west of Chicago in Dekalb with little problem, there was a few cases to be had.
    And my buddy got 3 in addition to my 8....already drank those :D

  35. I'll trade you a 4pk of BCBS for all 8 of them. Wouldn't want to force you to drink something with an "off" flavor.
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  36. PDZ

    PDZ Savant (270) Illinois Jun 26, 2012

    he meant the flavor was "off" the chain delicious
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  37. atone315

    atone315 Champion (880) Wisconsin Oct 8, 2008 Verified

    DeKalb strikes again!!! The beer mecca!!!!
  38. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Savant (340) Illinois Sep 1, 2010

    little problem with black note, but looks like you have a drug problem with that razor blade and residue on your table.
  39. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    good eye. but seeing your avatar, doesn't surprise me.