Black Noise
2nd Shift Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,945
Ranked #19,134
3.97 | pDev: 6.3%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Getting back to our roots, our newest imperial stout Black Noise features no adjuncts, just pure stout goodness. Dark, rich, and roasty.
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. No head. Lots of roasted barley in the nose, but I had to really seek it out. I’m tasting very decadent and creamy roasted barley. The mouth is thick, smooth, and viscous.

Jul 19, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, bought in a 4 pack, split two to give my mom. Hopefully it's good.
Canned 12/17/19.
Odell snifter.

Pours a shiny black body with a tall attractive beige head of 2 fingers, then recedes to a half finger and stays. Sparse lacing on the sides but the thicker lacing stays with the head.

Aromas of dark chocolate and ash, with hints of molasses sweetness and a touch of anise. Plum/raisin, tobacco, toffee are all faintly in there as well. The nose is a bit weak though and takes some effort to acquire.

Flavors bring initial fig and heavy roasted malt, with hints of dark chocolate and caramel, with slight anise candy at the very end. Some dark coffee and smoke also creep up the more it is drank and meld with the beer to add complexity. Piney bitterness compounds on the palate giving it a Russian-like character.

Feel is medium to heavy, lots of roast, a moderate alcohol presence but with mild burn, drying roast and resin on the finish. Not particularly creamy, just a straight shot thick coffee-like stout.

Overall a really decent beer but it is a bit pricey. I prefer Defiance's Fuzzy Knuckles in a huge way, but this is no slouch either.

Price paid : $13.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : yes

May 11, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a very tiny, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, toffee and chocolate. Great roasty taste with coffee, dark chocolate and caramel.

Mar 30, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, no dating that I could find on it. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (plum, raisin), roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but with some burnt/charred malt and anise flavors also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this imperial stout, worth a try if you come across some!

Mar 26, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger and a half of dense caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts with hints of toffee and milk chocolate. Great depth. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely and bready malts with dark and milk chocolate and toffee sprinkled in between. Big roasty quality within a focused and simplified imperial stout profile. Mouth feel is dense and full with a hearty silty graininess that beefs up the thick consistency. Overall, big and impressive plain imperial stout that nails its intention and focus.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Mar 24, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Short, frothy, umber head atop opaque black. Coffee, slight bourbon, roasted malt, buttery toffee and bitter chocolate. Full bodied, smooth and creamy, somewhat drying. A very solid base stout, hoping to try a BA variant someday.

Mar 09, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This mighty fine brew pours a
rich blackish brown with dark tea highlights and a modest fading
head of foam that fizzles quick to a thin ring. Nose of dark cocoa,
dark coffee, char, and smoke. Flavors hit the stout lovers note with
aplomb; dark cocoa, dark coffee, subtle anise, light herbal touches from
the hops, and warming booze with char. Nice mouth feel; full body,
smooth, light carbonation, and a lightly dry warming finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a great little brewery that is
making it's way into Ohio more.


Dec 12, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ebony body topped with a thin yet lasting light tan head. Rich and warm aroma of toasted, charred grains; some cocoa and chocolate; light coffee suggestion. The taste exudes decadent notes of sweet milk chocolate and grain char; a nice bitterness slightly offsets the sweetness; some booziness noted through the sweetness. Heavy body; velvety with residual sugars; initial sweet mouthfeel gives way to some alcohol heat and dryness.

Wow! It is so nice to come across a pure, non-gimmicky stout that impresses with its taste, smell and mouthfeel. There is great richness and depth to be found here, simple yet also complex. A very tasty beverage...

Sep 15, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like roast, sharp dark chocolate, herbal hops, booze, and espresso shots.

This is well put together, with a great malt complexity that evokes flavors that weren’t actually added here. There’s lots of coffee and dark chocolate, roasty and herbal and fresh, with a creamy sweetness. There’s slight smoke, and a just a touch of warming booziness that works well as a flavor itself, playing against the creamy sweetness of the malt.

This is medium bodied, and pretty creamy, with a pretty rich mouthfeel. It’s a slower sipper due to the slight booziness.

I’m impressed with this - it kind of came out of nowhere.

Aug 23, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an interesting lil guy we have here. haven't had a straight forward stout in a bit and decided to break that today. poured into a pint glass pitch black, motor oil kinda thing going on with a finger or less of khaki on top. nothing left behind. nose was rich and roasty, lots of malt coming through with some dark chocolate, a good bit of sweetness and some coffee. an earthy note shines in once it warmed some. flavor hits the same, lot of warming roasted malt flavors with chocolate, earthiness and black coffee settling nicely together. some heat hits ya but never overwhelming and it drinks well. solid, straightforward stout, which just hits the spot sometimes.

Aug 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 6/19/19; drank 7/31/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy dark khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, fresh earth, dark chocolate, mild banana & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, chalk & dark roast coffee bean flavors; dark chocolate, mild banana & faint raspberry notes on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Harsh RIS vibes here; robust & interesting, if a bit off-putting.

Aug 01, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow...seriously intense. Full body...utterly black. Not much of a head, and a little single-dimensional, but still very 'in-your-face'. It is roasted and a little syrupy. Sweet and very warming...bordering on hot. Lots of alcohol and heavily roasted...almost burnt...notes. Not bad, but not great either.

Jul 25, 2019
Black Noise from 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 24 ratings