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Black Note vs. KBS vs. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VeganUndead, Apr 7, 2013.

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  1. VeganUndead

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    Did a blind taste test with two friends earlier today with these three earlier to see if a favorite could be picked. They were all the most recent vintages. The results went as follows as far as preference:

    Me-
    1st. Black Note
    2nd. BCBS
    3rd. KBS

    Friends:
    KBS
    Black Note
    BCBS

    And the final participant chose BCBS as his favorite, originally said KBS second, then changed his mind a few minutes later and said Black Note was his second choice. So for posterity's sake was anything learned? Absolutely not haha, three participants, three different favorites,but of course enjoyed the research. All I have for now, cheers
     
  2. VeganUndead

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    P.S. would have love to have central water's ba stout as a fourth competitor because I personally think it's right up there, but I only have one bottle left so going to hold on to it. I am however looking forward to see how the central waters bbbw fairs against sucaba and whiskey bigfoot.
     
  3. Mohican88

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    I haven't had BCBS (and probably won't being in OH) but have had KBS and Black Note in the last 2 weeks. I enjoyed KBS but absolutely loved Black Note. Both are great, but the melding of barrel flavors into the base beers made Black Note taste and smell better to me. No wrong answer here for sure. It's a great thing to have variety and varying opionions. Imagine how hard the great beers would be to get if everyone agreed on the best!
     
  4. krl2112

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    I would agree with ur friends: KBS, Black Note, BCBS.
     
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  5. hoparoundnw2337

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    Really don't know how you can have a "blind" taste test on these without knowing what they are when you taste. They are so different and descriptions of them are everywhere. Unless the tasters are unaware they even exist? I do however believe your favorites are real.
     
  6. Beeranator

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    Without a doubt BCBS, it is so complex and full of flavor.
     
  7. VeganUndead

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    To keep it blind I poured for the two gentlemen, without telling them the order I poured in, then they wrote down their preferences for beers 1, 2, and 3 in order. Before telling them the order I had them pour for be in an unknown order. I picked my preferences then we discussed what order we had actually just poured. The KBS was the most unique of the 3 being it is the most coffee forward imo, but thoroughly enjoy all three, I enjoy choosing among great beers of the same, or similar styles, than trying to compare genres.
     
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    To me the BCBS is so strong with the bourbon at the front it overwhelms everything else. The Black Note to me was a perfect balance. I sadly can't comment on the KBS, however a friend whose palate is directly linked with mine gives the Black Note a slight edge over the KBS. I am looking forward to trying my 2012 BCBS next winter with a year in my cellar.
     
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    Me too!
     
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    Blacknote
    Kbs
    Bcbs....for me
     
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    Should've tossed in a BBPT5 for this! All great beers though and all completely different in flavor.
     
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    Isn't the BBPTF only available on tap at Dark Horse ?
     
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    nope. i'm getting ready to open one in about 15 minutes, its following up a KBS.
     
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    Bottles are sold at 4 Elf party each year.
     
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    I love all of them but I'd go

    KBS - Coffee / Chocolate
    Black Note - Smoothest
    BCBS - Bourbony awesomeness but more one dimensional
     
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    I think those beers are all so different that I don't understand tasting them blind. It's sorta apples and oranges comparing KBS to BCBS.
     
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    Well, apples to oranges would be KBS to Two Hearted. This is more like Macintosh apples and Fuji apples.
     
  19. VeganUndead

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    I like my apples and oranges aged in bourbon barrels
     
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    KBS baby!!!!!!!!!
     
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    A blind tasting with these beers would be interesting. These beers are distinctly different, I would be surprised if I could not pick each one out with in the first sip.
     
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    How can your palate be directly linked with somebody else's?
    Sounds weird and gross.
     
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  24. jaIsPoAn

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    Definitely
     
  25. sukwonee

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    KBS is very different from the other two... so hard to rank them but

    My preference is

    1. BCBS
    2. Black Note
    3. KBS
     
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    Sorry to gross you out. What that means is that when we have various beers together we pretty much always have the same opinion.
     
  27. SpunkyHopslammer

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    But its not distributed, right?
     
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    yeah bbpt5 is better than all three for sure
     
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    Never had black note but it's hard to decide a favorite among the other two. In a tasting you may prefer BCBS because it is stronger in bourbon flavor, mouthfeel, etc... and generally more in your face. This isn't really a fair comparison because it is 4% higher ABV. KBS is very well crafted and the way all the flavors come across equally to me makes it world class, but if you have it side by side with BCBS it may seem thinner and less flavorful. Me personally I may prefer KBS but it isn't easy to decide as they are both top of the line BBA stouts.
     
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    Black Note>KBS>BCBS. Need to revisit BCBS though
     
  31. JamesShoemaker

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    +1. Now that I've had all three.
     
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    ^ this
     
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    Ive just had all 3 in the last year for the first time. My list is probably based a little more on a mix of drinkability and complexity, because if it went only on only complexity my list would be in reverse order.
     
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    I have had all three within the last year as they have been released....

    KBS, Black Note, BCBS

    At the end of the day though, they are all such great beers. If you find your self lucky enough to be drinking any of them, then its a good day.

    Cheers,
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    I agree...just did KBS tonight and onto BCBS now. While I love the heck out of KBS, I think I'm beginning to love BCBS more because of its "complex and full of flavor" taste.

    Somebody send me Black Note asap! :p
     
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    So...how would the mayors palate rate them?
     
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    Rasputin XV.
     
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    Momentary preference is a huge factor. Right now I would go KBS>BN>BCS. This is a statement of preference not quality. KBS and Black Note will flip flop in the top two spots, drinkability is a big factor. BCS is bigger and sweeter than the other two, meaning I will tend to reach for it less often.
     
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    Macintosh apples don't hold a candle to Fuji apples. They lack crispness and flavor. Honeycrisp apples on the other hand...
     
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    Jazz. The apple you really want is Jazz.
     
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