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

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  1. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Meyvn (1,474) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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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:

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

    Black Note

    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

    VeganUndead Meyvn (1,474) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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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

    Mohican88 Initiate (199) Jan 20, 2010 Ohio
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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

    krl2112 Crusader (732) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I would agree with ur friends: KBS, Black Note, BCBS.
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  5. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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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

    Beeranator Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 North Carolina
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    Without a doubt BCBS, it is so complex and full of flavor.
  7. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Meyvn (1,474) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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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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  8. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    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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  9. DanE

    DanE Disciple (328) Feb 24, 2012 Connecticut

    Me too!
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  10. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Bcbs....for me
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  11. Drucifer

    Drucifer Devotee (453) Apr 16, 2012 Illinois
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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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  12. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

  13. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    Isn't the BBPTF only available on tap at Dark Horse ?
  14. robwestcott

    robwestcott Meyvn (1,090) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana
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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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  15. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Bottles are sold at 4 Elf party each year.
  16. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (713) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
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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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  17. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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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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  18. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Well, apples to oranges would be KBS to Two Hearted. This is more like Macintosh apples and Fuji apples.
  19. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Meyvn (1,474) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    I like my apples and oranges aged in bourbon barrels
  20. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    KBS baby!!!!!!!!!
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  21. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (216) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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  22. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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.
  23. Phacoman

    Phacoman Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    How can your palate be directly linked with somebody else's?
    Sounds weird and gross.
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  24. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

  25. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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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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  26. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    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

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    But its not distributed, right?
  28. JerryM1984

    JerryM1984 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012 Florida

    yeah bbpt5 is better than all three for sure
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  29. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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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.
  30. StoutItOutLoud

    StoutItOutLoud Devotee (425) Apr 1, 2013 Illinois
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    Black Note>KBS>BCBS. Need to revisit BCBS though
  31. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    +1. Now that I've had all three.
  32. Hermthegerm

    Hermthegerm Aspirant (264) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    ^ this
  33. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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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.
  34. jdround

    jdround Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    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.

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  35. cw577enfield

    cw577enfield Disciple (320) Mar 3, 2013 Virginia
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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! :stuck_out_tongue:
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  36. headyhopzhead

    headyhopzhead Aspirant (276) Apr 9, 2008 Indiana would the mayors palate rate them?
  37. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Rasputin XV.
  38. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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.
  39. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (103) Dec 19, 2010 California
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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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  40. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Jazz. The apple you really want is Jazz.
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