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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Black Note blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout. The combination is aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The result is a malty harmony of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruit notes, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (793) - - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at the porter. Pours an opaque dark black with a bit of tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, and booze. Taste of coffee, booze, and straight awesomeness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
On tap at Fieldhouse for PBW. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head that turns oil slick. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla. A smooth taste true to the aroma. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrodooo5 (919) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Opaque pour w/ a nice tan head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the bourbon flavor. The taste is rich, smooth, & all around deliciousness! The bourbon is present throughout w/ a hint of some chocolate. No bitterness & is like velvet! Phenomenal!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (995) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
12 ounce bottle (2014, 11.4% ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours black with a slight tinge of brown and a finger of tan head. Aromas of big caramel and bourbon, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Tastes of big bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Fairly smooth for 11.4%. Tastes like a big bourbon soaked chocolate covered caramel rolled in coconut with a cherry on top!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
bottle shared by fred82, thanks bro! pours unclear very dark brown with a small dark beige head, some retention, shy lacing. bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt raisins, woodsy bourbon - just enough vanilla, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, molasses and maple syrup, bitter coffee, coffee and cream. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily and barely sticky, warming booze well integrated, unsweetened chocolatey and bitter coffee finish. delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (229) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pitch black with a dark mocha head that barely covers and disappears to a tiny ring. Aroma is big vanilla, oak coconut sweetness. Mixed at the same time with dark fruits. Raisins, plumy fig slight cherry note playing off the chocolate notes. Chocolate ranging from bakers to hints of bitter sweet to gints of milk. Slight roast as well. Taste, slight carb pop, followed by chocate, bitter chocolate mixed with coconut and bourbon. Slight woodiness. Dark fruits present a bit less in the taste, maybe more cherry if anything. Finish is slight roast and more bitter chocolate. Body is full and velvety, with a lil heat.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mallen386 (20) - OKC, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Just great great stuff. The nose is a little shy, I thought. Despite appropriate glassware, it nosed better from the empty bottle. Only the most subtle bourbon. Moderately thin lacing of head. Perfectly balanced palate or mouthfeel. And I mean perfect. Slightly more carbonation than your usual artisan stout, which I find to be super welcome. It really helps the flavor and texture. Warmth from alcohol, obvious light milk chocolate flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (628) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 25, 2014
12oz bottle (2014 vintage) pours oily dark brown black with almost no head. Nose is boozy strong bourbon spice and dark fruits. Taste is thick muddy roasty cocoa, boozy bourbon, heavy earthy oak, the bourbon seems to just sit on top of the stout and is not in harmony with the beer as a whole. Mouthfeel is simultaneously thin on front and back, and murky in the middle. Finish is roasty charred chocolate, hershey syrup, strong oak, bourbon. Disjointed. Not horrible but a bit of a let down after everything I had heard. Would take regular Expedition over this any day.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbarty91 (7) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
A: coffee, chocolate, Bourbon. Ap: pitch black with a reddish tinge. T: bitter with a little sweetness. P: Bourbon, sweet, long lasting. O: exceptional beer that I would love to try aged.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (585) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, some hoppiness, sweet, cherry, espresso, bitter finish.


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