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RATINGS: 734   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (678) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, some hoppiness, sweet, cherry, espresso, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dunn4040 (125) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Thanks to gumballdust for the bottle. This is my first Black Note and needless to say, Iíve really been looking forward to cracking this one open. Pours a thick, deep deep brown with a nice one finger caramel color head. The aroma hits you as soon as you start pouring the beer. Licorice, vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very nice aroma. Flavor is complex, yet very enjoyable. Slightly spicy, coffee beans, vanilla, booze, brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety smooth. Probably has the best mouthfeel of any stout Iíve ever had. They really nailed that aspect of it. I canít imagine a stout getting much better than this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (898) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
shared a 2012 bottle with a friend. poured dark black with a small mocha head. chocolate, bourbon, raisins, caramel, coffee is almost gone here. toffee. incredible complex taste of the use of 2 bears. itís real smooth and complex beer and iím really happy i get to try it!. I expected it to be a lote more thicker do. and I donít think itís worth to age it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersighted (92) - - MAY 10, 2014
Vintage 2014, this is a sugary sweet imperial stout. Tastes of toffee, while the bourbon barrel aging mellows out the sweetness. For a beer of this abv, it is remarkably easy drinking. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
revolution2718 (212) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours black with no head. Nose is roast, dark fruits maybe cherry, touch of bourbon, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, touch milky, a bit of barrel. Taste is dark fruits, milk chocolate, cherry, bit milky, I don't taste the 11% at all. Creamy and excellent mouthfeel. This beer truly is great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (372) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle to glass. Random find at west Lakeview liquors in Chicago. Pours a deep black with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is a beautiful roasted malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, very complex. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, light coffee, some bitterness, choclatey sweetness. Full body with a creamy mouth feel and a lingering dark roasted sweetness. Extraordinary! Got one more that will have to age a few years before the next try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle shared with mrbunn courtesy of coyotehunter. Smells like dark fruit, anise, and motor oil, but the good kind. No foam to speak of, and super awful, frightening dark. Taste is crazy smooth and almost light compared to the nose. Delicious, like sweet black candy with booze mixed in. Delicious and complex with the majority of the taste coming late in the palate. We likes it. I prefer deliverance, but this is such a close second as to not matter. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Jekyl: first few sips and wow... strong chocolate, caramel, and a little bourbon. Hyde: after that then all bourbon, very little choc and caramel. Must be user error.

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