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RATINGS: 865   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (2244) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Pour at Pour it Black. Rate 1600. One pour left and it’s all gone. Nearly black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, charred oak, raisin. Flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, lightly charred oak, licorice. A very full, complex stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 18, 2015
500th rate, 100th imperial stout. Bottle, very thick and black, little head, some lace. Aroma is raisin, plums, molasses, shoyu, vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, oak, a hint of mint and sprucey hops at the finish. Palate quite rich and thick, almost chewy, carbonation very subdued. Not too sweet, big vanilla bourbon fades into roasty with a hint of hops dryness at the finish. This is just a tad bit hot at the beginning , but a very well rounded, excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (878) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Opaque black brown, mahogany tinged. Small head. Molasses, raisin, fig, dark fruity notes, vanilla. Bitter, sweet, finishes very dry. Long finish, surprisingly clean. Chewy. Amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1286) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
Une grand merci à Clark pour cette magnifique bouteille! Cheers my friend! Bière issue de la cuvée 2012 en format 341ml avec capsule. La bière est d’un noir d’encre et sans mousse, si ce n’est qu’un mince anneau brunâtre et sombre en bordure de ce trou noir inquiétant. Nez duquel émanent de puissantes et chaudes vapeurs de bourbon, de vanille et de mélasse. Je m’attends ici à un liquide dense dominé par le vieillissement en barriques. Outre le bois et l’alcool, des fruits noirs confits, de la réglisse et un chocolat au Grand Marnier. Texture huileuse, alcool réconfortant, vapeur douces dans l’arrière-palais... Ohhhhh que c’est agréable! Du chocolat à profusion mêlé à un bourbon vanillé des meilleurs! Les malts rôtis offrent une base des mieux balancées et aromatiques à ce liquide charpenté et complexe. Une douce effervescence ajoute une touche de vie à ce liquide qui aurait sans doute été trop pâteux. Je suis sous le charme!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3430) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2015
2012 Pours black and oily with a minimal tan head. Complex aroma of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon. Sweet smooth sipper that has all the flavors that were in the aroma. Well done typical BA Impy Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Black/brown pour with very little head. Aroma BB, chocolate, and espresso. Flavor is sweet chocolate, BB, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet start and finish. A good malt bitter. Full body with good carbonation. Solid beer

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Big roast coffee aroma from bomber bottle. Poured jet black n tan head. Flavors of coffee raisins prune and slight alcohol heat. Absolutely awesome beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
Cuvée 2014. La, on ne rigole plus. Bière très complexe, riche et intense. Chocolat, vanille, bourbon, café, le tout parfaitement dosé. Top !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5787) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Have had this from 750ml bottle 12oz bottle and a growler fill a few years back. Pours out ink black topped with a brown head. This was one of my top wants back in the day. Nose is amazing roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla bourbon barrel and plenty of sweetness. Taste is more of the nice thick roast malts chocolate sweetness vanilla bourbon barrel.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1332) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2015
People have been talking and writing about this Imperial Stout for a long time, but you don’t really know what to expect until you try it yourself. This stuff is seriously classy. Black as starless night and a dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, charred malt, and a hint of cream. Flavor has more of the same but with some dark fruit (plum, currant) and spice (anise). The bourbon note is smooth and rich. Black Note’s feel is full but velvety soft. It’s hard to oversell this beer. Or recommend it enough.


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