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RATINGS: 789   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2012 bottle. Black with very little head. Nose of dark fruit, boozy, peppery, sweet. Tastes of sweet malt, slight bourbon, vanilla, bit of chocolate. Oily mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (2298) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle shared with Casey, Peter, Ben, and Travis. Pours black with some brown head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruits. Flavor follows and has lots of chocolate and dark fruits. Some alcohol present. 2014 bottle. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (1396) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2014
From trade with Matt. Been craving this for so long. Drank this side by side with an expedition. Pours black with a brown lacing. Aroma has lots of sweet bourbon notes, wood, caramel, dark sweet fruits, vanilla, rich chocolate, and some butterscotch. Taste is slick and rather sweet with coffee notes, vanilla, caramel, sweet bourbon, weak soy, dark sweet fruits and some fudge. Butterscotch is there as well. Really balanced and decadent imperial stout! Well made!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vestergaard (683) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2014
2014 bottle, 33cl side by side with expedition. Pours a pitch black, with a tiny, short lasting, brown head. Aroma has a HUGE, sweet bourbon. Extremely caramel, candy, vanilla bourbon with dark, sweet, dried fruits. Some roast as well. Slight coffee. Taste has a full roasty maltbitterness up front, but quickly turns sweeter with TONS of vanilla. Rich chocolate, and in general you travel through lots of sweet candy notes. Caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, licorice, bourbon. So much lovely bourbon!!! This is a freaking treat that tastes like it will make you fat instantly! Full, creamy body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (157) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled 03/12/14. 11.4% abv. Light oak, no booze, cooked french toast. Smooth as could be. Light pale chocolate, espresso. Chewy, maple syrup molasses. Bitter, astringent after taste reminiscent of a coffee taste. Rich, well put together, smoother than most.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle->snifter [multiple 2014s at RFD over several weeks, and a 2012 at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary cellar event] . Black with small tan head. Fantastic aroma and taste of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, espresso, roasted malt. Just a perfect blend. Silky smooth. Phenomenal, close to perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justkoehn (21) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Little head and lacing. Strong bourbon aroma and taste but much more drinkable than expedition stout. Cream Stout really mellows out the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aarongobrew (7) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
Had at 20014 bourbon barrel aged beer fest. It top. 5 of the event. This is in the cat rigors of best ba beers. I have had many disputes that this may be one of the best. Smooth dry start with nice barrel taste not to hot and well balanced

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutchbeerpages (1741) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2014
I guess I forgot what my favorite style is. What a great beer. The aroma is one of the best I have ever had the joy of snorting up from the glass. All the great flavors are there, even the smokey, caramel flavor in the finish. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TXBadger (1750) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours black like oil with plenty of nice rich khaki colored head. Lots of bourbon on the nose, some oak, cocoa, espresso, a hint of dark fruit on the back end; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt chocolate, and bourbon. Great imperial stout.

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