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RATINGS: 801   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: black beer, with small beige head. Nose: very nice balance between vanilla and chocolate, some alcohol noticeable. Taste: bourbon all around! roasted malts, chocolate, nice amount of alcohol. Amazing beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpartanStout (8) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2013 does not count
By far one of my favorite beers of 2013. Not super impressed fresh out of the tap, but once this beer got to about 10 degrees below room temperature it really opened up and exploded with an unbelievable flavor.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1552) - Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Deep dark black. Small dark brown head with some retention. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, smokey, roasty, woody, dark fruit - all of which blend together beautifully. Full body. Magical finish that grows in chocolatey-ness. Such development; bourbon forward then roasty then chocolate. Everything flows together so well.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MarinEvelyn (642) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Aroma is toasty, sweet alcohol, dark dried fruit. As you swallow the beer, its as if a sweet choolately silk sweet is moving down your throat. Chocolate, roasted malt, sweet fruit and slight slight alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Thanks to Bruce for this whale. Opaque dark brown beer, short lived tan head. Palate is slightly viscous and smooth with fine minerally carbonation. Rich dark chocolate and a little aniseed. Super light coffee, but this beer really is about the dark chocolate. Finishes smooth. Pretty good, light on itís toes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Backlog. Iíve had at least 12 glasses of this on tap at the brewery or other local bars. I have to confess that I have a love affair with Black Note. Vanilla and Bourbon are so smooth on the palate. The finish stays for minutes after each sip. Black Note is in my top 10 all-time favorite beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours black with a small head which fades very quickly. Aroma is big on bourbon, with chocolate, slight peppery notes, a little alcohol, and a spike of vanilla after warming. Really get some blasts of chocolate after awhile. Taste is very sweet with a lot of bourbon, alcohol builds with warming, and chocolate takes over towards the end. Good mouthfeel, but actually not quite as thick as I was expecting. Overall, an excellent imperial stout, as expected. I do prefer regular Expedition though. Thanks again, Andy, for sharing one of the last whales Iíve really been actively trying to find the past couple of years!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson (3370) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2013
pours oily. light head fades fast smell is all vanilla and chocolate. vanilla dominates very decadent. like velvet chocolate cake. lots of vanilla, toffee and caramel. loads of vanilla I canít even begin. bakerís chocolate and some sweetness at the finish

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Clownoisseur (344) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2013
One of the best, so I figured it would be a good place to start for my first rating! Had this one on tap at OíRourkeís in South Bend,IN...part of the Oberon kick-off celebration. Aroma: Bourbon up front, but hints of dark chocolates, roasted malts and subtle vanilla. Appearance: Pitch black, thin head of mocha foam...little lacing. A swirl of a half-full glass will give a nice oily coating. Taste: Extremely balanced beer. Bourbon and licorice up front with roasted malt, chocolate and a creamy vanilla over the middle and a warming finish containing notes of coffee. The bourbon and licorice calm a bit after it warms, only giving it more balance. You start to get the bourbon being more pronounced in the finish, very warm! Palate: Full-bodied beer. Creamy. Low-Carbonation. Resonates on your palate. A true sipper. Overall: Excellence. My favorite beer. I wish all beers had this much flavor and balance!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (740) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Vintage 2012, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #11620, bottled 12/28/2012. Thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for this long time want! A - Pours a pitch black body with two fingers worth of mocha foam. Settles out into a thin cap. Moderate lacing and retention. S - Starts off with the bourbon...oak, vanilla, and some char. Then some roasted malts and sweet cocoa powder. A touch of dark fruits too. No element really dominates here, just well integration of two base beers + a barrel. T - Just all kinds of balance going on here. Smooth vanilla and oak, a bit of a bourbon butterscotch, lightly bitter coffee beans, and dry cocoa powder. A little bit of everything here. Finishes with a real faint but pleasant alcohol warmth. M - Creamy, smooth, and decadent....thank you Double Cream stout! Surprisingly high drinkability compared to other BA stouts. O - Perhaps the most balanced and easy drinking BA stout I have ever had. This is a damn impressive beer and I wish I somehow had year round access to this. Forever ISO, but I still prefer BCBS for its unrelenting bourbon element.


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