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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (2296) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Wow nice tasting beer sweet flavor. Slight barrel sour aroma. Not a lasting head. Sweet cannula cream stout taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RamyG4 (324) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Note: this review was for RBSH3
Iíve just poured myself a beer, and a damn good beer at that. That should be enough, shouldnít it? No, Iíve poured this beer into a fancy piece of glassware. Iím holding that fancy glass up to the light to get a good look at its contents. Iím taking note of the color, the viscosity, the way the head laces. Iím smelling the beer, not taking a quick whiff, but smelling it, making sure to write down that Iím picking up rich notes of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. After a needlessly long period, I finally give my beverage a taste. One might think I can finally enjoy the blasted thing now, but I donít. I spend more time writing. I have a good beer in front of me, and Iím typing words into a computer. Why am I doing that, and who am I doing it for?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimsRatings (421) - - AUG 29, 2013
On tap at Busy Bee (Raleigh). Pours a deep dark brown with caramel head. First scent is the cream/vanilla, followed by malt. Very nice. Taste is a coordination of the bitterness of the Expedition with the sweetness of the double cream. It works well to offset the sickly sweetness of the Double Cream, but still very sweet. I've been told it will be better warm. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours pitch black with a finger tan head. Smell is very rich and creamy, getting a lot of the special double cream stout. Oak and vanilla, tobacco and char, chocolate. Very much like Parabola. Taste is smooth cream, tobacco, leather, vanilla and oak, a bit of licorice, light red fruit. Very drinkable, smooth as velvet. I think this is simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013
A couple 2 ounce tasters at the 2013 Great Taste in Madison. This stuff was like bite out of a fresh German chocolate cake. The soothing character and undertow of intensity of it all made it really stand out from most of the other options at the fest, assertive yet really enjoyable. I could drink this all afternoon. Aroma was loaded with a pleasant blend of nuts, sweet chocolate, bourbon, coconut and coffee. Appearance was motor oil black, tan head, completely opaque. Taste was coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, very subtle bourbon on oak, and more vanilla on dark doughy chocolate. Very smooth palate feel, heavy bodied, notably unnoticeable abv. Overall, this one lived up to my expectations and I look forward to having it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2013
Very dark reddish brown. A small head. Nice roasted malts and chocolate, vanilla. The alcohol is there for sure. Expected a little more from this one. Smell is better then taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
For his black has good brown head. Smoky. Good charcoal stout you got Alakoko coffee of vanilla notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14123) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle [from trade with Boltz7555] shared with Dutchdrebus, Ansjelaah and Joes @ weekly tasting. Opaque pitch black color, small medium brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, slightly peat, roasted malts, lots of bourbon. Taste moderate to heavy malty, some hops, liquorice, alcohol, bourbon, again a touch of peat. Full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Dankzij benzai, gedronken met benzai, dutchdrebus en joe, zwarte kleur, beige schuimkraag, ruik en smaakt bourbon, alcohol, beetje stout, smaakt lekker

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5581) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle @ benzai. 2012 version. Pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells bourbon, almond, hazelnut, roasty, dark chocolate, roasty, alcohol. Love it. Tastes bourbon, wood, almond, hazelnut, hint of cherry, dark chocolate, roasty. Amazing taste. Full bosy, silky, nice carbo.

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