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RATINGS: 782   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
12oz bottle, 28 December 2012 awesome chocolate smell, tons of roasted malt and sweetness, the blend of expedition and double cream is wonderful, not as thick and chewy as double cream but still as sweet, this is a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (3459) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Tap. Black with one finger tan head. Huge flavor. Light bourbon and chocolate. Somehow itís smooth despite the ABV. Iíve definitely never had a better stout than this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3732) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2013
bottle 669 of 1081 epic thnx to nbuttler, never thought iíd get to try this. its relesed again, so its í easierí now, but this is the firsdt batch, so still remains very rare ! you realy deserved the extra i gave ya dude ! pours pure, oily black. very small to no foam. bourbon in the taste , but not to much ( like the bourbion in grey monday ) . very soft carbo, thcik,; buttery, sweet, bourbon, extremely balanced. waaw. this IS a top 50 beer, yet i would not ssay 9 personaly. realy , realy good though ! epic share by Nbutler !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle 2012. Syrupy cane sugar, boozy bourbon, and prune aroma. Black with a minimal head. Sweet bourbon, dark fruit, wood, and vanilla flavor with a bitter alcohol finish. Full body with an alcohol burn. A bit rough. Iíd like to try it again after a year or two of aging. For me, it didnít live up to the hype.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8120) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Dark chocolate malt, prune, and bourbon aroma. Black with no head. Sweet chocolate raisin malt and moderately bitter herbal and alcohol flavor. Very nice malty aftertaste. A bit rough - still nice beer though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Black with a luscious tan creamy head. Nose is complex. Nuts, breads, toffee, honey, caramel, bourbon vanilla, chocolate. Flavor matches. Rich silky mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (5295) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2013
12oz bottle scored via trade with Suchy. Pours a viscous, opaque black with some creamy, beige head. Nose is great, malt, licorice, chocolate milk, vanilla, brown sugar, cookie dough, toasted wood, light coconut. Flavor is like a creamy, boozy mocha, chocolate, malt, caramel. Nothing too sweet, just all very well blended. The best part is the creamy, lucious finish. You could drink this for days. Superb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (924) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Sample pour at Hunahpuís. Pours deep dark black with thin khaki head. Nose is booze and more booze, dark chocolate and sweet malts. Heavy. Flavor is more booze, bourbon, sweet malt and honey. Dark chocolate and mild sweet coffee. Heavy and rich, full body like motor oil. Damn...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2012 bottle from Suchy3 as possibly the best extra ever! Poured into a snifter. Pours viscous black with a very slight brown head that quickly fades to a razor-thin halo. Light tan lacing. Big bourbon, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Taste is big on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, dry roasted oak with a super creamy, velvet mouthfeel. Beautiful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle of the 2012 edition via trade with joromiller. Thanks JR! It pours pitch black with a thin, short lived, tan head. The nose is big and boozy with tons of vinous, roasted malt notes, raisin, and light bourbon. The flavor is just as big with heavy bourbon soaked raisin notes, earth, flint, oak, slight vanilla, and a little mocha. It has the roasted notes of expedition with the creaminess of the double cream stout. Full bodied with low carbonation leading to a lingering finish. A touch hot due to the alcohol, this one is a sipper.


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