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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Tasted at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate and bourbon. The taste was very smooth, almost a cream texture of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a slight vanilla. Very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Draft. Black in the glass with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring. Roasted malt and vanilla aroma. The flavor found chocolate, roasted malt, and a backing of hops. Medium to full body with a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3563) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Bouteille de 355ml version 2012 brassée le 28 décembre 2012, autant dire qu’elle est fraiche. Liquide brun foncé avec un filet de mousse. Un nez terreux d’arômes tertiaires de sous-bois, de champignon, de chocolat, de pâte à pain pas encore cuite. En bouche cette bière est puissante, du chocolat, du bourbon, du bois, le café est absent à contrario du bois. Cette bière semble mangée par la barrique. Simple, pas le classique que je m’attendais.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2698) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Had outside at the Az crews epic driveway tasting that I was so kindly invited to. Another gem makes an appearance. Its 95 degrees out Im sitting in direct sun and im drinking 10% imp stout and couldn’t be happier. Pours black with purplish head. nose of huge molasses and dark chocolate. tastes of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, earthy, vanilla, and every dark fruit that exists. creamy mouthfeel and lives up to hype. kick ass

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pretty solid beer. Pours black with thin tan head. Chocolate and vanilla flavors with mild alcoholic burn on the back end. Solid beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichTheVillan (4455) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from International; pitch black pour with quickly disappearing head, alcohol hit in the aroma, love the slick mouthfeel,bourbon taste not overwhelming just where it should be, vanilla, dried fruit wished it was a 750 hope we meet again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3890) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Bien heureux d’ouvrir une bouteille de cette cuvée qui est née le 28 décembre 2012. À 4.31 de moyenne, faut-il s’attendre à une merveille? Une fois versé, ce liquide brun ne permet qu’une mince construction mousseuse. Au nez, rien comme une œuvre majeure. Je dirais même plus, que des arômes raisonnablement riches et cossus de chocolat, de caramel et de bourbon vanillé. Sur les papilles, rien d’autre qu’une prodigieuse et délectable épopée de malts chocolatées, de bourbon enrobant et de mélasse fruitée. En bouche, rien comme une grosse et féroce bête visqueuse. Je dirais même plus: un corps qui est altéré par la barrique peut parfois être agréable. En finale, rien comme une grosse chaleur. Je dirais même plus que la douceur des malts chocolatés se transporte vers une amertume timidement établie par des notes de café. En résumé, rien comme une proposition messianique. Je dirais plutôt qu’il s’agit d’une bière franchement parfumée, savoureuse à souhait et très facile à boire. Salutations à solidfunk pour cette chose plutôt rare.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2013
I had some mindless work to do and felt it might go better with beer. Heard that Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur was pouring Black Note and made my way over. Poured a deep dark brown with just a hint of red. Tan head. Felt just slightly oily on my tongue. Malty with vanilla notes ad a slightly bitter finish. The whiskey was more hidden than I expected. Excellent beer that I will try and grab again if available at Thinking Man Tavern. Draft - Thinking Man Tavern - Decatur, GA

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weihenweizen (2193) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Chilled brown bottle poured into a snifter, big thanks to Josh. Pours black with small light brown head. Medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and nice chocolate aroma. Taste is complex sweet chocolate. Great imperial Stout. My favorite of 12 highly rated imperial stouts.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2013
12-oz. Second batch, bottled 12-28-12. Thanks, JA! Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around forever and ever. Humongous bourbony nose hits you before you really even get your nose anywhere near the mouth of the glass. Sweet and chocolatey, lots of vanilla and apricots, there’s coffee and prunes as well, but the predominant quality by far is the intensity of the oak and the bourbon without a doubt. Thick creamy body, almost sludgy, still showing carb--but it’s kind of a formality. Even if this were re-carbed, the density of the body would still keep this moving more like a creamy liqueur. So don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them bubbles. The mid-palate is big and sweet and bourbony, oaky, showing lots of vanilla and apricots and some sharper phenolic bourbony notes. Then lots of coffee, chocolate, prunes, and other stout notes thunder past. It’s big, heavy, complex, harmonious, just incredibly well done throughout. Lovely beer.


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