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RATINGS: 835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (4807) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, a good amount of dark chocolate, a little coffee, cream, and a little bitterness. Flavor so strong of bourbon, cream, and the roasted malts. Thick texture. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Draft at Beet & Brat festival at Crystal Mt. Pours dark black. Aroma of roast and bourbon. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Big thick body. Great thick mouth feel. Iíve been looking for this for a while and once I saw that Bells was offering it at a local beer festival I made it my first tasting of the evening. Its a sipper of course, but a very good one. Bells has a ton of fine beers and this is one of the best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Drinking this beer is like the feeling of moving on to a higher plane of existence. The aroma is rich and fudgey, full of plums and cocoa and hints of bourbon, never overbearing. The taste is the same, on an oil slick palate that never feels burdensome. A beer that is easy as hell to drink, that tastes like a bourbon barrel beer without tasting like bourbon, and that is a goddamn feat. This is, without question, the finest BA stout I have ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (2086) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAY 29, 2013
Draught. This is a real treat that is worth grabbing if you see it on tap or in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 This is a great beer! I have not had a stout this good in awhile, thatís for sure. I get chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and some coffee in the nose. A super creamy palate finishing nice and sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dctriman (59) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
I love this beer. One of my favorites. Great flavor. Much smoother than other BA stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Another solid brew from Bells. This is one of my favorites that they put out and a top notch BBS. If you see it have a few since it doesnít go around often.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wje89 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A - Smells of bourbon. AP - Thick Black with an amber color T - Taste is very well balanced with the bourbon flavors. The blend of 2 stouts is also done amazingly well. The cream in the double cream ale is what offsets the intense bourbon to me. O - Hands down best BA stout Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGknights44 (20) - - MAY 14, 2013
Medium full body. Pours black with a deep ruby hue. Lasting tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit, slight alcohol, chocolate. Low coffee and roasted aroma and taste for a stout. Very smooth and excellent lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3192) - 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.

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