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RATINGS: 842   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Fast fizzling head. No trace after 2 seconds. Aromas of tabacco, whiskey, toffee and butterscotch. Taste is whiskey forward. Almost too much as the malt bill is a little thin for the intense whiskey flavor. Other notes on the palate hint at chocolate, coffee and finishes dry on palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1964) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Side by side with KBS. This has a lot more cheesy funk to it. Aggressively strong. Brown sugar. I am definitely more of a fan of the Founders in this tasting. Dark and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Draft at Reno’s East. Heavy bourbon aroma with some caramel and vanilla. Extremely dark pour with thin tan head. Extremely smooth in mouth. Oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla flavor. Incredibly awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Had this a few times so I thought I should rate it. poured black tan head that left some nice lacing. aroma bourbon dark fruits with cherries leading the way, chocolate,coffee, roasty, alcohol, vanilla, cocoa. flavor just what I would expect from a good bourbon. with chocolate, coffee, cherries plums and and other dark fruits. what was nice about this beer it was nice and smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle 1027 of 1081. Black beer with a brownish head. Dark dried fruits, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon and malty aroma. Salty, licorice, malty, dark dried fruits, cocoa and vanilla flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Awesome! Pours like motor oil, black with thin tan head. Aroma is booze bourbon vanilla and coffee notes. Drinks so smooth, creamy like. Taste is the perfect amount of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, cream. Minimal carbonation but just the right amount. Top barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours thick and super black with a small thin head. The nose is boozey, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, wood, leather and cherry. The taste is high sweet and medium heavy bitter. The texture is sticky and sharp, hot, the body is medium to heavy and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (4869) - 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. I’ve 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 (1793) - 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.

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