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RATINGS: 865   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1845) - 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 (5548) - 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 (13619) - 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 (5540) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
This beer is exactly what I want it to be. It is a stout no doubt with the perfect addition of bourbon. Most BBA stouts are taken over by the bourbon, while this is not a terrible thing, it still takes away from the beer. The use of Expedition and Special Double Cream gives it both a smoothness in the body but a slightly bitter finish that is perfect for the style. I couldn’t and wouldn’t as for anything different in a bourbon barrel aged stout. At $6 a bottle it is definitely a treat but one that I would buy a 4-pack at any opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
12 oz. 2012 from a trade with rxeight....thanks, Al! Deep black with thing dark head. Nose of molasses, vanilla, wet oak, bourbon, dark malts, some licorice. Oily viscous mouthfeel. Taste follows nose for the most part, but a big lingering dry middle of bakers cocoa. Finishes sweet with dark malt and vanilla. Very smooth and alcohol well hidden. Reputation is deserved-great stuff. Stood up and went well with salted dark chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2013
[750ml bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black pour, no real head to speak of, other than a fragmentary lacing of faint bubbles. Sits there, looking highly menacing. Lovely aroma though – soft, roasty wood-laced chocolate, mocha edges and coconut. Plenty of coconut on the flavour too, with sweet vanilla and a mild background hum of bourbon. Very easy to drink. Worryingly so, in fact [21062013]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Thanks to Kevin for sharing at RBAG 2013! From 12 oz bottle into snifter. Completely black, opaque, and beige head sticks to the sides of the snifter. First smell I get is of dark dried fruits, which I find interesting since it’s bourbon barrel aged. Of course you get the bourbon on the nose, but also you can smell sweetness. Alcohol is also evident in the nose. Tastes of coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Very well balanced and smooth. Not harsh at all, especially for being 11.5%. Nice aftertaste of vanilla that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
7/20/13. Given to me by my 1st trade. Thinking about it 2 days later I wish I drank it first because I drank entirely too many beers before this one and unless everyone's wrong, it wasn't memorable. Gave it a 3.9 based on I consider a 4 to be pretty dam good Need a redux ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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