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RATINGS: 828   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12oz bottles, 3 samples over the weekend .. . jet black .. . deep coffee and cooking chocolate notes, mild barrel .. . slick mouth .. . really liking this beer! its legit ... . . they pit him against his brother nibbles!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Appearance: Pours a motor oil; settles in glass with a barrel-beige head and espresso body. Smell: Bourbon and raising swirling with melted chocolate. Mouth/Palate: Chewy chocolate cake with slight carbonation that diffuses across palate, leaving a clean, crisp, and dry taste and the suggestion that this isnít a very syrupy beer. Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and a subtle espresso note hide the booziness. So, too, does the carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edwardbass (645) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Iím not a "sugary" bourbon barrel-aged stout fan. This reminds me of Bourbon County Stout (Goose Island in case I got the name wrong), but with far less-cloying sweetness. Itís decent, coming from a dude whoís not a fan of the style. I had to try it, though, because it was from Bellís.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Screw you, this is opaque. Warming whiskey settles pleasantly into sugary cocoa and coffee laced with licorice. Really good at room temp.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Little to no carbonation. Pours black with a very thin tan head. Nose is full of chocolate and bourbon. The taste is very smooth, almost a cream texture. A very good blend. Taste is of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a slight vanilla. Very well done.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
A softened Bourbon boom on the nose. (on tap/from notes) A bit bit bit too creamy sweet, esp. for the style, though not cloying - indeed, their is not much of a burn, but plenty of bourbon flavor on the palate. Overall, I canít tell you what itís missing. Dangerously close to "it canít get any better"... but I, for one, wish they just barreled the expedition. That being said, I greatly appreciate that there is a brewery out there doing a beer like this, and weíre lucky itís Bellís.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (508) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 There is very minor carbonation in my glass. The color is pure black and there is a beauty to it. An aroma fills my nose with sweet bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The taste is impressive. I get a smooth cream like texture. In the flavor I taste all that I received from the aroma. The beverage is not bitter but has a slight dry finish. The finish also leaves a warming feel and does not impact the palate much. Overall this is a fantastic creation. *Update. Aging the blacknote 2yrs has changed it minimally but what stands out the most for me is the finish. It has become slightly more bitter than I remember and it the dryness has increased. The blacknote is still a hell of a brew and Iím glad I saved a bottle to age.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scooter520 (185) - - FEB 22, 2013
Bottled 12/28/12. Appearance: dark this is black with very minimal tan head. Aroma: huge delicious dark chocolate fudge brownie and vanilla and that's about it. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon but not "hot", some dark fruits, some coffee. So amazing! Mouthfeel: viscous, creamy thick with little carbonation. Overall: this is the best stout I've had to date. It is so good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o SolidFunk. Pours a brown-purple, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, wood and vanilla -- quite nice. Flavour: Wow, now thatís barrel-aging done right! Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, maple syrup, wood, red wine and more -- itís complex and delicious. Thereís alcohol there but not 11.9%. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. A fantastic Stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimebm (1) - USA - FEB 21, 2013 does not count
Execellent Beer. Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma and flavor were sweet malt, hints of chocolate and coffee, some licorice, quite a bit of dark fruit esters -- all rounded out with some serious bourbon barrelling. One of the best things is the creamy mouthfeel paired with the thick, vinous palate.


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