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RATINGS: 847   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
12oz bottled December 28, 2012. Served at cellar temperature. Always been a huge fan of Expedition and this is one Iíve sought for many years, excited to have a chance to try it (and thanks to Bellís for the 12oz package and distribution!)

Pours black with a two finger brown head that settles to a light swirly creamy cap and foamy ring, leaves short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma is a big blast of bourbon, rich dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, a bit of anise, hint of smoke. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is rich and delicious. Quite bourbon-forward, a lot of vanilla and serious chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malts, anise, some dark fruit, little caramel, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, decent alcohol bite, but fits for the style/size. Really good!

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very creamy, smooth, sticky, low to moderate carbonation.

Fantastic beer. Right up there with the big boys in the style. A real treat and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Black color with tan lacing. Raisen and dark fruit aroma. Thick dark red fruity body. Big, bold, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5210) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle: 2012 edition 11.8% ABV Pours black, with a small, dark brown ring. Aroma is dark fruit, roast, chocolate, bourbon. Flavor is sweetly, darkly fruited, malt, coffee-chocolate. Very noticeable bourbon/oak flavours. Sweetness morphs to a slightly sour bitterness towards the finish...as more of the barrel manifests itself...very nice, but would be better with some age behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Received a few 2012 12íoz bottles in a recent trade with krl2112.... Big thanks Kurt!! Poured into my HotD goblet... short lasting dark brown head with a thick glass coating black brew...no real lacing.. retention is pretty sad. Huge bourbon and dark fruits... cherries and raisins... vanilla and fudgy coffee spiked brownies... very rich... a bit hot, still little cold and the EtOH is warm. Great mix of bourbon, molasses, tons of bittersweet chocolate... some cold brewed coffee for good measure.. again the alcohol is pretty hot... lingering bourbon/vanilla and brownie sundae on the finish... just lingers forever.. pretty damn well done. Happy that this one isnít overly sweet and an insulin shot isnít needed like BT. Light carbonation with a silky thick mouthfeel. Wish I had more of these. I opened up a 2011 750 last weekend and it was heads and shoulders better... but I just think this brew needs time to meld.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Incredibly good stout. Very thick in mouthfeel. Roasty upfront, giving way to lingering coffee notes. Deep black pour. Definitely one of the better stouts I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
12oz bottle, 28 December 2012 awesome chocolate smell, tons of roasted malt and sweetness, the blend of expedition and double cream is wonderful, not as thick and chewy as double cream but still as sweet, this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Tap. Black with one finger tan head. Huge flavor. Light bourbon and chocolate. Somehow itís smooth despite the ABV. Iíve definitely never had a better stout than this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4952) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2013
bottle 669 of 1081 epic thnx to nbuttler, never thought iíd get to try this. its relesed again, so its í easierí now, but this is the firsdt batch, so still remains very rare ! you realy deserved the extra i gave ya dude ! pours pure, oily black. very small to no foam. bourbon in the taste , but not to much ( like the bourbion in grey monday ) . very soft carbo, thcik,; buttery, sweet, bourbon, extremely balanced. waaw. this IS a top 50 beer, yet i would not ssay 9 personaly. realy , realy good though ! epic share by Nbutler !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3593) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle 2012. Syrupy cane sugar, boozy bourbon, and prune aroma. Black with a minimal head. Sweet bourbon, dark fruit, wood, and vanilla flavor with a bitter alcohol finish. Full body with an alcohol burn. A bit rough. Iíd like to try it again after a year or two of aging. For me, it didnít live up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Dark chocolate malt, prune, and bourbon aroma. Black with no head. Sweet chocolate raisin malt and moderately bitter herbal and alcohol flavor. Very nice malty aftertaste. A bit rough - still nice beer though.

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