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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2013
12oz bottle scored via trade with Suchy. Pours a viscous, opaque black with some creamy, beige head. Nose is great, malt, licorice, chocolate milk, vanilla, brown sugar, cookie dough, toasted wood, light coconut. Flavor is like a creamy, boozy mocha, chocolate, malt, caramel. Nothing too sweet, just all very well blended. The best part is the creamy, lucious finish. You could drink this for days. Superb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (1063) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Sample pour at Hunahpuís. Pours deep dark black with thin khaki head. Nose is booze and more booze, dark chocolate and sweet malts. Heavy. Flavor is more booze, bourbon, sweet malt and honey. Dark chocolate and mild sweet coffee. Heavy and rich, full body like motor oil. Damn...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2012 bottle from Suchy3 as possibly the best extra ever! Poured into a snifter. Pours viscous black with a very slight brown head that quickly fades to a razor-thin halo. Light tan lacing. Big bourbon, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Taste is big on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, dry roasted oak with a super creamy, velvet mouthfeel. Beautiful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle of the 2012 edition via trade with joromiller. Thanks JR! It pours pitch black with a thin, short lived, tan head. The nose is big and boozy with tons of vinous, roasted malt notes, raisin, and light bourbon. The flavor is just as big with heavy bourbon soaked raisin notes, earth, flint, oak, slight vanilla, and a little mocha. It has the roasted notes of expedition with the creaminess of the double cream stout. Full bodied with low carbonation leading to a lingering finish. A touch hot due to the alcohol, this one is a sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankHammer (19) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Very good. A little lacking in the palate department. Lighter than expected. Taste is decently bourbon, not overly so.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Happy birthday to me! Thanks Karl! Chocolate and bourbon notes all through this beer. Awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle @ home ... gift from Hallinghansen Thanks my friend! .... It pours very dark brown with a medium tan head....The aroma is very nice! bourbon, molasses, wood, vanilla and ripe dark fruit...The flavor is fantastic! bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and chocolate.... This one is just amazing!....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle pours black with thin tan ring. Aroma bourbon and oak. Taste sweet roast malts with slight chorale and coffee, with bourbon and oak. Finish bourbon and oak. Palate creamy and almost thin but overall OK with an alcohol burn.

A very straightforward bourbon barrel stout but done well. Easier drinking than many of the genre.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6932) - .....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.


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