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RATINGS: 733   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (7000) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (2661) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle (750 ml) # 602/1081. Traded by Sarro, thanks Kyle! Black with nod head and no lacing, which is understandable for a bourbon barrel beer. Aroma is wonderfully complex with notes of bourbon and vanilla (but nothing overwhelming), porto, raisins, figs, caramel, wood, roasted malt and the list goes on. Taste is about the same but on the softer side. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, especially for a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Quite drinkable for the style. Wonderful BB RIS, especially regarding to aroma and mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
misrahi (31) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
10/20 on tap @ProofBrewingCompany. Pour is thick, opaque, black. Dark creamy colored head. Aroma consists of toffee and hints of bourbon. Mouthful is chocolately, toffee, and not so subtle taste of the bourban barrel. Finish is ultimately coffee dominant. ABV is well hidden, but not invisible. If only this gem wasn’t so rare.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5355) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Black with beige head. Dark chocolate aroma with salmiak and tar, strong vanilla bourbon notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbruner (2166) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Pours a opaque black on tap with a thin lacing of tan head and light sticking on the way down. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and a slight note of coffee. Taste has all of that, with slight roasted malt notes and an exceptional bourbon kick at the end. Mouth is creamy and smooth, and even though you can?t really taste the booze, it burns on the way down. Definitely as good as the hype!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2609) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours oily pitch black with a small dark mocha head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark bread, burnt caramel, charred wood, black pepper, bourbon, coconut, vanilla fudge, asphalt, toffee and hints of sweet liquorice. Taste is sweet and malty with roasted malts, roasted coconut, quality dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, lactose, bourbon, toffee, nutella and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, smooth, balanced, silky and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, roasted coconuts, charred wood and bourbon. Great balance and smooth silky mouthfeel adds up to a great experience.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10112) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty milky aroma, caramel, chocolate, licorice, milky, cream, cocoa powder, peat notes, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, floral notes, oak, vanilla fudge, hay. Chocolate flavor, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, fudge, hay, smoked notes, creamy, woody, hay, leather, raisins, figs, cocoa powder, licorice, spicy, smoked, hay, peat, dades, roasted, coffee notes, ash notes, hop notes, biscuits, peat notes, hay. Incredibly balanced, very drinkable and with flavors that never stops coming. Fantastic chocolate finish with cocoa powder, hay, licorice, milk and wood.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dazz3 (1541) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells creamy vanilla and coffee. Tastes vanilla, abit herby creamy chocolate roasted malt, abit arrack. Very well balanced and incredible creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a small eim of tanned head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits vanilla bourbon dill roasted malts coconut slightly alcohol chocolate. Flavor is roasted malty vanilla a bit acidy bourbon astringent alcohol bitter coffee chocolate. Finishes sweet fruity bitter. Was expecting heavier body, suprisingly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5561) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde Pitch black. No head. sweet, vinous aroma with chocolate, coffee, salty tar. Surprisingly light body. Wooden, vinous notes. Milky chocolate.


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