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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2013
750ml bottle via trade (#1014, batch 10136). Pours a near black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coconut and vanilla. Flavor is boozy bourbon and alcohol with lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, ash and oak. Full body with a velvety smooth mouth feel. This is an outstanding beer, awesome body, mouth feel, and aroma, there is lots of booziness but it’s balanced out with the rich chocolate malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Pours a dark thin looking brown. Heavy notes of coffee, soy and bourbon. A little lacking in carbonation. well made, but not as exciting as I’d anticipated. The aroma is amazing, but I tasted an off flavor in the finish. As the beer warms more alcohol shines through in the finish. 12 oz bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flatmatt (1317) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap for the Bell’s beer dinner at Grange in Ann Arbor. Black without much of a head. Aroma is a strong mix of molasses, bourbon, cocoa, and dark fruit. Delicious flavor mixing bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, soy, and cocoa, with a roasty touch. Really quite awesome and a great surprise for the dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap at kellerhers in Peoria, IL. Pours pitch black. Nice lacy tan head. I get coffee and just dark malts on he nose. I love how hoppy this is. It starts as a really immensely dark fruity almost too sweet and creamy stout then immediately gets cut by intense hops and ends just perfect. Creamy and awesome mouthfeel. Full! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours near black with a khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roast, and wood. Taste is sweet with alcohol burn. Good, but not as much as I remember from the first time I had it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (424) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Black pour, thin brown lacing. Very sweet and sticky bourbon aroma. Fig, plum, cherry, blackcurrant fruits compete with milk chocolate, roasted malt, charred wood. Smooth, creamy, full-bodied, and a light bitter finish. Alcohol is decently hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12 oz bottle courtesy of Mikem409. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that fades to a coarse ring. The aroma is big and bold with overpowering whiskey, anise, and dark fruits. The flavor, like the nose, features anise, raisins, dates, plums, whiskey, mocha, roasted grains and molasses. The palate is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and semi-sweet with lingering bourbon. Overall: very tasty, very complex--worthy of the accolades it has received.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1607) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Pours a inky black with a minimal head. Aromas of soy sauce, salty water, brine. Taste is a complete 180 from the nose... Smooth restrained bourbon character, very barrel-centric, but not boozy on the palate. Very nice. Very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty creamy too. Nice chocolate character, along with a dose of roasted coffee. This is very good, but nowhere near the top impy stouts that I’ve had, in my opinion.

MORNING AFTER UPDATE: So, I got so hammered last night I actually ended up puking this beer back up. It wasn’t as good the 2nd time around. Poured dark brown into the sink. Aromas of harsh acid, some roast still apparent. Little to no head, even with the aggressive pour. Taste was very acidic with hints of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries. Hot and harsh. Finishes with an alcoholic burn and lots of shame. Lots of tooth enamel was lost, my brothers. 2/3/1/1/1= 0.8

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Funny, I’ve been chasing this wale for five years and I spear it at work. The nose kind of sucks. Muted bourbon, soy, and chocolate. The flavor though is unreal. Big, boozy chocolate bomb. Obvious expo notes. Plenty of Bourbon goodness. rich. Big. Holy fuck. This is just wonderful. Completely contrasting aroma and flavor.

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