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RATINGS: 863   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Happy birthday to me! Thanks Karl! Chocolate and bourbon notes all through this beer. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2081) - 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!....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (778) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (201) - 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 isn’t a very syrupy beer. Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and a subtle espresso note hide the booziness. So, too, does the carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edwardbass (778) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
I’m 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. It’s decent, coming from a dude who’s not a fan of the style. I had to try it, though, because it was from Bell’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3488) - 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.

   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.

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