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RATINGS: 747   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3210) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
~10 oz tulip/goblet type glass draft at Martin City Brewing Company. The aroma is soft cocoa sweetness, along with Bourbon and wood barrel notes, and a nice amount roast. The taste is big sweetness, vanilla and cocoa, then moves to strong barrel, and a strong sweet alcohol finish. The flavors are well integrated, big and bold. The roast, cream and bourbon booze linger. The Palate is medium bodied, low carbonation, and an oily texture leading to the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in September. Pours deep black. Oily, viscous, small tan head. Aroma has a bit of booziness, dark fruits, slight roastiness and sweet. I love the sweetness that is then cut by the barrel. Long sweet finish. I love this beer. One of my favorites

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (2990) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle, Nice dark pour, tan foam and ight lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, bourbon, some chocolate. Taste is sweet, lots of molasses, some vanilla, dark fruits, really interesting flavor. Palate is rich, really creamy but maintains good drinkability, really well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Minderbinder (1740) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle 750ml, 602/1081 Pours very dark brown (black), with almost no head (beige). Aroma is of roasted malt, porto, dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol. Very sligth smoke. Warming alcohol, booze. Palate: Srong body, but not that thick. Very creamy-like, yet drinkable (dangerously). Overall: Intense, complex, yet fairly drinkable. Very impressive.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (7202) - 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 (2699) - 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 (5391) - 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 (2285) - 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_ (2685) - 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.


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