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RATINGS: 768   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (597) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
On tap at JL Beers Fargo. Oh, man, this was amazing, so I gave it high marks in every category.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2306) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
On tap at JL Beers Fargo. I lucked into this on tap in Fargo. A fantastic beer all around. Bourbon dominates the aroma, but there’s also element of coffee, dark chocolate, even the hoppiness from the Expedition Stout. Tasty. A must try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
32oz. Growler at my 30th Birthday Tasting, from a balloon snifter. Pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head, and spotty lacing. Nose is big bourbon, just huge bourbon, so much bourbon going on here... Massive milk chocolate, toast, cashew, pecans... Flavours of toast, coconut, caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate, brandy beans... And yet it still feels amazingly dry and restrained. This is the dead opposite of BA Dark Lord, which is so, so sweet. The dryness keeps the bourbon from being overwhelming, and balances out the rest of the beer. Just great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Sampled at the StlHs party. Wow isbthis good. Black as night with a nice tan head. Sweet chocolate and vanilla. Rich. Mso smooth and no taste of alcohol atball.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
32 oz. growler, sent from Codysjb (thanks a lot, Cody ). Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is huge on the bourbon barrels and vanilla, lots of chocolate as well, with shitloads of depth. Flavour is uber-complex with huge bourbon notes, loads of caramel malts, vanilla and some chocolate liqueur. Insanely complex and barrel-heavy giving off dominating bourbon and vanilla notes. Viscous as fuck, very thick and syrupy. For bourbon bombs, this is one of the best for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Very good beer that didnt live up to my inflated expectations. Aroma reminded me of a mikkeller stout in a good way. Tons of roast, earth, light vanilla, bourbon. Taste is a bit muddled but great notes of lactose and coffee. The base beer is fantastic but the barrel aging was where it fell short for me. A bit of slight raw bourbon or spirit flavor that doesnt seem to blend with the beer as it should.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1081) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Stout day, my least favorite day of the year. Pours a deep black but not as viscous as I might have thought. Big tan head. Aroma is pronounced coffee and slight chocolate raisin. Taste is again, more iced coffee and toffee. Decadent to say the least. Overall, the bottle was very different than the draft pour I have had in a slightly better way.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Sweet and very roasty. Thick and creamy, Very light bourbon characteristics. Pretty great

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcnielsen (2255) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap at the Kansas City Flying Saucer. Pours a black color with brown head. Smooth, milky, roasted, chocoloate, bourbon flavors. So smooth, yet so flavorful. Great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 On tap at eccentric cafe. Dark black pour into snifter, half inch of beige head that settled quickly. Malty scent, brown sugar and molasses. Thick mouth feel with little carbonation. Very sweet malty, mature flavor: maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is sour and a bit bitter, mouth was a little tingly. Very nice. April 2014 update: enjoyed 2/28/12 bottle. Super rich, super boozy aroma. Powdery, corn-y bourbon aroma, powdery Carmel is strong. Very low carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, numbs the tongue on finish very slightly. Supremely rich flavor, heavy on the Carmel and molasses, dark fruits and rich dark chocolate or cocoa. Amazingly smooth and well blended compared to other BBA stouts.


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