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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Pours a very thick, black color, very similar to Dale Coopers dream coffee in Twin Peaks. About a 1/2 finger of head. First thing you smell is bourbon. It hits you quick and than follows with a mixture of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is almost a carbon copy of the aroma, except in reverse order. You get a littlw sweet at first, followed by a lasting boozy, bourbon flavor. This being my first BA stout, I was not expecting the booziness that came with it, but it was delicious. Bought 2 bottles, 1 for drinking and for aging. I will be looking forward to next years release.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suchy3 (7) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
Aroma was mostly alcohol for me, which isn’t really my taste. It was a pitch black pour, with a 1-finger head. Nothing I wasn’t expecting. The taste was far less alcohol than I was expecting, following the aroma, but the alcohol was a little strong on the backend. It was good, but not really for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle from the box from mikem409 that continues to melt my feeble brain. Pours jet black with minimal tan head. Nose with notes of bourbon and oak. Body is solid, creamy, and not overly boozy. Bourbon is center stage with notes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and roast. This is outstanding and now a permanent want. Fuck the BCBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick mocha head, very thick. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel. Taste is sweet chocolate and bourbon, creamy and slightly boozy. Really tasty, flavors intensify as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AWISLguy (1971) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle brought by Perry from the source, obtained by and shared with ck1, thanks bro! Pours a cola black/brown with little head. Aroma is initially all whiskey, then as it warms, chocolate, licorice, caramel ... and vanilla. And thru the glass some brown sugar. Taste is of super smooth vanilla/chocolate with a whiskey presence. Vanilla, some caramel. Really nice layering and - interestingly only occasionally alcohol presence detected. Finishes long and smoothly sweet and slightly alcoholly. Easy to see why this is rated in dark lords league. Every bit what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to unclerudy. Thanks a ton! Pours a viscous dark brown to black with a dark brown ring of roam. Aroma is heavy on caramel, oak, plum, dark roasty malts. Reminds me of a grilled bit of plum. The barrel really shines in this beer, bringing the beer up to a whole new level of awesomeness. Delicious. That’s true beat way to describe this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1074) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2012 vintage bottle pour. Phenomenal beer. Little to no head. Aromas are strong bourbon and roasted malt goodness. Carbonation level was the only small knock I can to keep this from a perfect 5.0 in my opinion. Seemed a bit hot on the carbonation, but overall this will go on my mantle of Top 20 beers I’ve ever had (still have to decide what it’ll knock off though...)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
12oz bottle, pours dark black with a thin tan head. The aroma is pretty fantastic, picking up some bourbon and chocolate. Taste is also pretty amazing, milk chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon, very smooth. Savored every sip of this one. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle of the 2011. Solid black with a good beige head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Oily mouthfeel, malty and complex on the palate with a dark chocolate and slightly boozy finish. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, hint of coffee. Amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jexmachina (7) - Winter Garden, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Quite possibly one of the best beers I've ever had. In my life. No joke. Smooth, deep hints of bourbon, and was just as fantastic chilled at the beginning to the last lukewarm swig at the end. From my understanding, it's super rare, which makes me sad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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