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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesn’t have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say they’d have 95% homology.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours as dark as motor oil with a thin off white head. Smells of bourbon are much more subtle than expected and very refined. Hints of malt and chocolate in the aroma as well. Taste is out of this world. Perfect balance on the palate of bourbon, chocolate and malt flavors. One of the very best beers I’ve had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. Wow! Decided to get greedy and bust open a bottle all for myself. Super dark with a thin beige head. Aroma definitely has hints of bourbon, vanilla cream and chocolate. Flavor may be a tad boozy but it doesn’t really take away from the experience. Quite outstanding and supremely delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Opaque black with thin brown head. Strong sweet milk chocolate aroma.Full-bodied, sweet, creamy, dark chocolate, roasted finish. Medium carbonation. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (8857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On tap! Awesome nose of bourbon vanilla wood, roasty dark chocolate, notes of coffee. Pitch black color. Good thin brown head, minimal amount remains. Little lace. Big body. Dry finish. Light, softer, smoother carbonation. Awesome long vanilla roasty dark chocolate light coffee bourbon-soaked wood aftertaste. Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet, light alcohol warmth, very tasty. Very satisfying bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (935) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a black color with a nice tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Full bodied, incredibly balanced, incredible, one of the best beers I have had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours jet black with a minimal tan head. Had aromas of chocolate and bourbon, with a bit of a roastyness to it. Heavily sweet, and a bit of a burn from the bourbon that leaves a strong aftertaste. Full bodied beer, and much like I would imagine drinking motor oil would feel like. While this may be just a bit overrated, It was a pure pleasure to drink. I have a bottle of this to age, and I am very interested to see what comes of that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jakeyb (24) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Even as a diehard Hopslam fan, this may be the best beer I've EVER had from Bell's. Thick pour, sexy black coloring, notes of dark roasted malt in the aroma, and perfect balance of sweet, roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel in the taste. BEAUTIFUL beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2013
On tap at Bells 1/26/13. Great beer! A touch thin, but tons of vanilla caramel and coffee. A wonderful combination of their expedition and double cream stout with just the right amount of barrel overtones. I really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (946) - - JAN 29, 2013
12 oz bottle. Black, fluffy beige head that dissipates. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, port, booze. Taste is gourmet chocolate, dried dark fruits, figs, bourbon, earth. Really dry finish that leaves a pleasant cotton mouth akin to when you quickly eat a banana. Lingering light chocolate taste. Velvety mouthfeel. Wow, I expected greatness but this even exceeded my high expectations. I think the relatively low abv for a barrel aged stout really helps the complexity of this beer shine through.

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