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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma contains espresso, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and burbon. Flavor is rather bitter with espresso, dark chocolate, burbon, licorice, some raisins. The burbon is definitely there but does not overwhelm. Overall excellent damn beer. And KP showed up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (668) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 drank out of a 64 oz growler. pours black, sweet dark fruit, coffee, raisin no head but carbonation when cracking the growler

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3422) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Hand bottle. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, sweet malt and cream aromas, smells smooth somehow. Silky finish, flavor is sweet, has bourbon and oak tones. Nice full flavored stout with barreling not over powering the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
On tap at Beer Geeks. Lucky to come across this. Pours a motor oil black color with a half finger dark tan head. Beautiful looking imperial stout. Smells amazing with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, and some coffee. Tastes very much like it smells. Starts with bitter dark chocolate and bourbon, then smooths out with sweet vanilla and oak with more chocolate and some coffee. Has a medium to full body with a nice creamy and slick texture. The oak bourbon barrels make the beer so much more complex and good. Great imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Black pour thin tan/orange head light lacing ..... aroma of vanilla and oak, light black licorice, dark chocolate and roasted coffee ..... taste is of vanilla, light bourbon, oak, little creamy and lactose with a deep roasted and bitter hoppy bite .... you can definitely taste aspects of both beers, abv is hidden well .... hint of black licorice and as it warms light butterscotch .... finishes bitter dry and roasted ... mouthfeel was sweet, creamy and had a nice lively tingle on the tongue ... awesome beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2012
Big thx to tderoeck for this one // sampled what was probably bottle nr. 898/1081 @ GBF 2012 // black with a mocha head around the sides // smell is pure velvet cake with chocolate, toffee, sweet oak, toffee, creamy, touch liquorice, milk chocolate and everything is drenched in most incredibly bourbon aroma ever, tad vinous even // taste sweet & pure creamy, sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, touch liquorice and berries, milk chocolate, fruity, thick sweet coffee, vanilla oak, small touch of roast complimenting the whole, tad warming the whole is drenched in incredible bourbon // creamy, velvety // reminds me a bit of Firestone 15 but this is head and shoulders above // I thought the hype on this one was nonsense but this is crazy good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci à Ignace!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2012
75cl, Bottle 898/1081, no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle #338 of 1081 for rate #4300:   Black pour, moderate dark beige head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Strong graham cracker nose, bourbon, sweet roasted malts, and soft hoppiness.   Very smooth on the tongue, sweet roastiness, strong graham cracker and bourbon.   Very smooth on the tongue.   This one is too easy to drink.   For an Imperial Stout its not overly hopped, too astringent, or a bruiser when it comes to ABV.   The 10.5% ABV is well masked.   Not overly complex, but for what it is its very smooth, clean, with all the flavors you need for a barrel aged Imprerial Stout.   Nothing dominates, comes across as well balanced.   A huge thanks to pailhead for sending this one my way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI as part of the GT pre-party. I thought this was good but a bit overhyped. Tasted pretty much like you’d expect it to taste - the coffee chocolate booziness of expo stout with the bourbon barrel vanilla notes. I think I would’ve liked it better if it was just BA expo stout.

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