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RATINGS: 871   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1084) - 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 Iíve ever had (still have to decide what itíll 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 (2463) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2013
The black note pours so dark and thick. I was overflowing with anticipation watching the bar tender pour the beer. Has a small dark head that leaves good lacing on the snifter. The flavor is so full and features plenty of wonderful chocolate malts. I can't really find any flaws in the beer. Perhaps that the alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. But is that really a bad thing? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kayres (827) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Black with a thin dark brown head. Sweet vanilla oaky nose. Huge boozy malty vanilla bourbon bomb. Sweet, smooth, with a bit of a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
12 oz Bottle. Pretty damn wonderful. Sweet aroma with just a hint of the Bourbon Barrel aging really doesnít overpower the beer and gives it tremendous balance. This is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Not your typical beer! Fantastic flavor, doesnít taste like it smells due to burbon aging. Low carbonation but after a year in a barrel Iím not surprised. Color is off for me, but taste is also good!!! Licorice, vanilla, and a smidge of red wine... I want more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
poured into a 120z tulip glass to a opaque black.liquid with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates and minimal lacing. aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and vanilla the flavor completely matches the aroma.when you smell this, you know what your about ready to taste, a beer with strong bourbon taste. it has a little too much alc on the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 doesnít 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 theyíd have 95% homology.

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