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RATINGS: 754   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.


3.9
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - AUG 13, 2012
Big thanks to bulldogp04 for that one. Bottle looks really really good. Bottle nr 1015. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Intense malty and dry aroma. Starts earthy-malty, dry, not too scratchy. Hints of coffee and liquorice, a bit bitter chocolate. Well balanced finish with again earthy notes. Mild bitter aftertaste. Quite drinkable for its strength. Great beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Aroma: massive dose of chocolate, mellow roast and coffee, caramel and molasses, nice bourbon note. Pitch black pour, brown head which dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is chocolate cake, coffee and roast malts, cocoa, a hint of molasses. Bitterness is fairly low, nice bourbon profile, creamy and smooth. Full body, low carbonation, velvety on the palate. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
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Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dark chocolate and coffee flavors and aroma. The bourbon barrel aroma and flavor is awesome. Love the bourbon finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Pours pitch black with a coffee-colored head. Boozy coffee and vanilla in the aroma, malty with some acidity. Gorgeous flavor, heaps of cream, sugar and vanilla complementing roasty coffee notes and a deep warm chocolatiness. Bourbon is smooth and melds well without much heat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden, Brass Rail and Shady McGrady’s all in the same week. Also out of a growler at ffej of july...Yeah, this area does not suck. A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of warm bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, brown sugar and quite a bit of lactic creaminess. Bourbon is strong initially but the other aroma’s grow to help keep it in check. T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon, chocolate and some lactic creaminess from the double cream stout. Hints of vanilla, oak, brown sugar and rich coffee help to break things up and keep things interesting. Finish is pretty sweet with plenty of boozy bourbon and some dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption. M - Big, full body with a TON of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. Smooth, boozy feel throughout the glass. O - I have missed out on trying this one a few times in the past so I was really looking forward to trying it when I saw that it went on-tap. Now that I have had it 4-5 times in the span of a week I can say that it definitely lives up to its billing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Huge thanks to Derek, as always, for the bottle. Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is almost overpowering bourbon and vanilla. Rich chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. Simplicity at its finest. The flavor is similarly bold. A touch of alcohol, intense bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Tons of chocolate, some hints of coffee and roasted malt, and a bit of molasses. Excellent, decadent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (884) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
12 Oz pour into wide mouth glass, enjoyed With tewaris A black, opaque, dense dark brown head S roasted malt, some bourbon, woody T very roasty, some wood, oatmeal? M thick, almost chewy, nice light carbonation O very good but falls short of the hype. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-15-2012 03:35:32

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2274) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle at the brunch at Blue Palms with RBSG. Big thanks to Andrew (womencantsail) for sharing this! Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of oak, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, licorice, pumpernickel and some booze. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of oak and coffee and some light booze. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Absolutely delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1346) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
On tap at HLBD, pours a black/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Taste similar to aroma with tobacco, well balanced and drinkable. This a really nice Barrel Aged stout, but for the most part it doesn’t have anything other Barrel Aged stouts have the the same, more, or slightly less quality than. Well done but all around average.


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