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RATINGS: 865   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 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 (1143) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3460) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottle, bottled less than a month ago. Feel very fortunate to nab one of these from the store. Pours pitch black in color with almost no head. Surprisingly not much lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by bourbon but there are hints of vanilla and smoke. Taste is slightly more balanced than the aroma. Lots of vanilla and oak wood to balance a bit with the bourbon but the bourbon still overpowers some. Finish is silky smooth with a nice booziness right at end. Mouthfeel is a little thin but I like it here. Overall, this is really good but Iím a bit disappointed. This lacks some complexity and I would prefer the bourbon to be a bit more subtle. I canít taste the actual beer, all I get is bourbon and barrel notes. Itís the same way I feel about BCS. I may have built myself up too much considering itís ranked #10 overall beer in the world on this site. Re-rate 5/3/14 - Fresh 2014 bottle. Pours jet black with a very small thin ring of head. Aroma is a nice mix of dark chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit. Taste is silky smooth bourbon with dark chocolate, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Love the mouthfeel. Thick and full, silky smooth, and it goes down way too easy. I enjoyed this more than 2014 KBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Poured into 12oz stout glass. Smells of Bourbon, Barrel, and some prevalent vanilla notes. Very silky and smooth not much by the way of bitterness, but very well balanced. I compared this against Bourbon County and felt that it was smoother but not quite as boozy. I would say BC is better but this is extremly good and well worth the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Poured from 75oml bottle. Bottle No. 978 of 1081 from Batch 10136. Pours nearly black with just a whisp of tan head. Aroma is smoke, bourbon, chocolate and a bit of dried fruits. Taste follows pretty closely. There is a touch of stale coffee in the back end of the flavor. I was expecting a bit more sweetness, but it is pretty well balanced really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle 1291/1524, batch 11620. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and some smoke. Canít sense any alcohol in the nose. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. Medium to heavy, creamy body. Glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikediesel124 (4) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013 does not count
Appearance: Jet black. Poured with no head. Aroma: Fruity nose. Bourbon sweetness. Taste: Smoky, roasted, sweet, bourbony. Mouthfeel: Surprisingly medium body for a stout. Simply amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Nice and dark, very little head at all. Strong aroma of Bourbons, chocolate and other dark goodness. I have to admit, while delicious, i think Expedition is much better... i like my stouts bolder and a solid kick to the chin and nose. This is a subtle treat.... but Iím not convinced it holds up to all the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 2012 Vintage Pours nearly pitch black - into a snifter. Surprisingly there is a dark brown head that sticks around for nearly the entire 50 minute duration of enjoyment. In the glass it is black as an eighth note (sorry). Gorgeous The aroma is incredibly enticing, bringing you in with intensity and balance. Very prominent bourbon barrel characteristics - sweet vanilla and coconut, oak, and heat. Rich dark and milk chocolate and fresh coffee nearly dominate the dark fruits lying beneath. Tastes just as good as it smells. Big bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and sweet dark fruits. It is not a sweet bomb of a beer, there is some dryness. The mouthfeel is nearly full, soft carbonation and incredibly smooth. Very drinkable, do not feel the 11.8 abv at all, just a nice soothing warmth from the bourbon. This is a fantastic BA stout and well worth the effort to seek out a few 12oz bottles.

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