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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
(Bottle 750 ml) Completely black, opaque, and beige head sticks to the sides of the snifter. First smell I get is of dark dried fruits, which I find interesting since itís bourbon barrel aged. Of course you get the bourbon on the nose, but also you can smell sweetness. Alcohol is also evident in the nose. Tastes of coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Very well balanced and smooth. Not harsh at all, especially for being 11.5%. Nice aftertaste of vanilla that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. A world class beer from a world class brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Finally able to get my hands on this with their new larger release of 12oz bottles. The pour is dark with a nice rich carmel head. The aroma is laced with bourbon, along with tons of malt and some dark fruits. The taste gives a little but burn up front, and really throughout the drink. A little thinner than I was expecting. Can taste characteristics of both beers in here as well. IMO a little disappointed given all the hype, but if it ages anything like Expedition Stout, this beer will only get better. Just much better BA stuff out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a mocha head. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet, but not as much as the aroma. A lot of vanilla and chocolate. There is a small amount of roast on the back end so it finishes slightly roasty and dry. The beer is medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There is no alcohol detected in the aroma or the taste. There is a slight warming in the throat. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22oz bottle, obtained in a trade, poured into a tulip. Pours opaque black with minimal head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon. Taste follows; medium bodied. A bit disappointing that the flavor isnít more complex (to my palate anyway). I would not say this is in the same league as Black Tuesday or BCBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 12oz bottle. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head and no retention of any kind. Roast, dark fruit, chocolate, and booze on the nose and taste. Wishing for a tad more vanilla, coconut, and a thicker body but otherwise a very solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBeer45 (1422) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Champanes, this stout had a black-brown pour and made a one finger tan colored head that receded to a cover that had some open areas and a thick ring, this beer was opaque and I could not see through but I saw a mound of bubbles on the top of the beer and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I saw no sediment in the bottle, this beer had aromas of bourbon, vanilla, bourbon liquor, roasted malt, caramel, some chocolate, malt and bourbon sweetness, it had flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, molasses, bourbon liquor and malt sweetness, there was a little burnt roasted malt notes and there was a touch of coffee flavor in the background, the finish had roasted malt with molasses and a touch of bitterness, the mouth feel was more than medium and had a little creaminess, this beer had more sweetness on the nose than on the mouth, a nice bourbon barreled Imperial stout, not too much bourbon as I find in many Imperial stouts, and not a lot of sweetness like some BB Impys, this was a nice mix of Bourbon Barrel and Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (1336) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle from Alex @ Binnyís @ Willowbrook (thanks brutha!). Pours the color youíd expect of an Imperial Stout (or even a Guinness for that matter): a deep, dark opaque brown-black, but with a medium espresso colored head that dissipated fairly soon after pouring. Nose is earthy, barrel, brownie batter, and something kinda like fresh roasted hazelnuts. Mouth is big and creamy, brownie batter and bourbon barrel up front, then coffee notes and some nuttiness on the back end. Super smooth -- canít really detect the lofty ABV at all. Iíve had a few stouts over the years and some that are comparable, but this is a rare one and a real treat to find in the Chicago area.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Draft: Bourbon, walnut, and potting soil nose. Quite nice. Black, with a medium beige head. Charred oak and prune flavor. Medium body, with heat on the back end. Ugh, bourbon barrel aging.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Very rich and creamy. Loaded with flavors. Lots of molasses, dark chocolate, sweet coffee, vanilla, toasted bread and of course bourbon. Hints of dark fruit, with chocolate cherries in the aftertaste. Wonderful palate, thick enough to handle a beer of this caliber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7352) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pretty near flawless, and if there is a flaw Im not the one to see it. Heavy musk of smoked malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Awesome taste, that never pushes or pulls too much in wrong direction with aromas and palate. Its all over your senses without exasperating anything. Bitter and a little sweet, some spice and salt. Tap at brewpub.

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