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RATINGS: 734   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2168) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bam-BAM! Heavy hitter!! Served at a good temperature with a large, thick, fine, creamy, tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is mostly cocoa, dark ripe fruit, old leather, coffee, a little of the classic stout roast, malt. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor is a curious blend of expansive and yet slightly conservative - similar to nose, excellent balance between bitter, sweet, and tang, the bourbon is there, not overdone. Body is perfect, ditto for carbonation. Finish is like flavor, yet the whiskey lingers a bit longer. Very easy drinking with only a hint of the alcohol at the end. Fabulous!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2012
Draft. Black color with small amount of tan head. Smells fantastic! Very thick malt flavor with lots of sweet vanilla complemented with chocolate and bourbon. Slight alcohol burn that fades quickly. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1319) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Rate #1000, I figured something nice would be ideal; here goes. Bottle 701 / 1081 ; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled average khaki head that does retain fairly well in this glass. Cobweb style lacing in this glass. The nose is bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate notes, vanilla, and caramel. The nose is terrific, and so is the mouthfeel. The flavor profile is more complex than the nose for me ;there is more roasty , coffee notes here. The dark fruits, milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, and bourbon come through nicely ; just a terrific drinker overall with a silky mouthfeel, with nice elements across the board.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
This was ten dollars
No longer a big whale dong
Still, very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7952) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of milk chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla, coffee and wood. Very smooth. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
Tap flight at Bavarian Lodge. Dark, viscous pour. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla extract, and coffee. Milk chocolate brown head laces the glass well. Taste is roasty and boozy. I get lots of sweet whiskey along with black licorice on the end. A little bit of sweet cream pops out, too. Moderately full and more than slightly slippery in the mouth. roasty, boozy, and great for a night cap (or first thing in the morning!).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3326) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
1600th rating. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a light roast and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate malt and vanilla and mice smooth finish. Easy to drink a very impressive Imperial stout from Bells. Really enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy @ rbwg ’12. black with no head. nose is wood, vanilla, roasted malts, wow. rich malts, charred oak, bourbon, creamy, and light ash.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Bottle shared with Soj. Pour is pitch black with a thin ring of a head. Aroma is of light bourbon notes with hints of sweetness scattered in. Caramel, dark chocolate, and oak chips. Flavor is heavy on the molasses and transitions into roasted coffee and vanilla. Smooth for the high ABV and quite drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexost (7) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012 does not count
Draft @ Redlight - pours a dark black and a tan head. Aroma includes oak, vanilla and chocolate. Tastes combines the bitterness of coffee and chocolate with creamy/oaky vanilla and notes of bourbon in the finish. Can’t say I can justify the hype, but it’s a great beer.


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