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RATINGS: 753   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 Bottle from trade (4 Beats involved?). Tasted this one side-by-side with KBS (previously rated), and Black Note is so much smoother on the palate (much better pH balance) and less coffee. Aroma was of sweet licorice, bourbon, and dark chocolate/cacao. Flavor was a creamy version of the aroma. This beer is simply freakin amazing. Loved it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. The beer is black with a thin beige head. After a few swirls of the snifter the head expands to 3/4 inch, leaving a thick sheet of lacing cascading down the snifter. The aroma, while nice, is quite a bit weaker than expected, offering bourbon and roast with a hint of vanilla. The flavor, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. Bold bourbon presence throughout. Oily thick with a delicious roast character. This is indeed a world class beer and in my top tier of barrel aged imperial stouts. Not terribly complex, per se, but masterfully balanced and just superb. The mouthfeel is ridiculously good, perhaps the best I have yet encountered in a beer of this ilk. The Double Cream Stout shows itself here. Creamy and full bodied, with alcohol content gracefully disguised. Worthy of its overall A+ rating, this beer was sublime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (746) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
750mL courtesy of cavemanlawyer at a tasting. Big time thanks. Consumed on 6-16-12, reviewed from notes. A: Pitch black and all the poetry it implies. Aggressive poor yields some thin lacing, but not a great amount of head. Good carbonation bubbles. N: Bourbon, honey, and some ethanol. Coconut, caramel, and vanilla. Really quite nice. T: Roasted coffee and malt. Bourbon is integrated well into the main body, leaving the normal descriptors of vanilla/caramel/oak. I’m getting plenty of chocolate and some molasses, licorice, and a mystery flavor which kscaldef jogged out of my head as candied pecans. There’s still some heat here, though. M: This is coating without being cloying. A very impressive example of what I want in my RIS. O: There were a couple of beers that I never thought would be bottled and would thus not make it to the PNW via trades. This was one, the other was CBS. CBS was a big letdown; this is not. Well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyalFlushing (322) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle poured a deep black with a thin frothy tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is big on roasted malts, dark chocolate, raisins, and hints of licorice, vanilla, and grapefruit. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, plum, coco, tart cherry, and roasted malt. Smooth velvety body with elegant finish. Wonderful mouthfeel from creaminess, slight alcohol warmth, and palatable hop bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5330) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle split with Vin during Philly beer week. Pours a deep pitch black body with lots of chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is chocolate, light dark fruit, brown sugar, and very faint roasted malt. Mouthfeel is warming and pretty spot on with notes of choclate, dark fruits, soft booze, cream, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle compliments of James, Pours a deep black with off white, amazing lacing, aromas of chocolate cake, cake batter, roasty matl, dark chocolate, dates, bannan rum. Taste is just as awesome, cocoa,chocolate covered cherry, booze, marshmallow,grapes, warming as fuck. Sticky on the lips and tongue in the finish. Maybe some bourbon county santa, roasty cocoa, caramel, and vanilla bean sweetness throughout, excellent balance of expedition and double cream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
2 oz sample saved for me by James. Poured deep black with thin chocolate head. Aroma is milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, very sweet, hints of milk chocolate vanilla, oak and dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmeekrek (52) - - MAY 31, 2012
Tap at Romans’ Pub Bells Bash. Great beer! I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The only thing I wish it had more of was sweetness with Vanilla or Chocolate, but that is not a complaint, just a preference.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (528) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Tap at Romans. I could stick my nose in the glass all day. Great brew. Sweetness from the double cream balances the expedition well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
On tap at the Brass Tap, poured a dark black color, aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Flavors are the same as the aroma, was an 8 ounce pour and had a velvety texture. As the beer warmed more bourbon came through.

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