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RATINGS: 746   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle shared with mrbunn courtesy of coyotehunter. Smells like dark fruit, anise, and motor oil, but the good kind. No foam to speak of, and super awful, frightening dark. Taste is crazy smooth and almost light compared to the nose. Delicious, like sweet black candy with booze mixed in. Delicious and complex with the majority of the taste coming late in the palate. We likes it. I prefer deliverance, but this is such a close second as to not matter. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (317) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Jekyl: first few sips and wow... strong chocolate, caramel, and a little bourbon. Hyde: after that then all bourbon, very little choc and caramel. Must be user error.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Appearance - 5 - Dark brown/black beer with a dark tan head that dissapears pretty quickly due to the high ABV. Aroma - 10 - Huge bourbon barrel characteristics, bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark chocolate backbone. Taste - 10 - Huge creamy dark chocolate backbone, smooth bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, vanilla, cream, umami Mouthfeel - 5 - Super heavy mouthfeel, like a chocolate milkshake in beer form. Alc is a little warming but thatís totally understandable at 11.4% ABV. Aftertaste is mainly coffee, with a touch of the bourbon barrel characteristics. Overall - 20 - Possibly the best beer Iíve ever had. Iíd love to compare it to FW Parabola, but weíll see if that ever happens...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
treznor (1) - Hickory, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2014 does not count
Only downfall is the mouthfeel. Taste and aroma really bring out the bourbon barrel and are awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (679) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
12oz bottle. Black as the eyes of night. Aromas of Malted chocolate balls ( like a Whopper), with booze drifting off the top. Nothing stands out, because its a perfect creamy blend of dark fruit flavors, malts, chocolates, Bourbon, and coffee. A very soft sweetness countered by the hops and bitter black malts. Damn! its good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bellsman1991 (25) - - MAY 6, 2014
I have nothing wrong to say about this beautiful crafted beer! Smokey bourbon flavors coffe dark fruits! Itís the best stout I think Iíve ever had! Itís a real big beer bought two bottles going to cellar the other for a good year our so it will only get better! Itís really hard to find but if you can find it PICK IT UP!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Purchased at Irving Park Liquors in Chicago, IL (last 4 pack!!!!); enjoyed at home on a Friday night getting ready to watch playoff hockey. Man am I happy to be trying this one! Appearance is a rich pitch black with a moderate dark tan head that nicely dissipates. Aroma is really complex, with great dark chocolate and coffee notes, mixed with bourbon, mint, light vanilla, light oak barrel, like BCBS but more subdued/delicate even? Maybe that doesnít make sense, but it smells pretty incredible. Taste is pretty great, light burn going down, light carbonation, rich chocolate notes and lasting coffee...goes well with peanut butter cake! This is a good one, will definitely save one or two for aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (232) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Wow. Aroma is incredible bourbon. Taste is bourbon, malt, chocolate, espresso. Strong bourbon flavor from start to finish. Really full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Really impressive. This beer lives up to its billing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (73) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2014
I lucked into this special release when purchasing KBS. What a special surprise. I found to be more balanced with out the bourbon kick/burn at the end. Smooth from start to finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lemke10 (767) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2014
This pours a very dark brown/ black color with almost no head. The aroma is strong with bourbon and sweet robust malts. The taste is sweet, smooth and strong. This seems to be thinner in texture than most other bourbon barrel stout, but probably has the most unique taste that leaves a tart fruit after taste. A good, well made beer but to currently hold the #7 spot for best beer is a bit of a stretch.

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