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RATINGS: 871   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (2627) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Sample draft at FOBAB. Slight bourbon aroma. Taste has a soft bourbon taste with a nice underlying stout flavor. It is very smooth and very balanced but nothing that really blew me away. Medium thickness, on the thin side for the style. Incredibly smooth for something this big. Overall, this is a very good beer that did not live up to my high expectations. Initial rating of 4.1 Tried again. This time with the new 12oz bottle. Compared to KBS and bourbon county. Both from 12. A decent amount or bourbon this time. Not quite as much as bc but close. Much smoother than bc though. Had aa cream taste on the back better than thei vanilla flavor some have.Really enjoyed it. Bumped up a few ticks on that performance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2872) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Yes! This is the bomb. On draft at Republic - had this with two other fantastic bourbon barrel beers from Bells. It is thick, dark, bourbon goodness. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2012
On tap at 3 Squares. Pours black with some bourbony aromas. Flavor is incredible. A great mix of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla with incredible mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Very well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (779) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
On tap at JL Beers Fargo. Oh, man, this was amazing, so I gave it high marks in every category.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (3297) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
On tap at JL Beers Fargo. I lucked into this on tap in Fargo. A fantastic beer all around. Bourbon dominates the aroma, but thereís also element of coffee, dark chocolate, even the hoppiness from the Expedition Stout. Tasty. A must try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
32oz. Growler at my 30th Birthday Tasting, from a balloon snifter. Pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head, and spotty lacing. Nose is big bourbon, just huge bourbon, so much bourbon going on here... Massive milk chocolate, toast, cashew, pecans... Flavours of toast, coconut, caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate, brandy beans... And yet it still feels amazingly dry and restrained. This is the dead opposite of BA Dark Lord, which is so, so sweet. The dryness keeps the bourbon from being overwhelming, and balances out the rest of the beer. Just great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Sampled at the StlHs party. Wow isbthis good. Black as night with a nice tan head. Sweet chocolate and vanilla. Rich. Mso smooth and no taste of alcohol atball.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
32 oz. growler, sent from Codysjb (thanks a lot, Cody ). Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is huge on the bourbon barrels and vanilla, lots of chocolate as well, with shitloads of depth. Flavour is uber-complex with huge bourbon notes, loads of caramel malts, vanilla and some chocolate liqueur. Insanely complex and barrel-heavy giving off dominating bourbon and vanilla notes. Viscous as fuck, very thick and syrupy. For bourbon bombs, this is one of the best for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Very good beer that didnt live up to my inflated expectations. Aroma reminded me of a mikkeller stout in a good way. Tons of roast, earth, light vanilla, bourbon. Taste is a bit muddled but great notes of lactose and coffee. The base beer is fantastic but the barrel aging was where it fell short for me. A bit of slight raw bourbon or spirit flavor that doesnt seem to blend with the beer as it should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Stout day, my least favorite day of the year. Pours a deep black but not as viscous as I might have thought. Big tan head. Aroma is pronounced coffee and slight chocolate raisin. Taste is again, more iced coffee and toffee. Decadent to say the least. Overall, the bottle was very different than the draft pour I have had in a slightly better way.

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