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RATINGS: 769   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (954) - 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 (3879) - 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 (4959) - 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 (1600) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
Draft at Redlight Redlight. What a find. Nose is bourbon and vanilla with some chocolate and a touch of oak and roast. Nice. Pour is black with a tan head that dies down into a thin ring of lacing. Taste is nice with a good amount of bourbon/vanilla. There was quite a bit of chocolate and caramel mixed together with some nice molasses and raisin notes. Roasty, too. Good brew but hyped up to the max as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2012
draft @ redlight redlight. Oaky vanilla with bourbon notes with drizzels of caramel and dark chocolate in the aroma. Pours black with a thin beige head. Bitter dark chocolate with sweet vanlla notes and creamy coffee flavors running throughout. Rich and chocolatey with nice bourbon and oak flavors coming through.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(Bottle # 564/1081, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and bourbon with a bitter, dry oak finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Samichlaus83 (6) - - APR 2, 2012 does not count
Draft: On tap at the Bell’s Brewery on release night. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon all belnd nicely together. There is a lot of barrel character but it blends almost perfectly with the base beer and the alcohol does not overpower the stout. There is also touch of roasted coffee bean notes. Really balanced and a true test of the brewers talent. Near perfect.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from Mike12da. Thank you. Huge bourbon and vanilla nose. Pitch black. Thick big head. Deep, rich, sweet: touches of raisins, vanilla, and the unusual Expedition Stout burnt rubber notes.Full body. A huge beer that seems to have too much happening at once but then blends into a perfect subtle aftertaste. Wow!


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