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RATINGS: 818   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (5036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2012
Big thx to tderoeck for this one // sampled what was probably bottle nr. 898/1081 @ GBF 2012 // black with a mocha head around the sides // smell is pure velvet cake with chocolate, toffee, sweet oak, toffee, creamy, touch liquorice, milk chocolate and everything is drenched in most incredibly bourbon aroma ever, tad vinous even // taste sweet & pure creamy, sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, touch liquorice and berries, milk chocolate, fruity, thick sweet coffee, vanilla oak, small touch of roast complimenting the whole, tad warming the whole is drenched in incredible bourbon // creamy, velvety // reminds me a bit of Firestone 15 but this is head and shoulders above // I thought the hype on this one was nonsense but this is crazy good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8331) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci ŕ Ignace!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2012
75cl, Bottle 898/1081, no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle #338 of 1081 for rate #4300:   Black pour, moderate dark beige head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Strong graham cracker nose, bourbon, sweet roasted malts, and soft hoppiness.   Very smooth on the tongue, sweet roastiness, strong graham cracker and bourbon.   Very smooth on the tongue.   This one is too easy to drink.   For an Imperial Stout its not overly hopped, too astringent, or a bruiser when it comes to ABV.   The 10.5% ABV is well masked.   Not overly complex, but for what it is its very smooth, clean, with all the flavors you need for a barrel aged Imprerial Stout.   Nothing dominates, comes across as well balanced.   A huge thanks to pailhead for sending this one my way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1188) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI as part of the GT pre-party. I thought this was good but a bit overhyped. Tasted pretty much like you’d expect it to taste - the coffee chocolate booziness of expo stout with the bourbon barrel vanilla notes. I think I would’ve liked it better if it was just BA expo stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (5370) - GERMANY - AUG 13, 2012
Big thanks to bulldogp04 for that one. Bottle looks really really good. Bottle nr 1015. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Intense malty and dry aroma. Starts earthy-malty, dry, not too scratchy. Hints of coffee and liquorice, a bit bitter chocolate. Well balanced finish with again earthy notes. Mild bitter aftertaste. Quite drinkable for its strength. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Aroma: massive dose of chocolate, mellow roast and coffee, caramel and molasses, nice bourbon note. Pitch black pour, brown head which dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is chocolate cake, coffee and roast malts, cocoa, a hint of molasses. Bitterness is fairly low, nice bourbon profile, creamy and smooth. Full body, low carbonation, velvety on the palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dark chocolate and coffee flavors and aroma. The bourbon barrel aroma and flavor is awesome. Love the bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2230) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Pours pitch black with a coffee-colored head. Boozy coffee and vanilla in the aroma, malty with some acidity. Gorgeous flavor, heaps of cream, sugar and vanilla complementing roasty coffee notes and a deep warm chocolatiness. Bourbon is smooth and melds well without much heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden, Brass Rail and Shady McGrady’s all in the same week. Also out of a growler at ffej of july...Yeah, this area does not suck. A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of warm bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, brown sugar and quite a bit of lactic creaminess. Bourbon is strong initially but the other aroma’s grow to help keep it in check. T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon, chocolate and some lactic creaminess from the double cream stout. Hints of vanilla, oak, brown sugar and rich coffee help to break things up and keep things interesting. Finish is pretty sweet with plenty of boozy bourbon and some dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption. M - Big, full body with a TON of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. Smooth, boozy feel throughout the glass. O - I have missed out on trying this one a few times in the past so I was really looking forward to trying it when I saw that it went on-tap. Now that I have had it 4-5 times in the span of a week I can say that it definitely lives up to its billing.

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