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RATINGS: 781   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2361) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slickmaster (11) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
Poured on draught Corner Wine Bar at a Bells Brewery event. Beautiful Sunday day in Broad Ripple Indiana. WOW this beer on the first sip will knock your socks off!!! Hits you hard with that hint of bourbon flavor and amazing color. Perfect all the way around... this brew is a CAN'T MISS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Msavage235 (90) - - APR 1, 2012
About as close to a prefect stout as you can get. Thick black body with a watery mocha head, poured at a Bells event at Corner Wine Bar in Broad Ripple, IN. A wonderful mix of molasses, chocolate, roast, coffee, vanilla and spice. Awesome, lingering, syrupy mouth feel with a blast of alcohol. Absolutely perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeltaFoxtrot (7) - , Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 On tap at Mr. Beerys Sarasota. Thanks Mark! Aroma is perfect, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts. Opens up more as it warms up. Taste is phenomenal, more than expected and perfectly matched to the aroma. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but works out. Can’t say enough about the beer, surpassed my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2554) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Thin brown head thats short lived, little lace. Murky black brown hue. Nose of whisky, alc. some dark fruit notes and a hint of chocolate. Med/full body, lightly oily but thinner than expected, little sticky on the lips. Lotsa whisky with faint woody notes, roast, whisky, tobacco and some prunes. Finish is boozy, warm and not really long. Fairly underwhelming. #3 beer in the top 50, wow. So many better Impy,s BA and not Barrel aged. shakin my head on this one. Props to weisguy for hookin me up with this RARE brew. Thanks bro!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6835) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Mike12da. Huge vanilla aroma, bourbon, chocolate, sweet cream, marshmallows. Way over the top like a circus. Flavor of vanilla and marshmallow, bourbon, chocolate. Very sweet and a bit too much but lovely. Very obvious and unabashed flavor like a 17-year-old whore, but very fun and crazy. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by the infamous "sloth".... Black in color, nice little tan head. Nose of hot alcohol, bourbon notes... slight roasted malts... Taste follows the nose but isnt as harsh as the nose... Roasted malts, the bourbon is very present and definetly the prominant character but isnt harsh or over abrasive... usually I dont enjoy this "over the top" beer but Bells blends it well. To be honest I thought the alcohol was closer to 12%.... This bad boy has some fire to it. Warming to say the least. Body is a little sticky but pretty smooth and easy to drink. Overall: A very enjoyable beer. Thanks B:E:R:T

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 900th rating!! Bottle 504 of 1081, batch 10136. Aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, espresso, chocolate, oak, dark dried fruits, molasses and a little smoke. Very nice! Pitch black hue with an average/small medium light/med brown hue that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitterness. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Long bitter finish. Overall a good bourbon impy. Very bourbon forward with a bitter boozy finish. Really good nose though. I have been searching for this beer for years and years. Finally the day has arrived. I was hoping for a heavy body and less booze but it gets really good as it warms and the booze blends with the beer really well. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
just a damn good beer. Sweet caramelized, bourbon, vanilla, smooth, worthy of the craziness

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