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RATINGS: 865   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
I had a sample of this at The Steel City Big Pour in Pittsburgh this September. The beer pours out black as pitch, with a mocha head. On the nose, I picked up vanilla, caramel, and oak barrel. The flavors were butterscotch, toffee, smoky dark chocolate, and black olives (presumably from the barrel). You could definitely pick up on the bourbon too, but it wasnít integrated into the beer as well as with other barrel-aged stouts. On the whole though, this was fantastic and I feel really lucky to have tried this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 Had a tasting at Michigan brewers guild. Poured black and surprisingly thin. Smells of strong sweet chocolate. Tastes like liquid tootsie rolls. Thin mouthfeel. Too sweet. Is this what everyone was raving about? Maybe a bad keg at the tasting. Was not impressed. 2012 Re-Rate: Previously a 2.9 maybe from a bad keg? got a bottle now. Pours pitch black with a very small brown head. Aroma is heavy vanilla, licorice, chocolate and bourbon. Smells very rich. Some up front bite with medium low carbonation. Flavor of licorice at first, finishing with overwhelming chocolate and then sweet vanilla really lingering. Thick and viscous, slightly acidic with some burning alcohol goin on. Age would probably smooth it out but overall pretty awesome! Glad I got to rerate this. Another rerate here with a 2012 bottle poured on 3/22/14. Mostly similar but the booze tones down considerably now. Big anise flavors and lots of beautiful vanilla chocolate good n plenties. This is still awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Perfectly potent aroma and incredibly balanced taste, perfect thick black pour and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Smell of toffe and chocolate. Pours thick with very little head. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
Taster @ Gents Bierfestival, courtesy of tderoeck. Thanks Tim! Black coloured beer with a short brown head. Strong roasted malty and extreme alcholic hinted aroma. Very creamy full palate. Finish is chocolate, dark chocolat strong taste with a longer bitter chocolat alcoholic malty ending. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
750mL Bottle. A million, million thanks to Sean for providing this bottle to my Bachelor-party tasting of 2002-2012 Expedition Stout. It was a great way to kick the tasting off. Aroma resounded loudly with bourbon, pure and fresh, and soft. Hints of stout roast kick in, but itís mostly a bourbon show. Flavors lean surprisingly in the Double Cream stout direction. I was picking up the mineral, charred Cedar saline quality of that portion of the blend, but lacking the rich, port-like refined sugar edge of the Expy. This is very dry for an Imperial Stout, which is greatly appreciated, but I think the bourbon is a bit overwhelming and I think the Expedition portion gets shouted out a little. Overall, itís a very good stout and one that Iím eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2012
On Draught at Zombie Burger
Iíve got way too many of these "landmark" beers all stored up for a few hundred more ratings. Iím not going to sit here and not enter this one so it can be all celebratory when I do.

Pours basically black with a small but well retained head.

The aroma is big & sweet with lots of fudge & bourbon notes. The alcohol is there in a pleasant bourbony kind of way, even fainter is a hint of smoke.

The flavor is roasty and bitter, this is not without sweetness and lots of bourbon character, but this retains so much of whatís great about the big awesomeness that is Expedition Stout. Plenty of chocolate, both in the dark bitter variety and the sweet fudgy variety. Some black currant and cherry fruitiness become more and more pronounced along with the woody character of the beer as it warms.

Just wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2012
on tap at Macís Industrial during ABR week. Pour was jet black with a consistency of motor oil, deep ruby when swirled, puffy off-white putty lace that stuck around. Aroma was all bourbon and vanilla, with maybe a dash of anise. Taste was more bourbon but was very smooth and not overly alcohol like BCBS can be. smooth, thick, slightly syrupy and warming to the core. backnotes of vanilla and roasty graham. Delicious and I am so stoked that I finally got to try this after years of waiting/searching.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Had this at the 2012 Autumn Brew Review. Great bourbon and chocolate scent and flavors, has a great smooth body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (2167) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bellís Black Note: Approximately 2 oz. pour on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis on 9-15-12. Wonderful aroma. Rich, complex taste features chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors with a dry finish. Medium to full body. This is a very good beer, and probably the best I drank at the festival, though I have had multiple superior imperial stouts in the past. 9/4/8/4/17

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