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RATINGS: 748   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Black pour with a half inch cappuccino foam head. Nose is roast and a toasty bourbon upfront, lots of malt and some coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla. Mouth is roasted malt upfront with a nice toasty coconut character, segueing into a light vanilla sweetness, coffee dust, and a long finish of bourbon wood, a touch hot. Expedition is very evident in the blend but it’s toned down significantly and actually feels a lot lighter. Creamy, rich feel. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snotrocket (20) - USA - FEB 23, 2012
On tap at Flannys for AZ beer week. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Smell of bourbon, little chocolate. Taste of mainly creamy bourbon. Pretty well balanced but nothing really stands out with this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Beer was on draft thanks to the hungry monk in chandler. Amazing beer. Aroma is sweet bourbon forward with hints of vanilla and the202 flavor backs that up perfectly. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (551) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 On tap for GR beer week. No head whatsoever, pitch Black orange hues on the edges. Big hits of huge malt, lots of boozy bourbon, anise. Flavor is blast of malt sweetness, not as much booze as I expected, slight notes of dark chocolate. Oily texture, and fairly smooth despite the gravity of this one, could definitely use some cellar time to mellow out and grow some depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (269) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft - BX Beerdepot - Pours very black with a nice brown head. Good amount of bourbon, oak, and vanilla in the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, and licorice in the taste with lots of dark chocolate on the back end. This was a very solid beer and at 10.5 abv, it was very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle at a recent tasting... Poured jet black with a faint, khaki head. Nose had incredible dark roast, chocolate, and bourbon notes. Insanely tasty. Complex yet easy drinking. Dark roast, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, bitter-sweet molasses, and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Draft at FoBaB 2011. I gotta say this was pretty darn good and a good change of pace from the huge in your face barrel aged stouts at the festival. Not earth shattering but maybe the bottles and better rating environment will be... I especially enjoyed the fluffy body on this without being cloying or marshmallowy. Need to find a bottle now...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Incredible. HOLY CRAP!. Whose great idea was it to blend the expedition and cream stout and then mix it in a bourbon barrel. Incredible dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, coconut earth, nut, flavors and aromas with a splash of bourbon at the end, Absolutely amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Growler courtesy of gunhaver. Pitch black brew with some tan head. Nose is incredible with tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. I think I walked around smelling this for a good 20 minutes before I even took my first sip. Smooth and crazy drinkable - flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Bourbon is very much there but never becomes overpowering. Now I need to try both of the base beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Growler shared by gunhaver. When he comes prepared, he knows how it goes. Pours a midnight black with a tan head. Nose is roast, vanilla, bourbon, mild booze, chocolate, and some other earthy flavors all wrapped up in a pretty little bourbon blanket. Flavor is similar- some notes of roast, chocolate, vanilla, slight coconut, mild anise, and earth all wrapped together with a nice bourbon whiskey goodness. No booziness at all until the finish, and then there is a hint of whiskey and wood that is mildly abrasive. The mouthfeel is silky, the palate is mostly clean, and it is a nice bourbon beer overall.

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