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RATINGS: 770   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle from my good trading buddy in the great state of Michigan - thank you Sean! Black pour with an expresso tan head that fades and easily reappears with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is medium bourbon with vanilla and coconut and a roasted malt character. Taste is smooth bourbon followed by layers of dense, earthy malt with the signature bitterness from the Expedition Stout. Taste also presents with coffee, chocolate, roast, and more bourbon through the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Exceptionally well balanced and drinkable. Very impressive beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Date: March 9, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: mibirder Description: Opaque jet black pour with nice head and lacing that just sticks to the glass. Aroma is lactose, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood and faint bourbon. Taste is woody, vanilla, and a nice mild bourbon finish. Silky smooth, creamy and medium to full bodied. Thank you Sean for such an amazing beer! Bottle number 965 of 1081, batch 10136.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (6984) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2013 Bottle. Unbelievable. Crazy dark with a super coating brown head. Nose is wood, lactose, and chocolate. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is milk chocolate, wood, and light whiskey. Amazing. 2011 vintage. Bottle #965 of 1081. Batch #10136. Just had this biz-nitch on tap, holy crap. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Stoopid good!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2655) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is licorice, coffee, and a little chocolate. Taste is more licorice, alcohol, molasses, sweet, and chocolate.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
From notes: Tap. Dark and rich, with a nice tan head. Looks and feels creamy and thick. The best of Expedition without too much sweet from the cream stout blended perfectly, and amazingly well complimented by the bourbon notes. One of the best beers I've ever had! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Good, dark, smooth. Wish it was in bottles. 11.5%. Dark but very tasty. Imperial stout. Smooth after taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/29/2011. Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest. I have anticipated trying this for three years, so needless to say, I am excited. My pour is an ebony black color with a modest creamy tan head. As I would expect with the high ABV, the cap fades rather quickly and leaves just a few dots of lace on the glass. The aroma does not jump out of the glass, but it is full and complex. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate fudge are noticeable, with coffee and cream, subdued bourbon notes, and some raisins or other dark fruits as well. The blend here is just fantastic. It is difficult to describe the intricacy of the interaction of the flavors, but I will do my best. A light bourbon presence exists throughout, so each flavor melds in with that base. Full, deep, almost burnt roasted malt create the deepest bitterness and set the tone for the rest of the flavors. The taste lightens up with some creamy coffee notes. Still bitter, but light and creamy as well. From there, gooey fudge makes an appearance, sticking with a full creamy flavor. The bitter, creamy, and sweet flavors all work well with the bourbon to create different sensations. Some vanilla, oak, molasses, and anise add even further complexity. The mouthfeel is luxuriously thick and creamy. Using double cream stout really smooths out any rough edges in the feel. Lightly sticky sweet, a touch of oaky dryness toward the end. Creamy carbonation, a deceptive lack of alcohol presence, and a full body. Wow, this is pretty incredible. This is definitely an artful blend of two already good beers. The result capitalizes on the strengths of both beers - creamy and roasty, with the perfect amount of bourbon to blend everything together. This was tapped right as the rain started to come down at GTMW, so it was easy to get several pours as long as you were willing to venture out into the rain. Worth every effort to get it, and I would recommend putting forth any effort necessary to try this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
On tap @ Maduro. Pour is deep brown/black with pretty much no head. Aroma shows roast, milk/dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor shows lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon with underlying notes of plum, toffee, liquorice, espresso and ash. Overall body is full, oily, sweet and the finish shows some alcohol with a heavy roasted bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, light bourbon, light oak and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, bitter chocolate, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering roast chocolate finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1735) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is vanilla, sweetness, wood, chocolate..Taste is wood, vanilla, chocolate,bourbon, sweetness..Palate is silky and roasty..Not a bad Imperial stout


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