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RATINGS: 753   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4133) - 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 (2380) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chukfish (3) - Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012 does not count
Smells like bourbon, cocoa, and licorice. Appearance is blacker than black. Very sticky on the palate. Tastes of dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and high proof bourbon. In a league of its own. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2012
On tap. Only knock I have on this is no head. So smooth smelling and tasting. Bourbon is subtle and not over powering. World. Fing. Class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sampled at the First Inaugural Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Festival. This was a truly amazing beer. I was almost upset that I tried this one first. There were tons of amazing beers at this festival, but nothing was better than this one. Pour a truly beautiful jet black with good brown head. Alcohol is not overwhelming, but is definitely present in the aroma. Huge roast, cocoa, slight coffee, woody, very smooth. Big creamy full chewy body if great. Truly special beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2012 WOW.....a limited beer that is actually good!!! Huge Thanks to Kevin for the bottle and Bell’s for keeping the release on the down low! This is one of the the best if not the BEST looking, smelling, tasting Stout ever made....and yeah I’ve had most of the big dogs!! You say Narke is better....wow!! BA Hunaphu’s....what a joke....what, just because it has a lower bottle count....BA Speedway... (see BA Hunaphu’s).....Keep on cranking out these gems Mr. Bell and MI will keep supporting you!! Thanks for not selling out :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Black Note on draft at Burnhearts Bar in Milwaukee. pitch black with a frothy mocha head. nice lacing on the glass! aroma of boozy bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, some dark fruit and roasty. let it rest for a bit before i dove in.. sweet flavor up front with hints of chocolate, molasses and vanilla. creamy, silky texture. very pleasing on the palate. a bitter, roasted coffee. booooozy finish. damn good!

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