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RATINGS: 747   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 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 (3746) - 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 Bellís 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 Iíve had most of the big dogs!! You say Narke is better....wow!! BA Hunaphuís....what a joke....what, just because it has a lower bottle count....BA Speedway... (see BA Hunaphuís).....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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draft @ Aromasí Bells Bowl. First, I would like to say I was so excited to try this treat and it did not let down in the least. So, I had three before moving onto the other offerings. Poured a thick jet black with wispy dark tan head. Nose was bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Taste was pure magic. Bourbon, vanilla, some oak, leather, so smooth, Chocolate, coffee, creamy. Bourbon definately was king but very well integrated and smooth. This might be as close to perfect that Iíve had in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeraverse (28) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Black note on cask at Aromas. Strong taste of plums. Very clean finish. I couldnít pick up on the bourbon notes, but my friends could. Maybe it is because I drink too much bourbon?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnywarner (6) - - JAN 27, 2012 does not count
Full, deep and smooth, though not too bourbon (boozy) forward. Dark, rich appearance with creamy palate and cocoa cream aged yumminess left on a softer aftertaste than most in its class. Keeps you coming back for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (1884) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2012
My 1300th rating overall, and 1000th USA rating.
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours completely black with an average brown head that leaves a thick collar of lace. The nose is coconut, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, vanilla, and awesome. The flavor starts off with the sweeter coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate notes up front, moving to the more bitter dark chocolate and espresso, with the barrel notes melding perfectly. The body is full with average carbonation and a long oaky coconut, vanilla, and nicely bitter espresso finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Black, dark tan ring of head. Smell is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, and dark fruits. Taste is malty sweetness, bourbon, roast cocoa. Very silky and smooth with surprisingly little booziness and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
From the release at Churchkey. Ink pour, thick mocha head. Nose is ultra soft bourbon and ganache frosting. Taste is just.....stop talking to me while I have my dream beer. Yes, it is nearly perfect and I donít need to explain that to you or myself. I will sit in the corner and quietly orgasm.

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