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RATINGS: 757   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 As "Black Note" at FoBAB 9. Jet black, rich coffee head. Fudge, light roast nose, nicely dry though there is light sweetness in the dessert aspects. Flavor is refined, of course, heavy fudge and oatmeal at the front with licorice and roast across the mid before a plum explosion in the finish, way more dark fruit than expected, a very soft hot kiss in the end from the alcohol. Chalky body in the finish, full. An awesome balance here, collection of flavors presented nicely. Rare is better in the barrel-malt meld as I get hardly any bourbon here and this tends a bit more towards simple sweetness, but this is still fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours near black with dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and light coffee. Flavors of bourbon, sweet vanilla, rich chocolate, and some faint coffee. Real nice bourbon flavor and base beer holds up well. Not the #6 beer in the world but hard to find anything I didnít like about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (9284) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Tap @ Bells. Black appearance with a tan head. Bourbon, oak, toffee, chocolate, light vanilla, caramel in thee nose. Rich, delicious bourbon, roasty caramel malts, thick toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak flavors. Smooth as a babyís butt and tasty as fuck. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1449) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours a dark coffee brown with tight dark tan head. Nose has some subtle roasted malt, notes of coffee, vanilla cream, chocolate cake. There is a mild sweet bourbon note. It tastes well balanced, faint touch of sweetness with rich chocolate cake and vanilla notes. The coffee is lighter, Light note of sweet bourbon that picks up as it warns, more present than the nose but still subtle. Soft creamy feel, full bodied but not heavy with good carb and extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Finally got to try this bad boy on tap at Bells. Poured a straight jet black color with a dark brown head, somewhat intimidating. Aroma s loaded with bourbon, lots of smoke, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, really inviting. Flavor was much the game as the aroma, lots of bourbon taste but hardly any burn, lots of the smoke from the expedition but its toned down a bit by the sweet and velvety character of the double cream.Just a perfect masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sampled at Fobab 2011. Pours black with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is biting dark chocolate and roast, woody bourbon character, lots of coffee a bit of a burnt toast sharpness, vanilla and oak. Flavor is nice and rich, lots of dark chocolate, biting roast and coffee note, quite aggressive. Chocolatey and heavy barrell character. Pretty nice stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2356) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
On tap at the Beer Bistro. Joan Jett black pour with a mocha head. Wow, all kinds of bourbon in the nose. Creamy and smooth with lots of mellow bourbon, deep roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes. Iíve been chasing this stout for a long time and was not disappointed. Thanks to Dan and Tom for meeting up with me. Itís nice to get to experience these beers with local members of the beer community.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Black with thin tan head. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate, soft notes of dried fruits. Syrupy, sticky, with good carbonation. I can feel the heat in my gums, but alcohol is very well masked. Dried plum, fig, and molasses more prevelant in taste, followed by semi-sweet chocolate. Clean somewhat quick finish for the style. Lasting boozey tingle on my tongue and gums. Excellent, but probably not worth the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft... Great looking beer, dark black body, thick dark tan head, about two fingers, nice retention great lace... The nose is fairly subtle and balanced, and you can tell they didnít release this until it was ready, light and very smooth bourbon, brownies, bitter chocolate, light roast... The taste is really smooth as well, but the finish is a bit alcoholic and astringent, the flavor is a touch light, I wish there was a bit sweeter... A really good beer that lives up to the hype

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On tap at Bellís. Wow is all I can really say about this. Big, bold, smooth...definitely some bourbon notes and a little alcohol heat in there. But what a great flavor. Nice stuff.

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