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RATINGS: 804   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Got to share this one with peteinSD (big thanks as always!). 750ml Bottle No. 964 of 1081. Pours black like motor oil with a thick look and a small tan head. Nose was more subdued than I expected with the Bourbon and wood present, but subtle and mixed with hints of coffee and dark fruit. The flavor profile of this one will make you a believer, incredibly well balanced and complex with nothing out of place. Essentially it tasted like a well aged, more creamy and slightly less bitter version of the Expedition which in my opinion is the best six pack stout ever made. The vanilla and caramel from the barrel shows up in the flavor with excellent layers of over ripe fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. Enjoyed the bitterness that was always lingering in the background without interfering with all of the other complexities of the beer. Perfect heft on the palate for the style with a slightly creamy texture and a light carbonation. Finished with a fantastic blend of wood and malt that left me craving another sip. I could probably actually finish an entire 750ml of this and still be enjoying it at the end which canít be said of every big barrel aged beer. Another classic stout from Bells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle cracked open at Billís big stout tasting (thx greatly). Poured a dark brown body with a thin cocoa head. Nose is roasted coffee and chocolate, with a oaky bourbon aroma. Taste is molasses sweet with some dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Decent body with light carbonation and a creamy rich mouthfeel on the finish. Very nice stuff from the folks at Bells.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
I deleted my previous rating of this from a couple years ago b/c it was a small hand bottled sample and this time I had a quarter of a 750 to delight my taste buds. Thanks Ryan for hooking this up. It did not disappoint. Super black, super creamy, bourbon is upfront but its sweet and delicious and melded so well with the expo and double cream stouts. yummers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 On tap... the pour was the expected black with a tan head. Aromas were fantastic, like brownies with cherry and charred vanilla in the mix. As for flavor, it was plenty roasted with a solid cocoa bitterness. Finishes with hints of bourbon and oak with a subtle vanilla sweetness. Pretty good stuff here, but perhaps a small bit of it is just hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1429) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanfolty (2013) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (7472) - Plymouth, 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 Iíve ever had. Stoopid good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2803) - 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.

   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

   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

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