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RATINGS: 865   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesn’t have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say they’d have 95% homology.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LRonCupboard (34) - ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2016
330 ml bottle. Looks mega viscous and pours pitch black with a creamy beige head. Aroma dominated by sweet bourbon with some chocolate, raisin, dark malts and vanilla. Not excessively boozy despite the bourbon. Velvety smooth, rich and very full bodied. Substantial sweetness, but pretty nicely balanced and bourbon is subtle ish on tasting. Some carbonation but defo soft. Crazily long finish with plenty of sweetness, very pleasant bitterness and lots and lots of bourbon. Can understand the hype, but I would probably take good ol expedition over this. Bit of a barrel bomb. As bottle goes on it turns into a bit of a bourbon fug. Bourbon BAged beers get inflated scores on ratebeer - don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Good, not great

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cogitus (6) - - AUG 21, 2016 does not count
Outstanding. Pours oily black, ring of brown lacing. aroma of cocoa, slight coffee, dried fruit, bourbon barrel. flavor is an extravagant meld of the same characteristic plus a touch of vanilla. Alcohol unmistakeable but not hot. Creamy/silky mouthfeel, long lingering aftertaste highlighting cocoa and bourbon. Outstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (247) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle. Dark colour, Chocolate and coffe in aroma, taste of the bourbon barrel and roasted chocolate

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3903) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a pitch black, thick black beer with a small, creamy tanned head on top. Aroma of massive bourbon, sweet molasses, sweet dripping caramel and woody notes. Really full fragrant and very nice. Flavor is intense, hints of red fruits, sweeter chocolate and overall quite sweet and strong. No boozy, alcoholic notes, all well balanced and sweet. Very easy to drink, yet a great sipper to enjoy over a longer period of time. Epci brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and rising bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts, some kid’s chocolate cereal and vitamins cloying near the end. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - thanks to the Proof Bottle Club for sharing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (881) - - APR 25, 2016
Vintage 2014: Pours Black oily color, clear, with brown creamy stable finger head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark, roasted malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, hint of vanilla, oak, tabacco, oak, and full basket of hops, which takes on dried and dark fruits. Flavor is very similar: intense, rich malt flavors, with notes, mentioned above, with hint of molasses, supported with bourbon alcohol warmth. Finish is slightly sticky/dry. Body is full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. I am a little bewildered...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2661) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle @ Beer Temple with Abijn & MarcodL, thanks Arjan for sharing! Black color. No head. Aroma’s of bourbon, sweetness, vanilla. Retronasal it’s sweet, wood, vanilla, roasted, light drop/licorice, alcohol, light red fruit. Flavor is light sweet, alcohol, vanilla. Rather strong alcohol feel. Very low carbonation. Long finish, roasty, light bitter and wood. Could have used a bit more carbo, but great otherwise.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (960) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
bottle dated 3/12/14 poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin light brown head..aroma of bourbon,chocolate,wood,vanilla..tastes of chocolate,smoke, bourbon,vanilla,dark fruits,licorice,coffee..little boozy but outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3983) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Abijen, thanks! Black pour, no head. Rich aroma of bourbon, mild licorice,cherry and chocolate. Smooth taste of mild licorice, bourbon vanilla, subtle cherry, oak and a long velvety finish. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2467) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2016
Zwart bier met bijna geen schuimkraag. Ruikt chocolade, koffie, bourbon, overrijp fruit. Smaakt bourbon, alcohol, overrijp fruit, iets geroosterd, koffie. Nice. Expedition vond ik beter


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