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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (10577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
32 oz. growler, sent from Codysjb (thanks a lot, Cody ). Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is huge on the bourbon barrels and vanilla, lots of chocolate as well, with shitloads of depth. Flavour is uber-complex with huge bourbon notes, loads of caramel malts, vanilla and some chocolate liqueur. Insanely complex and barrel-heavy giving off dominating bourbon and vanilla notes. Viscous as fuck, very thick and syrupy. For bourbon bombs, this is one of the best for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Near black with a tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, toffee, espresso and hops. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, cream and plenty of hops. Finished sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
Poured at DL day from StFun...wow. Black, no real head. Aroma is just heavenly. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor is full and damn rich. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of roast. Jesus this is good shit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Big thanks to egajdzis for sharing this gem! Poured a dark black color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, smoke, dark fruits, and roast. Very complex and I was getting something different every time I took a whiff. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, lightly vinous, chocolate, and roast. Creamy and smooth body. I was I had a whole growler of this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Hand-bottled (keg)… This beer rocks!… Pitch black with a minimal, bubbly, light brown head. The aroma is an intoxicating swirl of chocolate, bourbon, coconut and caramelized cinnamon sugar. Full-bodied and ultra-silky with almost no carbonation. Sweet and bourbony with big chocolate notes. All the bitter, rough edges of the traditional version of Expedition Stout are mellowed, if not completely washed away, via blending and oak aging the two base beers. Creamy, smooth, bourbon and chocolate finish. At no point did the bourbon or heat overwhelm my palate. World class all the way! Many thanks go out to maniac for hand-bottling a hefty sample last weekend in Richmond, VA, and going through the trouble of shipping it quickly to Florida!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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 baby’s butt and tasty as fuck. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (10040) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2013
Bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, thanks to Bruce. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is chocolate, gateaux, dark fruit, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon and sweet coffee. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toast, bourbon, light warming alcohol, mild acidity, some bitterness, earth and baking chocolate with a bitter, ashy finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Very smooth, well-balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (10033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer pours a matte black color with a medium thin light brown head with decent retention. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee liqueur, bourbon and toasted malt. Rich, chewy body with loads of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor, as well as bourbon and plum. The finish is roasty and sweet at first with mild alcohol and coffee in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and a close second to the Bourbon Barrel Java Stout at this event.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle 24 of 1081. Virtually no head on black, looks like a wine. carbonation still there though understated.Smooth mouthfeel. Rich bourbon,not overpowering but substantial. Chocolate and coconut, some mustiness. Better as it aired.FlandersNed, thanks for not putting it up on ebay. My bottle shared with Liam.

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