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RATINGS: 769   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of milk chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla, coffee and wood. Very smooth. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8942) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Pours ink with a medium tan head leaving webby reddish lace. Nose is rich buttery bourbon with tropical notes like dried pineapple and dried papaya. Toasted coconut. Let it decant to cinnamon ganache and very subtle meat/umami character. Soft booziness, coffee liquor. So many rich subtleties makes this an incredible experience. Taste is similar to normal and Rare Bourbon County Stout. Super creamy, rich coconut oil mouthfeel. Feels less sharply bitter than normal Expy. Softer and easier to love than normal Expy. Superlative soft mouthfeel. Nice bitterness comes through to cut initial sweetness. Great mouthfeel- mild heat reminds of soft bourbon aging but softness is unreal. Roasty bitterness and coffee character hints that this is not BCS but something else. Very beautiful. Complexities are easier to fall in love with than normal Expedition which can be too aggressive and powerful at times. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8682) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Pours with a dark brown color to the body and a thin tan, medium dark brown head, with some reddish light at the top and bottom of the glass. First taste is bourbon up front, with a very vivid and fresh mocha, cream and butter note, turning almost spicy on the palate mid-drink. It’s at first rich and sweet, with candied milk and sweet mocha from the Double Cream, followed by the dark fruit skins and bitter bakers chocolate that make Expedition so wonderful. The bourbon is somewhat subdued, probably helped by the lower alcohol level compared to the more boozy BA Batch 7000, but it’s the charred malt and dark chocolate with the rich and slightly sweet cream notes that just make this beer amazing. When warm it finishes with a heavier chocolate syrup note with the bourbon being somewhat more subdued. An amazing beer, with both parts of the blend working so well together, and a barrel character that compliments fully and takes nothing away.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci à Ignace!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7965) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Dark chocolate malt, prune, and bourbon aroma. Black with no head. Sweet chocolate raisin malt and moderately bitter herbal and alcohol flavor. Very nice malty aftertaste. A bit rough - still nice beer though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours with pitch black hued body. Glass coating, tan head. Medium retention. Aromas show medium to strong bourbon character, medium barrel vanillin, light coffee, low smoke, vanilla bean. Flavors are surprisingly smooth, bourbon, vanilla, bready. Low esters and a nicely clean roast character. Medium coffee. Full bodied, lower carbonation. Quite good!


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