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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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheRedBeeron13 (1) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Upon first sip, in the top 5 beers I have ever had. Its a shame its so rare. Very mellow for a bourbon stout. Absolutely amazing. Wonderful when paired with desserts, ie. Kahlua soaked brownie :)


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbeatdano (62) - - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from April 2014. Aroma is incredible. Bourbon, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and chocolate all come into play. Id say the bourbon takes the fore front but it is overall very balanced. The taste is even better. Coffee and bourbon mingle with dark sweet fruits. Chocolate and vanilla also present, especially on the finish. Minimal booze just remind you its 11.4%. Palate is silky smooth, carbonation is a little more fizzy than soft, and the finish is long with a nice balance of bitter roast, sweet vanilla, and booze. This beer is fantastic. There is no other word to describe it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4552) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Hannont: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black Aromas of bourbon, soy, rice, some liquorice, cream, marzipan, some mocha, raisin, liquor and a hint of vanilla. Flavours of roast, bourbon, whiskey, bitter, liquirice, malt roast, soy, light spice, some mocha, some chocolate, prunes and raisin... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, chocolate, light bourbon, mocha, light honey, some chocolate and liquorice. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy light oily texture. Balanced but nit as deepnI would exoect this masterpiece to be. Nonetheless a good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bought this bottle back in the spring. Thought Id hold onto it for a while..waited long enough. Poured this into a snifter - color is deep walnut with a fairly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon (of course), cold coffee, chocolate and ripe fruit. Very sweet taste. The bourbon is flavorful without being overpowering; mellow. Body is full and really creamy; very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (112) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
12 oz bottle of 2012 shared by Bvery. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing beer. Pours dark brown almost black. Smells of bourbon and dark fruits...reminds me of a belgium quad. Nice bourbon taste with a sweet dry finish. Awesome beer. Want some more!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12oz offering from the sacrificial AndyReynolds (2014 vintage) - nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses/brown sugar. Sip adds bourbon, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Bitter of the dark chocolate variety. Numbs muh gums. Still sweet though. Mild to moderate booze factor. A sipper for sure. Well rounded.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"1st off, big thanks to Heybeerman for steppin up and sending me this gem. Split a bottle 3 1/2 ways last night, and will probably revisit when I have a full bottle, by itself, one day soon. My original impression, just from the the aroma was that this was leaning slightly more towards the Double Cream Stout than Expedition, and that turned out to be true in the flavor as well. But both beers are there, giving this a nice rich body, and layers of complexity. The barreling was also a little more prevelant than expected. I really have to nit pick to find anything "wrong" with this beer, but if I had to say something, gimme a tiny bit more expedition and a tiny bit less barrel, and this bad boy may get a perfect 5. Sooooooo smooth and tasty. Held its own with a nice batch of Speedway and BA Speedway, two of my favorites."

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petkus331 (272) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Strong raisin and prune aroma with mild molasses and nearly hidden cocoa. Apppears clear dark brown, some brown head. Tastes of sweet caramel and raisin up front followed by a somewhat balancing charred toast bitterness. Palate is a bit watery for the style. Overall, good in small doses with a sweet food that will mellow the sweetness of the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (466) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Tap. Pitch black. Nice, small lingering brown head. Creamy body. Nose is strong raisin, alcohol. ABV very apparent in taste. Some malty bitterness followed by the stronger tastes of raisin, dark fruits. A biiiiit unbalanced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1314) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
2014 bottle. Black. Huge bourbon in the aroma, slight heat, molasses, cocoa. A bit creamy, massive palate, huge bourbon character, nice bitterness. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigda83 (228) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
12 oz bottle - 2014. Pours black with a small foamy brown head. Aroma was different and not what I was expecting or used to with this style. I got raisin, plum, caramel, wood, light bourbon, and sweet malt. Taste is some chocolate, a bit of bourbon, woody, and sweet malts. Full body, some bitter mixed in, and a bit dry to finish. Solid stout.


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