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RATINGS: 871   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Multiple 6 ounce glasses at the 2007 GTMW. The beer was simply marvelous. A huge active murky black body with a huge nice brown active thick head. The beer was aromatic with chocolate, charred wood, smoke, and brown sugar. Sweet and creamy. The flavor was a deep molasses and chocolate nicely blended with a charred wood and brown sugar. The sweetness on this one is large. A long flavorful finish pervades the senses. The beer has a full body and oily and creamy mouthfeel. Simply divine. My only perfect beer to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Without doubt, the best bourbon flavored beer I have ever had,aroma carried all the best traits of the best of stouts,the dark roasted malts,rich creamy chocolate,almost bosco like, and the best bourbon flavors ever,all that oak and vanilla flavoring,alcohol was just on the fringe of being noticeable. I see no room for improvement. I pray I get this again before going to that big brewpub in the sky

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Handbottle, courtesy StFun. Pours flat, dark brown, reddish haze. Nose is tons of bourbon, lots of roast, big heat, dark, dry wood. Flavor is STUUUUUUUPID. Tons of roast, chocolate, big bourbon, huge dry coffee, extremely wonderful finish full of dry ashy roast and wonderfulness. Probably the best, most complex stupid beer Iíve ever tasted. It just doesnít get better than this. PERIOD.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
milliken586 (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
The best bourbon barrel aged stout I have had. Excellent balance between bourbon and sweetness. Top five beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
delirium11 (28) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Referred to at the Black Note during Philly Beer week, this beer is aged in freshly used bourbon barrels for anywhere from 6-18 months. Unlike most beers that age in bourbon barrels that have a distinct bourbon taste, this one blends together perfectly. Malt: chocolate, coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2010
First 5 I have ever given. Pours deep black with thin tan head, aroma is big chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation with big coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes up front, going into a nice balanced bourbon and vanilla middle that finishes nice and roasted and bitter with a touch of dryness. Excellent brew, the perfect combination of tastes to make a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2011
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Served as Black Note. Pour is jet black in my snifter with a thin tan head that fades to a ring. Aroma is chocolatety, with notes of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick, and viscous. Very dense, and filling. Flavor is also chocolatety, with the same notes of coffee, vanilla, and toffee. Bourbon isnít as pronounced as it usually is in BA stouts. Much more subtle, making this very drinkable. I absolutely loved this. Probably the best bourbon barrel aged stout Iíve ever had!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerman6686 (6399) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Finally got to try this bad boy on tap at Bells. Poured a straight jet black color with a dark brown head, somewhat intimidating. Aroma s loaded with bourbon, lots of smoke, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, really inviting. Flavor was much the game as the aroma, lots of bourbon taste but hardly any burn, lots of the smoke from the expedition but its toned down a bit by the sweet and velvety character of the double cream.Just a perfect masterpiece.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2012
One of my top wants and I have been waiting years to try this. Smells like the real bourbon deal! Really rich and heavy vanilla mixed with bourbon. Taste is very bourbon forward and mouthfeel is thick. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Definitely worth the wait! WOOHOO

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasnít even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. Itís just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.

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