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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours black with a small head which fades very quickly. Aroma is big on bourbon, with chocolate, slight peppery notes, a little alcohol, and a spike of vanilla after warming. Really get some blasts of chocolate after awhile. Taste is very sweet with a lot of bourbon, alcohol builds with warming, and chocolate takes over towards the end. Good mouthfeel, but actually not quite as thick as I was expecting. Overall, an excellent imperial stout, as expected. I do prefer regular Expedition though. Thanks again, Andy, for sharing one of the last whales I’ve really been actively trying to find the past couple of years!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1302) - 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 (177) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. 12 oz. 2014 Vintage. Pours deep black with an amber head and smooth, tightly-bubbled head. Aroma is heavy on the licorice, molasses, dried figs, cocoa, dark cherries, oak and bourbon. Taste is smooth; bitter coffee, cocoa, Hershey syrup, and espresso. The bitterness in the finish is phenomenal. Beautiful, rich, bitter and creamy. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (260) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Pours opaque and dark brown. Hardly any head. Aroma is rich and oaky, hints of vanilla. The bourbon barrel is definitely in evidence here. Lovely velvety texture. Long, ashy, malty finish with a bit of burn. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (176) - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Very dark reddish brown with oily film. The smell is glorious, full of oak, bourbon, molasses, fruitcake. The taste rolls through the mouth from dark to molasses to bright to bourbon and an aftertaste of coffee. This is extremely excellent.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2532) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
smells like soy sauce. light bourbon, vanilla, and savory meaty smoky soy sauce. blech. Taste is roasty, rich, dry, oak, chocolate, light bourbon and some soy sauce notes. Rich body. creamy. Not my favorite. Reminds me of expedition but with some light bourbon. Nothing special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (140) - - AUG 17, 2014
Look: pours a dark black. Tiny bubbles. Light brown head. Thick lacing on the glass. Smell: chocolate. Coffee. Hot alcohol. Dark fruit. Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Apples. Heavy bourbon flavor. Feel: very thick mouth feel. Leaves film but not like an IPA, more oily than that. Very sweet. Overall: great beer. Very smooth even though it's got a hot alcohol smell and taste. First drank: home 8/17/14, 2014 vintage.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (744) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from GT2 via trade. Pours dark brown, little to no brown head. Aroma positively intoxicating, milk stout, Bourbon, raw, some caramel notes. Body full without being overly rich. Roasty vanilla and caramel notes. Yeah, I get it...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1500) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottled 12MAR14 Thanks Yammy! It’s black with a broken sheet of light mocha foam. Smells really good with the barrel up in the face with a good amount of mineral, nougat, caramel, some bourbon, some nice sweet malts. Flavor is nice and robust with plenty of rich malts, some more barrel, some sweet dark chocolate truffle and a little bitterness. Nice flavor. Full bodied with reserved carb and a moderately dry finish. Good stuff. Would bang again.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (862) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black pour. Raisin, licorice, vanilla, oak, cream, black berries. Complex. Sour, sweet, bitter full body. Long finish. Awesome


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