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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Ninety-nine down, one to go (or at least until the top 100 changes again). Finally got to try this elusive brew at the Bell’s 30 Taps World Record event at Beer Sellar in Indy. Had three 5oz tasters of this stuff. N.B. This was listed as "BB Double Cream Stout", but Larry Bell assured everyone it was the blend and that the erroneous name was merely due to a label approval issue. A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam with solid retention, and a little bit of lacing. Pitch black - there was no trace of color, even at the fringes. It’s about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout. S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasn’t the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didn’t really get much more than the basics here. T - The taste was superb, and was somewhat shocking after the lukewarm aroma. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and barrel, and what I suspect is the beginnings of some lacto-sour barrel bacteria (which at this stage makes the brew more interesting and isn’t really a negative). I love the way the Double Cream Stout portion offsets the roasty bitterness and acidity. As a result the aftertaste is surprisingly mild. M - Mild carbonation, super smooth, lighter in body than I expected (more medium-to-full). Plenty of residual stickiness in this one, and shockingly a bit of heat (even after a couple years in the keg). D - Super drinkable for what it was - the multiple tasters went down pretty easy. I think out of the ten tickets my wife and I got, we used at least half of them on this superb brew. The only problem is the ABV, and is that really that big of a problem? ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (570) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
Une grand merci à Clark pour cette magnifique bouteille! Cheers my friend! Bière issue de la cuvée 2012 en format 341ml avec capsule. La bière est d’un noir d’encre et sans mousse, si ce n’est qu’un mince anneau brunâtre et sombre en bordure de ce trou noir inquiétant. Nez duquel émanent de puissantes et chaudes vapeurs de bourbon, de vanille et de mélasse. Je m’attends ici à un liquide dense dominé par le vieillissement en barriques. Outre le bois et l’alcool, des fruits noirs confits, de la réglisse et un chocolat au Grand Marnier. Texture huileuse, alcool réconfortant, vapeur douces dans l’arrière-palais... Ohhhhh que c’est agréable! Du chocolat à profusion mêlé à un bourbon vanillé des meilleurs! Les malts rôtis offrent une base des mieux balancées et aromatiques à ce liquide charpenté et complexe. Une douce effervescence ajoute une touche de vie à ce liquide qui aurait sans doute été trop pâteux. Je suis sous le charme!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3265) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2015
2012 Pours black and oily with a minimal tan head. Complex aroma of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon. Sweet smooth sipper that has all the flavors that were in the aroma. Well done typical BA Impy Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5519) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Black/brown pour with very little head. Aroma BB, chocolate, and espresso. Flavor is sweet chocolate, BB, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet start and finish. A good malt bitter. Full body with good carbonation. Solid beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Big roast coffee aroma from bomber bottle. Poured jet black n tan head. Flavors of coffee raisins prune and slight alcohol heat. Absolutely awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
Cuvée 2014. La, on ne rigole plus. Bière très complexe, riche et intense. Chocolat, vanille, bourbon, café, le tout parfaitement dosé. Top !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3839) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Have had this from 750ml bottle 12oz bottle and a growler fill a few years back. Pours out ink black topped with a brown head. This was one of my top wants back in the day. Nose is amazing roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla bourbon barrel and plenty of sweetness. Taste is more of the nice thick roast malts chocolate sweetness vanilla bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (815) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2015
People have been talking and writing about this Imperial Stout for a long time, but you don’t really know what to expect until you try it yourself. This stuff is seriously classy. Black as starless night and a dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, charred malt, and a hint of cream. Flavor has more of the same but with some dark fruit (plum, currant) and spice (anise). The bourbon note is smooth and rich. Black Note’s feel is full but velvety soft. It’s hard to oversell this beer. Or recommend it enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (2293) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
May 1, 2015 Tap at CBC 2015, Yellow Session. .
Black with small creamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dark chocolate, figs, licorice, vanilla, caramel, oak and slight oxidized notes of sherry. Taste is sweet with dark sugar, dried fruits, licorice, vanilla, smooth roasted bitterness with chocolate and coffee notes. Finish is sweet and bitter with chocolate, warming bourbon alcohol and caramel. Full bodied, creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HuskerTan (1034) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle/Fest. A- Cocoa, coffee, bourbon, mocha, dark fruits. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Chocolate, mocha, bourbon, coffee, oak, dark fruits. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- What a beer. I really wish I had more of this to really appreciate and savor it. Everything about it is balanced to a T and I really can’t find anything I didn’t like about it. Amazing how smooth it was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1414) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Shared with the Lizard Boyz. Small snifter pour was a black used motor oil with small mocha head. The aroma was stellar with dark chocolate, nibs, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. The taste was at first serious deep dark chocolate, slight coffee, big oak barrel, hints of vanilla and cocoa powder, some dark fruits as well. Think mouth, medium light in carb. Slick big oaked finish. So damn good.

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