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RATINGS: 734   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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4.4
   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 Bellís 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. Itís about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout. S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasnít the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didnít 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 isnít 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? ;-)


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chucklemation (424) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan foam head. Aroma is strong oak bourbon with a touch of caramel. Flavor is oak bourbon with hints of sweet chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit. Thereís a small touch of bitterness as well. The beer is very smooth - goes down like silk. Amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
0.355l bottle from trade with FrostyTiger. This is a deep dark black one with a quickly disappearing but lovely looking dark as hell top. The nose is as amazing as I was expecting. Loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Both burned coconut, sweet vanilla and dark soy seeds is present here. As is dark coffee, sweet Nesquick and deep dark roasted malts as well. And the wood shines through all the dark aromas. Absolutely fantastic. Tingling and prickling on the carbonation and it has a massive and thick chewy mouthfeel. Lots of bourbon in the taste without being over the top. Alcohol, sweet milky but dark milk chocolate ice cream, tons of oak, more coconut, sesame seed oil, wood, something burned before it ends warming, dark and just delicious. A fantastic bourbon and roasted aftertaste thatís refusing to let go in the mouth. A really really good one! Canít thank you enough David! 01.05.2013

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leveejr (91) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours a pitch lack with a light brown head. Tastes like oak barrel, light coconut, chocolate, slight bourbon. Amazingly smooth and drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (635) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to Homer. Pours black , tiny tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak, yummy. Taste is really light, atleast for a 11% beer. Light bodied, which I wasnít expecting. Get the bourbon warmth in my throat at the end. Really nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (649) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Amazing beer. Thanks to joedevivre. Black as night pour. Nose and taste were incredibly balanced. Creamy and slightly chewy mouthfeel that worked so well. Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. So much complexity as it warmed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (114) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Tried a 2012 and 2014 side by side. Not that much different, preferred the 2012, seemed rounder and better balanced. A thick and creamy-feeling stout. I thought there was a dominant vanilla character here, too much in my opinion. Very smooth, pretty sweet. Enjoyable, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Black pour with a thin head. Huge sweet aroma. Lots of whiskey on the nose. Medium mouth. Taste is sweet. Cocoa, espresso, roast and lots of chocolate. Incredibly easy to drink for the ABV. Alcohol is super hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
varollins (1) - - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
Oaky and bourbon nose from the start right into a full chocolatey, malty, slight vanilla taste with an almost molasses mouthfeel, excellent!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sadams26 (1) - Leonard, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
Hints of chocolate, slightly of bourbon. Poured dark with good carbonation, taste was very complex, chewy, smooth. One of the best beers i have ever had to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (410) - - JUN 29, 2014
12oz bottle pour. Strong aromas of coffee and chocolate. Pours a silky black. Palate is incredibly smooth, almost to its own detriment, could use with a stronger back end to balance the heavy flavor. Taste is incredible. Rich, medium bitterness. Very nice. Would love to try on tap. Reminds me of KBS.


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