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RATINGS: 862   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.

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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 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? ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3855) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a pitch black, thick black beer with a small, creamy tanned head on top. Aroma of massive bourbon, sweet molasses, sweet dripping caramel and woody notes. Really full fragrant and very nice. Flavor is intense, hints of red fruits, sweeter chocolate and overall quite sweet and strong. No boozy, alcoholic notes, all well balanced and sweet. Very easy to drink, yet a great sipper to enjoy over a longer period of time. Epci brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7106) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and rising bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts, some kidís chocolate cereal and vitamins cloying near the end. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - thanks to the Proof Bottle Club for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (848) - - APR 25, 2016
Vintage 2014: Pours Black oily color, clear, with brown creamy stable finger head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark, roasted malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, hint of vanilla, oak, tabacco, oak, and full basket of hops, which takes on dried and dark fruits. Flavor is very similar: intense, rich malt flavors, with notes, mentioned above, with hint of molasses, supported with bourbon alcohol warmth. Finish is slightly sticky/dry. Body is full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. I am a little bewildered...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2619) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle @ Beer Temple with Abijn & MarcodL, thanks Arjan for sharing! Black color. No head. Aromaís of bourbon, sweetness, vanilla. Retronasal itís sweet, wood, vanilla, roasted, light drop/licorice, alcohol, light red fruit. Flavor is light sweet, alcohol, vanilla. Rather strong alcohol feel. Very low carbonation. Long finish, roasty, light bitter and wood. Could have used a bit more carbo, but great otherwise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (934) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
bottle dated 3/12/14 poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin light brown head..aroma of bourbon,chocolate,wood,vanilla..tastes of chocolate,smoke, bourbon,vanilla,dark fruits,licorice,coffee..little boozy but outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3858) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Abijen, thanks! Black pour, no head. Rich aroma of bourbon, mild licorice,cherry and chocolate. Smooth taste of mild licorice, bourbon vanilla, subtle cherry, oak and a long velvety finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2454) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2016
Zwart bier met bijna geen schuimkraag. Ruikt chocolade, koffie, bourbon, overrijp fruit. Smaakt bourbon, alcohol, overrijp fruit, iets geroosterd, koffie. Nice. Expedition vond ik beter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
From the bottle at the Stone Pour it Black Event. Went straight to this one as I figured it was going to go fast. I was right. Amazing. Heaven in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4610) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2016
(Bells Black Note Stout) Bottle 355 ml, vintage 2012. Served into a snifter at home, ABV 11.8% Black coloured body, a thin line of foam around the glass. Aroma is full of bourbon, wood, light soy sauce, lots of dark fruits too, faint alcohol, vanilla. Taste also big in bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla, light alcohol but certainly well hidden for 11.8%, dark fruits, mainly plums Iíd say, light coal, wood, chocolate on the finish. Medium to thick body, soft carbonation, nicely sticky on the palate without being cloying. A great imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (339) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2016
Las notas a Bourbon son intensas. Se percibe madera y frutos secos. De color completamente negro, sedosa, cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion y corona de espuma nulo. Al paladar es exquisita. Su potencia alcohůlica, sus notas a madera, Bourbon, frutos secos, y a pesar de todo, las ganas de darle uno y otro trago. Genial!

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