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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1389) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2015 2014 vintage. Dark black. Damn this is good. One of best beers ive had. Brown sugar. Tastes like dark lord i just tried but less sweet. What a treat. Lives up to the hype. Tasted at chrisí ultimate bottle share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Bourbony chocolate smell. Bourbony chocolate taste along with the other malty notes typical of stouts. It is too boozy though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
75 cl bottle, batch 11620, bottled dec 2012. Thanks to AdamJackson for trading this beverage. Pours black with a reddish hue, and no head. Aroma is bursting chocolate and raisins, very complex roasted malt is up yo face, beneath that, a destinct bourbon barrel aroma with tons of oak and vanilla is present, and even further down are notes of black tea, ripe cherry and espresso. Magnificent aroma. The taste is somewhat surprising. I was expecting a much fuller mouthfeel given the aroma, but the beer comes out very dry for the style, and somewhat of an alcohol burn. The taste has notes of dark cherries, bitter chocolate, oak and roasted malts. The finish is bitter, and the alcohol taste sticks in the mouth. I guess I had an idea that this would be a very heavy, viscous and creamy imperial stout, and instead it is more on the dry and well-attenuated side of the spectrum. Even though it is something completely different from my expectations, I am enjoying this beer a lot. The longer I keep it in the glass, the more it just explodes in complexity, and as it get some oxygen, the light mouthfeel actually becomes quite fitting for this beer. With all that said, fuck this is a tasty ass beverage. A true masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (3310) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
30 May 2015, tap at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival. Black. Nose is dark malt, sweet bourbon, maybe bacon and Mae syrup. Ned/full body and a tad syrupy. Wow. Lots of tobacco, dark malt, woody, bourbon. Sweet, syrup, wood, stout. This is gorgeous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (7815) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Strong aromas of bourbon and black fruit. Super creamy body, with dark black plum and raisin fruit notes, powdery mocha and bitter dark chocolate, strong bourbon, all in complete balance and lingering with a long, spicy charred oak finish. One of the better Imperial Stout textures Iíve ever tasted, speaking to the brilliance of the blending and barrel aging techniques.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Weezel (238) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Dark pour. Molasses and some deep port on the nose. Roasty up front which leads into sweet marshmallow and red wine. Hint of bourbon alcohol carries through. Really well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (105) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Look - Oily black. Thin light tan head. Lacing not so much. Smell - Bourbon. Black licorice. Sweet. Chocolate. Taste - Bourbon/alcohol taste is very subdued. Honey and fruit. Sweet chocolate finish. Feel - Heavy. Really no carbonation to speak of. This is what I like in a stout. Overall - I got it! I like it better than KBS. Too bad this isnít as readily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (13772) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
CBC. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 010515

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (173) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle (2014). Pours black with a scant beige head. Bourbon and rich chocolate dominate the aroma, Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Full bodied, thick, and creamy with less than average carbonation. Wonderful mouth feel. Extremely dry finish.

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