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RATINGS: 747   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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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1239) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (258) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (174) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2530) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (136) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (740) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1499) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (847) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Delicious beer! Was not that sure about it since I am not a huge fan of BA beers, but this beer stood out! Very smooth and tasty! A must try!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Sweet chocolate on nose. Rich liquorice, chocolate bourbon taste.

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