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RATINGS: 834   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   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.


MasterSki's rating

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? ;-)


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HuskerTan (980) - 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 canít find anything I didnít like about it. Amazing how smooth it was.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1346) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Got a bottle of this as an extra. Never had it before, but reminds me of of CW Bourbon Barrel Stout, just thicker and boozier. Thick dark body. Tons of chocolate flavor with oak and slightly too much whiskey. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ansalon (2032) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
CBC 2015. Pours a luxious velvety black with a medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, muscovado sugar and caramel. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full bodied with almost no carbonation. This is exceptionally well-balanced and stupendously good!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Creamy and excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobrm (39) - - AUG 2, 2015
Slightly lacking on aroma. Overall very good!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (12833) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2015
CBC. Black with brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso. hop and liquoirce. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso, hop, medium sweet, liquorice and medium bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (271) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 2/15/2012. On tap at Bx Beer Depot. A keg of Hopslam and a keg of Black Note. Amazingly, the Hopslam kicked long before the Black Note, so I enjoyed three of these as I watched people go nuts for Hopslam. Big khaki head. Not a particularly dark head, though. Decent retention. Huge barrel aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Roasted chocolate, but otherwise the stout is a touch lost in the barrel. Boozy, too. Taste is chocolate and a building tingle of bourbon. Vanilla flavor throughout. The chocolate comes back in the finish in a much more bitter manifestation. Less boozy in the finish that the smell would indicate. Really wonderful incorporation of barrel and stout. Very creamy, which I assume is the Cream Stout. Boozy and chewy, but not too thick. Low carbonation, which is strange. Nearly flat. Itís damn good. I donít know how much separates the best BA stouts, but this one is quite nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1428) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (651) - 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.


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