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RATINGS: 836   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasnít even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. Itís just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (683) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2015
People have been talking and writing about this Imperial Stout for a long time, but you donít really know what to expect until you try it yourself. This stuff is seriously classy. Black as starless night and a dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, charred malt, and a hint of cream. Flavor has more of the same but with some dark fruit (plum, currant) and spice (anise). The bourbon note is smooth and rich. Black Noteís feel is full but velvety soft. Itís hard to oversell this beer. Or recommend it enough.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (2234) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
May 1, 2015 Tap at CBC 2015, Yellow Session. .
Black with small creamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dark chocolate, figs, licorice, vanilla, caramel, oak and slight oxidized notes of sherry. Taste is sweet with dark sugar, dried fruits, licorice, vanilla, smooth roasted bitterness with chocolate and coffee notes. Finish is sweet and bitter with chocolate, warming bourbon alcohol and caramel. Full bodied, creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HuskerTan (981) - 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 (1348) - 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 (12976) - 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 (276) - 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.


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