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RATINGS: 826   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.


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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.


4.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (3327) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (7852) - 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.

4.6
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (106) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (13780) - 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

4.2
   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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