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RATINGS: 817   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBeer45 (1307) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Champanes, this stout had a black-brown pour and made a one finger tan colored head that receded to a cover that had some open areas and a thick ring, this beer was opaque and I could not see through but I saw a mound of bubbles on the top of the beer and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I saw no sediment in the bottle, this beer had aromas of bourbon, vanilla, bourbon liquor, roasted malt, caramel, some chocolate, malt and bourbon sweetness, it had flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, molasses, bourbon liquor and malt sweetness, there was a little burnt roasted malt notes and there was a touch of coffee flavor in the background, the finish had roasted malt with molasses and a touch of bitterness, the mouth feel was more than medium and had a little creaminess, this beer had more sweetness on the nose than on the mouth, a nice bourbon barreled Imperial stout, not too much bourbon as I find in many Imperial stouts, and not a lot of sweetness like some BB Impys, this was a nice mix of Bourbon Barrel and Imperial Stout.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (126) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (1957) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Vintage 2012. Oily black colour, deep brown foam. Soft carbonation. Fruity with hints of roasted malts. Sweet vanilla and bourbon character, but not too boozy. Notes of alcohol. Light bitterness. Very good stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3710) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150501. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, dark chocolate, some coffee, wood, oak, vanilla and roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22067) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Draught@CBC2015. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some mild wooden and mild chocolaty notes to it. Flavour is alcohol, liquorice, quite strong on the bitterness along with mild chocolate, coffee and ripe fruits. A bit too boozy flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2015
Tap@CBC2015, Yellow Session - black pour with brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted dark malty, with chocolate, caramel, some wooden bourbon enthused notes, some dried fruits, roasted finish. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxifunk777 (19) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
TOTALLY did not live up to the hype. I was expecting a WOW beer instead it was ho-hum. I’ve had better stout I give it a high B low A it was smooth and even tasting but lacked a punch in the aroma and palate. I would drink it again but would not seek it out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (366) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2015
@green cbc 2015 wood, vanilla,coffee, full body, dry, overly sweet yet balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2238) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Dark brown to black in color with thin tan bead... Aroma of light bourbon, oak dark chocolate, roasted malts... Light vanilla and bourbon, lots of ashy and oak notes on palate... Dark fruits, licorice notes.... Really nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7343) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015. Pours bblack with a brown head, lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, drk fruits, wood, bourbon. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruits, licorice, oak, vanilla, light bourbon notes, ark chocolate, light alcohol notes. Full body, oily mouthfeel, light warming alcohol. Smooth and very nicely balanced. 010515

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (8886) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015, Yellow Session, København
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, caramel and hint of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, coffee and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft


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