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RATINGS: 761   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins. Flavor is roadted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak. Palate is super smooth, supple, sweet, creamy, very mildly carbonated, finishes on the sweet side.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Charred bourbony oak aromas with toasty vanilla tones. Roasted burnt chocolate malts, mollasses, and raisin with a large lactose aroma on the finish. Black fruits of currant, black cherry, and hints of pepper. Somewhat sweet and very enticing. Again hard not to give a perfect score for taste. Just the slightest imperfection in the mid palate keeps this from coming to fruition.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbeatdano (61) - - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from April 2014. Aroma is incredible. Bourbon, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and chocolate all come into play. I’d say the bourbon takes the fore front but it is overall very balanced. The taste is even better. Coffee and bourbon mingle with dark sweet fruits. Chocolate and vanilla also present, especially on the finish. Minimal booze just remind you it’s 11.4%. Palate is silky smooth, carbonation is a little more fizzy than soft, and the finish is long with a nice balance of bitter roast, sweet vanilla, and booze. This beer is fantastic. There is no other word to describe it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at Clarkston Union - Bells shindig! Man this stuff was super sexy! Kinda like the girl next door sexy. Pours black with hardly a dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins. Flavor is roadted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak. Palate is super smooth, supple, sweet, creamy, very mildly carbonated, finishes on the sweet side. This girl appeared like a lady but was a freak in the bed!!! Perfect blend of everything you’d ever want! The stuff dreams are made of!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (4539) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Hannont: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black Aromas of bourbon, soy, rice, some liquorice, cream, marzipan, some mocha, raisin, liquor and a hint of vanilla. Flavours of roast, bourbon, whiskey, bitter, liquirice, malt roast, soy, light spice, some mocha, some chocolate, prunes and raisin... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, chocolate, light bourbon, mocha, light honey, some chocolate and liquorice. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy light oily texture. Balanced but nit as deepnI would exoect this masterpiece to be. Nonetheless a good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Sampled (in abundance) from a snifter at a Bell’s event held at the Clarkston Union. This beer is a blend of Double Cream Stout and Expedition Stout that is aged in bourbon barrels. Two of my favorite beers, blended, aged in bourbon. Did I read that right? Awesome. And, the blend worked. The bourbon notes enhanced rather than masked the big, bold flavors of the Expedition Stout, namely, the roasted, charred malts, dusty raisins and prunes, and licorice. The finish was soft and creamy with the lactic sweetness characteristic of the Double Cream Stout. The big flavors were mellowed by the incredibly soft, pillowy mouthfeel. A most successful marriage of two already outstanding beers. I hope I see this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bought this bottle back in the spring. Thought I’d hold onto it for a while..waited long enough. Poured this into a snifter - color is deep walnut with a fairly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon (of course), cold coffee, chocolate and ripe fruit. Very sweet taste. The bourbon is flavorful without being overpowering; mellow. Body is full and really creamy; very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (53) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
12 oz bottle of 2012 shared by Bvery. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing beer. Pours dark brown almost black. Smells of bourbon and dark fruits...reminds me of a belgium quad. Nice bourbon taste with a sweet dry finish. Awesome beer. Want some more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12oz offering from the sacrificial AndyReynolds (2014 vintage) - nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses/brown sugar. Sip adds bourbon, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Bitter of the dark chocolate variety. Numbs muh gums. Still sweet though. Mild to moderate booze factor. A sipper for sure. Well rounded.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"1st off, big thanks to Heybeerman for steppin up and sending me this gem. Split a bottle 3 1/2 ways last night, and will probably revisit when I have a full bottle, by itself, one day soon. My original impression, just from the the aroma was that this was leaning slightly more towards the Double Cream Stout than Expedition, and that turned out to be true in the flavor as well. But both beers are there, giving this a nice rich body, and layers of complexity. The barreling was also a little more prevelant than expected. I really have to nit pick to find anything "wrong" with this beer, but if I had to say something, gimme a tiny bit more expedition and a tiny bit less barrel, and this bad boy may get a perfect 5. Sooooooo smooth and tasty. Held it’s own with a nice batch of Speedway and BA Speedway, two of my favorites."

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