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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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (831) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
FOBAB 09, under the name Black Note. Poured jet black with a frothy brown head. Aroma is of bourbon, rich chocolate, vanilla, malt, and some lactic notes. Taste started off with a strong bourbon presence and lots of wood. Has a very dry, biscuity malt backbone to it. After the bourbon subsides, there is a strong vanilla charatcer, and very rich chocolate. The alcohol is well masked, but has a slight alcohol bite at the end of each sip. Lingering chocolate taste. Insanely drinkable for given how big it is. Mouthfeel is very creamy, and thick. Good to look at, smells great, and it tastes awesome.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (127) - 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 (3714) - 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 (368) - 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 (7348) - 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 (8917) - 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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