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RATINGS: 1011   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell’s history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout, each aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

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4.7
MeadRespek68 (11) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 6, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2021 Rich, thick stout, one to open when you can have friends over, high alcohol but very complex barrel notes.

4
JPDIPSO (6618) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2020 2017 - 11.2%. Near black body with a fingers worth of tight bubbled, creamy, tan colored bubbles. Aromas of dark brown sugar, toffee, seafoam, mild vanilla bourbon and oak. Some ash and tar come out as it sets. Super smooth across the tongue. Rich dark toasted to roasted malts, bits of licorice, and cocoa nibs. Dark fruits with prunes, dates and The acidity is rather high which cuts the thickness, but distracts slightly. Alcohol is fairly well hidden and does not distract. I wish I liked licorice a bit more than I do (just not a fan/personal taste). Still a well put together brew. White pepper in the finish and linger.

4.5
KBBS (36) - - JAN 1, 2020
A 2017 bottle. An absolutely perfect balance of all the elements. Delicious aroma, great look, complex flavors, rich but very drinkable, and not too boozy. Perfect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
wombat23 (4222) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2019 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, bit of bourbon. Nice.

4
EdKing (3390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2019 Bottle of 2017 in Sergio’s World of Beers. Opaque very dark brown, thin off white head. Nose is chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, slight yeast extract, syrupy chocolate, milk choc, boozy, vanilla . Taste is tangy, burnt and roasted malts, dark choc, burnt bitterness, prune, currents,vanilla, creamy

4.3
beermastersasho (299) - - OCT 12, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2019 It is rare. My cousin took it from mybeercollectibles from Chicago. It is not as extra-ordinary as the rating says. I think it is overrated. Pitch-black, sweet, coffee stout, just an original stout. Nothing special. I think - such stout must be extremely good and extra-ordinary, coz is harder to be found.

3.8
tomekk1978 (2757) - Z±bki, POLAND - JUL 29, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2019 Aromat wyraźnie utleniony - miodowy. Potem melano, czekolada, wanilia, kokos, alkohol. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i trwała. Smak umiarkowanie słodki, beczkowy, melano, miodowy, alkoholowy. Goryczka palono -alkoholowa, powyżej średniej, agresywna. Pełnia wysoka, wysycenie umiarkowane i utleniony finisz z nutą alkoholową.

4.6
eduardovl (1820) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 29, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2019 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. 2017 Edition. 11% ABV. A: Pours a dark brown to black color forming a medium creamy tan head with medium to low retention that leaves some spotty soapy lingering lacings in the glass. S: Sweet nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Wood, coffee beans and bourbon. Earth. Smooth and delicate. Grassy hops profile. Medium bitterness. M: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth. Dark chocolate and coffee beans in the aftertaste. O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece. deserved 11st position in the top 50's ranking.

4.2
IrishBoy (4500) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 10, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2019 12 oz bottle from Bottleworks 2 years ago, Vintage 2014. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and a hint of char. Black with a tiny cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly sweet with bourbon and vanilla to compliment the chocolate.

4.4
hauxe (2949) - Butzbach, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2019 Bottle from a New Braunfels HEB. Thanks to wombat23 for helping me track this one down. 2017 bottle listed at 11.2%. Shelf life listed as “unlimited”. Aged a year and a half in the cellar before giving into temptation. Big milk chocolate aroma with the oak and bourbon underneath, complementing nicely. It’s the big, creamy chocolate note that’s in charge though. Taste is bittersweet, leaning to the sweet side, full of fudge and prunes, ends in a warm and boozy finish. Full bodied and sticky with mild carbonation. Delicious, although a bit overpowering with its big ABV punch.


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