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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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Learninbeer (711) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2018
The aroma is licorice, figs/dates. a little bourbon. Pours black with tan head fully diminishing. The taste is bitter and a little sour. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively, the finish long. Very good!

Adamsville (463) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2018
Apparence : Noire, léger col brun foncé, rétention faible, petites bulles moyennement actives, fine dentelle.
Nez : Bourbon, malt rôti, chocolat, fudge, café.
Goût : Fut de bourbon et chocolat dominants, malt grillé, finale bien distincte des arômes de café de qualité. Tout de même sucrée, légère amertume.
Sensation : Corps moyen, bonne longueur, touche épicée sur la langue.
Bref : Pour moi, cette bière a deux grandes qualités. D'abord, l'équilibre des notes maltées grillées, des apports aromatiques du fut, du sucre résiduel et de l'amertume. Une belle maîtrise. Ensuite, la transition entre les notes mentionnées et une finale bien distinctive sur le café est fort intéressante. Belle complexité. Puis-je m'avancer par contre en disant qu'elle aurait pu avoir un peu plus de corps (et si je veux vraiment aller plus loin, de ''punch'')?

nearbeer (5790) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2018
12 oz. bottled 10-05-2017, 11.2 % abv. Jet black with a quarter inch of lasting cream. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, toasted nut and vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted walnut and vanilla. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with a lightly tingly, low-medium carbonation. A little bit sticky and boozy, but very tasty indeed.

stevoj (6230) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2018
Bottle from Modern Liquors. Black pour, scant head, come off as a bit thin. And thats the only weak point. All else this baby has it in spades. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some underlying bourbon notes rising through. Taste beings more of the sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, marshmallows and vanilla. Lingering sweetness with some more of the whiskey notes.

Werckmeister (3623) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 14, 2018
0,355l bottle at home from trade with Biroholik, big thanks. Bottled 10/05/2017. black color, small coffee colored head. smells of bourbon, nutty, marzipan, some cinnamon, chocolate, cocoa, lightly boozy. very nice smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of bourbon, wood, nutty, some vanilla, earthy, cocoa, light cinnamon, spices, ligh oxidation. finishes lightly roasty bitter with notes of bourbon, nutty and some vanilla. very nice one overall, very bourbon forward, some oxidaton notes and some (a bit too much) vanilla. 8, 4, 8, 4, 17

PowY (1338) - AUSTRIA - MAR 13, 2018
355 ml bottle, bottled 5.10.2017 at Werckmeister's place, shared by Werckmeister, many thanks! Pours a deep mahogany with a tan colored head. The aroma is very smooth with nice barrel notes, bourbon, vanilla, very light smoke, nuts, chocolate, toffee and some dried dark fruits. Medium-full body with a soft carbonation, a light to medium sweetness and a light to medium sweetness - very balanced. The flavor is nice combination of the barrel notes and the roasted malt - chocolate, coffee, tobacco, nuts - excellent! Finishes with a nice, light, roasty bitterness, vanilla and bourbon. Overall exceptionally well balanced beer - very good!

Aroma: 9
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 17

Saeglopur (2582) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 13, 2018
Score: 9 / 4 / 9 / 4 / 17

355 ml bottle, pkgd 10/05/17, shared by Werckmeister, many thanks!
Pitch black body, with a small, creamy, dark beige head.
Very smooth aroma of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, liquorice, toffee, some vanilla, some coconut, some dark fruits.
Tastes very lovely, quite similar, but with more tobacco, dry wooden barrel, slight booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes dry, roasty, a bit sweet, a bit boozy, wooden, with bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, some soy sauce.

Delicious! Smooth and greatly balanced, with the bourbon barrel very well integrated, not too dominant. The alcohol presence is also very well dosed. Lovely dry roastiness towards the finish. Not my favourite bourbon BA Imperial Stout, but close, really amazing stuff.

ozzy70 (1430) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2018
Sample from bottle at Extreme Beer Fest, Ralston Arena. Pour, black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol. Taste was bittersweet, alcohol, dark chocolate, malt, creamy.

MaltoseChalice13 (40) - Somerset, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2018
I've had numerous vintages of this and all have been great. Nice barrel character, bourbon, fudge and vanilla in the aroma and flavor. Good viscosity. Good beer.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8474) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2018
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy brown head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was rich and deep chocolate, toasty malts, bourbon, marshmallow and coconut. The flavor was toasty malts, coconut, wood, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow. Exceptionally long finish. Alcohol well controlled. Full bodied and silky smooth. Outstanding.

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