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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   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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ahandrych (10) - - FEB 19, 2018
One of the best beers I’ve ever had! Smells were unbelievable, taste was amazing, and the there is nothing else to say but this was one of the top 3 beers I’ve ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
emdejes (97) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2018
33 cl bottle - bottling date = december 2012 Five years of age did quite some good to this beer. Perfectly round, velvety and creamy texture.

2.6
ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2018
Batch 1 750mL cork/caged bottled 10/28/2011 drunk 9/20/17.
Inky, ebony with very little light making it through the edges. No head, even after a vigorous pour and some warming....
So at a full six years of age, you can't really fault a beer for being well past its prime. That being said, this was specifically designed to lay down, which I did, since acquiring it young, in a wine fridge. So I was, I think understandably/justifiably, VERY disappointed when this thing was just plain DEAD. I mean, I could understand if it was well past its prime or something, but this was just fully oxidized soy sauce. Will certainly get a bottle to rerate and just put in an average placeholder score. Bells instills no confidence any more and I can't remember too many good beers I've had from them in the past 10 years. 2002 Expedition stout, in a 12oz capped bottle no less, aged FAR, FAR better and longer than this piece of crap.

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heman (1311) - Tychy, POLAND - JAN 31, 2018
Czarne z beżową pianą. Aromat jest intensywny, złożony. Dominuje gorzka czekolada z nutami suszonych owoców i porto. Kawa espresso tworzy drugi plan, niestety z wyczuwalnymi objawami utlenienia w postaci sosu sojowego. Nie jest on bardzo nachalny, ale mi skutecznie pomniejsza radość degustacji. W tle odnajdziemy nuty wanilii i szlachetnego alkoholu. W smaku piwo jest gęste, oleiste i bardzo gładkie na języku. Każdy łyk zdaje się wypełniać całą jamę ustną, dominując swym smakiem. Gorzka czekolada, kawa i susz owocowy tworzą piękną kompozycję. Uzupełniają je posmaki związane z leżakowaniem w beczce - wanilia i kokos. Finisz jest wytrawny, z palonymi posmakami i średnio-wysoką popiołową goryczką. Alkohol rozgrzewa, ale jest szlachetny.

4.2
Mariox (443) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2018 W aromacie praliny, kakao, kawa, paloność, wanilia, lekki kokos, bourbon, nuty dębiny. W smaku półwytrawne, palone, kawa, spora kontra słodyczy mlecznej czekolady. Na finiszu czekolada, lekka paloność. Wysycenie niskie, alkohol dobrze ukryty, sporo ciała, degustacyjne, ale nie jest jakoś bardzo intensywne.

4.2
astronzz (98) - POLAND - JAN 27, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2018 Nieprzejrzyscie czarna barwa, lekko brunatna pianka delikatnie oblepia szklo. W aromacie praliny, swieza kawa arabica (nie kwasna), dalej nuty bourbonowe czyli wanilia i migdaly ale oba bardziej w tle, troszke czerwonych, slodkich owocow i delikatna likierowosc. W smaku bardzo gladko, kremowo. Dominuje mleczna czekolada i klasyczne wloskie espresso. Pozniej pojawia sie troszke migdalow i na finiszu goryczka kawy arabica. Cialo degustacyjne ale nie potezne, wysycenie niskie. Delikatne, aksamitne piwo. Alkohol swietnie ulozony ale piwo lezakowalo przez 2 lata przed degustacja. 4.25/5

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BeerRenter76 (1061) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2018 Aromas of leather, plum, hints of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The palate is heavy at first, a little slick and the carbonation is just right- not too much and not too little. Flavor is boozy, slightly burnt espresso, with the woody barrel notes on the finish. Goes down fairly smooth with a touch of dryness.

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Braudog (6944) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2018 Bottle, AFC Championship. Rich and thick, with a firm tan head. Boozy notes on the nose and on the palate. Rich and oaky, with a sweet chocolate overtone. Classic. (#6905, 1/2018)

4.3
jsporrer (1168) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2018
2017 bottle of 11.2 ABV. Pours a pitch black with a thin dark tan head. Texture is medium thick, oily, with some lacing and tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit and sweet toffee. Starts smooth with a full mouth feel. Deep rich flavors of dark chocolate, burnt toast and a smooth layer of bourbon that doesn't overpower the taste. Finishes smooth with a long lingering malty aftertaste. Hides the alcohol well. Carbonation is much softer than it appears. Very solid and enjoyable.

4
BeerDoctor10 (2) - Olive Hill, USA - JAN 5, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Just about the best Stout I have ever had! The flavor is outstanding and mouth feel is phenomenal!


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