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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BytesAndBrews (66) - - JAN 29, 2017
Black pour with tan head. Roasty aroma of chocolate, bourbon and oak. Chocolate, dark fruit and oak flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MCShann (18) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2017
A fantastic brew that I could sip on all night long. The flavor really opens up as it warms. The barrel aging doesn’t overwhelm the pallet like other well noted bourbon barrel ages stouts. This is a work of art!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (941) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Draft. Dark nearly black with thin head. Boozy roasty oaky aroma. Dry and chocolate with cacao bitterness. Smooth almost creamy finish. Very friendly and drinkable for such a big beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Pours a dark black with some brown, very thin head, splotchy lacing, but who the heck cares one bit about a slight ding on appearance after a single sip of this stuff. Aroma of espresso, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some roast. Flavor follows, full coffee stout in effect, bourbon complementing things very well, coming in firm but gentle after an espresso roast cleans up an initial sweet chocolate. The progression is absurdly impressive, super well-designed, a work of science of the senses. Mouthfeel is tauntingly sticky initially but it becomes silky and fades so nicely. Fine hobbies and pursuits I have, many pleasures in life are not to abandon, but this elixir is to die for. OK, I’m caught up in the moment, but wow. Thanks, R!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, sugar, toffee. Taste is sweet. Lots of bourbon. Loads of flavor. Lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (3852) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Poured black with a ring of foam. Lots of vanilla, oak, coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very rich, viscous palate. Taste is a bit of pine, coffee with cream, charred oak, and of course dark chocolate. I rarely seek out barrel aged imperial stouts anymore, but this one I really enjoyed. The bourbon was not over powering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6598) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma is extremely nutty with dark malts and vinous notes. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, dark fruit, very nutty, chocolate, vinous and a thick/slightly dry/acidic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36442) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
Draft. A brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2016 bottle. Dark black with ruby edges. Aroma is Chocolate, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, creamy coffee.
Flavor is creamy vanilla laced coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate. Sweet, but finishes with some dry oaky notes, keeping the sweetness in check.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Great tasting creamy stout with a nice bourbon flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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