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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Roasty cocoa and bourbon notes some warm vanilla and kinda coconut scents. Medium brown head and dark black body. Warm bourbon and chocolate notes some vanilla and roasty malts. Smooth but hot on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Warm, hot, salty. Flavor is not too sweet, deep, or complex. Instead it seems smoothed out and burnt out with the extra barrel aging. I would prefer the original beers separately instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (2448) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle opaque black minimal head. Nose chocolate and bourbon some molasses. Taste vanilla roast chocolate. Sweet and syrupy. Bourbon adds layers of complexity instead of overwhelming. Very smooth. Bourbon and roast aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle at my place with group. Pours black with light lacing. Aroma is thick malt vanilla spirits chocolate. Taste is cocoa, big malt. Finish is savory, and very nice smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Boozy chocolate and toffee nose; roasty with more baker's chocolate on the palate. Viscous body yields a more syrupy experience than I remembered. This is a damn fine stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Benzai. Black beer with a beige to light brown, medium head. Aroma of bourbon, tar/peat, roasted malts, sweet coffee and sweet alcohol. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming and comes back in the taste, where I also find the bourbon, roasted malts/coffee again. Not bad, but my expectations were a bit higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Wow. 2nd most favorite Bells I have tried so far. Smells very nutty with hint of molasses. Very dark with nice thick head. Taste of licorice, nut and molasses. Nice aroma of boubon oak barrel as well. Bravo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 Tap: Black as hell with a thin, deep mocha head. Aroma is huge; chocolate, roast, oak, smooth bourbon, vanilla, mild coconut, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and some sweet dark fruit. Taste is the same... So balanced; bourbon is insanely smooth and itís got a perfect amount of balancing sweetness. Roast, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, oak. hint of maple syrup in there... This stuff is absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4722) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a deep black with very whispery tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Wow there is so much going on in the taste, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and malt. Alcohol tingle in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (5244) - Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Comes out of the tap a rich sable just a whisker above black with a dark, chocolaty tan head. Roast malt aroma has an overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and subtle notes of coffee, caramel and licorice. Flavor begins with a strong bourbon note and then blossoms with roast malt, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, licorice, toffee and molasses. It is quite sweet, but not nasty; bourbon bite helps offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and quite viscous, with an appreciable and persistent tingle. I have been chasing this beer for months, narrowly missing it at stores and getting no response from trade offers - and now I have finally scored this delectable brewski. Worth the wait!

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