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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1612) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
beige head disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of vanilla, coconut, roasted malts. taste like aroma, bitter finish. dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation. bottle 33 cl

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (4603) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to mikem409. Thick viscous pour with minimal head. Flavor is full of vanilla and soft oak. Thick. Viscous. Great. Booze is minimal. Alcohol is not noticeable. Grate

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arusscher (2) - Holland, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
Chocolate, coffee, smoke, thick, black, heaven in a bottle. Had this after the Iceman cometh.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kazin (526) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
Notes from backlog. Amazing mouthfeel, great balance between complex notes of chocolate + malts and the power of the bourbon barrelling. Love it!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
So this is totally awesome. Pours black with tan head. Amazing aromas of vanilla and oak, cinnamon raisin oatmeal too. Outstanding. Flavors are vanilla and dark chocolate, coconut, coffee too. Notes of dark fruit. This is an amazing beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
12oz bottle - This beer reminds me in many delicious ways of Kate the Great. The body is black ink with light brown creamy head. The aroma is just crazyinsane. Vanilla syrup, figs, vinous, light alcohol, raisins, and something that reminds me of a Hot Toddy...kinda buttery/butterscotch but deeper. Flavors explode on the palate and the complexity rivals that of the best wines Iíve had. Dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, bread pudding...itís almost like a bread pudding mixed with maple oatmeal mixed with bourbon then a splash of kahlua. The sweetness is there, but itís reeled in and only harmonizes with the other flavors. Are more sweet, it might be a big mess. Any less sweet, and the flavors wouldnít mingle as well. A world class beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Bottle thanks to scooch. Pours dark black with a big mocha head that sticks to the glass. Smell of oak, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits. Just great. Taste is complex. Oak in the front. Bourbon in the back. Dark fruit. Just phenomenal.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle brought by Max, who wanted to be WinnerOfTheTasting, to Paulís when we met up at Paulís to watch some fetusballs. Pours a deep black without much of a head. Soft roast on the nose, a touch of cocoa, chocolate, warm roast and brownies. Medium-bodied, roast, cocoa, chocolate, cocoa. Long cocoa on the finish, bitter baking chocolate. Beautiful.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OKBeerFan (67) - - NOV 11, 2013
Wow! This beer is absolutely the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've ever had! Wish I had a case! If you haven't had this beer, you need to try it. Nose is Bourbon, coconut and chocolate. Flavor is very Bourbon forward with hints of coconut. Alcohol is hidden. Best enjoyed 50-60 degrees in a pint glass....haha just kidding, use a snifter! Bells has a home run here! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On tap 11 months aged. Pours dense black with a modest tan ring of bubbles. Rich aroma of roasted barley and light bourbon barrel sweetness. The flavor is rich earthy roasted grains bitter baking chocolate with a healthy dose of oak and a moderate bourbon sweetness. It starts solid with a rich sweet malt and light booze but ends grainy and dry with the bourbon lingering. Very solid all the way through.


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