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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bellís 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 750 ml bottle 875 A- thick black pour with a faint tan head and weak lacing. S- molasses is prominent, with sugary milk chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wet pungent grains, licorice, cinnamon raisin bread, plums, pie crust and faintly musty oak. M- smooth and light body considering it is a barrel aged stout. Palate is medium and satisfying. Carbonation is underwhelming. T- molasses and grain are first, followed by the toffee and baked crust. Mineral water also mixes in. Vanilla, graham cracker, marshmallow, dry oak and caramel. The ending is a fudge and mildly tangy cacao with alcohol that sits on the palate until it fades into a bitter chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alliance100 (1125) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
12 oz bottle and draft, prefer it out of the bottle. Hands down best bba stout iíve ever had. Chocolate/coffee/perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Aroma of rich chocolate cake, toffee, and caramel. Pours black with a great fizzy film. Taste is wonderful with cherry cordial, toffee, and angel sperm. Taste is wonderful with cherry chocolate, oak and sweet toffee. Wonderful. Long expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1952) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pours an opaque very dark brown with a quickly vanishing, short khaki-brown head. The aroma is striking. Caramel, vanilla, and coconut. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily with just the slightest carbonation scrub on the rear of the palate. Flavors of coconut, wood, nut, bourbon barrel vanilla, and dark, ripe fruit. This is quite reminiscent of Parabola.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours black with low brown head, aroma is oak and bourbon and roast with coconut.. Taste is rich sweet maltly bourbon awesomeness, very smooth finish as well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottled February 28, 2012.
Appearance: The body is an opaque black with no head, only a thin tan ring with no presence of carbonation at all on the surface.
Aroma: Bourbon is on the forefront with coconut, chocolate and roasted malts backing it with a sweet creamer aroma, it reminds me of an Irish potato of sorts at times.
Taste: Coconut is heavy with a prominent creamer backing, reminding me of an Irish potato minus the cinnamon. Bourbon and chocolate is prevalent, very complex with hints of caramel also notable on the finish. Very nice.
Palate: Medium to thick with light carbonation.
Overall: This is an excellent beer, thereís a lot going on and itís incredibly well balanced. I would drink this often if I could.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Dark dark chocolate, leather, oldest barrels ever, prunes, itís super rich and 9 grain toasted bread. Pair with a fresh fruit tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (4831) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 On tap at NOC in Bryson City (NC). Black with brown edges. The head is not durable but the ring is. Very, very rich aroma and flavor. Mildly sweet with fairly well hidden ABV. indescribably delicious. Dark infused fruit. Very smooth feel, with a good bit of warming. Barrel aging is obvious; perhaps a bit too obvious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2013
Very kindly shared by Kermis. Poured dark and seep with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon alcoholic sweetness, coffee grinds and dark chocolate. Full body, flavour as the aroma with caramel and molasses with soaked berries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (12724) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Bottle shared thanks to trade with Kraddel. Pours black with a ring brown head. Aroma of massive bourbon, vanilla, toffee, fudge, milk chocolate, malt, oak, molasses. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Creamy and perfectly balanced, intense yet mellow, this is incredible. Full bodied with very soft carbonation.

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