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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Drinking this beer is like the feeling of moving on to a higher plane of existence. The aroma is rich and fudgey, full of plums and cocoa and hints of bourbon, never overbearing. The taste is the same, on an oil slick palate that never feels burdensome. A beer that is easy as hell to drink, that tastes like a bourbon barrel beer without tasting like bourbon, and that is a goddamn feat. This is, without question, the finest BA stout I have ever tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (2295) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAY 29, 2013
Draught. This is a real treat that is worth grabbing if you see it on tap or in a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 This is a great beer! I have not had a stout this good in awhile, that’s for sure. I get chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and some coffee in the nose. A super creamy palate finishing nice and sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dctriman (60) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
I love this beer. One of my favorites. Great flavor. Much smoother than other BA stouts.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Another solid brew from Bells. This is one of my favorites that they put out and a top notch BBS. If you see it have a few since it doesn’t go around often.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wje89 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A - Smells of bourbon. AP - Thick Black with an amber color T - Taste is very well balanced with the bourbon flavors. The blend of 2 stouts is also done amazingly well. The cream in the double cream ale is what offsets the intense bourbon to me. O - Hands down best BA stout I’ve ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGknights44 (20) - - MAY 14, 2013
Medium full body. Pours black with a deep ruby hue. Lasting tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit, slight alcohol, chocolate. Low coffee and roasted aroma and taste for a stout. Very smooth and excellent lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and chocolate

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (4058) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Tasted at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate and bourbon. The taste was very smooth, almost a cream texture of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a slight vanilla. Very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Draft. Black in the glass with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring. Roasted malt and vanilla aroma. The flavor found chocolate, roasted malt, and a backing of hops. Medium to full body with a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4415) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Bouteille de 355ml version 2012 brassée le 28 décembre 2012, autant dire qu’elle est fraiche. Liquide brun foncé avec un filet de mousse. Un nez terreux d’arômes tertiaires de sous-bois, de champignon, de chocolat, de pâte à pain pas encore cuite. En bouche cette bière est puissante, du chocolat, du bourbon, du bois, le café est absent à contrario du bois. Cette bière semble mangée par la barrique. Simple, pas le classique que je m’attendais.


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