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RATINGS: 939   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Aromas of vanilla and new oak. Chocolate cookie. Incredibly smooth, thick, chewy palate. Finishes clean. Warming alcohol and bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla cake, mousse. Coffee and rye. Dehydrated pear, some fig and plum flavors. Just delicious.

4.1
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2017
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, near-black with a thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon and oak. Taste of toffee vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit and oak. Full/medium body and low carbonation. A great beer, but I'm not sure it is better than Bell's Expedition Stout. I'd love to taste them together. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2017
35cl bottle, 2016 vintage. Pitch black pour with a tall tan head. Notes of bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted coffee as well as brewed coffee, vanilla, a bit of toasted coconut, toffee, with espresso-like coffee in the post-taste. Full bodied, soft texture. A great imperial stout, the bourbon, roast and sweetness are perfectly balanced. Just a bit alcoholic in the end, probably due to its freshness (bottled Nov 2016).

3.9
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
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
Maxbier (986) - 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
User37895 (3042) - - 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
mansquito (6438) - 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
Ron (3961) - 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
wlajwl (6813) - 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.


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