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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7466) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2013
750ml Bottle @ The Stouts Tasting Pt II. Deep brown pour with a tiny off-white head. Quite a muscular, thick-looking beer. The nose is huge vanilla and bourbon. Sugar-coated wood. Boozy adult brownie. Rich char. Unmistakable bourbon barrel. The taste is similarly out-sized, bold. Rich toffee and chocolate cake. Sticky toffee pudding. More vanilla and treacle. Thick, smooth body. Pretty effortless for 10.5%. Overall, a really nice beer. The internet seemed to give this beer a minor kicking after Bells released it in 12oz bottles. On this showing, Black Note is only deserving of praise. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2013
Very complex with notes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, raisins, and red vines. Very smooth and creamy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (5413) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
From a bottle. Pours opaque almost black with minimal light brown head. Very smooth. Tastes very sweet like chocolate, caramel, raisins. Smells sweet and toasty. Medium body and low carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sonnycheeba (5794) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with just a trace of thin, fizzy tan. Aroma is bourbon, oak, roasted malts, plums, raisins, vanilla, floral hops, and light chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roast malts forward with supporting bourbon, oak, dark fruit esters, and light floral hops; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (13801) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2013
Bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, thanks to Bruce. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is chocolate, gateaux, dark fruit, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon and sweet coffee. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toast, bourbon, light warming alcohol, mild acidity, some bitterness, earth and baking chocolate with a bitter, ashy finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Very smooth, well-balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pas mal excité de finalement gouté à cet assemblage qui fait saliver. Arome et corpulence à la hauteur des attentes, le corps de la double cream et l’arome de la bcbs. Au niveau des saveurs c’est très chocolaté, vanillé mais je manque la complexité unique de la expedition stout, très bien arrondie par le vieillissement...me rappelle la peruvian morning de Central waters.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1180) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2013
12 FL OZ bottle shared with Shawn at his Somerville flat. Thanks, man. Picked from the "goofball cellar". I can’t be certain, but I believe it was a 2012. Hmmm... this may be indeed overhyped.Perhaps this was a bogus year, as often are: it could have been a bad bottle; infected, maybe? Regardless, it just wasn’t very good. Considerably too malty, roasted, and ashy. Booze was very prominent, perhaps too much so. Couldn’t finish. I couldn’t wait to try the next beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hammy78 (964) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Had this at the source. Appearance is opaque black, light brown head. Nose of vanilla, roasted malts, some coffee and sweet chocolate. Tasted sweet and smooth with a touch of bitter. Fantastic stuff, wish I could’ve grabbed some to go.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: black beer, with small beige head. Nose: very nice balance between vanilla and chocolate, some alcohol noticeable. Taste: bourbon all around! roasted malts, chocolate, nice amount of alcohol. Amazing beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpartanStout (20) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2013
By far one of my favorite beers of 2013. Not super impressed fresh out of the tap, but once this beer got to about 10 degrees below room temperature it really opened up and exploded with an unbelievable flavor.


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