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RATINGS: 939   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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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4.1
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2013
I had some mindless work to do and felt it might go better with beer. Heard that Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur was pouring Black Note and made my way over. Poured a deep dark brown with just a hint of red. Tan head. Felt just slightly oily on my tongue. Malty with vanilla notes ad a slightly bitter finish. The whiskey was more hidden than I expected. Excellent beer that I will try and grab again if available at Thinking Man Tavern. Draft - Thinking Man Tavern - Decatur, GA

4.1
weihenweizen (3839) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Chilled brown bottle poured into a snifter, big thanks to Josh. Pours black with small light brown head. Medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and nice chocolate aroma. Taste is complex sweet chocolate. Great imperial Stout. My favorite of 12 highly rated imperial stouts.

4.4
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2013
12-oz. Second batch, bottled 12-28-12. Thanks, JA! Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that sticks around forever and ever. Humongous bourbony nose hits you before you really even get your nose anywhere near the mouth of the glass. Sweet and chocolatey, lots of vanilla and apricots, there’s coffee and prunes as well, but the predominant quality by far is the intensity of the oak and the bourbon without a doubt. Thick creamy body, almost sludgy, still showing carb--but it’s kind of a formality. Even if this were re-carbed, the density of the body would still keep this moving more like a creamy liqueur. So don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them bubbles. The mid-palate is big and sweet and bourbony, oaky, showing lots of vanilla and apricots and some sharper phenolic bourbony notes. Then lots of coffee, chocolate, prunes, and other stout notes thunder past. It’s big, heavy, complex, harmonious, just incredibly well done throughout. Lovely beer.

4.4
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle poured a dark nutty brown color. It took a bit of coaxing but it held a coating of tan head. Aroma has sweet bourbon, chocolate, barrel wood, perfect oxidation, brown sugar, dark coffee, and some dark rich fruit. Absolutely wonderful with so many layers it just calls you to take another sniff. Mouth feel coats very well and it is rich and juicy with just enough carbonation to bring it all across. The flavor from both the rich malts and the barrel treatment are equally top notch and combine perfectly. Dark rich malts, sweet bourbon, hefty barrel wood, sticky molasses, coffee but with little bitterness, dark dried fruit, and a spicy hit of alcohol that is well within reason for such a big beer. Here is a case where the hype is deserved and the beer is beyond expectations!

4.1
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
Smells like bourbon barrel, caramel, chocolate, and black licorice. Dark and creamy, pretty smooth with a slightly boozy finish. I would love a vertical tasting.

4.2
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 20, 2013
Smells like bourbon and oak aging. Taste is strong bourbon flavors as well as faint hints of oak. Very sweet as well.

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Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at home, courtesy of Matt. Thank you so much for this one!! Pour is pitch black with a small tan head. Big raisins, coconut, anise, vanilla, dark cocoa, prunes, toffee, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is big bourbon, anise, black licorice, raisins, plums, oak, cocoa nibs, vanilla, toasty, leathery, and nutty with some light bitterness on the finish. Thick/syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Tasty stuff.

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SHANER4 (500) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2013
On tap at Hagemeister Park in Green Bay for Bells tap takeover. Poured syrupy black and had nice brown head. Aroma is phenomenal, sweet chocolate/coffee scent with black licorice and leather mixed in. Has a oily rich heavy mouthfeel and goes down smooth as silk. Taste is sweet yet salty with black licorice, chocolate, coffee and anise. Finish is somewhat dry and mild aftertaste. Overall this beer is amazing. Reminds me of the first time I tasted Expedition Stout back in 2008. This beer is sweeter and has that dry finish but otherwise the same. Please try this beer if you get a chance, you won’t regret it!

4.4
jake65 (3701) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle - 2012 vintage: Near black in appearance, with a rich brown head that quickly fades away. The aroma is quite impressive. Very rich and deep with vanilla, oak, espresso, and chocolate. Passes right on into the flavor. The influence of the barrel aging is spot on. Smooth and silky mouthfull. Really really nice... one of my new favorites. Thanks to Overml01 for the trade!

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Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2013
Pours black with a creamy brown head and fair lacing. Good roasted malt, licorice and woody bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex sweet stout flavor with a smooth bourbon woody finish. Very well balanced. One of my all time favorites


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