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RATINGS: 948   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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4.8
devman171 (1223) - 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!

4
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, there’s a lot going on and it’s incredibly well balanced. I would drink this often if I could.

4.3
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Dark dark chocolate, leather, oldest barrels ever, prunes, it’s super rich and 9 grain toasted bread. Pair with a fresh fruit tart.

4.3
chinchill (5395) - 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.

4.3
sic1314 (4773) - 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.

4.6
kermis (14999) - 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.

4.4
deanso (10287) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUN 23, 2013
Sample thanks to kermis. Big thanks! Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely chocolate and coffee. Some vanilla. An awesome brew.

4.1
drfabulous (8825) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Finally! 12 ounce thanks to Matt. Bourbon throughout. Thick in body. Sticky. Rich. Vanilla. Smooth. Little carbonation.

4
BenH (3431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle, thanks Mike. Black with thin tan head. Aroma of coconut and vanilla. Taste is full on coconut bourbon, some chocolate, not much else. Sweet and creamy. Bit one dimentional and pretty much all bourbon. Nice though

3.7
stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Fast fizzling head. No trace after 2 seconds. Aromas of tabacco, whiskey, toffee and butterscotch. Taste is whiskey forward. Almost too much as the malt bill is a little thin for the intense whiskey flavor. Other notes on the palate hint at chocolate, coffee and finishes dry on palate


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