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RATINGS: 933   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bellís 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Clownoisseur (453) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2013
One of the best, so I figured it would be a good place to start for my first rating! Had this one on tap at OíRourkeís in South Bend,IN...part of the Oberon kick-off celebration. Aroma: Bourbon up front, but hints of dark chocolates, roasted malts and subtle vanilla. Appearance: Pitch black, thin head of mocha foam...little lacing. A swirl of a half-full glass will give a nice oily coating. Taste: Extremely balanced beer. Bourbon and licorice up front with roasted malt, chocolate and a creamy vanilla over the middle and a warming finish containing notes of coffee. The bourbon and licorice calm a bit after it warms, only giving it more balance. You start to get the bourbon being more pronounced in the finish, very warm! Palate: Full-bodied beer. Creamy. Low-Carbonation. Resonates on your palate. A true sipper. Overall: Excellence. My favorite beer. I wish all beers had this much flavor and balance!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Vintage 2012, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #11620, bottled 12/28/2012. Thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for this long time want! A - Pours a pitch black body with two fingers worth of mocha foam. Settles out into a thin cap. Moderate lacing and retention. S - Starts off with the bourbon...oak, vanilla, and some char. Then some roasted malts and sweet cocoa powder. A touch of dark fruits too. No element really dominates here, just well integration of two base beers + a barrel. T - Just all kinds of balance going on here. Smooth vanilla and oak, a bit of a bourbon butterscotch, lightly bitter coffee beans, and dry cocoa powder. A little bit of everything here. Finishes with a real faint but pleasant alcohol warmth. M - Creamy, smooth, and decadent....thank you Double Cream stout! Surprisingly high drinkability compared to other BA stouts. O - Perhaps the most balanced and easy drinking BA stout I have ever had. This is a damn impressive beer and I wish I somehow had year round access to this. Forever ISO, but I still prefer BCBS for its unrelenting bourbon element.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (1374) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
(2012 vintage; 35 cl bottle courtesy of Steasy66 my beer saint; huge thanks) Pours black with medium, toffee head. Decent retention, nice lace and decent regeneration. Aroma is a pleasant and complex roasted malt with well integrated notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Alcohol is completely masked. Soft carbonation, full bodied without being too filling. Velvety texture and a sweet finish with coffee notes that is incredibly smooth despite the high abv. Taste is pleasantly sweet without being too cloying. Bitterness and roastedness play second fiddle to the aromatic sweetness in this one. Girlfriend says: "Itís sweet and very drinkable."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2248) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle thanks to mikem409 and on tap at Riverview. Poured pitch black into snifter. Minimal light tan head. Complex choco-bourbon aroma. Bourbon very evident with coffee choc. Bravo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Draft at Crunchyís (from backlog). Big vanilla and bourbon aromas. Pours jet black with a tiny, dark tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cream, and bourbon flavors. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with a thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (3196) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. On the nose there is a definite bourbon presence along with deep roasty earthy chocolate, creamy caramel and a touch of dark fruit. The palate follows the nose nicely with smooth creamy boozy deep dark chocolate notes, rotten plum, vanilla bean, and even a touch of coconut. Great balance and drink-ability. Yum !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
12oz bottled December 28, 2012. Served at cellar temperature. Always been a huge fan of Expedition and this is one Iíve sought for many years, excited to have a chance to try it (and thanks to Bellís for the 12oz package and distribution!)

Pours black with a two finger brown head that settles to a light swirly creamy cap and foamy ring, leaves short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma is a big blast of bourbon, rich dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, a bit of anise, hint of smoke. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is rich and delicious. Quite bourbon-forward, a lot of vanilla and serious chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malts, anise, some dark fruit, little caramel, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, decent alcohol bite, but fits for the style/size. Really good!

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very creamy, smooth, sticky, low to moderate carbonation.

Fantastic beer. Right up there with the big boys in the style. A real treat and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Black color with tan lacing. Raisen and dark fruit aroma. Thick dark red fruity body. Big, bold, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6515) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle: 2012 edition 11.8% ABV Pours black, with a small, dark brown ring. Aroma is dark fruit, roast, chocolate, bourbon. Flavor is sweetly, darkly fruited, malt, coffee-chocolate. Very noticeable bourbon/oak flavours. Sweetness morphs to a slightly sour bitterness towards the finish...as more of the barrel manifests itself...very nice, but would be better with some age behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Received a few 2012 12íoz bottles in a recent trade with krl2112.... Big thanks Kurt!! Poured into my HotD goblet... short lasting dark brown head with a thick glass coating black brew...no real lacing.. retention is pretty sad. Huge bourbon and dark fruits... cherries and raisins... vanilla and fudgy coffee spiked brownies... very rich... a bit hot, still little cold and the EtOH is warm. Great mix of bourbon, molasses, tons of bittersweet chocolate... some cold brewed coffee for good measure.. again the alcohol is pretty hot... lingering bourbon/vanilla and brownie sundae on the finish... just lingers forever.. pretty damn well done. Happy that this one isnít overly sweet and an insulin shot isnít needed like BT. Light carbonation with a silky thick mouthfeel. Wish I had more of these. I opened up a 2011 750 last weekend and it was heads and shoulders better... but I just think this brew needs time to meld.

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