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RATINGS: 934   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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Scopey (15857) - 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
Marheb (6238) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - 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
radarsock (1223) - 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
Hammy78 (977) - 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
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!

4.9
SpartanStout (45) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2017 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.

4.9
beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Deep dark black. Small dark brown head with some retention. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, smokey, roasty, woody, dark fruit - all of which blend together beautifully. Full body. Magical finish that grows in chocolatey-ness. Such development; bourbon forward then roasty then chocolate. Everything flows together so well.

4.8
MarinEvelyn (868) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Aroma is toasty, sweet alcohol, dark dried fruit. As you swallow the beer, its as if a sweet choolately silk sweet is moving down your throat. Chocolate, roasted malt, sweet fruit and slight slight alcohol.

3.9
madmitch76 (25797) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Thanks to Bruce for this whale. Opaque dark brown beer, short lived tan head. Palate is slightly viscous and smooth with fine minerally carbonation. Rich dark chocolate and a little aniseed. Super light coffee, but this beer really is about the dark chocolate. Finishes smooth. Pretty good, light on it’s toes.

4.6
joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Backlog. I’ve had at least 12 glasses of this on tap at the brewery or other local bars. I have to confess that I have a love affair with Black Note.

Vanilla and Bourbon are so smooth on the palate. The finish stays for minutes after each sip.

Black Note is in my top 10 all-time favorite beers.


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