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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesnít have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say theyíd have 95% homology.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2723) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from Deciccos Ardsley. Boozy dark chocolate espresso woody vanilla aroma. Medium-heavy dark chocolate espresso fig vanilla sweetness with woody spicy cinnamon medium bitterness without overly long finish. Rich as fuck. Full body oily. Perfectly balanced booze, sweetness, bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (175) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pours black with thin tan head. Head lingers, which I wasnít expecting. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. I thought it would be more bourboney based on the nose, but this is rich, dark chocolate mostly. Dark, mind you, like 85% cacao chocolate. Iím always impressed when a beer genuinely tastes like something else, and this is one of those beers. No alcohol burn. I see why this is so sought after. I prefer a bit more bourbon flavor, however.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1075) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2017
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown head N: Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon T: Bourbon, light vanilla, hint of oak, milk chocolate, light coffee, light sherry tone O: Very well balanced. Surprisingly easy drinking!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sudz4Dayz (95) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours black, small off white to mocha head with small frothy bubbles. Small head around the head remains for a while. Smells of strong smooth dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, some small espresso coming through along with a bit of vanilla and dark currants. Tastes oddly of dark fruits off the bat but follows with a nice chocolatey sweetness and a small roast coffee. Bourbon heat and flavor throughout which is pretty nice. Small mouthfeel. Pretty thin not leaving much in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor is pretty good, not great. The smell is great and the body is iffy. Good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1703) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Aromas of vanilla and new oak. Chocolate cookie. Incredibly smooth, thick, chewy palate. Finishes clean. Warming alcohol and bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla cake, mousse. Coffee and rye. Dehydrated pear, some fig and plum flavors. Just delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2882) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2017
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, near-black with a thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon and oak. Taste of toffee vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit and oak. Full/medium body and low carbonation. A great beer, but I'm not sure it is better than Bell's Expedition Stout. I'd love to taste them together. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1992) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2017
35cl bottle, 2016 vintage. Pitch black pour with a tall tan head. Notes of bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted coffee as well as brewed coffee, vanilla, a bit of toasted coconut, toffee, with espresso-like coffee in the post-taste. Full bodied, soft texture. A great imperial stout, the bourbon, roast and sweetness are perfectly balanced. Just a bit alcoholic in the end, probably due to its freshness (bottled Nov 2016).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BytesAndBrews (66) - - JAN 29, 2017
Black pour with tan head. Roasty aroma of chocolate, bourbon and oak. Chocolate, dark fruit and oak flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MCShann (11) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2017
A fantastic brew that I could sip on all night long. The flavor really opens up as it warms. The barrel aging doesnít overwhelm the pallet like other well noted bourbon barrel ages stouts. This is a work of art!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (924) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Draft. Dark nearly black with thin head. Boozy roasty oaky aroma. Dry and chocolate with cacao bitterness. Smooth almost creamy finish. Very friendly and drinkable for such a big beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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