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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bwa5879 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 On tap at eccentric cafe. Dark black pour into snifter, half inch of beige head that settled quickly. Malty scent, brown sugar and molasses. Thick mouth feel with little carbonation. Very sweet malty, mature flavor: maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is sour and a bit bitter, mouth was a little tingly. Very nice. April 2014 update: enjoyed 2/28/12 bottle. Super rich, super boozy aroma. Powdery, corn-y bourbon aroma, powdery Carmel is strong. Very low carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, numbs the tongue on finish very slightly. Supremely rich flavor, heavy on the Carmel and molasses, dark fruits and rich dark chocolate or cocoa. Amazingly smooth and well blended compared to other BBA stouts.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehaak26 (423) - - APR 22, 2017
Bottle from Pazzo’s. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlazerT (988) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 17, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste, piana umiarkowanej wielkości, gęsta, beżowa. Aromat to przede wszystkim mleczna czekolada, wanilia, kokos, wszystko fajnie wygładzone. Praktycznie w ogóle nie czuć nut alkoholowych w aromacie. Ponadto dojrzałe, ciemne owoce w tle. Smak słodki, momentami nawet bardzo, końcówka goryczkowa, długo utrzymująca się. Posmak kawowy - kawa z mlekiem, gładki, ułożony. Siła tego piwa leży w jego prostocie i harmonii. Nie jest jakieś bardzo złożone, słody palone nie przegięte, jak jest kawa to wygładzona, beczka bardzo dobrze wkomponowana - nie uderza alkoholem. CIało praktycznie perfekcyjne. DO ideału trochę mu brakuje, ale i tak czołówka światowa.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NightHawk91 (20) - POLAND - APR 17, 2017
2016. Słodkie jak trzeba, gęste (choć mniej wyklejające niż pity chwilę po nim Expedition Stout 2015), nie brakuje ciała. Wyśmienity profil bourbonowy. Super czekolada. Odrobina paloności, kawy, subtelna-zaznaczona goryczka. Złożone. Alkohol ułożony idealnie. Pije się znakomicie. Wielkie piwo.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (2051) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Black color with tan head. Aroma has really nice fudge, caramel, bourbon and butterscotch. Taste follows with bourbon and caramel, roasted malt, more bitter on the finish, lingers on the aftertaste with smooth bourbon. Medium to full bodied, really smooth mouthfeel. Overall it’s a classic imperial stout with really nice bourbon flavors that are integrated really well and create an excellent drinking experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1456) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Dark pour, bit of beige foam. Dusty roast aroma. Sweet liquorice and umami. Taste is unsurprisingly bready, roasted with a bit burnt black bread. Sweet and bready, quite a treat actualky. Vanilla and bitter hops also. Lots of hops. Simplicity and complex flavours packed into the same beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2017
Dark brown color. Intense rich chocolate cream cake, vanilla, bourbon, oak, licorice and a bit of dark fruit in the nose. So smooth and intense. Tastes like charred oak, vanilla, coconut, cacao and licorice. Super intense. Amazingly smooth. Big burnt oak and dark chocolate finish. One of the most intense, but balanced beers I’ve had. This is outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drlb81 (36) - HUNGARY - APR 7, 2017
I would say exactly what in the commercial description is, emphasizing the creaminess, very big chocolate with espresso and funky dried fruits. Aroma is very complex and rich, maybe the taste somewhat lags behind, but still ok.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerplace (1460) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
341ml bottle (thx, Eric D.!). Bottled on 2016-11-03. ABV is 11.2%. Pours an almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate, some barrel and bourbon notes, slight booziness and sweetness. Taste is very sweet, oily, fruity, with barrel and bourbon notes. Long chocolate, bourbon and some barrel aftertaste. Amazing sipper.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demondeacon09 (67) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2017
12 oz. bottle poured into a short wine glass. Completely opaque black with a small beige head that remains and collects on the glass as I sipped. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is superb: vanilla, toffee, coffee and chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and the finish is smooth, dry, and bitter. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarletfire65 (1423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at home with Caressa, Apollo, and the wife. Vintage 2016. Really smooth, lots of coffee, vanilla, charred oak, figs, and sweet bourbon.


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