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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 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (13549) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thick dark brown head. In aroma, a beautiful chocolate malt with soy sauce, iodine, coffee grind, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful sweet mocha chocolate, coffee grind, alcohol warmth, rich and complex. Shared with GRM and Boutip. Merci Phil.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Served on draft as part of the Black Moonday event at Capital Alehouse in Richmond, VA. Pours a dark reddish tinted brown color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma of vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon, chocolate and a subtle fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, oak, huge maple, bitter hops and mocha. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(Bottle # 564/1081, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and bourbon with a bitter, dry oak finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (12565) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bellís tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer pours a matte black color with a medium thin light brown head with decent retention. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee liqueur, bourbon and toasted malt. Rich, chewy body with loads of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor, as well as bourbon and plum. The finish is roasty and sweet at first with mild alcohol and coffee in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and a close second to the Bourbon Barrel Java Stout at this event.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (12496) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Sweet chocolate on nose. Rich liquorice, chocolate bourbon taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (12485) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Hallinghansen. Pours deep black with a medium, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has luscious chocolate, light coffee, lots of vanilla and Bourbon. Low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has mild roasted notes, hazelnuts, vanilla, chocolate. Again kinda fat and luscious. Fairly sweet in the middle, but fine viniousness to balance. Okay malty bitter finish. Kinda chewy. Very nice and balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (12253) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Big thanks to egajdzis for sharing this gem! Poured a dark black color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, smoke, dark fruits, and roast. Very complex and I was getting something different every time I took a whiff. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, lightly vinous, chocolate, and roast. Creamy and smooth body. I was I had a whole growler of this one!


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