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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (12925) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12878) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (12532) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2016 Re-rate 3/12/16: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom L. Bottled 3/12/14. Black. Great aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cookies. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, mild bitterness. Full-bodied. Great stuff. 8/4/8/4/17=4.1

Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! Bottled 12/28/12. Black with some brown foam. Lovely aroma with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla, a bit of bourbon, a bit of coconut and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with lots of dark chocolate, some coffee, roastiness, bourbon, vanilla, wood and a finish with an alcoholic touch. Great full body, slightly oily. A great one. 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (12398) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
1600th rating. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a light roast and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate malt and vanilla and mice smooth finish. Easy to drink a very impressive Imperial stout from Bells. Really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12270) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (12234) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (12007) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11888) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (11636) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Sweet chocolate on nose. Rich liquorice, chocolate bourbon taste.


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