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RATINGS: 903   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jexmachina (7) - Winter Garden, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Quite possibly one of the best beers I've ever had. In my life. No joke. Smooth, deep hints of bourbon, and was just as fantastic chilled at the beginning to the last lukewarm swig at the end. From my understanding, it's super rare, which makes me sad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Pours a dark black with some brown, very thin head, splotchy lacing, but who the heck cares one bit about a slight ding on appearance after a single sip of this stuff. Aroma of espresso, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some roast. Flavor follows, full coffee stout in effect, bourbon complementing things very well, coming in firm but gentle after an espresso roast cleans up an initial sweet chocolate. The progression is absurdly impressive, super well-designed, a work of science of the senses. Mouthfeel is tauntingly sticky initially but it becomes silky and fades so nicely. Fine hobbies and pursuits I have, many pleasures in life are not to abandon, but this elixir is to die for. OK, Iím caught up in the moment, but wow. Thanks, R!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5767) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, sugar, toffee. Taste is sweet. Lots of bourbon. Loads of flavor. Lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (3747) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Poured black with a ring of foam. Lots of vanilla, oak, coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very rich, viscous palate. Taste is a bit of pine, coffee with cream, charred oak, and of course dark chocolate. I rarely seek out barrel aged imperial stouts anymore, but this one I really enjoyed. The bourbon was not over powering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6083) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma is extremely nutty with dark malts and vinous notes. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, dark fruit, very nutty, chocolate, vinous and a thick/slightly dry/acidic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (35711) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
Draft. A brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol, leading to a dry roasted finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (808) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2016 bottle. Dark black with ruby edges. Aroma is Chocolate, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, creamy coffee.
Flavor is creamy vanilla laced coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate. Sweet, but finishes with some dry oaky notes, keeping the sweetness in check.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Great tasting creamy stout with a nice bourbon flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeremyh70 (1083) - Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Very dark pour with almost no head. Smells of anise, bourbon, dusty bookshelf, roasted hop, coffee, dark chocolate. Thick creamy dark chocolate taste with plenty of roasted hoppiness. Reminds me of a creamier smoother version of Expedition. Booze is well hidden, very little burn. Hop bitter becomes background after a few sips and you can better pick out the bourbon notes. Some dark fruit in there as well.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
meyers1023 (80) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Poured black with brown foam, just what youíd expect from a stout. The smell had me concerned with so much bourbon. The flavor however was a perfect blend of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee! The feel was smooth and goes well with the style. This is one of the best barrel aged stouts Iíve ever had!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Akey (12) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2017
Great Beer! Really love what they are doing at this brewery and look forward to the future!


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