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RATINGS: 934   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2013
The black note pours so dark and thick. I was overflowing with anticipation watching the bar tender pour the beer. Has a small dark head that leaves good lacing on the snifter. The flavor is so full and features plenty of wonderful chocolate malts. I can't really find any flaws in the beer. Perhaps that the alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. But is that really a bad thing? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kapsel (289) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Ciemne owoce w czekoladzie, trochę beczki, mogłoby być więcej ciała, lekki zawód patrząc jaki jest hype na to piwo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberschlesier (26) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 26, 2017
Aroma of chocolate, dry friuts, barrel, vanilla and unfortunately a hint of alcohol. Aroma and flavour improve during drinking. The beer is rather sweet, dessert-style. Barrel and vanilla quite intense. Very good imperial stout, it would be perfect without these hints of alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gr_pa (633) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Black, small stable head. Great aroma: chocolate, vanilla, barrell, dry fruits. Full body, lots of sweetess. Nice flavour, lots of barrel notes, dark caramel, alcohol hidden. Woody finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1205) - LA, California, USA - MAY 13, 2017
From a 12 oz 2016 bottle from Boneyard Bistro. Pours dark brown with minimum head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark malts, chocolate. Overall rich and flavorful...held up nice with a year of age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (10051) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2017
2014 bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a huge treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a soy and a lot of bourbon. A great sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dzudohonor (68) - POLAND - MAY 12, 2017
Batch #2 2016. Piękna kawowa piana, redukuje się do 2 cm obrączki po kilkunastu sekundach, z daleka dociera woń kokosa i wanilii, już przy zanuzeniu nosa w sensoricu czuć przede wszystkim nuty burbonowe, mleczna czekolade, kakao, troszke pralinek – wszystko ładnie zrównoważone, zanurzamy usta w tym przysmaku – znowu równowaga, z tym, że na pierwszym raczej planie czekolada, kawa z mlekiem, pozniej jakies wisienki, wanilia i ciut kokosa, raczej nie za dużo ciała, goryczka mocno palona i gdzieś tam w przełyku pałęta się alkohol. Nie wyrywa z butów, ale jest bardzo dobrze

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1672) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Bottle acquired in trade. 2014 an 2016 vintage. Nice bourbon and roasted malt taste. Get some chocolate. The 2014 aged nice.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkujon (100) - POLAND - APR 29, 2017
Botle 0,375 Pitch black pour with a small white head. Wow! so much vanilla, milk, chocolate notes with lactic cream and bourbon abounding. Very creamy with intense, vanilla beans, roasted barley, and a hint of bakers chocolate. Extremely thick rich palate with creamy effervescence and a roasty-dry finish. This beer is so amazing!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehaak26 (466) - - 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 (1052) - 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.


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