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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours with pitch black hued body. Glass coating, tan head. Medium retention. Aromas show medium to strong bourbon character, medium barrel vanillin, light coffee, low smoke, vanilla bean. Flavors are surprisingly smooth, bourbon, vanilla, bready. Low esters and a nicely clean roast character. Medium coffee. Full bodied, lower carbonation. Quite good!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Booga (93) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2016
2016 vintage. Thick viscous black pour with minimal beige head that forms a ring. Great barrel aroma. Probably the best bourbon barrel taste I have had on any beer. Deep burnt charred taste. Low sweetness, bitter finish. Beautiful blend of great beers. Barrel accents make this one perfect. Phenomenal beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (968) - - DEC 1, 2016
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - NOV 25, 2016
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeymike (10) - - NOV 23, 2016
2016 bottle. Pours a viscous oily black with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is pure velvet on your tongue. Taste is bourbon and vanilla, with a chocolate finish. Very warming, but alcohol is very well hidden. World class from beginning to end. I will say Iíve been chasing this white whale for some time and finally caught it this year. A top three beer for me...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
svandyke (188) - USA - NOV 18, 2016
4 pack thanks to Heather, my love- wow dark expedition color with dark chocolate. Not much lacing. Great blend of chocolate and bourbon. Amazing!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Korcz (802) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 14, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Jeden z najlepszych RISůw jakie piłem. Niesamowity balans, wanilia, bourbon, znakomite ciało. Przeogromna klasa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (3241) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2016
12oz 2014 bottle thanks to Alexsdad. Brought to room temp. Pours black with a small creamy dark tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel, and finishes with light dark fruit/raisin notes. Taste mimics the nose, with the addition of earth and charred malts. Very smooth. Not much booziness. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1725) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2016
(2014 Vintage) Roast aroma, with hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Pours an opaque black with just a bare dusting of head, appears to be flatter then most beers. Smooth rich mouthfeel, with the expected very mild carbonation. Big chocolate and dark fruit entry, fading to roast, with vanilla, oak, and bourbon finishing the beer out. A nice sipping beer for a cooler night.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dysenteri (181) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, 2012 version. Pitch black color. Chocolate, coffe, dark fruit, prone. Great mouthfeel, oily and still. Lingering long aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2016
2014 bottle, courtesy of bigda83 -- cheers, Darren! This is one big, complex, chewy BA stout. Even after a couple of years in the bottle, there was still a considerable amount of creamy body, and the flavor was a potent combination of roasted barley/chocolate and a lot of bourbon and oak from the barrel aging. This beats even the greats of BA stouts (KBS, BCBS). World class stuff.


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