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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerplace (1338) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
341ml bottle (thx, Eric D.!). Bottled on 2016-11-03. ABV is 11.2%. Pours an almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate, some barrel and bourbon notes, slight booziness and sweetness. Taste is very sweet, oily, fruity, with barrel and bourbon notes. Long chocolate, bourbon and some barrel aftertaste. Amazing sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demondeacon09 (67) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2017
12 oz. bottle poured into a short wine glass. Completely opaque black with a small beige head that remains and collects on the glass as I sipped. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is superb: vanilla, toffee, coffee and chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and the finish is smooth, dry, and bitter. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarletfire65 (1402) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at home with Caressa, Apollo, and the wife. Vintage 2016. Really smooth, lots of coffee, vanilla, charred oak, figs, and sweet bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (1764) - Rīga, LATVIA - MAR 2, 2017
Supersmooth subtle roasted malts, coffee, tiramisu, dried fruits, perfect bourbon BA impact, vanilla, oak. Mostly sweet with light bitterness. Awesome

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stoned99 (1454) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
341ml bottle shared with brother, thanks Guillaume for this amazing beer. Aroma: wow. Amazing aroma starting with some light licorice then blast of chocolate mixed with vanilla. Dried dark red fruits too. Light booziness. Damn. App: really dark burgundy almost black, small frothy moka head leaving great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, velvety, so soft for the palate, light to medium sweetness, chocolate and subtle bitter finish. Overall: this is amazing! Iím in love with this beer. I honestly donít know what I could change in this beer. This is so fluffy, so perfect. Just amazing! Drank my god glass in 5 minutes. Feels refreshing even though this an imperial stout. Thanks Sam for this incredible beer. Up next, 2014 version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1458) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque jet black color with dark tan lacing, Aroma notes of rich malt sweetness, dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits, bourbon and faint oak. Taste adds mocha, caramel, cake batter, chocolate syrup, roast malt and dry earthy bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, creamy with syrupy roast finish. This stuff certainly meets my approval, just excellent if a tad pricy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2756) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from Deciccos Ardsley. Boozy dark chocolate espresso woody vanilla aroma. Medium-heavy dark chocolate espresso fig vanilla sweetness with woody spicy cinnamon medium bitterness without overly long finish. Rich as fuck. Full body oily. Perfectly balanced booze, sweetness, bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (175) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pours black with thin tan head. Head lingers, which I wasnít expecting. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. I thought it would be more bourboney based on the nose, but this is rich, dark chocolate mostly. Dark, mind you, like 85% cacao chocolate. Iím always impressed when a beer genuinely tastes like something else, and this is one of those beers. No alcohol burn. I see why this is so sought after. I prefer a bit more bourbon flavor, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1105) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2017
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown head N: Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon T: Bourbon, light vanilla, hint of oak, milk chocolate, light coffee, light sherry tone O: Very well balanced. Surprisingly easy drinking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sudz4Dayz (115) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours black, small off white to mocha head with small frothy bubbles. Small head around the head remains for a while. Smells of strong smooth dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, some small espresso coming through along with a bit of vanilla and dark currants. Tastes oddly of dark fruits off the bat but follows with a nice chocolatey sweetness and a small roast coffee. Bourbon heat and flavor throughout which is pretty nice. Small mouthfeel. Pretty thin not leaving much in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor is pretty good, not great. The smell is great and the body is iffy. Good.

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