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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2007
So I was leaving for work yesterday when I got a box from FedEx. I looked at the label, saw it was from Craig, but I was late so I had to leave. Upon getting home I opened it, to see what was inside, and among other beers, this was in there! I saw Craig rated this the other day, but I did not think anything else about it. It was even hand bottled in my 7oz corona bottle. The beer pours out pretty much black in color without much of a head. Smell is full of coffee and chocolate and sweet sugars. Hints of bourbon are in the nose as well, but not enough to be unpleasant. Taste is smooth and creamy, much like the double cream ale, but the finish is thick, like expedition. There are bourbon notes in the flavor but it is more of a subtle oaken vanilla flavor that is pleasing as opposed to drinking a glass of Jim. Completely unsolicited, this made this beer even better. Went well with a cigar. Thanks for this beer Craig, I guess I dont hate you afterall.

Werckmeister (3538) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 14, 2018
0,355l bottle at home from trade with Biroholik, big thanks. Bottled 10/05/2017. black color, small coffee colored head. smells of bourbon, nutty, marzipan, some cinnamon, chocolate, cocoa, lightly boozy. very nice smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of bourbon, wood, nutty, some vanilla, earthy, cocoa, light cinnamon, spices, ligh oxidation. finishes lightly roasty bitter with notes of bourbon, nutty and some vanilla. very nice one overall, very bourbon forward, some oxidaton notes and some (a bit too much) vanilla. 8, 4, 8, 4, 17

PowY (1284) - AUSTRIA - MAR 13, 2018
355 ml bottle, bottled 5.10.2017 at Werckmeister's place, shared by Werckmeister, many thanks! Pours a deep mahogany with a tan colored head. The aroma is very smooth with nice barrel notes, bourbon, vanilla, very light smoke, nuts, chocolate, toffee and some dried dark fruits. Medium-full body with a soft carbonation, a light to medium sweetness and a light to medium sweetness - very balanced. The flavor is nice combination of the barrel notes and the roasted malt - chocolate, coffee, tobacco, nuts - excellent! Finishes with a nice, light, roasty bitterness, vanilla and bourbon. Overall exceptionally well balanced beer - very good!

Aroma: 9
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 17

Saeglopur (2536) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 13, 2018
Score: 9 / 4 / 9 / 4 / 17

355 ml bottle, pkgd 10/05/17, shared by Werckmeister, many thanks!
Pitch black body, with a small, creamy, dark beige head.
Very smooth aroma of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, liquorice, toffee, some vanilla, some coconut, some dark fruits.
Tastes very lovely, quite similar, but with more tobacco, dry wooden barrel, slight booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes dry, roasty, a bit sweet, a bit boozy, wooden, with bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, some soy sauce.

Delicious! Smooth and greatly balanced, with the bourbon barrel very well integrated, not too dominant. The alcohol presence is also very well dosed. Lovely dry roastiness towards the finish. Not my favourite bourbon BA Imperial Stout, but close, really amazing stuff.

ozzy70 (1409) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 11, 2018
Sample from bottle at Extreme Beer Fest, Ralston Arena. Pour, black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol. Taste was bittersweet, alcohol, dark chocolate, malt, creamy.

MaltoseChalice13 (23) - Somerset, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2018
I've had numerous vintages of this and all have been great. Nice barrel character, bourbon, fudge and vanilla in the aroma and flavor. Good viscosity. Good beer.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2018
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy brown head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was rich and deep chocolate, toasty malts, bourbon, marshmallow and coconut. The flavor was toasty malts, coconut, wood, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow. Exceptionally long finish. Alcohol well controlled. Full bodied and silky smooth. Outstanding.

ahandrych (10) - - FEB 19, 2018
One of the best beers I’ve ever had! Smells were unbelievable, taste was amazing, and the there is nothing else to say but this was one of the top 3 beers I’ve ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

emdejes (98) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2018
33 cl bottle - bottling date = december 2012 Five years of age did quite some good to this beer. Perfectly round, velvety and creamy texture.

ClarkVV (7099) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2018
Batch 1 750mL cork/caged bottled 10/28/2011 drunk 9/20/17.
Inky, ebony with very little light making it through the edges. No head, even after a vigorous pour and some warming....
So at a full six years of age, you can't really fault a beer for being well past its prime. That being said, this was specifically designed to lay down, which I did, since acquiring it young, in a wine fridge. So I was, I think understandably/justifiably, VERY disappointed when this thing was just plain DEAD. I mean, I could understand if it was well past its prime or something, but this was just fully oxidized soy sauce. Will certainly get a bottle to rerate and just put in an average placeholder score. Bells instills no confidence any more and I can't remember too many good beers I've had from them in the past 10 years. 2002 Expedition stout, in a 12oz capped bottle no less, aged FAR, FAR better and longer than this piece of crap.

heman (1350) - Tychy, POLAND - JAN 31, 2018
Czarne z beżową pianą. Aromat jest intensywny, złożony. Dominuje gorzka czekolada z nutami suszonych owoców i porto. Kawa espresso tworzy drugi plan, niestety z wyczuwalnymi objawami utlenienia w postaci sosu sojowego. Nie jest on bardzo nachalny, ale mi skutecznie pomniejsza radość degustacji. W tle odnajdziemy nuty wanilii i szlachetnego alkoholu. W smaku piwo jest gęste, oleiste i bardzo gładkie na języku. Każdy łyk zdaje się wypełniać całą jamę ustną, dominując swym smakiem. Gorzka czekolada, kawa i susz owocowy tworzą piękną kompozycję. Uzupełniają je posmaki związane z leżakowaniem w beczce - wanilia i kokos. Finisz jest wytrawny, z palonymi posmakami i średnio-wysoką popiołową goryczką. Alkohol rozgrzewa, ale jest szlachetny.

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