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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   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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4.3
   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.


3.7
odomosity (6) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2017 does not count
Great flavor, malty, caramel. A little to thin with a fleeting aftertaste. I wish it was a tab bit thicker and the that the after taste would linger. But overall a great beer. Well done.

3.6
mallons72 (210) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2017
This beer seems a bit off this year. Balance is not there. Coffee, chocolate, booze start....sweet finish.

3.9
Mindwarp (306) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2017
2014 edition 11.4% ABV - Pours black with a real thin tan head that doesn't stick around. The aroma is of a sweet candy whiskey like smell. Flavor follows the nose with some chocolate added there is booze in a little bit of heat in the end.

3.9
trapped (3672) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 6, 2017
Bottle. Pours inky black with large spongy tan head, boozy mocha aroma, mildly sweet mocha taste with strong alcohol undertones, thin body, log mocha finish with bourbon aftertaste. Potent, could be overwhelmingly boozy.

4.5
ttoadee (1608) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Jet black, thin veneer of a mocha head. Nose is understated bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and smoke. Powerfully bittetsweet. Middle follows the nose; gentle smoky bourbon, expresso, vanilla, cherries, charred malt, hint of cinamon, cream. Wow. Finish is silky and still powerfully bittersweet. ABV seems lower, perfectly melded into the profile.

4.7
Bule (2274) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2017
12oz bottle of 2017. Pours a thick black color without any bread. Velvety texture. Rich bourbon flavors that balance the hop profile well.

3.6
HourGlass13 (1074) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Dark black colored pour, small beige foam head. Bourbon and dark roast aroma. Taste is bready, roasted with a bit burnt black bread. Lots of woody bourbon barrel in this one. A little too much for me. Very dry. Good, but not a 100 beer at all.

5
Larry_Spurgeon (20) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 Bought 12 ounce four pack at total wine in Albuquerque. 2017 version. First time tasting. Thin tan head over an opaque black beer. Served too cold. But as it warms the aroma is still slight. Beautifully balanced beer. And 11.2% no alcohol burn, deep multi characters of chocolate and dried sweet fruit. Excellente!

5
JGP03 (1) - - DEC 1, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 This beer is crazy good. There really is no downside to except that it’s seasonal.

4.6
willisread (3703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2017
2017 bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a deep brown to black with almost no head. Bourbon-forward nose with fudge brownie and rum cake-like notes. Vanilla, faint coconut aromas as it warms. More cacao nib and roasted coffee aromas as well. Deep fudge notes, brownie, vanilla all over the palate. There is some bite from the bourbon, but it isn't overbearing. Flavors are extremely well-integrated with both the base beer and the barrels both complementing each other. Some prune and fig as it warms. Smooth finish, with lingering chocolate cream and bourbon notes. Wow. A flawless beer.


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