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RATINGS: 908   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasn’t even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. It’s just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.


4.7
Goodgrief (2039) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Damn. Yes. And I have two bottles! Pour was dark chocolatey brown with thin head. Aroma of coffee and cocoa. Flavor was also coffee, cocoa, light bourbon and wood. Super creamy on the tongue. Fabulous. This is great stuff.

4.1
Johnsense (1685) - - JUL 7, 2017
Pitch black pour, slammer head, no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, light whisky, black coffee, dark dried fruit. Oak and roasted malt up front, Bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Fuller body.

4.1
katrinaez (2073) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Aroma is wood, oaked, over ripe cherries and prune, slightly booze. Color is opaque black to dark brown. Palate is a bit weak, watery compared to style. Booze flavours, but not overly harsh. It’s a nice balance. Dark chocolate nibs, some coffee, moss, and of course light booze. Bottled 11/16

4
Ahuth (609) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Bottled. 2016. Pours black. Aroma big bourbon oak and chocolate. The palate is a bit thin not bad though. The taste is big bourbon oak. Proceeded by dark fruits chocolate and vanilla. Very awesome brew

3.1
ChainGangGuy (4895) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Appearance: Pours an inky, black body with a sustained, light sandy-beige head. Smell: Char-hinting heavy roastiness with a crust of bitter dark chocolate, with lesser touches of dark fruit, vanilla-infused molasses, woodsiness and peppery alcohol. Taste: Bulky roastiness, a bit ashen and chary and laden with booziness and soy. Rolls sweet to bitter (charred) with a salient, less-than-satisfying alcohol presence coupled with woody tannins. A bit of dark chocolate, licorice, gummy molasses and prune. The nose held a bit more promise, though the heavy char, soy and booze leave it lopsided and unbalanced. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Light carbonation. Overall: Downright overhyped.

3.9
czlowiekmotyka (352) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Disappointing one. Aroma is great, classic bourbony and woody. The texture is unfortunately watery, it reaaaaally lacks body. Some roast, some coffee but nothing exceptional. I am sad :(

4
Kapsel (373) - 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
oberschlesier (72) - 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.

4.6
gr_pa (720) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 7, 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
DenverLogan (1228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, 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.


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