Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
4.83/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI for a special event.
My buddy dragged me to this event for the sole purpose of trying this beer. And I am happy that he did.
You can smell the bourbon in the pour and it has the some of the best characteristics of the two brews that were combined to make it. It is a great mixture of the Expedition and the Double Cream Stouts.
Although I am normally not a stout person, this is one the best brews I have had in a long time. I just wish it was more readily available.
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2012 04:36:23 | More by Shibbykaiyai
More User Reviews:
4.64/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and had a thick consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.
S: A big aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, and chocolate. Very enticing.
T: Tasted of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit (plums, raisins), vanilla, and some coffee in the finish. A massive, assertive, muscular flavor. Extremely complex and flavorful.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a thick, chewy finish. Full-bodied.
O: Bell's seems to have a knack for making stouts (see Expedition and Java Stouts) and this one just adds to the pantheon. Not a brew for the faint of heart, Black Note is quite a robust beer and one of the best examples of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 18:03:04 | More by avalon07
4.39/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Glugs out very dark and viscous with minimal carbonation and small brown head.
Smells like whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla. The aroma is strong but not overpowering. A very nice blend.
Tastes like it smells--it's clear that this is Bell's direct response to BCBS. Whiskey and stout barley start things off, moving into a bittersweet middle of vanilla and dark chocolate, finishing off with the pleasant burn of ethanol.
Tried this side-by-side against a regular bottle of 2013 BCBS, and Goose Island's brew was a narrow winner due its firmer body and more complex finish. The fact that Black Note gave it a run for its money is quite a compliment, though, and I look forward to sampling some more of these in the future.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 15:42:52 | More by mynie
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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