Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by WillCarrera:
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Hackney's in Chicago. Poured into a stemmed pokal glass.
A- Pours pitch black with a big thick mocha colored head.
S- Big roasted aroma, chocolate and coffee, lots of oaky bourbon as well.
T- Dark chocolate, some coffee and heavily roasted malt. Warm bourbon and vanilla in the back as well as some oak, has a really nice chocolatey burnt finish. The bourbon makes itself heard but is done well enough to keep it from becoming overpowering.
M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy feel, moderate carbonation.
O- A very tasty, drinkable stout with nice balanced flavors, its nothing earth-shattering, but its a wonderful beer. I'm not sure it's worth the fuss, but I would love to drink this beer any day.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2012 01:56:34 | More by WillCarrera
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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