Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
3.6/5 rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had this during D.C. Beer Week at The Big Hunt.
A: It's a bit dark in the room, but I can tell there's the typical pitch-black body. What's unusual is that a wisp of a head stays around for several minutes, even after I take a few sips.
S: Mostly bourbon. There is a little bit of roast and biscuit in there as well.
T: The taste opens up with some toffee from the malts, and then ripe dark fruits make an appearance. Towards the middle the bourbon comes out in full force. It's not the sweet bourbon I'm used to in BA stouts - it's more rough and young. The end of each sip and aftertaste is fairly unpleasant - harsh booziness.
M: Nice velvety mouthfeel with the appropriate small amount of carbonation.
O: I was not terribly impressed by this beer. The barrel notes are too prominent, and it's pretty boozy. I'd try it again if it had been aged for a year plus, but I didn't find the draught version worth all the hype.
Serving type: on-tap
08-14-2012 03:49:55 | More by WorldWideStout
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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