Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had at the Bell's tap takeover at Yogi's out of a snifter. The two guys next to us were drinking Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss. I don't know what to say.
Pours a jet black with a small tan head that immediately fades away.
Smells of bourbon with a little oak and vanilla thrown into the mix.
There is a strong bourbon presence throughout the taste with vanilla and bitter roasted malts as well. There's also a little bit of a smooth creaminess to it, I'm guessing from the Double Cream Stout.
Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Lots of sludge.
Very good beer, but doesn't quite achieve Holy Grail status for me. The alcohol was not especially well hidden which I don't mind, but it knocks it down just a tick. A very good combo of two already good beers though and a very complex delightful treat.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2011 10:38:38 | More by jmarsh123
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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
5/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a crude oil like pitch black with a wonderfully light brown head that just looks like I could lay on it is so thick and fluffy.
Aromas of sweet chocolate, tart and bright coffee/espresso, raisins/plums/dark fruits, and bourbon envelops the overall package.
Take the chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, bourbon, perfectly balanced them, and what you have is Black Note Stout.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, perfect for how I like my stouts!
This is a truly remarkable BBA imperial stout, really. Bell's nailed it on the head with this one and I'll be on the hunt for it again this next release season.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:20:03 | More by larryarms847
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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