1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,790 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 2,011
Gots: 711 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 and ages the combination 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 & 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.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-16-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,790 | Reviews: 488 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by soughtbygod:
Photo of soughtbygod
soughtbygod

California

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About to try my first black note: 2012 poured from a 12oz bottle,

I am a huge fan of BBA stouts, I have had CBS, CW BBA stout, KBS, Class X kern River, BCBS, Parabola etc, some live up to the hype and others fall flat, I am about to test drive Bells Black note:

Appearance: Opaque black no like gets through as you pour it almost no head forms and the head that does form is dark dark tan with fine bubbles.

Smell: Wow interesting, this has dark plum, raisins, black licorice, the bourbon is there but very muted and hidden, I also get almost a sweet coffee on the nose.

Taste: The taste is very good this is definitely a top 5 for me, the hidden bourbon is no longer hidden that is the first upfront flavor, but even though that is the upfront flavor it is not hot like one would expect for 11.8 %, as it continues to ease over my taste buds the other flavors emerge vanilla first, then a touch of sarsaparilla, and finally on the very back of the tongue coffee candy that reminds me of loomis coffee candies in the gold wrapper my mother used to eat them when I was young.

Mouth feel: not much to say here this was very typical, smooth and creamy not the best mouth feel I have had but not the worst.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer, I still give higher rating to my all time favorite CBS, but this is def in the top 5 for me and worthy of seeking in the future, cheers fellow BA's

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:35:18 | More by soughtbygod
More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenjmoore
stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

A- Pours a very dark brown, settles into the glass with a near-black body and frothy, mocha-colored head. Some carbonation bubbles coast up the side of the glass and meet the head.

S- Roasted malts, barrel character including oak, bourbon, burnt sugar, toasted coconut, hint of cocoa.

T- Pretty similar to the nose, roasty malts and bourbon characteristics. More coconut, caramel and vanilla than I would have expected. Some lactose qualities with oak and booze coming through as well.

M- Full bodied, but a bit thinner than I would have expected. Carbonation is medium with a coating, sweet and boozy aftertaste.

O- I had high hopes for this one, but was somewhat disappointed. A very good beer, but not in the same class as BCBS, Parabola and others. The flavors do not some together quite as well as others and the flavor/aroma is somewhat less than I expected. Hoping the one I have cellared will turn out better.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 01:57:45 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of WillYellott
WillYellott

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-22-2014 01:14:20 | More by WillYellott
Photo of Elprico
Elprico

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-21-2014 21:37:27 | More by Elprico
Photo of kgncfl
kgncfl

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-21-2014 20:18:41 | More by kgncfl
Photo of jbear68
jbear68

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-21-2014 18:00:42 | More by jbear68
Photo of Ian_B
Ian_B

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -12.1%

07-21-2014 17:19:13 | More by Ian_B
Photo of Troville1990
Troville1990

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-21-2014 06:28:12 | More by Troville1990
Photo of Illmaticzx
Illmaticzx

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-21-2014 02:44:05 | More by Illmaticzx
Photo of Boozecamel
Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-20-2014 23:55:16 | More by Boozecamel
Photo of thatoneguymike
thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-20-2014 23:27:33 | More by thatoneguymike
Photo of lorenwhite7
lorenwhite7

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.1%

07-20-2014 15:59:00 | More by lorenwhite7
Photo of myuncle
myuncle

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-20-2014 10:28:08 | More by myuncle
Photo of Vinyl_on_Tap
Vinyl_on_Tap

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-20-2014 04:07:24 | More by Vinyl_on_Tap
Photo of mc4z
mc4z

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-20-2014 02:50:12 | More by mc4z
Photo of Theniz
Theniz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-19-2014 13:51:46 | More by Theniz
Photo of BarryMaKociner
BarryMaKociner

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-19-2014 03:49:34 | More by BarryMaKociner
Photo of zachpaschal
zachpaschal

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-19-2014 02:37:47 | More by zachpaschal
Photo of esktime
esktime

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-19-2014 01:49:27 | More by esktime
Photo of Smokesnotes
Smokesnotes

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-19-2014 00:37:12 | More by Smokesnotes
Photo of bluesfortheredsun
bluesfortheredsun

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-18-2014 23:17:37 | More by bluesfortheredsun
Photo of ScottRansom
ScottRansom

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-18-2014 21:47:18 | More by ScottRansom
Photo of Theortiz01
Theortiz01

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-18-2014 14:03:42 | More by Theortiz01
Photo of gspeicher
gspeicher

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-18-2014 13:43:53 | More by gspeicher
Photo of Deetz
Deetz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-18-2014 03:01:17 | More by Deetz
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,790 ratings.