Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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2.95/5 rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. I was really excited to see what was in store for this beer.
A- It was a nice deep black typical of imperial stouts with crimson around the edge of the glass where the light was hitting it. I typically like my stouts a much deeper color though.
S- Sweet bourbon hits you right away. It smells really boozy. Then I get chocolate, roasted notes with some toffee.
T- At first it was too boozy. I let it warm up and It got better. It was smooth and a decent stout but nothing better than what is on the shelf
M- I would like a lot more thickness from this beer with a name like Black note
O- This is an overrated beer if I've ever seen one. Did not live up to the hype. KBS is 100 times better. I cannot stress enough that this beer is no better than another bourbon barrel aged stout on the shelf at your liquor store. I was really struggling to get any complexity's from it and there was no coffee flavor what so ever. Don't get me wrong this is a good beer but It's definitely is nothing special and I still can't believe what people will trade for this. Do yourself a favor and mix expedition and double cream yourself and add a little bourbon. You'll have the same thing.
Serving type: on-tap
04-19-2012 05:36:18 | More by chinchillin85
3.43/5 rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The aroma of this beer was overpowering from the second I opened it. It was like a fart aged on bourbon. The pour was beautiful, with a full, brown head. As expected, the beer was as dark as night.
As it opened, more aromas emerged. This one is an oak monster, which almost completely masks some of the more interesting notes, like hops and chocolate and fruits. Once it hits the tongue, there is an unexpected charred taste that throws this into complete disarray. This beer makes no sense to me. Neither the flavors nor the smells work together.
I wouldn't say it's unpleasant, but neither would I drink this again. There are too many well-crafted beers out there waiting for me.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 05:03:30 | More by DaveAnderson
3.5/5 rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Black pour; small mocha colored head that reduces to nothing.
Mollases, dark chocolate, charred oak, chocolate syrup in the nose. Slight medicinal/cherry quality.
Heavily charred/roasted espresso flavor. Low on malty sweetness. Bourbon finish; caramel, vanilla. Still not much sweetness.
Taste falls flat with a chalky/ashy roasted malt bitterness and not much else other than the barrel. Mouthfeel is basic.
Someone explain to me what is so amazing about this beer
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 17:15:07 | More by BearsOnAcid
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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