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

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Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout

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BA SCORE
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2,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,829
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,008
Gots: 720 | 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)
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chinchillin85


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
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catboy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -34.2%

04-19-2014 04:08:29 | More by catboy
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adamdarcy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.2%

07-09-2013 06:36:54 | More by adamdarcy
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Danimal25

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

04-30-2014 02:37:15 | More by Danimal25
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chefkevlar

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -34.2%

02-29-2012 03:08:09 | More by chefkevlar
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BobSmooth

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

02-28-2013 03:31:26 | More by BobSmooth
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shufon

New York

3/5  rDev -34.2%

04-15-2012 19:59:35 | More by shufon
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paslaugh

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

04-01-2012 05:36:33 | More by paslaugh
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Azrael


3/5  rDev -34.2%

02-12-2013 05:11:17 | More by Azrael
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

01-31-2013 23:14:31 | More by CityofBals
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TheGoof

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.2%

06-14-2013 14:54:07 | More by TheGoof
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moshea

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.2%

06-09-2014 23:35:12 | More by moshea
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -34.2%

02-03-2014 02:08:30 | More by hikeeba
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

02-20-2013 17:47:02 | More by PHBoiler
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -34.2%

07-23-2013 04:16:59 | More by Beerlover
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

01-13-2013 01:38:06 | More by AleWatcher
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

09-23-2013 15:12:04 | More by ToddThompson
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

02-07-2013 17:12:26 | More by harpus
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

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
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

08-19-2013 14:01:55 | More by earlholman
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cmdmzmjm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

05-16-2013 02:03:41 | More by cmdmzmjm
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Beercanman1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

02-22-2014 10:06:01 | More by Beercanman1
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

07-13-2014 02:58:44 | More by Faroveryonder
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JonNunes

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

02-02-2013 08:27:18 | More by JonNunes
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

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.
100 out of 100 based on 2,829 ratings.