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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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2,824 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,824
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,006
Gots: 719 | FT: 68
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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Ratings: 2,824 | Reviews: 490 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

06-30-2013 03:47:15 | More by rpstevens
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

02-05-2013 01:35:06 | More by chippo33
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MitchD14

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

07-13-2014 04:45:37 | More by MitchD14
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OrangeAmps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

06-27-2013 03:35:44 | More by OrangeAmps
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Arbitrator

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler supplied by eyebrews and generously shared at the Pliny the Younger release. Sampled from a tasting glass. From notes.

A: Pours motor oil black, opaque in the center but lightly translucent at the edges. I have no idea about the history of this growler, but it was taped well, opened with a hiss, and there were clearly bubbles (dark mocha) on the brew. Retention was short. Promising.

S: Pretty bourbon-forward. Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Anise and some booze.

T: Bourbon and chocolate are pretty evident. Anise, vanilla, molasses. The finish was hot and slightly harsh. I kept expecting more from the flavor; I picked up a lot of the barrel character, but not much of the Expedition or Cream Stout.

M: Silky, rich. Hard to criticize Bell's beers on mouthfeel, most of the time, but their barrel aging here leaves a lot to be desired: the beer is fairly hot and tannic.

D: I liked the beer, but I'm not convinced this is one of the top examples of the barrel-aged imperial stout "style." It's above-average, but nothing to give up the cellar for.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2010 07:56:24 | More by Arbitrator
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

07-30-2013 23:28:07 | More by sustyhops
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Gtreid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

03-20-2013 01:27:54 | More by Gtreid
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afksports

New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

01-08-2013 21:25:21 | More by afksports
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TheoV

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

07-07-2012 21:01:28 | More by TheoV
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

08-08-2012 16:34:16 | More by sliverX
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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