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

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2,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,040
Gots: 753 | FT: 70
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: 2,929 | Reviews: 493 | Display Reviews Only:
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amishbooze

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-20-2014 02:08:43 | More by amishbooze
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Ksource

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-30-2014 20:32:00 | More by Ksource
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-20-2013 18:13:08 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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MastaShonuf

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-02-2014 00:05:50 | More by MastaShonuf
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-10-2013 16:15:34 | More by JohnnyMc
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

05-16-2013 14:35:28 | More by Benjiehorn
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-26-2014 20:08:29 | More by captainbearcat
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JVB

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-30-2014 18:37:54 | More by JVB
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wintbs379

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-18-2012 01:50:00 | More by wintbs379
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-29-2014 18:14:49 | More by JohnSnowNW
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fhyden

Florida

4/5  rDev -12.3%

02-21-2013 21:40:42 | More by fhyden
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Rupert50

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-11-2012 17:18:54 | More by Rupert50
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-28-2014 16:56:38 | More by bleedsblu
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readbaron

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-18-2013 19:08:59 | More by readbaron
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-22-2014 01:21:15 | More by hopley
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dolfan54fl

Florida

4/5  rDev -12.3%

02-17-2012 15:50:54 | More by dolfan54fl
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-14-2011 15:12:14 | More by sbricker
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THATGUY_BIGMIKE

Florida

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-24-2013 18:42:58 | More by THATGUY_BIGMIKE
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davewilson

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.3%

01-11-2012 19:24:50 | More by davewilson
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.3%

01-09-2013 04:44:10 | More by jjheinrichs
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BobCobb

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-31-2012 03:12:19 | More by BobCobb
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MEW

Colorado

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-24-2013 00:51:53 | More by MEW
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Florida9

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -12.1%

A: Black in color. Forms a small mocha colored head that doesn't bother to stick around for long, receding fairly quickly to not even a hint of surface coating, leaving only a glossy, black liquid in the glass. Only a speck or two of lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet and boozy; a mix of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, fig, and a very slight mintyness.

T: Taste is sweet and chocolatey, with a bourbon kick. Actually this is the most chocolatey bourbon barrel aged stout I've ever come across. Flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, raisin, plum, anise, and milk chocolate. A mix of alcohol and brown sugar sweetness on the finish

M: Very smooth, almost velvety, with a lower carbonation level. A bit boozy, but still a fairly mellow beer.

O: This beer reminded me of some sort of nouveau bourbon-infused chocolate dessert. Sweet and chocolatey with a pleasant bourbon quality to round it out. Would make a nice dessert, but its not exactly what I'm looking for in a beer.

02-23-2013 02:08:51 | More by Florida9
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -11.6%

On tap at Porter Beer Bar, re-reviewed from a 2012 12oz bottle

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of off white head. Retention is decent.

S: Strong bourbon upfront, I get dark chocolate, caramel, and licorice behind. Dark fruit in the background adds to the complexity. The aromas mix very well together.

T: Again, strong bourbon and caramel upfront, this time there is more coffee and roast to balance. I get a bit of lactose sweetness to give a bit more sweetness. I also get quite a bit of dark chocolate, intensifying as the beer warms. The beer always stays on the roasty/coffee side, but is very well balanced.

M: A bit on the thin side for the style with low carbonation. Definitely the worst part of this beer, but not terrible.

O: With a bit thicker mouthfeel, this would be significantly better. It still balances roast, bourbon, and chocolate extremely well, better than just about any other barrel aged stout that I've had.

10-26-2012 00:34:08 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -11.6%

On tap at the bell's takeover at bx beer depot in lake worth, florida.

Glad i got to bx early for this event and got a seat right up at the bar. 2 9oz pours of this barrel aged imperial stout.

Poured out the usual motor oil color of dark black with a fairly good amount of head on it. The smell was overwhelmingly of bourbon, i guess that is what you get when you age a beer for 18 months in the barrel! Taste was less bourbony than the smell, was very enjoyable drink. Mouthfeel was a little thin on this one, again because i hold every RIS up to the zhukov standard of thick and chewy!

Glad to experience this on draft, i would by no means pay what people are paying on ebay for a bottle of this, good buy not life changing

JasonD

02-17-2012 17:04:24 | More by calcio360jrd
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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