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

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2,932 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,040
Gots: 755 | FT: 69
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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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decadance

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -7.5%

Review 50.

A - Black as night...blah blah. But it is a good inch head on a 10oz pour.

S - Bourbon...and hot. Smells of sweet woods, and alcohol. not to be shocked at the ABV.

T - Its a smoother Expo stout. But nothing like expo stout. Leather and mahogany, following by some burnt sugar and bourbon. Slightly burning.

M - Double Cream shines here. It is very much a filling mouth feel. Hot though, ABV is present.

O - Not the best BA stout I have had. That is still BCS rare. But, this is up there, and unique because of the mouth feel. Not as complex in the noise or taste however.

09-19-2011 01:21:12 | More by decadance
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%

12/28/12 on bottle
A- This beer pours an inky black thick body with a deep tan head that covers ½ of the glass before fading to a thick ring.

S- The aroma during the pour is a rich black malt with full barrel oak aroma and some buttery graham cracker malt and molasses make up the finish.

T- The full roasted barley flavor is rich but mellow with a big leathery oak flavor to follow and a blend of paper straws and deep chocolate nougat finishing with a sherry hint. The chocolate malt lingers after each sip. There is also a chalky quality in the finish which is pleasant.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a nice alcohol warmth but very little carbonation in the mouthfeel.

O- This is a nice full flavored stout with big barrel character and it stayed very mellow in the malt bitterness and had some nice chocolate malt flavors which I thought started to get covered by the big oak character.

04-23-2013 14:53:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Wow, thanks Bells for bringing this to the Milwaukee Brewfest, what an awesome surprise. Definitely the best beer at the event.

Nose dominated by warm bourbon and chocolate notes.

Taste also begins with warm bourbon, followed by a smooth chocolate rosat, and finishes with more bourbon. Delicious, but I would have preferred the stout to have a slightly stronger presence, as I feel it was largely overshawdowed by the bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel was fairly creamy, but could have been more so.

Overall, an excellent offering from Bells. I would really be interested in trying a BA version of Expedition Stout and seeing if that might be preferable to the Expedition/Cream Stout blend.

07-29-2012 19:16:50 | More by thebigredone
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

07-22-2014 01:57:45 | More by stephenjmoore
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Schlafly33

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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