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

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Ratings: 3,138
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,111
Gots: 792 | FT: 75
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JimmyFlatRock, Oct 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

waddellc2, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

bostonryan, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - thin line of head, mostly opaque, very dark brown, good lacing.
S - caramel, molasses, bourbon, chocolate. Alluring indeed!
T - well balance bourbon flavor-the aging was perfect on this beer, molasses, chocolate. Really well done in the bottle. Even better than tap in my opinion.
M - perfect carbonation, perfect body - slightly lighter body for an imperial stout.
O - overall I've found this to be a notch above the draft version, so polished and well done. So glad these are released in 12 oz bottles for distribution.

josephwa, Aug 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jplopez21, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

CoolEthan, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

DerekMorgan, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photekut, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Keith_R, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with an extremely small dark tan head which vanishes quickly, leaving spotty lacing. The aroma has bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and coconut.

The taste is a real treat. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, coconut, and dark roasted malt. Sweet without being too sweet. The alcohol is noticeable, but is not hot. In fact it is just right.

Full bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and silky to drink. As I mentioned, the alcohol is noticeable, but there is no alcohol burn to the taste. Just a tremendous beer. No wonder it is so highly sought after.

hardy008, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ystazi, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

avisong, Apr 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Danny1217, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

tbone1384, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BeerBucks, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and beautiful, there was a layer of brown froth at the top. Very thick in appearance and feel it was viscous and smooth on the tongue.

All the vanilla and coconut one can handle, the scent was as smooth as the feel. Very elegant in the nose, the scent is creamy and pronounced.

The taste is as smooth and creamy as the nose would intimate. Barrel oakey flavor mixed with strong vanilla tones, there's a coconut flavor near the end. Slight hints of chocolate/caramel brownie finish it off. As good as any taste I've had in a stout.

Overall I find this the closest to BCBS, which ranks as tops with me!

KYGunner, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

nlmartin, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

campfirebrew, May 31, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thebigredone, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

bennetj17, Jun 01, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@stlhops 5th anniversary PaRtY

poured dark thick black, little dark cocoa head. very viscous looking.

some chocolate, light vanilla, and light roasted malt. the BA was there but lighter than i was expecting.

similar to nose, a bit like a BA expedition or expedition blended with double cream, but all 3? i guess... i thought this was tame, it was good but lacked a deep complexity. the BA was soft and subtle. the chocolate and coffee were faint. did not really pick up any oak.

thick, creamy, and chewy. great mouthfeel. no heat at all.

it was good but not worth the effort to seek out.

hooliganlife, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

DoctorB2B, Mar 05, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A: Black and deep, practically no head whatsoever

S: Strong! You can smell this one from far away. Roasty malt, espresso, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

T: More of the nose. Rich espresso, bourbon, roasty malt, chocolate and vanilla from the oak. Bitterness is present but in the background. Lots of flavor, very well balanced

M: Pretty thick, very smooth

O: One of the better barrel aged stouts I've had. Better than KBS, not as good as BCBS.

anteater, Jan 12, 2014
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.