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

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3,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,021
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,075
Gots: 782 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

avisong, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Keith_R, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

wethorseblanket, Sep 06, 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%

BeerHunter76, Aug 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mychalg9, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

waddellc2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

22Blue, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JimmyFlatRock, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

CTJman, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of jacewg
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep jet black with a two finger mocha head that settles to a small ring. Spotty lacing.

Nose: Lots of bourbon character. Oak and vanilla. Caramelized sugars with molasses. On top of chocolate, roast, espresso, and dark fruit.

Flavor: Opens with dark chocolate and espresso and moves quickly into vanilla, oak, and lots of dark sugars. For how big it is, this beer actually dries out quite a bit on the finish which aids drinkability immensely and brings forth slightly vinous dark fruit notes. There's also a decent amount of bitterness coming from seemingly both the hops and the roast. Sweetness builds mid palate but dries out quickly. Impressive combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and creamy. Finishes dry with a bit of acidity. Long finish with notes of roast, chocolate, and hints of acidity.

Overall: In the course of my beer drinking days Bourbon Barrel Stout has shifted from being one of my favorite styles to one of my least favorite. That doesn't detract anything from this beer. Outstanding and well-constructed.

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ystazi, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of jvillefan
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: jet black with a very minimal mocha colored head.

S: A mixture of bourbon with chocolate is dominate in the aroma of this beer. Roasted malt come through in the background of this beer.

T: A nicely blended well balanced mixture of roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon. Very rich and intense flavors.

M: It is very think and heavy with the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer.

O: Amazing stout. Well worth trading for.

jvillefan, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

bostonryan, Mar 31, 2013
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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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

khargro2, Jul 10, 2014
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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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4.23/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

shand, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Kirk, Jun 20, 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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4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a thick black pour with less than a finger of tan head. lots of bourbon / vanilla in the aroma, pecans, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa. wow - this is a deliciously sweet yet dark stout. reminds me of peruvian morning with its nutty sweet pecan/brown sugar flavor overtopping everything.. the bourbon barrel taste is there but blends ver nicely with the chocolate/coffee/sweet notes of this that it doesn't become overwhelming like a lot of BBA stouts tend to do. this is everything i want to taste in an imperial stout. medium to full body with low carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel. the alcohol is present, but is not overpowering.. it's masked fairly well. honestly, this drinks way too easily.

one of the best stouts i've ever had by far. for those looking for a subtle roast, subtle sweetness, lots of chocolate and coffee taste - this is the one to go for.

facundoCNB, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,021 ratings.