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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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2,930 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,040
Gots: 756 | 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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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scottwurst

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

01-28-2014 22:48:06 | More by scottwurst
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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2014 22:11:13 | More by HipHopsHooray
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ellswrth

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-28-2014 06:25:42 | More by ellswrth
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-27-2014 20:02:11 | More by musicman7070
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 03:36:19 | More by Houser
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-25-2014 22:23:06 | More by brother_kenneth
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charliebuckeye

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-25-2014 15:27:56 | More by charliebuckeye
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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Jpepe08

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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rickcrip76

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2014 19:15:38 | More by rickcrip76
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miffsudd

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-21-2014 01:30:19 | More by miffsudd
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Ohio

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01-20-2014 15:16:37 | More by ne0m00re
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lswilma

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-19-2014 23:35:48 | More by lswilma
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cgrz

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-19-2014 19:28:32 | More by cgrz
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Indiana

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California

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MarcWP

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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

2012 vintage poured into Firestone snifter.

Appearance is on par with other barrel aged stouts. Black, dark roasty almond colored tiny head. Leaves little lacing.

Aroma is fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, fig jam, bourbon, spice cake, and creamed coffee. I've got to say the aroma on this one of the best I've come upon in a barrel aged stout! So balanced between everything, thinking the year in the cellar helped take the bourbon back a notch.

On the palate there is a huge surge of coffee and fudge with the dark fruit taking a back seat. Bourbon throughout with coconut, vanilla, faint oak, and Brandy beans. If I had to describe the flavor I would have to say its like a not so boozy BCBS and Parabola had a baby. It's somewhere in between that spectrum but on a scaled down level. Just smooth.

The mouthfeel is where this suffers a bit. Not bad but maybe just a bit thin, with aftertaste disappearing rather quickly. The flavor screams viscous but the body thins out a little soon failing to support the formers gung-ho approach.

Overall a truely worldclass barrel aged stout. Quite smooth, very flavorful, surprisingly easy drinking for 12% abv, and very balanced between flavor nuances. I think I enjoyed this a bit more than Parabola but a little less than regular BCBS.

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.