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

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2,830 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,830
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 720 | 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: 2,830 | Reviews: 491 | Display Reviews Only:
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dkw0063

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

11-04-2013 16:43:41 | More by dkw0063
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-04-2013 16:04:17 | More by jklecko2
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -12.3%

11-04-2013 14:50:41 | More by AlexFields
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-04-2013 06:33:52 | More by StubFaceJoe
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-04-2013 05:05:54 | More by dotes_on_dipas
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottled (bottle date 12/28/12) into a snifter with a nice tan colored 2 in head that settled rather quick, left some nice lacing, color is pitch black

aroma - bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate

taste - coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon/booze in the finish , but seemed a bit weaker than I was expecting

mouthfeel - thick and creamy, low to medium carb

overall - amazing! wish i would have been able to try it fresh but was only able to secure one bottle back in January. Had to wait for the right moment, and a promotion seemed to be it!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:06:18 | More by maxcoinage
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-01-2013 18:29:44 | More by BobZ
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mrn1ceguy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-01-2013 17:50:51 | More by mrn1ceguy
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-01-2013 16:48:38 | More by sabitu
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -39.7%

11-01-2013 15:47:16 | More by Jakep2021
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Abbbp

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once again thanks for opening the cellar Bryan, the fact that we side by sided this with a KBS and an old Rasputin 17 was just awesome. But of the 3, sorry KBS and your #3 ranking, this Bell's is just flat out superior.

Poured into a snifter it darkens the cup, with lil to no head. It's aroma just reeks of an old bourbon warehouse, where the forgotten barrels have just soaked the bourbon for ages and the rest has been stolen as the angel's share. That and chocolate, big espresso, deep dark fruits all bring together a symphony for the nose.

The taste however is what really sets this ye old American Double apart- it isn't overwhelming. It's smooth, it's as though the fermentation of this fruit allows for delicious lambic carbonation to build giving it a drinkability like none other I've tried before.

Bravo bravo Bell's, you've done it. This not only lived up to the hype but far exceeded it. It's a damn shame that you're not in Texas, you leave me no choice to pillage other states and take their stock.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:32:05 | More by Abbbp
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (12/28/12) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color with good clarity that can be seen around the edges of the glass when held to a light, showing more brown highlights. A thin half finger of head forms briefly, fizzing away slowly over a minute or so to leave a thin tan collar of foam...no real lacing.

S - Even without putting my nose to the glass, I am hit with the aroma of this beer. Tons of sweet toffee/caramel and brown sugar notes. Lots of vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, roasted malt notes.

T - Notice dark fruits up front - rather pruney. Vanilla and brown sugar sweetness, a touch of burnt malt, dark roasted malts, hints of licorice. Bourbon...noticeable for sure, but well controlled - mild booziness, but in proper proportion - well done.

M - Medium body with a medium carbonation that seems just a touch to high for my preferences. Very mild boozy warmth, nice variety of sweet, mild roast, finishing with cool licorice.

O - Overall, a very good BA imperial stout. Very nice aroma filled with lots of bourbon complexity, plenty of sweet notes, mild booziness - lots of good stuff for a stout lover. Body is a bit thin for me and carbonation a bit high...too much life here for my preferences. Minor complaints. Glad to finally try this one...has been eluding me for a while. Excellent BA stout, but doesn't weigh in at the top of the scale for me...several others that outshine this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 23:05:00 | More by portia99
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-31-2013 03:36:26 | More by BeersAndBears
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parris

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

10-29-2013 20:40:18 | More by parris
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bccocx

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-29-2013 19:59:49 | More by bccocx
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken 10-24-13.

I went to Deagan's in Lakewood with my wife and some friends for Cleveland Beer Week. We got there as soon after 5 pm as we could because we heard that they were tapping this beer at 5.

The beer was brought to me in a snifter. I got a thin ring of rich brown head over a beer that was as black as night.

The smell was malt and dark fruit, with strong notes of chocolate and a good whiff of booze.

Roasty and malty made up the first impressions of flavor in this delicious beer. Milk chocolate soon turned up and made a good show through most of the rest of the tasting. Vanilla, wood and a hint of bourbon came in and finished it off beautifully.

This beer was smooth. It was almost Fonzie smooth. It felt like silk going down, and was the most enjoyable beer I had that evening.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 01:47:39 | More by CFHMagnet
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shand

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-27-2013 23:55:23 | More by shand
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

10-27-2013 23:00:17 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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huddyball

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-27-2013 00:03:31 | More by huddyball
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -12.3%

10-27-2013 00:01:04 | More by Jacob007
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dbrelsfo

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-26-2013 19:54:27 | More by dbrelsfo
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brian44556

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 17:33:48 | More by brian44556
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 05:03:10 | More by BradleyR
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Christopher0331

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 00:04:18 | More by Christopher0331
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-25-2013 21:19:48 | More by Stinger80OH
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.