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

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Ratings: 3,517
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,379
Gots: 895 | FT: 86
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 06-16-2007

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.
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Ratings: 3,517 | Reviews: 539
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2014 Bottle
Pour had a thickness to it, brown in color, pours into a dark brpwn with a small dark tan head that built up then dissipated shortly after to minimal remnants
Vanilla, bourbon, fruity deep sweet, alcohol, hints at dark fruit
Taste is incredible wow didn't know what 100 meant but ok ok I see now. Just everything good is there in the taste. Vanilla, molasses, bourbon, warming booziness, caramel, tootsie roll, spicy warmth that builds and has a perfect close to a dry finish. Dark malts, chocolate, has a nice bitter element, sweet.
Mouthfeel is very smooth yet kinda sticky with great finish, can carry the weight of this one
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With all the hype this beer gets I was thrilled to score a couple in trade at DLD. Must say I think it is a bit over hyped. Certainly a very good and maybe even great beer, but I found the mouth feel a bit thin and the overall taste a bit short. Very dark pour with nice lacing once the small head faded. Bourbon and vanilla smells dominate. Nice flavors but again, rather thin with little to no coating of the tongue and mouth. I like my stouts to stay with me a bit and this did not. Very good but I think the scarcity has the overall perception over hyped a bit.

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Mouth feel is great. Taste had all the usual bourbony vanilla and caramel I expect. All around a good beer that was slightly disappointing. Looking forward to having this again in a year or so.

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Pitch black with minimal coffee colored head. Carbonation is retained around the edges for the life of the drink.

Scents of leather, black licorice, chocolate, espresso.

Great flavor. Robust coffee, licorice, light soy. Earthy leather and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I could have hoped for. Thick, but not viscous. Smooth. Low carbonation.

A great beer, no doubt, but considering the hype and lengths one must go through to get it, it disappointed.

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