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

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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 719 | FT: 68
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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: 2,827 | Reviews: 490 | Display Reviews Only:
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Rons35

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2013 00:29:43 | More by Rons35
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jemarent

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-24-2013 22:50:22 | More by jemarent
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

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

Wow. Just Wow. Was excited to see this on tap at Thirsty Monk in Asheville, so I drove over hoping the keg would still be dispensing this delicious nectar.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown cap of foam. Smells of sweet oak, whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, and oak tannins.

Taste is marvelous. The seamless meld of imperial stout and whiskey barrel could not have been more perfect. The taste follows suit with the nose, with the mouthfeel being rich, thick, and chewy. The carbonation is just enough, but not overdone.

An outstandingBA stout, damn near perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 22:07:42 | More by taylor714914
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rbrefbeerman

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-24-2013 21:45:42 | More by rbrefbeerman
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-24-2013 21:44:53 | More by Netdigger2
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-24-2013 20:01:01 | More by BEERschlitz
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sorvats

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

10-21-2013 21:41:22 | More by sorvats
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shawnp

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-21-2013 01:12:23 | More by shawnp
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-21-2013 00:43:27 | More by FeelinSurley
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-20-2013 23:07:57 | More by SlightlyGrey
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-19-2013 21:28:08 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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matto4444

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-17-2013 17:32:34 | More by matto4444
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akukucka

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-17-2013 03:15:46 | More by akukucka
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-17-2013 01:29:18 | More by Atomicskis5
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jaylib

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 22:59:33 | More by jaylib
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 22:38:01 | More by waddellc2
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Jonnyhiggs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 13:20:37 | More by Jonnyhiggs
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 05:13:49 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 01:10:45 | More by CaptainQ
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-15-2013 18:25:41 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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hAle2theWort

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-15-2013 13:37:39 | More by hAle2theWort
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drrone

Utah

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-14-2013 16:24:51 | More by drrone
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

10-13-2013 15:46:44 | More by DaveJanssen
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-11-2013 21:54:14 | More by GetTheYayo
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/28/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, raisin, licorice, light coffee, cream, light char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light coffee, cream, raisin, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, clove, light coffee, cream, raisin, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors with very balanced barrel complexity; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors with barrel character; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:11:56 | More by superspak
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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