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

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2,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,035
Gots: 740 | 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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Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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.

10-11-2013 04:11:56 | More by superspak
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-11-2013 02:17:34 | More by Eaglefan344
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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2013 20:53:46 | More by Thishops4u
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Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.6%

10-10-2013 20:47:35 | More by ChrisYager39
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2013 20:45:24 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%

'12 vintage

A- Pours black as night with a finger of tan head that recedes to a collar. Very little lacing, but it does leave nice alcohol legs when swirled.

S- The aroma explodes with bourbon, dark fruits, and oak. Sweet figs, dates, raisins, and prunes. Vanilla, grains, perhaps some sweet chocolate, and definitely a good bit of booze round out the nose.

T- This beer is both bold and subtle at the same time. Focused, yet complex. There's a lot of bourbon, and that makes it mellow, smooth, and boozy. Then there's plenty of the fig/date/raisin flavor. This is all complimented and rounded out with touches of vanilla, vinous flavor, oak, and a surprising bit of dry roastiness in the finish. Quite complex and delicious.

M- The mouthfeel is moderately thick, and very smooth/creamy thanks to the barrel. Lightly carbonated, and a good bit of warming booze.

O- This is a very nice representation of the BBA stout style, and I look forward to trying my other bottle with more age on it.

10-10-2013 05:08:33 | More by SadMachine
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2013 03:39:56 | More by schmidtmattsays
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Mattys21

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-08-2013 02:11:19 | More by ThreeFishes
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2013 02:51:12 | More by MWolverines66
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cdmillard

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-07-2013 01:01:53 | More by cdmillard
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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tsauce2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

10-05-2013 01:20:37 | More by tsauce2
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev 0%

A: As you might expect with the style and the name, this beer is black as night. A tiny, dark head manages to appear for a few seconds before subsiding into a faint and incomplete ring around the glass.

S: Mellow bourbon, roasted malts, perhaps a hint of chocolate. Aroma really isn't that potent, but it is certainly appealing.

T: Just hit the bourbon barrel stout jackpot. Front end hits with a mellow, but firm, bourbon punch. The flavors radiate over the palate as I get whiskey, woody notes, and vanilla. The stout flavors come in on the finish with darkly roasted malts and hints at bitter chocolate.

M: Not as viscous as I would like, but not thin by any means. Soft and silky. Only slight alcohol warming. The ABV is well hidden.

O: Simply outstanding. This is certainly a top tier BBA stout. Hopefully we'll see this again from Bell's sooner rather than later.

10-05-2013 01:17:03 | More by CMUbrew
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-04-2013 03:47:47 | More by Bryan
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-03-2013 02:56:22 | More by fdig23
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.