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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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BA SCORE
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2,905 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,035
Gots: 738 | 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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hopslam11

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-05-2013 12:33:25 | More by hopslam11
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baerb69

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-04-2013 17:26:07 | More by baerb69
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-04-2013 00:38:16 | More by SpongeRuiner
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AZBeerDude

Arizona

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-02-2013 20:19:33 | More by AZBeerDude
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soughtbygod

California

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%

About to try my first black note: 2012 poured from a 12oz bottle,

I am a huge fan of BBA stouts, I have had CBS, CW BBA stout, KBS, Class X kern River, BCBS, Parabola etc, some live up to the hype and others fall flat, I am about to test drive Bells Black note:

Appearance: Opaque black no like gets through as you pour it almost no head forms and the head that does form is dark dark tan with fine bubbles.

Smell: Wow interesting, this has dark plum, raisins, black licorice, the bourbon is there but very muted and hidden, I also get almost a sweet coffee on the nose.

Taste: The taste is very good this is definitely a top 5 for me, the hidden bourbon is no longer hidden that is the first upfront flavor, but even though that is the upfront flavor it is not hot like one would expect for 11.8 %, as it continues to ease over my taste buds the other flavors emerge vanilla first, then a touch of sarsaparilla, and finally on the very back of the tongue coffee candy that reminds me of loomis coffee candies in the gold wrapper my mother used to eat them when I was young.

Mouth feel: not much to say here this was very typical, smooth and creamy not the best mouth feel I have had but not the worst.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer, I still give higher rating to my all time favorite CBS, but this is def in the top 5 for me and worthy of seeking in the future, cheers fellow BA's

09-02-2013 19:35:18 | More by soughtbygod
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +2.9%

a thick black pour with less than a finger of tan head. lots of bourbon / vanilla in the aroma, pecans, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa. wow - this is a deliciously sweet yet dark stout. reminds me of peruvian morning with its nutty sweet pecan/brown sugar flavor overtopping everything.. the bourbon barrel taste is there but blends ver nicely with the chocolate/coffee/sweet notes of this that it doesn't become overwhelming like a lot of BBA stouts tend to do. this is everything i want to taste in an imperial stout. medium to full body with low carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel. the alcohol is present, but is not overpowering.. it's masked fairly well. honestly, this drinks way too easily.

one of the best stouts i've ever had by far. for those looking for a subtle roast, subtle sweetness, lots of chocolate and coffee taste - this is the one to go for.

09-02-2013 16:15:59 | More by facundoCNB
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CDubbs75

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-02-2013 01:29:18 | More by CDubbs75
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Dhamma73

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-01-2013 18:51:46 | More by Dhamma73
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-01-2013 02:43:52 | More by tobelerone
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texasdrugaddict

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-31-2013 03:41:03 | More by texasdrugaddict
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SgtDel

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-30-2013 22:31:26 | More by SgtDel
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-30-2013 21:53:59 | More by Shmeal
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woodchip

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-30-2013 14:29:55 | More by woodchip
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draheim

Washington

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%

12oz bottle (bottled 12/28/2012 - thanks again Hoptologist!) into a snifter. Pours oily black w/ a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a narrow collar. I know it's not supposed to matter with big stouts like this, but I still like to see a little head+retention.

Aroma is big powerful bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, rum-soaked tobacco, toffee/molasses, and caramelized dark fruit. Fresh-baked sticky buns. Smells phenomenal.

Taste follows nose. Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dried figs/dates, vanilla, caramel, and more bourbon. Nice boozy heat warms the throat. Everything very nicely balanced, maybe just a touch sweeter than I like my BA stouts.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, a little syrupy.

Overall, a solid barrel aged stout, in the same league as Parabola and KBS and better than BCBS. I'd buy this every year if I could.

08-28-2013 20:42:51 | More by draheim
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tommy5

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2013 17:21:34 | More by tommy5
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-28-2013 04:27:49 | More by Pinche_Oso
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2013 00:50:17 | More by standardcherry
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polopaul20

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-27-2013 19:30:32 | More by polopaul20
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-27-2013 08:38:25 | More by Jspriest
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douginromeo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-26-2013 13:36:23 | More by douginromeo
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Rish907

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-25-2013 20:58:45 | More by Rish907
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Kaveman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-25-2013 20:42:33 | More by Kaveman
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VACraftBeerLover

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-25-2013 20:30:06 | More by VACraftBeerLover
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rmorris17

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-24-2013 22:53:34 | More by rmorris17
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waston

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-24-2013 18:10:25 | More by waston
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.