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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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2,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,998
Gots: 697 | FT: 65
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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JulianB

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2013 22:27:54 | More by JulianB
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2013 20:36:04 | More by williamjbauer
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greghochsprung

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2013 20:07:45 | More by greghochsprung
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EliRix

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2013 18:18:18 | More by EliRix
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks akuyper sending this in a trade. Served in a pint glass.

A - pours a solid black with about an half an inch of light coffee colored head

S - right up front there is a boozy smell showing the alcohol but gives way to a mixture of chocolate, coffee smell with a little vanilla and very little roastiness. Kind of a sweet smell once you get past the bourbon scent

T - the taste of this beer is amazing. Right off the bat was the bourbon but that faded quickly as the chocolate came through. Pretty rich taste without it being sweet. Notes of caramel and vanilla mixed in with a malty, roasty quality to it.

M - the feel of this stout lingers and leaves with a rich, creamy taste. Very smooth going down. I didn't pick up any carbonation.

O - this is a really good stout. Its no wonder I've heard so much about it. There are a lot of stouts out there that really give you a shot of bourbon or booze that tends to take center stage in front of the other qualities. I was a little concerned that this one would follow suit but it was a pleasant surprise as to how much chocolate came through without it being too sweet. Very easy to drink and very well balanced. This one is definitely worth seeking out. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 11:40:08 | More by nootch23
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from jaheussner (thank you!). Bottled 12/28/12. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours oil black with a thin quarter finger cap of mocha head. A few dots and veins of lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and roasty malts. Very inviting.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Smooth, sweet boubon, oaky vanilla, dark chocolate, creamed coffee, dates/figs, leather and syrup. Booze is near non-existent. Phenominal depth and balance.

Smooth, creamy, medium heavy body yet lighter than expected. Nice light carbonation. The elixir coats the tongue and lingers for a long bourbon soaked, chocolate covered dates aftertaste.

Outstanding. I'm a fan of Bell's stouts and this is by far my favorite. Wonderful balance between the roasty, chocolatey malts and sweet barrel character. After getting shut out of all of the local stores supply, I'm very happy to have gotten to try this. Definately worth seeking out to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:52:36 | More by ThickNStout
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-21-2013 22:08:12 | More by auggie
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-21-2013 18:06:06 | More by aslamm75
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Black Note

Glad I finally get the chance to try this beer. Split a bottle amongst friends at my favorite bottle shop. Served lightly chilled.

A) Definitely black on the pour. There was not much had generated, maybe a half finger. It was dark tan in color, and settled quickly to a collar.

S) Needed to warm up a bit, but once it did the aroma really opened up, and was very pleasant. There is vanilla, bourbon, bit of roast, it's definitely got some of that oak barrel woody aroma to it. There's some chocolate too. The chocolate was more noticeable at near room temp.

T) Follows the nose nicely. Pleasantly chocolatey, vanilla sweetness, light roast, oak barrel, and bourbon. The 11.5 ABV is well hidden. The quality of this stout's aroma and taste is reminiscent of BCBS.

M) Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is very smooth, very supple, very soft, very easy to drink. No alcohol burn. Nice aftertaste.

O) Ranks right up there with any other barrel aged stout I have had the pleasure to drink. I certainly wish I could get a hold of a few more bottles. Glad to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:04:20 | More by RoamingGnome
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-20-2013 22:36:26 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-20-2013 19:38:57 | More by tom10101
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MichiganHammer

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-20-2013 15:44:00 | More by MichiganHammer
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chubby2u

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2013 15:26:48 | More by chubby2u
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.1%

03-20-2013 12:25:47 | More by DerrickW
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mrzazz

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2013 11:41:40 | More by mrzazz
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Gtreid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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arcook11

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-19-2013 04:18:43 | More by arcook11
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade with t4haughton.. thanks dude!

A- Pours a deep brown pour, once it's in the glass it's jet black and opaque. The head is mocha brown, modest and about 1/2" and reduces after about 30 seconds to a brown ring.

S- The aroma is amazing - It's vanilla-bourbon forward, the best way I can describe it is a freshly made Belgian waffle with french vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. There's also coffee and chocolate mixed in there. Dialed in some dark fruits on a whiff, but they're chilling way back there. Extremely inviting, my mouth is watering.

T- Milk chocolate bourbon vanilla, caramel upfront, progresses into a more bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The finish is just what I like in a BB stout - it's roasty and delicious. The alcohol is subtle for 11.5 ABV.

M- Medium-heavy body, not quite as heavy as BCBS but creamy and silky. Low carbonation.

I can see why this beer ranks so high.. it's complex and flavorful. Definitely one of the more bourbon forward BA stouts that I've tried. Try it if you like this style!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:43:35 | More by gcamparone
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, basically opaque. A half-finger medium brown head forms, and there is no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla (from the oak?), leather & tobacco. Overall impression is that of moderate sweetness.

T: Follows the nose exactly. Maybe more pronounced cacao and coffee mixed with the chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Hang is sweet, with lingering bourbon and oak.

M: Thick body, almost chewy, sticky. Moderate alcohol for style, low carbonation sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel. I would give it a 6 here if I could.

O: Awesome. This lives up to every bit of its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 20:54:39 | More by macrosmatic
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.9%

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roywilliams

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-18-2013 17:52:03 | More by roywilliams
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,724 ratings.