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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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world-class

2,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 2,011
Gots: 711 | FT: 69
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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4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. 2013 edition poured into a wine glass. Thank you kindly to yamar68 for the share!

A pitch black body, a fat khaki head that recedes quickly and leaves a nice round circle around the glass.

Smell is of watery bourbon, like the stuff i want to drink straight. Stiff & bold - Huge chocolate, cream, oak, and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is of rich chocolate, bourbon, oak, cookies & cream, coffee, and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, rich, and boozy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a perfect bourbon barrel aged beer. The perfect blend of fantastic bell's beers with the proper treatment. World class!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:17:57 | More by mnphish
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Belgium

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee up front followed by smooth vanilla, toffee, oak, and bourbon.

T: roasted malts with creamy dark chocolate and coffee. Oak, toffee, and bourbon bring up a roasted and sweet finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little more carbonated than most examples of the style.

O: a delicious and wonderful beer !

Serving type: bottle

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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2013 04:24:02 | More by nmann08
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Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 release 12 oz bottle

a: black as night. Thin mocha colored head which recedes quickly. no lacing to speak of.

s: Bourbon presence but not overbearingly so. licorice, slight chocolate.

t: chocolate, coffee, vanilla filtered through a bourbon lense.

m: smooth, creamy. low to medium carbonation.

o: A very nice, well balanced BBA stout. The bourbon here is not in your face like other BBA stouts where it's all about the bourbon kicking ass and taking names later. It's there but it seems a bit bashful at times - almost a boubon tease it is. And I want to get teased again and again and again...

Serving type: bottle

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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. 12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: Pours a dense black with a half finger of medium brown head, which recedes quickly to a ring. Very good retention but no lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, a touch of roastiness.

T: Bourbon is very prominent, with some drying oak, with subtle cocoa on a long finish. Tasty but not as much complexity as you might like.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: Pretty solid BA stout, and quite drinkable. But it's a notch below the other top-tier BA stouts like BCBS and KBS, and more on par with CW BBS.

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-07-2013 14:26:28 | More by bunique686
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Washington

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the trade Jim!!!

A: Black body with very little head

S: wow. Huge vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, some hops, coffee, chocolate,
5 stars here.

T: ok so not as good as it smells - still great. more bourbon notes over vanilla and oak than in the nose. alcohol heat is definitely there. I pick up brown sugar, caramel, coffee, chocolate, but not much dark fruit as in the nose.

M: It's syrupy alright but it's not the thickest stout I had or anything like that. as mentioned alcohol heat is there (dry).

O: Another excellent BA stout. Nothing crazy or anything but great BA stout. I love the fact that it comes in 12oz bottle now.

Serving type: bottle

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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 / 12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a ring.

S - bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and a smoked/roasted scent.

T - whoa, this is very tasty. Delicious blend of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and the bourbon warming things up a bit.

F - full bodied with a smooth feel, easy to keep sipping until it's gone.

O - excellent example of a barrel-aged version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,790 ratings.