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

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2,728 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,998
Gots: 699 | 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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Ratings: 2,728 | Reviews: 487 | Display Reviews Only:
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bonSreeB

Alabama

4/5  rDev -12.1%

02-19-2013 01:52:42 | More by bonSreeB
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-19-2013 01:12:37 | More by Photekut
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BKArmstrong

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-19-2013 00:47:57 | More by BKArmstrong
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brav23

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-18-2013 17:11:16 | More by brav23
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 15:47:21 | More by DNICE555
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-18-2013 14:00:24 | More by Travcofarms
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-18-2013 13:36:46 | More by Danielr26
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-18-2013 03:30:18 | More by ldhughes3
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Jimbo33

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-18-2013 03:03:35 | More by Jimbo33
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -12.1%

02-18-2013 02:52:23 | More by EgadBananas
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GarretD

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-18-2013 02:20:26 | More by GarretD
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 00:33:28 | More by Hermthegerm
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HALB

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 22:21:21 | More by HALB
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DogfishJoe

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 22:19:37 | More by DogfishJoe
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yokken

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 20:24:17 | More by yokken
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 18:47:34 | More by Sparger
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-17-2013 17:12:57 | More by FalconA
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-17-2013 06:58:27 | More by nickapalooza86
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sleuthdog

Illinois

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

This bottle thanks to genuinedisciple
12 oz bottle poured into Kuhnhenn tulip
Bottled on 12/28/12

Pour: Jet black with a very minimal tan head that dissipated almost instantly. Looks like your run of the mill big bourbon stout. No lacing but alcohol legs are visible.

Smell: Bourbon, char, oak, vanilla, some chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruits but its all about the bourbon with this one.

Taste: This is a big sweet, huge bourbon forward beer. There is oak and barrel notes throughout the entire taste profile. Vanilla and roast and I'm getting an earthy type character. Chocolate and faint coffee noted as well.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium and not like the other big bourbon aged stouts I have had being a bit thinner. It does coat the palate with it's sweet bourbon goodness and is creamy and silky.

Overall: A very good beer and of obvious high quality. Is it the best BA stout I have had, no but a damn fine beer. Not a beer to empty your cellar over or jump through hoops to get but if it is within reach, don't hesitate to grab it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:28:22 | More by sleuthdog
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silverking

Florida

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

I felt compelled to try this when I saw it, so here it goes. It pours jet black with a thin mocha head. Lacing is nice enough. I gives forth sweet aromas of dark roasted malt, charred oak, licorice, cocoa, and dark fruits(cherry in particular). The taste is extraordinary. Now for the taste. Smooth vanilla fades softly into a smokey, woodsy dark chocolate flavor. Subtle hints of Plum, cherry, and licorice appear throughout. The finish shows strong notes of espresso. there is a slight warming alcohol note at the end as well, but it's gentle and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It coats the mouth and lingers on the palate. Overall, great. The alcohol is well hidden among the jungle of aromas and flavors. Buy some if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:48:39 | More by silverking
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 00:11:08 | More by ChrisKayler
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Davit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-16-2013 20:37:50 | More by Davit
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head Specialty glass / snifter
A: Thick and dark, this beer allowed no dark to shine through. Not much of a head however of what was there the color was a dark brown; it vanished to the sides quickly. Some great lacing followed.
S: Amazing aroma of dried fruit, dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon / oaky, a lot of raisin, hints of a floral aroma came through, along with some spice.

T: Sweet raisins, hints of Carmel, followed by a lot of dark fruit dipped in rich dark chocolate. a nice thick to medium body with a sweet mocha finish. Not too much bourbon present in the initial taste, but it became prominent in the after taste. Almost like a great cookie with the roasted malt, chocolate and hint of vanilla. Some dryness crept in toward the finish, but the sweetness won out. Some heat from the alcohol developed in the finish and aftertaste.

O: A great beer, I expected more bourbon, but it was a very dynamic stout with a great flavor profile. The appearance made me have my doubts but the aroma and taste won me back immediately. It only got better as it warmed. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 11:22:24 | More by AlMarzo
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MrVonzipper

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2013 09:37:37 | More by MrVonzipper
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-16-2013 01:14:40 | More by BillHilly
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,728 ratings.