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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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2,725 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,999
Gots: 698 | 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: 2,725 | Reviews: 487 | Display Reviews Only:
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alex021224

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-01-2013 14:37:05 | More by alex021224
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-01-2013 07:08:39 | More by Hugonaut13
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crewfan16

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz 2012 bottle into a central waters snifter.

a- looks like a barrel aged stout should. pitch black with no light shining through. dark khaki foam rises and falls quickly leaving just a light tan ring around the outside of the glass.

s- bourbon notes are the first thing that hits me, but lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak, slight dark fruit. smells complex and delicous

t- obvious bourbon and barrel notes. lots of chocolate sweetness, but not cloyingly so. roasted malt and dark fruit similar to the nose. a bit of booze at the end, but not overly harsh. nice complex flavor profile

m- nice viscocity, but not overly thick like some of the other big barrel aged stouts. nice lingering flavors with just a bit of boozy tingle.

overall a very nice beer once again from bells. im not willing to put it above some of the other heavy hitters like bcbs, but it is well above average. im glad I have a couple to cellar for a year or two and see how this beer changes and mellows a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:54:34 | More by crewfan16
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bozodogbreath

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 12/28/12 into a Bell's snifter.

A: A deep black stout with a mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly. An impenetrable black to the edges of the glass.

S: Vanilla, bourbon/bourbon cask, dark dried fruits, a slight alcohol burn to the back of the nose.

T: Sweet, very sweet, maybe too sweet. Bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate. The vanilla sweetness is out of balance with the bourbon notes, dried fruit and chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. Soft and creamy, but leans towards the thinner side.

O: A very enjoyable BA imperial stout. Worthy of the pursuit.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:33:21 | More by bozodogbreath
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dctriman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-01-2013 01:57:33 | More by dctriman
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Efay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-01-2013 01:55:56 | More by Efay
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Akcellar8


5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-31-2013 23:58:43 | More by Akcellar8
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-31-2013 23:47:32 | More by ystazi
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.1%

01-31-2013 23:14:31 | More by CityofBals
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ediaz

Florida

4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black, light mocha ring with little lacing.

Bourbon, malt, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla

Very deep and well balanced. Sweet bourbon up front, fruity chocolate, vanilla and a nice toffee finish it up.

Very smooth, coats well, perfect light carb

Very very balanced, exceptional taste and feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 22:26:23 | More by ediaz
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-31-2013 18:10:10 | More by Morey
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HarriAle

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-31-2013 17:11:53 | More by HarriAle
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

01-31-2013 02:23:25 | More by DCgolfpro
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Kuba

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-30-2013 23:43:47 | More by Kuba
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WhiteJordan

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-30-2013 21:14:26 | More by WhiteJordan
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

01-30-2013 06:14:35 | More by MSandahl23
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averagejake872

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

01-30-2013 04:40:30 | More by averagejake872
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Etan

Wisconsin

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a shiny black body with a very small chocolate-colored head.

S: Rich notes of milk chocolate, oak and bourbon, light cherry. Very chocolatey with a hint of fruit.

T: Taste comprises dry oak, bitter roasted grain, light raisins, dark chocolate, some tannic caramel, dark alcohol on the end.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Although the aroma and feel are quite nice, I wasn't as impressed by the taste as I could have been. I can think of a bunch of other stouts that have better barrel characters. Still a very good barrel-aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:20:20 | More by Etan
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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

01-29-2013 18:34:28 | More by supa0525
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-29-2013 16:20:18 | More by HopsHopenstein
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-29-2013 03:59:40 | More by hansgruber
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mzeld

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-29-2013 03:39:12 | More by mzeld
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nkeckhar

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-29-2013 01:44:52 | More by nkeckhar
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Paul_Kraft586


5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-29-2013 01:36:30 | More by Paul_Kraft586
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Roger85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2013 01:15:15 | More by Roger85
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.