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

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,118
Gots: 794 | FT: 77
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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Photo of thegoon55
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage into a three floyds teku

A- motor oil black, nice tan head.

S- sweet bourbon followed by a nice chocolate vanilla.

T- following the nose, sweet bourbon then a nice complex vanilla with a mellow chocolate finish. really a complex awesome beer. 11.5% abv is very well hidden.

M- fully body, nice and creamy. just a amazing beer.

O- just one hell of a beer. Bells is killing it with their barrel aging program between this and BA 9000.

thegoon55, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

chrisp450, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

UNCCTDawg, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of beergod1
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

beergod1, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Gobzilla, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of shivtim
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a friend. 2012 vintage aged in his beer cellar in Michigan for one year.

Nearly opaque black/brown, with brown tinged edges when held up to light. Slight lacy brown head.
Nose is bourbon-soaked raisins. Chocolate. Slight anise. Fantastic.
Taste is deep malt, bourbon, some sweetness.

Excellent stout.

shivtim, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

RWNay, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

shuajw, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

bostonryan, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

adamcarlson28, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

DudMan, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Ravenacht, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

rjknyy, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 12/28/12

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. 1/2 fingers width of light mocha colored head builds and then quickly recedes. Leaves only small patches of lacing.

S: Massive bourbon upfront. This is followed by rich dark cocoa and chocolate fudge. Oak, vanilla, the barrel notes are huge. Hints of roasted malt and dark fruits as well. Maple syrup. Incredible aroma.

T: The initial sip is luscious dark chocolate, followed by bourbon, and finished with coffee and roasted malt notes. The flavor levels with each sip are just wonderful. I also get raw oak, faint dark fruit notes, vanilla, some bitterness on the finish.

M/D: Velvety smooth, full bodied, fairly thick but not chewy, carbonation a touch higher than I prefer for the style, but appropriate. No hint of the ABV and drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, just an excellent beer. I feel very lucky that I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this. Excellent from top to bottom. Definitely worth seeking out.

zac16125, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

KGMIbeer, Mar 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

ereye, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

kell50, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

davesway10, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BibsBrewing, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

straightlambic, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

sckoehl11, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JeffZeltwanger, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Benish, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #11620, bottled 12/28/2012. Thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for this long time want!

A - Pours a pitch black body with two fingers worth of mocha foam. Settles out into a thin cap. Moderate lacing and retention.

S - Starts off with the bourbon...oak, vanilla, and some char. Then some roasted malts and sweet cocoa powder. A touch of dark fruits too. No element really dominates here, just well integration of two base beers + a barrel.

T - Just all kinds of balance going on here. Smooth vanilla and oak, a bit of a bourbon butterscotch, lightly bitter coffee beans, and dry cocoa powder. A little bit of everything here. Finishes with a real faint but pleasant alcohol warmth.

M - Creamy, smooth, and decadent....thank you Double Cream stout! Surprisingly high drinkability compared to other BA stouts.

O - Perhaps the most balanced and easy drinking BA stout I have ever had. This is a damn impressive beer and I wish I somehow had year round access to this. Forever ISO, but I still prefer BCBS for its unrelenting bourbon element.

davey101, Mar 26, 2013
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 3,157 ratings.