Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Bells Black Note
Poured from a growler into my CCB sniffer.
A: Black as motor oil, low viscosity unlike BCBS. Very good lacing, small head when poured.
S: Chocolate, molasses and coffee notes with an overall bourbon smell.
T:Thick, lots of coffee up front that leaves a nice bourbon flavor on the end.
M: An overall bourbon flavor that coats the mouth.
O: An excellent beer. I think I prefer BCBS (especially when its been aged out a bit and its much easier to get than Bells BN), but pretty amazing.
01-08-2013 05:13:44 | More by codysjb
4.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Date: March 9, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: mibirder Description: Opaque jet black pour with nice head and lacing that just sticks to the glass. Aroma is lactose, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood and faint bourbon. Taste is woody, vanilla, and a nice mild bourbon finish. Silky smooth, creamy and medium to full bodied. Thank you Sean for such an amazing beer! Bottle number 965 of 1081, batch 10136.
01-05-2013 23:23:57 | More by ryanfolty
4.89/5 rDev +7.2%
On tap at New Bohemia in Minneapolis
A: Dark with a very aesthetically pleasing head, some darker browns swirled with tan.
S: Mostly chocolate with some coffee and bourbon
T: Silky chocolate-coffee with nicely integrated bourbon characteristics, namely vanilla and oak. Very little ethanol coming through
M: Damn near perfect to me when considering this style. Really smooth, velvety with a small touch of alcohol on the tail end to remind you of it's ABV
O: Was really happy to find this on tap and would definitely seek it out again. One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts.
01-04-2013 02:54:50 | More by Petcha
4.6/5 rDev +0.9%
Bought this from the brewery store yesterday; a little exited.
A- pours a deep black with no instant carbonation. Carbonation rises slowly and forms a ring for the duration.
S- smells like sweet fig. Next a touch of bourbon barrel. Ends with a faint smell of graham cracker and possibly licorice. Smells divine.
T- my favorite part. Very well balance between roast/bourbon/ And sweetness. Pleasantly smooth bourbon that rises to the nose aft swallowing. Not much heat at all.
There is a lingering licorice/fig flavor that pleasant.
M-a little sticky, but less than I would have expected. Perfect amount of carbonation. Washes over the tongue with a slight amount of carbonation but doesn't detract from the rich flavor of the beer.
O-dark and Bourbony. Smooth and pleasant to drink. No one flavor is overwhelming. Never pass this beer up.
12-29-2012 23:17:36 | More by aaronplayford
3.95/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured from a 750 ml into a tumbler glass.
A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.
S- big chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some spice.
T- chocolate, roast, bourbon, slight vanilla, with some bitterness near the end.
M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly thinner than other similar BA stouts.
O- good BA stout but doesn't knock your socks off. Nose is slightly better then the taste.
12-28-2012 03:18:02 | More by kawilliams81
4.59/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz poured into a glove, 11.8% abv. Bottled 12/29/12 batch 11620. Served at 55* and allowed to warm.
Hard pour gives only the slightest head which immediately fades into a tiny ring of white bubbles. A little bit of action from the nucleation point in the middle of the glass, but otherwise its pretty much still and black. Very dark brown while pouring but opaque in the glass. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is sweet, bourbon, vanilla. Very appealing, but fewer layers than expected.
That same aroma follows through but with a lot more complexity from the roastiness of the stout. Still favoring the sweeter elements up from, the finish has a long bitterness from the roast and a little alcohol. Cacao/dark chocolate, light oak. The sweetness ends up being balanced by the alcohol/roast, but this is still on the sweeter side.
Warming from the first sip, the alcohol lends more of a pleasant presence than harshness. Low carbonation level, but not flat, appropriate for the style but maybe could be just a tad higher. Carbonation level seems more appropriate around room temperature, where it's slightly increased.
Overall Black Note is an excellent beer that is smooth and complex. Others may have more barrel character or be more extreme, but this is a great stout.
12-19-2012 03:22:29 | More by zachary80
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.