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

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Ratings: 2,999
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,063
Gots: 779 | FT: 73
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Grfilwett, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

dman5400, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

StoutIrish, Jan 24, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%

Second time trying Black Note, first time bottled.

Dark and viscous, tawny mahogany edges, frothy tan foam. Little to no lacing, glassy obsidian surface. Creamy viscous feel, not overly sweet, dry and not at all cloying. Big flavors of toasted almond, dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted coconut. Dry aftertaste of almond, chocolate, and trace pipe tobacco. The base beers are harmoniously blended and sing in chorus with the barrel. Expressive and flavorful, a benchmark of the style that seems to be increasingly ubiquitous and often poorly done. Black Note is in the upper echelon of BBA stouts for sure.

Thanks Aaron & Chris for the chance to try this!

emerge077, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

taxman, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Casedogg43, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dcraig13, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

enelson, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

illinikap, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Lunch, Jan 22, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev -1.1%

Massive thanks to alelover for hooking me up with my first taste of Black Note! 2012 vintage:

Certainly is black... there's a bit of muddled clarity around the edge of the glass. A short-lived medium brown head produces a dense, stubborn collar - oily lacing above and clouded beading beneath. Very nice looking stuff.

Smooth, sweet caramel bourbon immediately shows some BCBS qualities. It's hard to really even pull in any alcohol character, a big sniff just offers a deeper layer of oak. Milk chocolate and mellow burnt brown sugar. Maybe a bit of molasses. Incredibly smooth - as smooth as you could hope for a beer like this.

Creamy twist cone flavors covered with silky bourbon and bitter caramel. Faint leafy tobacco dries up the tail end of the palate. Coffee grounds, more milk chocolate, candy corn... pretty damn unique I'd say. This one certainly doesn't need any age but I'm excited to see what it does regardless.

Very, very good.

yamar68, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ddedhed, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Kerrie, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

eschmitt777, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

danoeltico, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

YogiBeer, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

kipp, Jan 21, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle dated 12/28/12. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Pitch black. Pours with a finger of hazelnut colored head. This dissipates quickly, but there is a nice ring around the top of the glass.

Smell. That now familiar bourbon aged smell permeates the nostrils: buttery, sweet and vanilla. An underlying layer is implies creamy milk chocolate. There is something about bourbon aging that give the smell a certain softness, a softness that expedition already has in its chocolate notes.

Taste. Starts out with a strong punch of bittersweet chocolate. Some vanilla tinged oaky sweetness permeates the whole experience. It occasionally becomes dominant, being manifested as a toffee like flavor. Other times it fades into the background, allowing the chocolate notes of the stouts to dominate.

Mouthfeel. Excellent creamy body is broken up just enough by tight carbonation.

I just had to review this one after having the first few sips. A very refined bourbon barrel aged beer. It gets to the level of KBS as far as balance goes, something that BCBS doesn't do for me.

jtingue, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Had this on tap before and after this bottle they are quite similar. This review is from the 12oz bottles dated 12/29/12, poured into a snifter

A- black with a little red around corners. Not much head at all.

S- this is the second best part about this beer, it is intoxicating. First smell is of light bourbon and chocolate, middle you get some oak, vanilla, and caramel, finishes with coffee.

T- to me this is where I dont like this beer as much as bcbs or kbs. It has too much sweetness and bitterness, not enough chocolate ot bourbon.

M- this is the best part about this beer, so creamy and smooth. Not much carb but thats ok.

O- I like how drinkable this is, I just wish it had more of a roastyness and less sweet/bitterness. I hope some age will help that.

founder26, Jan 20, 2013
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,999 ratings.