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

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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,337
Gots: 888 | FT: 85
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 06-16-2007

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.
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uber-geeked to try this one...Aaron, I can't thank you enough! 12oz 2012 bottling split into tulips with my bro -

A: Black opaque pour, very VERY dark and ominous. Minimal head and lace.

S: Initially BIG barrel notes, more whiskey-like than bourbon to my nose...burnt sugar, oak, and a touch of smokiness. Nose is rounded out with notes of sweetness, caramel and vanilla.

T: Caramel and vanilla, lots of it caramel, especially...marshmallow too. A decent bit of warming from the alcohol...milk chocolate, suggestion of roast, light woodiness from the barrels. Well-integrated barrel-aging.

MF: Smooth, full body with lower carbonation levels. Just a touch of heat, and it isn't distracting.

O: This is a good barrel-aged beer, one that shines with a bit more caramel/vanilla/marshmallow sweetness than even BCBS (we tasted the 2012 of BCBS version tasted side by side with BN). It has a lighter body than BCBS too, while still maintaining an Imperial Stout-like mouthfeel with good drinkability.

Good stuff. Thanks again Aaron, cheers!

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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty darned black. No head. Some small cling lace.

S - Soy sauce!!! I cannot tell you how much it is soy. Behind that is charred sweet malt.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell. Sweet malt lingers a bit at the end.

M - Somewhat creamy, good carb, good balance. I like it.

D - Very boozy, but hides it pretty well. I like this one.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.