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

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2,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,829
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 720 | FT: 69
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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runner440

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-07-2012 07:01:06 | More by runner440
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tarheels86

California

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Churchkey. Pours ink with a medium tan head leaving webby reddish lace. Nose is rich buttery bourbon with tropical notes like dried pineapple and dried papaya. Toasted coconut. Let it decant to cinnamon ganache and very subtle meat/umami character. Soft booziness, coffee liquor. So many rich subtleties makes this an incredible experience. Taste is similar to normal and Rare Bourbon County Stout. Super creamy, rich coconut oil mouthfeel. Feels less sharply bitter than normal Expy. Softer and easier to love than normal Expy. Superlative soft mouthfeel. Nice bitterness comes through to cut initial sweetness. Great mouthfeel- mild heat reminds of soft bourbon aging but softness is unreal. Roasty bitterness and coffee character hints that this is not BCS but something else. Very beautiful. Complexities are easier to fall in love with than normal Expedition which can be too aggressive and powerful at times. Had this on tap now four separate times- always delicious and silky. Not sure what's up with that bottle picture, since that is not what the bottled version of this beer looks like. 12/6/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 19:50:38 | More by tarheels86
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-05-2012 12:35:32 | More by bradfordjohnson
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-04-2012 01:38:11 | More by Texasfan549
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-31-2012 22:47:26 | More by fehrminator
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-31-2012 20:32:57 | More by BeerHunter76
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316nuts

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-31-2012 18:47:11 | More by 316nuts
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IPx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-31-2012 05:02:23 | More by IPx
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-30-2012 23:32:45 | More by kjkinsey
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Rymar9

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-30-2012 20:12:26 | More by Rymar9
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-30-2012 01:24:33 | More by GehenHerzog
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Savearth

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-29-2012 23:13:23 | More by Savearth
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - thin line of head, mostly opaque, very dark brown, good lacing.
S - caramel, molasses, bourbon, chocolate. Alluring indeed!
T - well balance bourbon flavor-the aging was perfect on this beer, molasses, chocolate. Really well done in the bottle. Even better than tap in my opinion.
M - perfect carbonation, perfect body - slightly lighter body for an imperial stout.
O - overall I've found this to be a notch above the draft version, so polished and well done. So glad these are released in 12 oz bottles for distribution.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:20:54 | More by josephwa
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wceaton

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

08-28-2012 02:50:35 | More by wceaton
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DankB33R

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Motor oil black. Slight lacing around the edges of the snifter. Dark tan foam.

S. Dark fruit chocolate and bourbon.

T. Dark fruit, loads of chocolate, espresso like bitterness, and of course a bourbon and oak finish.

M. Very heavy on the palate. The cream ale stands in here lending a very creamy texture to this blended imperial stout.

O. This is an excellent blended imperial bourbon barrel stout. The chocolate malts and bourbon play together very well. All aspects of this stout are on point. Do yourself a favor and try this out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 00:34:16 | More by DankB33R
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n2185

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee up front followed by smooth vanilla, toffee, oak, and bourbon.

T: roasted malts with creamy dark chocolate and coffee. Oak, toffee, and bourbon bring up a roasted and sweet finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little more carbonated than most examples of the style.

O: a delicious and wonderful smelling beer. I wish it had a bit creamier body, but that's about the worst I can say about it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 20:48:27 | More by n2185
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reto21

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-26-2012 15:20:04 | More by reto21
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illidurit

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Blue Palms during RBSG 2012. Pours pitch black with a coffee-colored head. Boozy coffee and vanilla in the aroma, malty with some acidity. Gorgeous flavor, heaps of cream, sugar and vanilla complementing roasty coffee notes and a deep warm chocolatiness. Bourbon is smooth and melds well without much heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:30:27 | More by illidurit
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PoolFishGolf

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-26-2012 03:19:08 | More by PoolFishGolf
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Steinberger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-25-2012 02:02:25 | More by Steinberger
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frank12

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-24-2012 07:58:55 | More by frank12
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-24-2012 00:24:51 | More by patm1986
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-23-2012 22:32:39 | More by brez8791
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MajorBuckeye

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-22-2012 16:31:37 | More by MajorBuckeye
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2012 18:08:26 | More by Mark000
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,829 ratings.