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

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Ratings: 2,995
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,064
Gots: 778 | 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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

mattafett, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

beerhan, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

je1129, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

YalovaIA, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dsuedbeck, Nov 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

SaxmanRick, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

jodan, Nov 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.1%

JaysusJr, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BierVogel, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

JRBecks, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

illini4x4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%

@stlhops 5th anniversary PaRtY

poured dark thick black, little dark cocoa head. very viscous looking.

some chocolate, light vanilla, and light roasted malt. the BA was there but lighter than i was expecting.

similar to nose, a bit like a BA expedition or expedition blended with double cream, but all 3? i guess... i thought this was tame, it was good but lacked a deep complexity. the BA was soft and subtle. the chocolate and coffee were faint. did not really pick up any oak.

thick, creamy, and chewy. great mouthfeel. no heat at all.

it was good but not worth the effort to seek out.

hooliganlife, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Rmatuszak2, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

jaminjohnson, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Rupert50, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

EricCioe, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%

Got a pour at the STLhops anniversary party.

Looks like a stout. Black, smallish head. Poured into a tasting glass so I couldn't get a great sense, but it's nothing special.

Smell is vanilla, coffee, bit of chocolate, some oak, roasty bitterness, some dark fruits. It's pretty good, but it's a bit muddled. Not a lot of balance.

Taste gets better as it warms. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, oak, caramel. Really rich, very tasty.

Mouthfeel was too thin and flat. I don't want it to be hypercarbonated, but more than it has would be good. It's also too watery. I like my stouts to be thick and chewy, which this was not.

This is a solid stout. However, the mouthfeel was really lacking, and it was a bit unbalanced. A bit disappointing. I'd like to try it again sometime, maybe get a better experience.

rodkin, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Tiger33, Nov 09, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -21.5%

Big thanks to Fux for sharing this bottle last night. Has been on my list of rare Imp. Stouts for some time, glad to cross it off. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same experience...

Pours an almost black color with a thin white head, dissipating quite quickly.

Nose; bourbon, oak, charcoal, and some dark fruits.

Taste; bourbon upfront with a touch of bakers chocolate, I too got peanut butter, finishing with a ton of burnt malt and a slight salinity (reminiscent of soy sauce but not like 09' Abyss).

Mouthfeel; oily and surprisingly thin. This can happen with barrel treatments (i.e. Boris vs. BA Boris is the best example off the top of my head) but I think it comes from the Double Cream Stout aspect of the beer as well.

Overall; I wasn't a fan but I will admit, I have been a bit under the weather lately so I know my palate isn't quite up to par...

Retried a bottle of 2013 and can say that the initial review was so low because of the fact that the beer was oxidized. This recent bottle was much better but still not very impressive. The thin body and overly boozy aspect from the barrel aging didnt do much for me. Decent example of the style but over rated and no better than any other barrel aged imperial stout out there.

pixieskid, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

From the bottle (234/1081). Batch #10136
A: Pitch black with a thin mocha head that leaves some lacings.
S: Smell is mainly of heavy dark chocolate with dried fruits (currants, figs) and some dark fruits. Some roasted aromas (almonds, espresso). Vanilla comes after.Some nuts also (cashew nuts, peanut butter). The presence of alcohol is noticeable butnot overpowering (notes of sherry). Deep but not aggressive. Elegant.
T: The taste mainly follows the nose with a lot of dark chocolate and roasted malts (coffee flavors). Some vanilla. Warming alcohol but without booziness. The aftertaste is on sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate.
M: Medium to high body. Almost flat. Quite velvety. It could be thicker and a bit smoother. A bit sticky on the length, but very drinkable.
O: A great, elegant imperial stout, with an excellent nose, flavorful and deep, still sober on the palate.

Fux, Nov 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

sjstraub, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Westmi, Nov 05, 2012
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,995 ratings.