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

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2,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 719 | FT: 68
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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b3shine

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to pint (yep, and only $7!). On draft at Northside Tavern during Cincy Beer Week. Looks great; pitch black with little lacing. Smells great too! I love how the two blends marry with the bourbon to produce such a great scent. The same can be said for the taste...although it's about flawless. Mouthfeel is good, although it could be perfected with age. Overall, one of my top 3-5 beers of all time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 22:27:31 | More by b3shine
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adamdd

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-06-2012 02:39:04 | More by adamdd
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drowland

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8/13/11. On tap at the GTMW. Awesome bourbon barrel aroma with vanilla coconut and coffee. Very nice flavor that hosts a perfect balance of BA - coconut, vanilla, sweetness, and more - and robust impy stout with coffee and roastiness. The superb balance makes this awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 21:23:01 | More by drowland
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dblab33

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-05-2012 20:19:38 | More by dblab33
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raymo55

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-05-2012 18:50:31 | More by raymo55
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McNuts

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-05-2012 16:44:33 | More by McNuts
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sincereNc

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-05-2012 04:22:58 | More by sincereNc
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prender1482

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-04-2012 23:23:52 | More by prender1482
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-04-2012 20:52:56 | More by newk340
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.3%

02-04-2012 20:42:59 | More by smurfbeer
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

02-04-2012 17:13:59 | More by MacStinson
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rct828

Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-04-2012 05:42:46 | More by rct828
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.3%

02-04-2012 04:44:30 | More by 1Adam12
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 ox tap pour into a snifter at Burnhearts in Bay View last night. Thanks BJ and Paul for the event and swag and to D-Train for driving!

A - The constant flow from the tap as people lined the bar at least two deep produced a plethora of pitch black snifters on the bar-top, each one crowned delicately by loose dark brown foam.

S - Heavily roasted, plenty of coffee made its way out of this beer with cocoa and chocolate accents. Mellow oak and bourbon follow up.

T - Burnt toast and charred oak paired with the beer's already strong cocoa and coffee proved to be pretty taxing to drink. Chocolate and warm bourbon heat followed nicely.

M - Voluptuous and rich, the balance of this beer is well done. Plenty of hops aid the roasted bitterness while the thinning alcohol warmth finishes out.

O - While Black Note is certainly a great brew, it's also an example of what hype and "rarity" can elevate a beer to. Don't expect anything life changing from this one; it's another heavy stout but, thankfully, balance sets it apart from some other overly-alcohol-rich stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 15:02:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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JAYBLACK

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to get one of the last glasses of this at the Bells Party in Indianapolis. 8 oz pour served cold in a snifter. The appearance is very dark, almost black with minimal carbonation and very little head. The smell is wonderful, with lots of vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of bourbon. The taste is surprisingly smooth for the abv. I get a lot of vanilla and creamy chocolate upfront with a hint of bourbon and it finishes a bit dry with a hint of hops and bourbon. I would like a little more bourbon but that is just my personal preference. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with little to no carbonation and very sticky. I feel like this is a fantastic offering by bells and would love to see them start making it on a larger scale. It wasn't my favorite example of the style but definitely among the top. Seek this one out if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 16:01:48 | More by JAYBLACK
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

02-02-2012 15:48:36 | More by denimdemon
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-02-2012 05:24:02 | More by fo1ksguitar
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dpasotti

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a thick brown cap that leaves great lace. Smells of strong vanillin and bourbon, with lots of roasted malt character. Brown sugar and a little chocolate as well.

Prominent vanilla tones, dark chocolate bitterness, coffee, sweet molasses, and alcohol on the palate. The menu says "...with bourbon undertones," but that couldn't be more inaccurate -- bourbon absolutely dominates this beer. Good thing that's what I was looking for. It lacks the bourbon 'attack' (for lack of a better descriptor) that GI Bourbon County Stout has, which is not a slight towards Black Note. The bourbon character is awesome. Loads of vanilla match the sweet roasted malt foundation very well.

The minimally-carbonated, dense body is far and away the highlight of this beer. Quite possibly the silkiest, smoothest body I have ever experienced, in liquid form at least... Mr. Bell does it again. Black Note is an exquisite sipper. High on my list of stouts as well as barrel-aged beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 02:23:41 | More by dpasotti
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aasher

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sampled at the Beer Sellar in Indianapolis for their Super Bell's Party before the Super Bowl. It poured a full bodied darkest of blacks with a one finger khaki head. It smells like a barrel aged stout. It has the creamed coffee, chocolate, with a touch or bourbon and vanilla. It is essentially a poor man's Bourbon County. It has a good amount of roast with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla. That said, lighter and less intense than Bourbon County. It's really drinkable because of this. The alcohol takes a backseat as well. The longer you sip the more the char makes itself known, alongside the vanilla. It leaves plenty of roast behind. Regardless, it drinks really nice and everything meshes rather well. This is a nice barrel aged stout. I'm glad I could try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 00:18:41 | More by aasher
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phisigben

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8oz pour served in a snifter at the Super Bells party at the Beer Cellar in Indianapolis

It is black as motor oil with a nice tan mocha head that leaves a nice ring of lacing with each drink. I get nice oak from the bourbon barrel, followed by coffe, and bitter chocolate. The taste is great I get bourbon right up front, next is the coffee and chocolate with a nice sweetness from the malt and cream, at the very end is a roasted flavor for me its a little too much its the only reason this didn't get a 5. The mouthfeel is amazing it feel as thick as other big stouts but at the same time that feeling leaves as you drink it and the carbonation is great for this style. Overall is one of the best stouts that I have ever had, I can't believe its this good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 23:05:06 | More by phisigben
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-01-2012 19:03:11 | More by hwwty4
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zeff80

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Sycamore - Columbia, MO

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak and roasty malts.

T - A delicious blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt molasses and a slight bourbon flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O -This is a fantastic imperial stout. I'm glad Sycamore was able to get a keg of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 12:02:19 | More by zeff80
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mrebeka

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

02-01-2012 01:08:41 | More by mrebeka
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duffcalifornia

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-29-2012 06:26:32 | More by duffcalifornia
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-27-2012 19:05:16 | More by PhineasGage
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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