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

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Ratings: 3,268
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 2,149
Gots: 818 | FT: 80
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

GehenHerzog, Aug 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of josephwa
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.

josephwa, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

wceaton, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of DankB33R
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.

DankB33R, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of n2185
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.

n2185, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

reto21, Aug 26, 2012
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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.

illidurit, Aug 26, 2012
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PoolFishGolf, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Steinberger, Aug 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

frank12, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

patm1986, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

brez8791, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MajorBuckeye, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Mark000, Aug 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

danp14, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

gpawned, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

pghawkins, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Johnd8, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

masonkessinger, Aug 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

cysiam, Aug 14, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this during D.C. Beer Week at The Big Hunt.

A: It's a bit dark in the room, but I can tell there's the typical pitch-black body. What's unusual is that a wisp of a head stays around for several minutes, even after I take a few sips.

S: Mostly bourbon. There is a little bit of roast and biscuit in there as well.

T: The taste opens up with some toffee from the malts, and then ripe dark fruits make an appearance. Towards the middle the bourbon comes out in full force. It's not the sweet bourbon I'm used to in BA stouts - it's more rough and young. The end of each sip and aftertaste is fairly unpleasant - harsh booziness.

M: Nice velvety mouthfeel with the appropriate small amount of carbonation.

O: I was not terribly impressed by this beer. The barrel notes are too prominent, and it's pretty boozy. I'd try it again if it had been aged for a year plus, but I didn't find the draught version worth all the hype.

WorldWideStout, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

theminutemen, Aug 13, 2012
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,268 ratings.