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

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2,830 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,830
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 720 | FT: 70
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%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Josbor11

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.3%

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bcp5296d

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll keep this short. This beer has a really good taste but I needed a little more carbonation, not much just a little. Also I thought this was pretty thin in mouthfeel compared to other world class BA stouts. It was fantastic, all the dark chocolate, fig, a good balance of bourbon, just a little thin for my liking when I'm drinking a desert beer.

Other than that it is a really good beer, taste, appearance, smell all fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 22:26:27 | More by bcp5296d
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_RL_

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-06-2014 18:54:51 | More by _RL_
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AaronDrinks

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-06-2014 17:56:45 | More by AaronDrinks
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fenlop54

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-06-2014 17:12:39 | More by fenlop54
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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-06-2014 17:09:29 | More by VernonBaxter
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calivessel

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-06-2014 17:04:54 | More by calivessel
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butters_mcgee

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-06-2014 11:05:15 | More by butters_mcgee
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-06-2014 00:42:45 | More by JimmyAloysius
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MRVermont

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-06-2014 00:09:13 | More by MRVermont
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-05-2014 23:59:04 | More by jfstilling
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ToddHolder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-05-2014 21:18:48 | More by ToddHolder
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ljc973

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-05-2014 18:55:51 | More by ljc973
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BillKuhnel

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-05-2014 14:22:50 | More by BillKuhnel
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whitenads

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Dogoatus

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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jono0101

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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rdooley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Monkeypuker

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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fastenoughforphish

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Its dark, its slightly carbonated. Nice dark head. Pretty typical of the style.

Smell: Smells to me like chocolate and some whiskey. Very chocolately.

Taste: Boom! Huge sweet chocolate and lots of fruits. I get a lot of cherry here, but its got that dark fruity taste that Expedition has. Tons of sweet chocolate and a nice bitterness to finish. I love the interaction between the chocolate and fruit. The bourbon is not overwhelming, and it finished with just a bit of nuttiness. Love how this tastes. Hugely different than I remember from the 2012 batch.

Mouthfeel: It's light but creamy. I feel the carbonation is perfect. Not as thick as some which I enjoy.

Overall: What an awesome experience. I just loved the taste and that fruit chocolate nuttiness going on. Crafted perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 22:43:46 | More by fastenoughforphish
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Travis7009

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-04-2014 19:24:56 | More by Travis7009
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.