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

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Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

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.

Added by mcallister on 06-16-2007

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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1023rd Review on BA
Growler to Snifter

Thanks to MrHirschybar for this tick!

App- A very inky black pour out of the growler with only a few bubbles but no color to them. Sadly I feel that this was the end of the line for this grolwer but Steve was gracious enough to save me enough to make a go of it. No cling or lace but very creamy and dense in my snifter.

Smell- Across the board it was a bit thin from sitting but thats okay. It was nicely aromatic with notes from the bourbon and a bit of creamy chocolate but didnt smell overly grainy or small. A little bit of creeping vanilla on a big pull with a slight roast note.

Taste- Still very bourbon forward out of the growler that was on its final leg. Much more smooth than I would have thought as expedition was a bit grainy for me. The double cream blend makes this really nice. A lot of cream comes on the final flavors with a bit more vanilla which was a welcome suprise.

Mouth- As the growler is closing this did lose a little bit on the feel. I felt it was a bit thin to me with a good low/medium carbonation with just touches of airiness to it. A little bit of bourbon, booze and vanilla remain on the palate.

Drink- A very good stout that was treated well and blended very well. I think this one would do well being on tap for me or a fresher bottle. STILL, I will capitalize that one. I cant thank MrHirschybar enough for being a great BA and friend to make this one last for me. I recommend him as a trader and this beer to all.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Devil's Den. Pours a dark black with a small light tan head the settles to a ring at the edges and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is molasses, dark chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla, a bit of roastiness, some light coffee, a bit of coconut, some light alcohol, and hints of raisin and cherry. Quite awesome. There is a lot going on here. The initial taste is sweet with dark chocolate. Then comes some molasses, licorice, and some bourbon and vanilla. There is also some light coconut, a bit of cherry, and some coffee roastiness. The finish has a mild bitterness with some roast and a bit of alcohol. Big, full, creamy mouthfeel that is quite nice. Medium-low carbonation. Amazing beer. Right up there with the best barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at devils den during the bells darkest day event

Pours an inky, viscous blackness with a crop of browned head. Fades out with little retention or lacing on the glass.

Sweet and robust in the nose with dark chocolate and roasted caramel malts. Chocolate cake with vanilla, oak, and warm bourbon. Boozy and sweet but balanced.

A wave of dark malts crash upon the tongue with chocolate and toffee notes. Coffee tones with sweet vanilla bean and oaky smoothness. Creamy and soft with a burly malt backbone and a dash of anise, tempered by the boozy warmth, which is incredibly smooth. Bourbon soaked chocolate cake on the back end, with some lingering warmth.

Fuller body, nice carbonation, creamy, smooth and ultra soft on the tongue. Drinks like an absolute dream - excellent balance and I can distinctly taste both of the base beers int he profile, along with the barrel character. THIS is what I want from a barrel aged stout. Thank you Bells.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Devils Den for their 'Bells Darkest Day' Event.

Poured into a cervoise glass.

Pours a pitch black with next-to-no head.

Lots of bourbon, vanilla, a huge molasses presence, along with the strong, toasty malt backbone.

Taste is similar: vanilla leading to molasses and then finished with the semi-sweet malt. This beer is SUPER balanced for a BA stout. Really impressed.

The mouthfeel is spot on with light carbonation that lifts the bourbon and vanilla flavors off of the palate.

I really hope bells decides to bottle this and distribute it. It's definitely up there with the best ba stouts but it doesn't trump them all. A fantastic job by Bells.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a wine glass

Pours an ink black, a little sludgy, with little to no head. Just some brown foam around the collar of the glass.

The aroma is of rich bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee and a large amount of oak. The oak was largely present when the temperature was cooler, but as it warmed, the oak subsided a bit.

Rich, roasty goodness, bourbon, and vanilla up front. Oak carries through the middle with burnt toffee and then a bourbon, dark Belgian chocolate, roasty finish.

Full bodied with perfectly low carbonation. This was a thick stout, but had nice lift off the palate. Not oily by any stretch. Thick, full and luscious with a dry oak finish.

This beer is the real deal. A great combination of roast, bourbon, oak and butterscotch/burnt toffee. Definitely a beer one should seek out.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Dark and black, very little head or lacing to speak of, semblance of legs when swirled in the glass.

Smell - Whoah! Wonderful combo of Vanilla, carmel, toffee, bourbon and oak.

Taste - OMG, what a rare treat! This was served fresh and on tap, starts big bourbon with vanilla bean and oak, then creamy bailey's and burnt toffee, then dark roasty coffee with dark fruit flavors. Lingering oak and bourbon with some pleasant heat between sips. Very special.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel and mouthcoating, silky and so smooth, there is just enough carb to add some wonderfully crisp edges along the sides of the tongue, add to overall complex mouthfeel.

Overall - So complex and well balanced, what a nice treat, plan your trip to Bell's around the availability of this in their taproom, I can only begin to imagine what a year or so would to to a wonderful stout like this, must try!

***Re-Review, this was is a bomber aged for 2.5 years, purchased after the 5oz pour that I rated above, which was poured fresh on draft - part of a flight at the brewery:

Appearance - Pours a solid finger of a warm medium brown cinnamon head that comes down to a thin rich looking cap in a minute, color of the body is an opaque black,

Smell - Begins with rich dark ripe fruits, sweet creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, a whiff of coconut, and a wonderful bourbon saturated oak. After letting it breath in a large snifter for a few minutes the nose "reverses", with the creamy vanilla and bourbon soaked oak taking the forefront, and the rich fruits and milk chocolates in the back

Taste - Wow, this is delicious, but is very much like the nose after breathing in the glass - the first dominant flavors are a lovely oaky bourbon, the vanilla is more of a dried vanilla bean now, and there to balance are a darker semi-sweet chocolate that's barely been dipped in cream, the fruits are present, hints of plum, fig, and black cherry. At the end of the quaff you get a slight astringency of dark fruit skins, some dried oak, some lightly roasted malt, even a hint of black licorice, and a slightly warming of bourbon that wafts up into the sinuses.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is nearly full here, but this "effect" is mostly from the bold and mouth-filling flavors. This is very smooth and silky feeling, just short of creamy, but not heavy or mouthcoating at all. In fact, an aged Expedition coats the mouth quite a bit more than this. The finish is on the drier side, with pockets of warm bourbon fruits and dark chocolates left in the mouth corners. Carb on this is almost medium and still very effervescent, and while soft and smooth still provides just a bit of scrub, and leaves wonderful tingly edges over the sides of the tongue. Really a nice mouthfeel here.

Overall - This is really an excellent bourbon barrel aged stout. I've just recently rate a similarly aged bottle of KBS, and this is Better. Better because the flavors are so well balanced, and the mouthfeel is superior as KBS just seemed a bit less substantial. BCBS is still perfection, but this comes pleasantly close. The bourbon is so well balanced by the depth of additional flavors, and the mouthfeel and weight are right for the style. This is also typically more attainable and available multiple times throughout the year. Get your hands on some Black Note. Fresh is good but aged is even better for those that are willing to cellar it for awhile - keep an eye out for this in a 4-pak which has been done a few times recently. Cheers!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap on ChurchKey, finally getting to try this one!

A: Black with a small brown head. Very viscous with serious lacing.

S: Smell is a nice bourbon with some roast/chocolate in there as well. It's nice, but it's not super strong. I wish I got more.

T: Okay wow, now this beer is something special. At first it's a heavy dose of bourbon with some sweetness, oak and chocolate - similar to Bourbon County. As I drink it, though, I realize that there is more to this beer than meets the eye. It's got some nice depth with some great coffee/roasty notes hiding beneath the surface. This beer is so easy to drink, I never would guess the ABV is so high. Awesome.

M: Thick and creamy. The mouthfeel really makes this one stand out, it feels like drinking melted marshmallows.

O: This beer is just flat-out amazing - one of the best stouts I've ever had. I can't wait for them to bottle it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a super dark black color w/ a one finger chocolate head. Great lacing on the side of my glass. The nose is mainly coffee, chocolate, malt and hops. A nice nose, but the general thought at the table was the nose was on the weak side. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and hops. Absolutely none of the 11.5% alcohol is evident at all. Feel is amazingly creamy, full-bodied, and smooth. Easily the best part of this beer. Overall, a World Class brew- glad I got to try it! Cheers.

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Photo of bum732
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey, ecstatic i was able to try it.

S: Bourbon mostly up front, some stout characteristics. Light coffee and cappucino as it warms.

L: Thick black, not much head except a ring of tan foam around the glass.

T: Bourbon with vanilla leading to a dark chocolate malt backbone. Creamy sweet body with lots of cappuccino mocha flavors. Low bitterness leading to a very smooth roasty finish. Some sweetness on the finish with a touch more bourbon.

M: Creamy full body, low carbonation, alcohol slightly warming.

Just an amazing beer. Incredibly smooth with the cream stout base and just enough character from the RIS base as well as the bourbon to round everything out. While this beer is sweet, it is also very well balanced with the bourbon which i love in -bal aged beers. One of the best.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC. The lone keg to make the DC/MD/VA area. Very lucky to get to try this.

A: Viscous black pour with a small brown head. What does stick around laces decently. 4

S: The aroma is extremely well balanced. Bourbon and some booze up front, but a lot of chocolate balance it out. Roastiness, I'm guessing coffee, hides in the shadows. Making it's presence known when you need it. 4.5

T: The taste follows the smell wonderfully. The bourbon is up front, but chocolate and booze quickly provide balance and body, before roasty coffee takes over the backend. The balance is there, the flavor profile develops nicely on the palate, and overall the taste is far above average. 4.5

MF: The body could have been a bit fuller, at times I believed it was too watery, still medium to heavy overall. Booze is noted, dry finish. 3.5

O Delicious, certainly lives up to the hype. Balance is enough to make it great. The bourbon is not too intrusive. I thought it was very drinkable. Happy to have had the chance to try this. 4.5

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Desert at RFD Washington's Bell's Beer Dinner. Bell’s Black Note Stout paired with a Black Note Brownie with ice cream and caramel.

A: Motor oil black pour without much head at all. What was there was light brown. 4

S: Bourbon mainly with a ton of chocolate, some roasted malts and vanilla are coming out underneath. The aroma is rich and balanced nicely. Just on a different level. 4.5

T: My God this is good. And with this decedent brownie and ice cream...it’s a good thing I was sitting down. So much chocolate is in front of me. The integration of the bourbon and the stout is what really makes this great. 5

MF: Very heavy body, low carbonation. Just a perfect pairing with the brownie. Wish I could do this more often. 4.5

O: Extremely enjoyable. The perfect way to finish the dinner off. Rich and boozy. 5

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Photo of mdfb79
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. 10 oz. pours in snifters. This was one of those whales I never thought I'd get to try unless it came to a festival, so was pretty happy to get a few glasses of it tonight.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, and caramel malts. Really amazing nose with the bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate mixing wonderfully. Pretty perfect nose.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet chocolate sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and cream. Again, really great here.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Somewhat thicky and creamy, really great mouthfeel. No alchool heat really at all.

o - Overall a truely fantastic beer; reminds me, as well as others I was with, a lot of BCS Rare. Nose is wonderful and no real alcohol heat, I had no problem drinking 3 full glasses of this one. I put it on par with BCS Rare and the normal BCS, which are two of my favorite stouts. Would love to have it again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is black with a thin beige head. After a few swirls of the snifter the head expands to 3/4 inch, leaving a thick sheet of lacing cascading down the snifter.

The aroma, while nice, is quite a bit weaker than expected, offering bourbon and roast with a hint of vanilla.

The flavor, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. Bold bourbon presence throughout. Oily thick with a delicious roast character. This is indeed a world class beer and in my top tier of barrel aged imperial stouts. Not terribly complex, per se, but masterfully balanced and just superb.

The mouthfeel is ridiculously good, perhaps the best I have yet encountered in a beer of this ilk. The Double Cream Stout shows itself here. Creamy and full bodied, with alcohol content gracefully disguised.

Worthy of its overall A+ rating, this beer was sublime.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been offended for a long time that this beer has slipped through my grasp. Everyone raves about it, and it is good, but how much better than a decently treated Bourbon county is it? Not much.

Beer served on draft in a snifter. Beer is black with a lazy head of tan bubbles, some lacing, minimal carbonation, lots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, bourbon, malt, not much else.

Beer is also sweet, smooth, creamy, decent, mouth-feel is the best thing about this beer, high in alcohol, sweet, good finish, a decent barrel aged whatever but don't knock yourself out looking for it like i did.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer. Had a pull at Churchkey.

Pours super thick black with a ring of tan head and a nice web of lacing. Looks great, and it previews the excellent silky feel.

Smell is good, I get licorice, vanilla, some sweeter bourbon and oak, a little malt, a touch of roast, and some maple syrup. I just knock it cause it isn't really jumping out of the glass. Some alcohol pops out with a swirl.

Taste is amazing and so is the feel, it's so silly and inviting with a range of amazing layers of flavor. Sticky, chewy, semi sweet and savory, there is no heat in there which amazing. Flavors include licorice, sweeter bourbon-very nice bourbon like van winkle 12, nice roasty chocolate notes, oak, lactose sugar, a little alcohol sweetness, some savory slight bacony notes, and some espresso cream. Wow, stunning beer.

Overall this is killing. What a great beer, my favorite bells and that says something.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

300th review, I had to make it a good one!
On tap at HopCat - 11/27/11

Poured into a tulip and served with a dark mocha head. There is a nice wall of lacing near the top and stringy lace on the adjacent side.

A lot of woody notes - oak and cedar - resonate amidst smells of dark chocolate and vanilla.

The taste can be summed up at a high level as earthy and complex. In more detail, I taste oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt grains, tobacco, cedar all working toward a sweet raisin ending. The tongue is finally left with some well placed booziness and a coffee like bitterness.

While chewy, sticky, dry, and full, the mouthfeel is nothing in excess. It is a well balanced feel not distracting but well placed.

At first, I wasn't blown away at the taste. After giving it many sips, I was really intrigued by the nuances of the flavors. Thanks to Hopcat's wood aged festival, I had the likes of KBS, CBS, BA Blackout Stout, and BB Plead the 5th over the weekend. I can easily say that Black Note is on par with the best Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a one finger airy tan head that quickly faded to a ring.

S: Smooth bourbon with subtitle chocolate, coffee and vanilla extract.

T: Dominate bitter dark chocolate with some coffee that fades into lingering bourbon. More bitter than sweet.

M: A bit thinner and than I expected. Some nice warming alcohol in the finish.

O: More bitter and less sweet than I prefer, but still a really good beer that certainly improves as it warms up.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black bodied beer, nicely opaque. Couple of fingers of brown head that had nice retention and left some good lace.

S - Some moderate bourbon smell, oak, vanilla, bit of chocolate. Smells really nice, meets the expectations you would want for a BA stout.

T - Smooth bourbon, some unsweetened cocoa, oak, little vanilla. Pretty flavorful beer, but was not quite as sweet as I thought it would be, was expecting some more decadent brownie or something. Still, that's not a horrible thing, it's very smooth and goes down easily. Bit of heat on the end.

M - Smooth and full bodied.

O - After hoping to try this for the longest time, happy to say this beer is not a disappointment. Very well crafted and enjoyable to drink. Would like to cellar a few bottles if/when they are released.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have this long-time want of mine on multiple occasions in the last few weeks, so I'm reviewing from notes.

16 ounce pour into a large snifter at Bell's Ecentric Cafe.

A- Almost completely black, with some subtle mahogany shades on the edges, with about a half-inch mocha head that vanishes quickly. Kind of expected this going in, so not much surprise here.

S- Lots of subtle bourbon notes, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, all mingling together seamlessly. Just a pleasure to smell.

T- Boom. Vanilla and bourbon up front, with nice coffee and chocolate notes in the middle and back, followed by some very subtle bourbon heat. Damn, this is amazing. Stronger vanilla notes come out afterward. Delicious.

M- This is where it goes from being great to outstanding. Thick, full-bodied, and super creamy. Easily the most standout part of this beer, an for good reason. It's absolutely perfect, with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- There's not a lot more I can really say about this beer. The mouthfeel alone puts it in a class of its own when compared to other bal-stouts. Add to that the fanastic flavors that pull through from the base beers without being overshadowed by the barrel treatment, and I believe we have a world class stout that definitely lived up to its insane hype. Consume this with reckless abandon if given the chance.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap a few times recently at Bell's, review is taken from notes from each occasion.

Poured into an oversized snifter. Deep black and opaque body, light fails to break the surface. One and a half finger coffee stained head lingers a bit longer than I expected. A slight amount of lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Beautiful aroma. Chocolate and caramel aromas meld with the Bourbon. The balance between the the sweetness and bourbon is inching close to perfection. Roasted malt with slight char is subtle beneath. Pleasant vanilla noted through out.

Bell's could not have picked two better beers to blend and barrel age. The bold and assertive flavors of Expedition are complimented wonderfully by the smooth and creamy Double Cream. The flavor begins much like the aroma. Caramel and chocolate infused bourbon rolls across the tongue. Pleasant roast develops on the midpalate only to has the edge softened by a vanilla and milk creaminess.

Full bodied, though tiptoeing on the lighter side of full. Low carbonation, very appropriate, provide a very enjoyable creaminess to the mouthfeel. Long finish, I would not want it any other way.

Black Note had been my biggest personal wale for the longest time. I am very fortunate to live close to Bell's and have had the opportunity to drink it several times now. Each time I drink it I am as impressed as the first. Tremendous balance in the blend and the bourbon is integrated beautifully. Very easy to drink but one that will certainly catch up with you. As enjoyable as any beer I have ever had, one worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mscarpen
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was lucky to find this gem while traveling through MI on my first beer tour with my buddy Ben. Enjoyed it so much, we had to come back a second time later in the day. At 6.75 for 16 unholy ounces, how could you pass up on a second glass?

Appearance: Black,, black, black. It was fun to watch the bartender pour this one as it looked just like she was draining used motor oil from an old Chevy. Zero head and not. Hint of lacing.

Smell: Refined/smooth chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Taste: Wow! The best beer Ive ever had. Complex and refined with flavors of sweet chocolate chips, almost like a chocolate souffle. Super smooth bourbon for sure.

Mouthfeel: zero carbonation makes it very drinkable brew. In fact, that makes this on a bit dangerous as its smoothness can make you forget the quality (and alcohol content) of beer you are enjoying.

Without a doubt, this lives up to the hype. If you ever get the chance, make sure to get a taste of this one.

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Photo of helmstreet
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a small snifter at the Beer Trappe

A - black as the name implies. Minimal head disappears almost immediately.

S- minimal, though perhaps this is due to the glass. Some chocolate and malt come through.

T - just spectacular. I'm really surprised by the length of the tasting experience. Starts out sweet and chocolatey, then really malty with some toastiness. Finishes with more chocolate and roast as well as some bitterness.

M - creamy, but not syrupy. The taste lingers

D - two more garçon!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coffee brown with tight dark tan head. Nose has some subtle roasted malt, notes of coffee, vanilla cream, chocolate cake. There is a mild sweet bourbon note. It tastes well balanced, faint touch of sweetness with rich chocolate cake and vanilla notes. The coffee is lighter, Light note of sweet bourbon that picks up as it warns, more present than the nose but still subtle. Soft creamy feel, full bodied but not heavy with good carb and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of bobhits
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you beer trappe for letting me sample this master piece!

Pours black as night, truly held to multiple lights only the SLIGHTEST of brown legs throw through. Poured into a 6 zo snifter it seem to have some carbonation but hard to comment on.

The aromas is dark bakers chocolate, roasted malt, espresso and vanilla.

Wow..tastes like pie crust and bakers chocolate blended with vanilla and hints of oak. Yes as a bourbon lover a bit more oak would be ok, but the chocolate and pie crust flavors are out of control. There just isn't a possible negative comment to be head.

The double creme did the job. This is creamy and full bodied as hell. Well carbonated and sinfully rich.

Worthy of all the praise and then some!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black opaque apperance, dark brown creamy head, medium head retention

S: thick dark chocolate and cream followed by lots of bourbon with mellow vanilla and oak. Some ashy qualities follow the bourbon which detract from the overall beer a little bit.

T: toasted marshmallow followed by dark chocolate and a harmony with the oak barrels, amazing balance

Mf: thick, viscous, mellow, carbonation

O: huge flavors with a velvety texture, definitely worth a try. I don't know that this brew quite achieves the hype that surrounds it

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Photo of Wildman
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at brewpub for All Stouts Day and left on afterwards:
This beer was pitch black and produced a small snow white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa and anise. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and anise. It had a medium body and slightly creamy and a sweet finish. Love this combination.

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.