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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

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2,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,010
Gots: 713 | FT: 68
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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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bleeps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-01-2014 04:19:04 | More by bleeps
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown/ black color with almost no head. The aroma is strong with bourbon and sweet robust malts. The taste is sweet, smooth and strong. This seems to be thinner in texture than most other bourbon barrel stout, but probably has the most unique taste that leaves a tart fruit after taste. A good, well made beer but to currently hold the #20 spot for best beer is a bit of a stretch.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 03:49:41 | More by Lemke10
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-01-2014 02:52:49 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle of the 2014 picked up at a Whole Foods in Washington, DC. Poured into a teku.

A pitchblack, viscous-looking beer that from the pour produces a thin, maybe half a finger thick, dark khaki-colored head. What little head there is persists well and forms a ring around the edges of the glass above the body.

Burnt caramel, oak, and barrel are what my nose finds and I want to say this is bourbon-barrel aged (I haven't read too much into this beer). The aroma is similar to BCBS with vanilla hints and a pungent malt presence that smalls gooey. I do get a hint of hops but not much.

Nice! Lots of oaky spice and a thick molasses flavor. It"s sweet and caramelly, but I get some hop spice towards the end.Oak and other bourbon-like notes begin becoming more apparent, as do the malt's flavors.

This brew has a spritely effervescence that makes its presence felt through the thick creaminess and viscosity. It's sweet, has a bit of a bite, and a tiny hint of bitterness, but what is most notable is how well buried the alcohol is.

This is an excellent brew. So many flavors work their way through and are joined my what seems like just as many sensations. I suppose my only qualm is that this resembles BCBS in numerous ways, yet is about 2.5 times the price per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 02:36:42 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says PKGD 03/12/14. Celebrating my 900th review with this miracle of a gift provided by mjshearer1.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Big rush of dark roasted malt with heavy notes of dark chocolate, bourbon and molasses. Also some caramel and vanilla undertones. Booze fume is there but works well with the rest of the aroma.

T- Initial dark chocolate comes across subtly and then the barrel creeps in and brings a bit more intensity as well as some vanilla sweetness. Wonderful black coffee aftertaste brings the profile around full circle. Additional notes of raisin and more molasses. So drinkable for the ABV and yet the flavors linger good and long so that they can be savored by only sipping sporadically. As it warms, it somehow becomes more sweet and even less boozy, however the dark roast becomes even more prevalent making it a bit more bitter.

M- Quite creamy and viscous plus there's some sticky residue in the afterfeel. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A great BBA beer that's full-on with the bourbon presence but not so much that it becomes too hot or one-dimensional. Though I still think BCBS and KBS are both above it, this one is certainly a major contender and deserves to be appreciated for its own unique qualities.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 02:05:21 | More by Immortale25
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Kramerwtmf

California

4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side with Kbs. Kbs smelled better but everything about this beer makes it better including how smooth it is. The espresso flavor in the finish really sets this beer apart. It has a bourbon county aroma but the flavor is unreal. Do yourself a favor and get a bottle if you don't have one!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 00:51:54 | More by Kramerwtmf
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alostplot

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-01-2014 00:24:15 | More by alostplot
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-30-2014 23:47:44 | More by Kevincredible
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mkirkland80

Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-30-2014 22:12:36 | More by mkirkland80
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Ksource

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-30-2014 20:32:00 | More by Ksource
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JVB

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-30-2014 18:37:54 | More by JVB
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

04-30-2014 13:13:35 | More by kristougher
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-30-2014 12:16:58 | More by BuckTuckian
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JOrtt

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-30-2014 04:34:47 | More by JOrtt
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BeboThoughts

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

04-30-2014 02:59:45 | More by BeboThoughts
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Danimal25

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.2%

04-30-2014 02:37:15 | More by Danimal25
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kenzilka007

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2014 23:43:55 | More by kenzilka007
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ACB

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2014 20:28:35 | More by ACB
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2014 19:47:01 | More by SixPack6
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 (bottled 03/12/14) into snifter

A- Black with hints of coffee brown, thin khaki head

S- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Pretty heavy on the bourbon. Reminds me of a chocolate-covered vanilla wafer cookie. Some roast and oak barrel notes

T- heavy coffee flavors, rather bitter, hints of chocolate. Oakey-barrelly notes.

M- Excellent balance of thickness and dryness. Really nice

O- A masterful creation. Bell's best beer, next to Hopslam (which I love). More grown-up (sorry) than KBS, and more finnesse than BCBS. Seems less sweet than either. But the sweetness that is there plays off of the aggressive bourbon flavors, and keeps them in check. This vintage may improve, but in my opinion, it is ready to drink. I prefer this to KBS, but I also prefer BCBS to this- by just a nudge. Another outstanding contribution to the genre of barrel-aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 16:57:47 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2014 16:41:12 | More by dannyfayy
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2014 16:16:36 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2014 16:03:47 | More by Kmlund
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smithj2154

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

04-29-2014 15:14:13 | More by smithj2154
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Wayne17

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2014 14:50:34 | More by Wayne17
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.