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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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Ratings: 2,934
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,042
Gots: 754 | FT: 69
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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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Nefarious

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-19-2014 00:33:09 | More by Nefarious
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bells chalice. Unfortunately the store label covered some of the dating but it looks like 3-12-14. Deep, dark, black body with a very small dark tan head. The head dissipates almost immediately, as expected for the high abv.

One of the better aromas I've had from a stout. Strong vanilla, caramel with light notes of roasted malt and bourbon. Light licorice note as it warms.

Delicious! The bourbon is much more noticeable in the brew than other barrel aged beers I've had, and that's good! Plenty of the aforementioned vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt with light added notes of molasses and a citric finish - light orange peel.

The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected but it does not detract from the overall experience. If I could get a few bottles of this and try it as often as I've had KBS and BCBS, it might be a tough fight to pick a winner.

05-19-2014 00:11:12 | More by FanofHefe
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rodemey2

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-18-2014 23:59:58 | More by rodemey2
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rjp217

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-18-2014 23:49:48 | More by rjp217
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mgr78704

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 21:18:18 | More by mgr78704
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tsgooch79

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-18-2014 20:59:49 | More by tsgooch79
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bens0n

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-18-2014 18:43:50 | More by bens0n
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-18-2014 04:01:55 | More by muskiesman
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 02:59:56 | More by Fusebuddy
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Wsherry1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 01:44:15 | More by Wsherry1
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crapulence

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-17-2014 21:38:49 | More by crapulence
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -6.6%

2014 Vintage

Appearance: Pours with a dark brown head of about a finger on an aggressive pour. The head settled in to a thin later across the top while drinking. Sits jet black in the glass with above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Potent bourbon front greets the drinker. Vanilla, oats, and barley are well integrated with the bourbon front. bright oak, cherries, and dried fruits make up the body. Some mossy hops round out the aroma.

Taste: Oak wins out on the front with a mixture of dried fruit and smokey bourbon. The bourbon opens up more on the body with the additions of vanilla and dark chocolate. There are roasted dried coffee flavors on the back end. Interesting combination of vanilla malt sweetness and bitter coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light and suits the heavier tones of this brew. Rich coffee, vanilla, and bourbon textures left on the palate long after drinking.

Overall: Love the vanilla tones of this beer. Bourbon character is potent and meshes well with the chocolate, coffee, and dried fruits. Would be interested to see how this beer ages, drinks really great right now.

05-17-2014 17:23:55 | More by KFBR392
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Rodosman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-17-2014 14:09:01 | More by Rodosman
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-17-2014 06:45:42 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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cmgray03

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-17-2014 04:35:53 | More by cmgray03
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-17-2014 04:32:30 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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STBbrewing

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-17-2014 02:54:20 | More by STBbrewing
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alexk307

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2014 02:19:57 | More by alexk307
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nguasta2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-17-2014 00:46:26 | More by nguasta2
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured form bottle into KBS snifter, bottle had been stored in cellar and refrigerated for a couple of hours prior to serving. The pour is majestic - a velvety jet black that immediately starts forming a beautiful head on the glass. The head is mocha in color and quite thick and foamy.

Aromas are sweet and spicy - predominantly bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. There is a hazelnut presence as well. The taste mirrors the aromas quite well, its hot/boozy as it touches your tongue and as the alcohol fades, vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate take over. There is a cinnamon taste that reminds me of spiced rum as well. The finish is sweet and there's a mildly bitter aftertaste that lasts several seconds.

The mouthfeel is thick although not quite to the point that I would describe it as chewy. Carbonation is very light.

Overall this is a fantastic beer that's deserving of the hype it receives. Beautiful example of a BBA stout - reminds me of BBPt5.

05-16-2014 20:32:59 | More by HoppySeb
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-16-2014 18:40:51 | More by cincysig
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-16-2014 10:59:19 | More by ChrisMon02
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akttr

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.3%

05-16-2014 03:54:36 | More by akttr
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Kendo

New York

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottled on 3/12/14; consumed on 5/15/14, making this one just 2 months old. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is inky jet black with only a hint of head on top - which then disappears immediately anyway, leaving behind absolutely no lace.

S: Bourbon, molasses & vanilla. Quite pleasant nose.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with bourbon dominating, some molasses and a lot of vanilla. As it warms I note some dark fruits (black cherries come to mind) and even licorice on the aftertaste. High-ABV (11.4%) is noted more as warmth on the belly than as heat on the palate - a neat trick for a beer of this strength and considering the bourbon. Also as it warms up I'm getting more general roastiness cutting through the bourbon. Oh and the ABV is definitely working its wonders, buzz-wise.

M: Full-bodied, heft-wise, and fairly slick in feel, though as it warms up the carbonation seems to activate itself and cut through that slick feel. . . .

O: Real nice. I'd love to do a blind tasting with this, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Founders KBS. This one is heavier on the vanilla/molasses side of things, while others have more roasty malt to balance the bourbon.

05-16-2014 01:49:57 | More by Kendo
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GRE680

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-16-2014 00:16:52 | More by GRE680
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,934 ratings.