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

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2,824 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,824
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,006
Gots: 719 | FT: 68
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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Ratings: 2,824 | Reviews: 490 | Display Reviews Only:
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Minnesota_beer_guy

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-28-2014 00:04:06 | More by Minnesota_beer_guy
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Baab200

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-27-2014 23:15:36 | More by Baab200
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unclejazz

New York

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Blue Tusk 5oz into a wine glass.

Pours jet black very little head has solid legs like a good wine. The aroma has bourbon, vanilla, almond, roasted malt and almost a Dr. Pepper sort of vibe. Vanilla leads on the first taste, very creamy, and then bourbon and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich but not heavy, you get a creamy texture from the cream stout element. Overall this is a wonderful beer and worth the hype. I have had this before in a bottle and it's maybe even a bit more enjoyable on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 19:45:47 | More by unclejazz
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-27-2014 11:47:45 | More by maDUECEgunner
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-27-2014 01:49:04 | More by SHerninko
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2014 23:21:29 | More by Balvenie
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BRClemons

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2014 21:27:57 | More by BRClemons
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Leiting

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2014 18:42:28 | More by Leiting
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jrcmlc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-26-2014 05:41:53 | More by jrcmlc
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WCW

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2014 03:55:34 | More by WCW
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black with a half finger chocolate head that dissipates to a thin ring, virtually no lacing.
S: Bourbon is the first to my nose with hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit.
T: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, coffee, and dark fruit. This is a complex and balanced brew.
M: Creamy and heavy. Slightly bitter. ABV is present. As perfect as you can get.
O: This one lived up to the hype and then some. One of the better BA Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:02:23 | More by N_Schleret
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Melman

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-25-2014 04:31:06 | More by Melman
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-25-2014 03:37:01 | More by TubaDan
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marleyr

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-25-2014 01:29:34 | More by marleyr
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LEdubs

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

03-25-2014 00:46:20 | More by LEdubs
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jrnyc

New York

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-24-2014 23:43:06 | More by jrnyc
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GGRECH

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-24-2014 17:37:53 | More by GGRECH
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MarioM

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-24-2014 15:01:10 | More by MarioM
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NikkoE82

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-24-2014 01:23:03 | More by NikkoE82
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-23-2014 14:54:21 | More by greenspointexas
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einman

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-21-2014 16:28:54 | More by einman
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-21-2014 01:01:01 | More by dcisco44
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dunlap926

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-21-2014 00:57:33 | More by dunlap926
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JohnG190

New York

4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Good lacing.
Gobs of bourbon in the nose, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, licorice, coffee and roasted malt with it. A lot going on in the aroma of this beer!
The bourbon is not as assertive on the palate as it was on the nose, but it is most certainly there. With the bourbon comes vanilla, licorice, and toasted coconut. At 11.5%, the alcohol is very well hidden. The bourbon lasts a long time. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. The palate is as complex as the aroma. This is one silky smooth beer, it's got a big body with almost no carbonation. Overall, one of the finest examples of a BA stout I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:00:17 | More by JohnG190
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KevinL

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-20-2014 14:46:15 | More by KevinL
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,824 ratings.