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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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BA SCORE
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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: 721 | 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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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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
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beefsquatch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

03-20-2014 14:45:47 | More by beefsquatch
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ronn

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2014 22:03:59 | More by ronn
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dunix

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2014 01:35:21 | More by detrockcitey
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KostyaK

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

03-18-2014 15:47:48 | More by KostyaK
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pperez38

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-18-2014 08:05:32 | More by pperez38
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vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-18-2014 01:05:19 | More by vonnegut21
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stevec32

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-16-2014 18:52:32 | More by thampel09
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

03-16-2014 15:23:14 | More by arlingtonjoe
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IndyDad

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-16-2014 12:07:51 | More by IndyDad
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scotv

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

03-16-2014 02:50:58 | More by scotv
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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zdeck37

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

03-13-2014 00:20:46 | More by zdeck37
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.