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

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,069
Gots: 778 | FT: 74
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

udubdawg, Apr 20, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -7.7%


Pours a translucent dark brown, black in the class with a fizzy dark mocha head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate and barrel - char, vanilla, oak, some bourbon. Notes of mocha and dark roasted coffee as well.

Very good barrel aged stout, however missing a lot of the richness and depth of flavor that expedition has. Very little dark fruits, thinner body, and a lighter pour as well.

timc100, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Daniellobo, Apr 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Armando_Perez, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

kimjongill, Apr 20, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -4.4%

Ah the fabled Black Note. It's quite boozy with strong bourbon tones. Heavy and forward, but balanced enough. Mild vanilla on the back end. Thick and well bodied in character and feel. It's a strong bourbon aged stout. I wouldn't mind more complexity, but it's nice.

RblWthACoz, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

amishbooze, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ethanmc12, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

AkaFlash, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

bralston345, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BKBassist, Apr 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JDD419, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

xdtfx, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

badmotorgrunge, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

whatname, Apr 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

kevindp9, Apr 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

catboy, Apr 19, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +4.8%

After drinking this beer I had the urge to review it

A: Pours a pitch black with a small khaki head. Very little lacing.
S: Overwhelmingly bourbon. Hints of chocolate, malts, maybe some vanilla. Not a very complex smell but enjoyable..
T: This is where Black Note makes its mark. Wow! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, a bit of fruit just very well blended. Beautiful taste!
M: Very creamy, almost like drinking a stout milkshake. Nice!
O: An extremely good BBA stout. #1? Probably not, I can think of a couple better but I thoroughly enjoy this beer and definitely worth the hype!

JayCheG, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

rpomeroy, Apr 19, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%

A - Pitch black with khaki head that leaves nice lace after each drink. A window shade of film falls off the glass after each drink.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted coffee beans, wood, bourbon, cherries, dates.

T - Layers and layers of flavors - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, fruity, booze, oak, warming alcohol. Velvety mouth feel, rich and creamy, each drink coats and warms on the way down.

O - This is an amazing brew where the actual brew meet and exceeds the hype and expectations. I was able to secure one of these with the limited release and DAMN I want to get my hands on a few more. Truly a world class beer.

andrewjraab, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

DubCo21, Apr 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

CLaBarre, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

thipwell, Apr 18, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +7%

Damn near room temp. Purchased and consumed at the Grale Haus in Louisville.

A. Poured jet black with a fine bubble amber head that retreats to an amber rim. Slight effervescence. Not especially thick (but maybe the serving temp is a factor).

S. Awesome. Some dark roasted malts, toffee, vanilla, dried figs, and BOURBON.

T. The taste certainly follows the nose. Dark roasted malts, bourbon soaked oak, vanilla, figs. Minor notes of coco and coffee. Some sweetness from the aging but not overpowering or negative. A little dusty. Not hot at all.

M. Way smooth. Moderate carbonation - especially for the style. Heavy body. Slightly oily.

O. Well done. A super well crafted ale, top to bottom. They just brought it from the cellar and threw it directly on the shelf. I went for it without refrigeration, but if a beer could hold up to that, this is the one. This is not boozey beyond what is expected. I feel perfection is unattainable but one cannot get any better in the taste and mouthfeel metrics.

macher0, Apr 18, 2014
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,004 ratings.