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

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2,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 2,011
Gots: 711 | FT: 69
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: 2,790 | Reviews: 488 | Display Reviews Only:
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle poured into tulip

A: pitch black, inch tan head. looks like a delicious imperial stout
S: the smell is a little off-putting to me. kind of a syrupy soy smell that i got from uncle jacobs. not bad, just not a smell that appeals to me personally.
T: so rich and complex. milk chocolate. caramel. vanilla. a sort of fig-like jammy fruitiness. licorice. obvious strong hop profile perfectly balanced out with a very rich but not overpowering sweetness. bourbon character is very subtle, but i dont miss a stronger presence. such a great balanced brew. delicious.
M: very fullbodied and an almost creamy carbonation. very effervescent for such a thick stout. absolutely perfect feel for a big stout.
O: dont care for the smell, but past that, its as good an imperial stout as ive had.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:01:39 | More by PhatAtUT
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lindhout

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-27-2014 16:01:41 | More by lindhout
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Braden

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-26-2014 18:06:48 | More by Braden
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IPAdams

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

02-26-2014 01:49:23 | More by IPAdams
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-25-2014 01:18:48 | More by Phil_H
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dannyhead

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-25-2014 01:18:17 | More by dannyhead
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henshawb

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-25-2014 00:43:44 | More by henshawb
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MrPlayboy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-24-2014 13:38:14 | More by MrPlayboy
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-24-2014 01:11:26 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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cjgator3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2014 20:05:47 | More by cjgator3
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tun

New York

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-23-2014 02:43:28 | More by tun
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Dag48

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2014 01:27:29 | More by Dag48
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-22-2014 23:50:47 | More by billab914
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Beercanman1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

02-22-2014 10:06:01 | More by Beercanman1
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Really enjoyed this stout. Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark, black color. Virtually zero head, but nice beige/tan collar. Zillions of tiny bubbles coat the edges, but lacing is minimal and not at all sticky. Nose was subtle, but sexy -- bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla hints compete with one another. The palate is where this stout really displays it's showcase qualities -- bourbon and chocolate dominate. Reminds me of a less syrupy sweet version of BCBS and/or a less boozy version of Parabola. Roasted coffee and vanilla make appearances as well. Great finish and mouthfeel. If you don't love this stout, then you obviously have your head up your coo-loo.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:42:44 | More by JohnParadee
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2014 03:38:58 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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Theeabyss

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-21-2014 22:41:03 | More by Theeabyss
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snowbose

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-21-2014 22:37:25 | More by snowbose
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BriMaster56

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-21-2014 01:11:21 | More by BriMaster56
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JulianC

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-19-2014 15:38:23 | More by JulianC
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rudabegga9

Georgia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-18-2014 07:36:50 | More by rudabegga9
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mikul93

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Typical of a lot of BA Stouts. Black as night with little head. Faint tan head clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Bourbon hits the nose initially , followed by dark fruits, oak, bitter chocolate and hint of vanilla

T - Almost like the nose, bourbon hits the tongue immediately followed by tons and tons of chocolate. This is a chocolate bomb. Dark fruit follows with hints of vanilla. A roasty coffee goodness lingers on the tongue afterwards.

M - Lots of carbonation for a BA stout. I wish it was a little bit less. Thick viscosity as expected that coats your mouth.

O - Delicious beer that I will definitely try to get more of. Very nice to have in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:37:29 | More by mikul93
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Skrypt

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-18-2014 02:13:07 | More by Skrypt
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Jlu73183

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-18-2014 00:45:00 | More by Jlu73183
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jbird_1973

New York

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-17-2014 19:53:06 | More by jbird_1973
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,790 ratings.