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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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2,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,949
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,049
Gots: 758 | 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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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2014 05:15:39 | More by ohiobeer29
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MCain04

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -7.7%

Here we go, 12 oz bottle split with BostonRyan. poured into 10 oz snifter from the most recent vintage.

A: dark black, tan head. dissipates into a rim around the perimeter.

S: Bourbon heavy. some nice chocolate and vanilla notes are present with roasty malty, but bourbon dominates.

T: thankfully much less bourbon heavy taste. it had the girth and complexity of expedition with a smooth mellow creamy sweet note from the double cream. they complement each other beautifully. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and toffee flavors. the finish had a lot of Bourbon heat though. only drawbacks are the bourbon heavy finish and a little too sweet.

M: Perfection. thick and creamy and full with a nice feel throughout.

O: A real treat. Not heads and shoulders above the other BBA stouts but comes in close to the top. might not be worth all the hype and might be too bourbon heavy but still enjoyed thoroughly.

Re-reviewing this after opening a 2014, comparing side by side with 2012.

Definitely still a bourbon-heavy nose is in the fresh version, while 15 months in the cellar calmed that down in the aged version. 2014 is boozy with a lot of barrel characteristics. 2012 is boozy as well but better integrated barrel character. 2014 is prickly, and thin while 2012 is smooth but still a little thin. Overall I'm not sure I agree with my high marks on this fresh, but the aged version is drinking nicely right now. Regardless, I think there is way too much hype surrounding this. There are equal BBA stouts without the craze and price that are attached to Black Note.

04-13-2014 04:31:40 | More by MCain04
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-13-2014 02:51:32 | More by facesnorth
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n8opot8o

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-13-2014 02:42:26 | More by n8opot8o
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did3376

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottled 2/12/14 Poured into stout glass.

A:Thick and black. About a finger of dense, tan head that fades over a few minutes. This stuff is dark, held light behind glass and could not see it.

S:Slight bourbon, roasty, raisins and chocolate.

T:Hints of bourbon quickly followed by slight coffee, then dark chocolate. Chocolate flavor seems to linger. Some alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but not overly strong. Roasted caramel and hints of black cherry noticed as well.

M:Smooth, medium consistency. Slight feel of carbonation dancing on my tongue. Slightly astringent.

O:Very good. Well balanced. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I believe some aging would improve this beer nicely. Definitely improves as it comes up to room temperature. Bottle was taken from basement which was probably around 45-50 degrees.

04-13-2014 02:29:47 | More by did3376
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -5%

A standard BAIS. Tons of legs. Nice lacing

S very nice. Lots of vanilla sweetness, dark fruit and some booze. Reminiscent of parabola

T follows the nose. Some bitter smokiness on the end. Lots of vanilla. The booze is well hidden but a slight burn is present on the back

M good feel. Silky smooth. Not too thick very moderate carb

O a good beer no doubt but this just isn't blowing me away. This has a nice dark fruit component but I think I prefer the coffee stouts. I think I'm to the point where just throwing a stout in a bb doesn't equate to a 5.0

04-13-2014 02:21:14 | More by DrewskiWhit
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trevor_s

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-12-2014 23:58:15 | More by trevor_s
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MallyOMight

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

04-12-2014 22:43:51 | More by MallyOMight
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tclipse

Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-12-2014 21:32:45 | More by tclipse
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carmike813

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-12-2014 15:23:50 | More by carmike813
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-12-2014 12:32:14 | More by markasparov
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Bartos

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-12-2014 09:57:41 | More by Bartos
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jw1978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.3%

04-12-2014 03:42:01 | More by jw1978
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dejones

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-12-2014 03:33:17 | More by dejones
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allenson21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

04-11-2014 15:03:09 | More by allenson21
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ncelauro

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-11-2014 14:08:52 | More by ncelauro
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle poured between 2 Jack's Abby snifters, 2012 Vintage.

It poured dark brown with a wisp of an off white head that receded almost instantly. Smelled of whiskey/booze, hints of dark chocolate, dark fruits like raisin or prune, roasted malts in the background. Taste was interesting. A big punch of whiskey up front, then mellowed out into dark chocolate, and a bit of tang from the dark fruits. It's wonderful on the tongue. Finishes dry with a nice warming sensation. Makes you want to keep sipping this. I thought this tasted very similar to Blackout or BA Siberian. It's on the thinner side for a stout.

04-11-2014 13:54:51 | More by Davepoolesque
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jcugafsu

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2014 00:06:56 | More by jcugafsu
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lonestarstate97

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-10-2014 19:55:37 | More by lonestarstate97
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-10-2014 15:32:56 | More by Kurmaraja
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-10-2014 02:41:34 | More by mportnoy
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-10-2014 02:33:17 | More by markgugs
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Tlab3

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-10-2014 02:19:50 | More by Tlab3
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

04-09-2014 22:45:22 | More by Bilco
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-09-2014 19:12:19 | More by leftstagebrew
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,949 ratings.