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

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3,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,121
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,105
Gots: 788 | 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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Ratings: 3,121 | Reviews: 498 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side with Kbs. Kbs smelled better but everything about this beer makes it better including how smooth it is. The espresso flavor in the finish really sets this beer apart. It has a bourbon county aroma but the flavor is unreal. Do yourself a favor and get a bottle if you don't have one!

Kramerwtmf, May 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

alostplot, May 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -34.2%

Danimal25, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

kenzilka007, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ACB, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

SixPack6, Apr 29, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 (bottled 03/12/14) into snifter

A- Black with hints of coffee brown, thin khaki head

S- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Pretty heavy on the bourbon. Reminds me of a chocolate-covered vanilla wafer cookie. Some roast and oak barrel notes

T- heavy coffee flavors, rather bitter, hints of chocolate. Oakey-barrelly notes.

M- Excellent balance of thickness and dryness. Really nice

O- A masterful creation. Bell's best beer, next to Hopslam (which I love). More grown-up (sorry) than KBS, and more finnesse than BCBS. Seems less sweet than either. But the sweetness that is there plays off of the aggressive bourbon flavors, and keeps them in check. This vintage may improve, but in my opinion, it is ready to drink. I prefer this to KBS, but I also prefer BCBS to this- by just a nudge. Another outstanding contribution to the genre of barrel-aged stout.

DubbelTrubbel, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dannyfayy, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Kmlund, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

smithj2154, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Wayne17, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Lfty357, Apr 29, 2014
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4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Found on the bottle reserve list at The Federal in Durham, NC

I have to say that I LOVED this beer. It changed so much as it warmed. First espresso and vanilla, then big, bouzy bourbon, finishing chocolate and roasty as it approached room temp. Not as viscous as I expected, which was surprisingly refreshing. Lingered on the tongue for a while, but not heavily (make sense? I hope so).

Simple review for a simply amazing brew!

jerefreakinmiah, Apr 29, 2014
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,121 ratings.