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

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2,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,793
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,013
Gots: 714 | FT: 68
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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: 2,793 | Reviews: 488 | Display Reviews Only:
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miffsudd

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-21-2014 01:30:19 | More by miffsudd
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-20-2014 15:16:37 | More by ne0m00re
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lswilma

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-19-2014 23:35:48 | More by lswilma
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cgrz

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-19-2014 19:28:32 | More by cgrz
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2014 17:14:44 | More by robwestcott
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smitty5245

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

01-16-2014 23:18:38 | More by smitty5245
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into Firestone snifter.

Appearance is on par with other barrel aged stouts. Black, dark roasty almond colored tiny head. Leaves little lacing.

Aroma is fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, fig jam, bourbon, spice cake, and creamed coffee. I've got to say the aroma on this one of the best I've come upon in a barrel aged stout! So balanced between everything, thinking the year in the cellar helped take the bourbon back a notch.

On the palate there is a huge surge of coffee and fudge with the dark fruit taking a back seat. Bourbon throughout with coconut, vanilla, faint oak, and Brandy beans. If I had to describe the flavor I would have to say its like a not so boozy BCBS and Parabola had a baby. It's somewhere in between that spectrum but on a scaled down level. Just smooth.

The mouthfeel is where this suffers a bit. Not bad but maybe just a bit thin, with aftertaste disappearing rather quickly. The flavor screams viscous but the body thins out a little soon failing to support the formers gung-ho approach.

Overall a truely worldclass barrel aged stout. Quite smooth, very flavorful, surprisingly easy drinking for 12% abv, and very balanced between flavor nuances. I think I enjoyed this a bit more than Parabola but a little less than regular BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:10:48 | More by MarcWP
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jb3304

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

01-15-2014 18:17:12 | More by jb3304
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

01-15-2014 05:22:53 | More by auroracrisis
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Pwnzilla

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-14-2014 05:01:33 | More by Pwnzilla
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2014 19:03:48 | More by mattmarka1
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-12-2014 22:33:58 | More by Cresant
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anteater

Oregon

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A: Black and deep, practically no head whatsoever

S: Strong! You can smell this one from far away. Roasty malt, espresso, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

T: More of the nose. Rich espresso, bourbon, roasty malt, chocolate and vanilla from the oak. Bitterness is present but in the background. Lots of flavor, very well balanced

M: Pretty thick, very smooth

O: One of the better barrel aged stouts I've had. Better than KBS, not as good as BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:17:20 | More by anteater
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2014 20:56:51 | More by threedaggers
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Jimmeekrek

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-12-2014 20:33:59 | More by Jimmeekrek
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J_Barrett

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-12-2014 20:04:37 | More by J_Barrett
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-12-2014 03:17:54 | More by HoistinBrews
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Norseman

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2014 17:24:52 | More by Norseman
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DrewSimm

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-11-2014 07:32:31 | More by DrewSimm
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Eric15

Alabama

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-10-2014 16:48:30 | More by Eric15
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fireman1013

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-10-2014 14:29:32 | More by fireman1013
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.6%

01-10-2014 14:11:36 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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Ksims

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

01-10-2014 09:24:55 | More by Ksims
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boxcar01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -12.3%

01-10-2014 03:58:31 | More by boxcar01
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Jonathan2291

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.3%

01-09-2014 17:15:25 | More by Jonathan2291
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,793 ratings.