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

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3,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,012
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,071
Gots: 781 | 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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4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black with a half finger chocolate head that dissipates to a thin ring, virtually no lacing.
S: Bourbon is the first to my nose with hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit.
T: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, coffee, and dark fruit. This is a complex and balanced brew.
M: Creamy and heavy. Slightly bitter. ABV is present. As perfect as you can get.
O: This one lived up to the hype and then some. One of the better BA Stouts out there.

N_Schleret, Mar 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Melman, Mar 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

TubaDan, Mar 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

marleyr, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

LEdubs, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

jrnyc, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

GGRECH, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

MarioM, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

NikkoE82, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

einman, Mar 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dcisco44, Mar 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

dunlap926, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Good lacing.
Gobs of bourbon in the nose, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, licorice, coffee and roasted malt with it. A lot going on in the aroma of this beer!
The bourbon is not as assertive on the palate as it was on the nose, but it is most certainly there. With the bourbon comes vanilla, licorice, and toasted coconut. At 11.5%, the alcohol is very well hidden. The bourbon lasts a long time. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. The palate is as complex as the aroma. This is one silky smooth beer, it's got a big body with almost no carbonation. Overall, one of the finest examples of a BA stout I've ever had!

JohnG190, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

KevinL, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

beefsquatch, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ronn, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

detrockcitey, Mar 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

KostyaK, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

pperez38, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

vonnegut21, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

stevec32, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,012 ratings.