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

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Ratings: 2,803
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,009
Gots: 715 | FT: 68
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-11-2014 04:34:43 | More by rollncalguy78
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-10-2014 21:02:45 | More by Andrewleithsmith
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-10-2014 16:28:08 | More by Metllica97
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-10-2014 15:04:07 | More by PlayitAgain
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foobula

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12/28/12 12-oz bottle. Taken out of the fridge and warmed up for ~20 mins before opening. Dark black appearance with a small rust-colored head dissipating quickly. Nose is intense bourbon sweetness, roast. Taste is so much bourbony sweetness in the front that really pops. Tangy on the sides. Nice roast toward the back and throughout. Just a little sourness that doesn't quite belong. Lingering oaky finish. Mouthfeel all right, not super-thick but decent carbonation. A little syrupy. Overall, a fantastic barrel-aged beer that could be thicker but tasty as all get-out. Aging it these 1.5 years certainly didn't hurt.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 07:07:42 | More by foobula
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moshea

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.2%

06-09-2014 23:35:12 | More by moshea
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-09-2014 22:49:40 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-09-2014 21:08:48 | More by IAmHollywood13
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SourMeTimber

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-09-2014 16:16:42 | More by SourMeTimber
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Florida

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-08-2014 08:14:04 | More by KevMo84
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3-12-14

A- Very dark chocolate brown, near black. virtually no head to speak of, but left a nice ring around the glass, with some very light runny lacing.

S- Nice smooth bourbon up front, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, some vanilles, followed by deep dark fruit.

T- Very good throughout, good smooth and not overpowering bourbon, deep chocolates, hints of dark mixed dark fruits. Very good stout flavors.

M- Thick, creamy, smooth, slick and sticky. Everything lingers on the tongue.

O- This is a very good beer, but after reading all the reviews I was expecting more. I cant say I was let down, but not up to the super hype and the years of waiting IMO.
Was kinda of surprised that the lacing didn't coat the glass with a bigger head, the smell is awesome and the taste is wonderful but I have had some much less expensive that comes very close or equals this one. The feel was amazing though, every stout should strive for this part.

Very glad I finally found it to try and will defiantly pick it up again at some point, just wouldn't run out and drop a lot of dollars on it next time. Very good beer and do recommend it to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 01:59:26 | More by Gryphon69
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Minnesota

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North Carolina

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Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,803 ratings.