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

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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,012
Gots: 712 | 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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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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layinbrix

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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mrkdwrds

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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jweave16

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-25-2014 23:55:49 | More by jweave16
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Brew_Bro

Florida

4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. I got it in a trade and poured into a snifter.

The pour was nothing special. Typical stout black and the head was just average. It's barrel aged so I expect a small amount of head and it delivered about a half finger worth. Good enough.

Smell was great. I pick up the bourbon and a lot of chocolate. It reminds me a lot of a Zhukov even though Zhukov isn't BA.

Mouthfeel is the best part about this beer. After my first sip I looked at the glass is amazement. It's incredibly silky smooth. One of the best I've ever had in this regard. Incredible.

The taste is great. Incredibly chocolaty with a good bourbon flavor. It's as if someone made a chocolate candy with bourbon infused. You get a slight alcohol presence from the barrel but it's not overtly so. It's nice.

Overall I was impressed. After the pour I was a little skeptical if it lived up to the hype but after drinking this beer I must say it's worth it. I would totally buy this next time it's released no problem.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

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Ohio

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Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Version

A. Black with a two finger tan head that recedes to an 1/8 inch covering.

S. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, coffee, caramel, creme brulee ... holy shit!

T. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, dark roast coffee and a hint of booze. No hop bitterness detected - could use just a touch on the finish to clean things up on the back end.

M. Creamy and full bodied without coming across syrupy and gloppy.

O. Barrel-aged beers generally don't excite me (see my BCBS review). That said this beer is very enjoyable and very well made. Its richness and creaminess never gets tiring like so many BA beers. Its alcohol, though present, never gets in the way. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

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Florida

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,797 ratings.