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

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2,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 719 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Cfeezy

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-29-2014 04:34:46 | More by Cfeezy
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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-29-2014 04:23:33 | More by jaydoc
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Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2014 02:59:21 | More by BeerZombies1
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very rich, dark coffee black with nice lacing.

Nose is initially alcohol with sweet soy and burnt sugars and roasted chicory. Savory finish.

Taste is sweet and smooth malt and dark chocolate, with tart alcohol that fades into a pucker.

Mouthfeel is meaty, full, and smooth without much carbonation. Alcohol throughout.

Overall, it has lots of unique character, but the alcohol is a lot, which becomes distracting unless it is a dark, cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 02:03:32 | More by dorianmarley
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jdorlicz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2014 17:48:36 | More by jdorlicz
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lillitnn92

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2014 14:43:51 | More by lillitnn92
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TechBrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-28-2014 13:40:16 | More by TechBrew
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PostQ

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2014 03:40:48 | More by PostQ
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huntermop

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2014 03:31:58 | More by huntermop
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astronautjones

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2014 01:03:50 | More by astronautjones
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fleurdelou

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-27-2014 23:27:52 | More by fleurdelou
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mani

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-27-2014 13:26:04 | More by mani
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MisterBisco

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2014 10:58:23 | More by MisterBisco
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-27-2014 04:36:01 | More by Agentveba
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layinbrix

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-26-2014 18:10:29 | More by layinbrix
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owenbrau

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-26-2014 14:56:50 | More by owenbrau
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-26-2014 13:27:36 | More by OnWisconsin
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mrkdwrds

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

05-26-2014 00:08:21 | More by mrkdwrds
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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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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-25-2014 19:08:49 | More by PA-Michigander
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david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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BillDon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-25-2014 14:52:12 | More by BillDon
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,827 ratings.