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

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Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout

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2,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 2,010
Gots: 713 | 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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Ratings: 2,802 | Reviews: 488 | Display Reviews Only:
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durlta

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-10-2014 14:32:43 | More by durlta
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jpd026

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-10-2014 05:54:59 | More by jpd026
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djgustafson

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-10-2014 02:44:07 | More by djgustafson
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with minimal coffee colored head. Carbonation is retained around the edges for the life of the drink.

Scents of leather, black licorice, chocolate, espresso.

Great flavor. Robust coffee, licorice, light soy. Earthy leather and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I could have hoped for. Thick, but not viscous. Smooth. Low carbonation.

A great beer, no doubt, but considering the hype and lengths one must go through to get it, it disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 02:25:00 | More by Vonerichs
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cmrncrzy10

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2014 21:55:12 | More by cmrncrzy10
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morrowd3

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2014 21:34:19 | More by morrowd3
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EdVandenberg

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2014 20:22:55 | More by EdVandenberg
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Doh-Kay

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2014 20:02:39 | More by Doh-Kay
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hobobumguy

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-09-2014 18:54:16 | More by hobobumguy
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jme015

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2014 18:35:30 | More by jme015
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Highgrade

Arizona

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-09-2014 04:25:38 | More by Highgrade
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barbaraeliza

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-09-2014 04:19:54 | More by barbaraeliza
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2014 04:15:44 | More by lupercmda
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ManMoosePig

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2014 04:08:37 | More by ManMoosePig
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RelentlessLefty

Iowa

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-08-2014 22:07:55 | More by RelentlessLefty
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loganburgh

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-08-2014 21:25:25 | More by loganburgh
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1up

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-08-2014 16:55:16 | More by 1up
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CraftFan5

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-08-2014 13:10:49 | More by CraftFan5
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 4/18/14

Appearance: Dark, deep brown - pours with a wispy, light brown head, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Huge chocolate and some nice bourbon - smells very, very rich - big chocolate malts, with burnt and roasty notes, and some some caramel - some dark fruits and a ton of bourbon - chewy caramel, chocolate cake - decadent to say the least

Taste: Even bigger than the aroma - big, chewy malts - sweet caramel, molasses, and dark, roasty malts - chocolate in all forms, with semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate - lots and lots of bourbon, but this mostly works - woody with some booze, demands to be sipped

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, or the light side of full - adequate carbonation, smooth

Overall: More appealing than a brown note

This was a beast. It was bigger than I expected. At least an hour should be devoted to sampling this beer, even if you split the bottle. It a bit bourbon-heavy, but I would try this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 06:48:04 | More by angrybabboon
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tpaetow

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-08-2014 04:28:56 | More by tpaetow
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treznor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black and inky with a dark tan head.

S - Can definitely get the bourbon off the aroma here! Some dark chocolately, raisany notes down there as well.

T - Complex, dark, the taste lingers for a bit and increases in complexity with something extra coming out at the end.

M - The 'weak' point of the beer as its slightly thin.

O - A great beer to sit around and sip.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2014 23:22:08 | More by treznor
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DrChadly

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-07-2014 21:01:32 | More by DrChadly
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SenorEsteban

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2014 18:19:32 | More by SenorEsteban
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Harvey98

Arizona

5/5  rDev +9.6%

05-07-2014 13:30:36 | More by Harvey98
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TaborTime

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

05-07-2014 04:59:28 | More by TaborTime
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.