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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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2,727 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 2,000
Gots: 698 | FT: 65
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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irish01980

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-13-2014 23:19:10 | More by irish01980
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ojgio

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-13-2014 20:08:03 | More by ojgio
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Jeremy_H

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

05-13-2014 18:47:13 | More by Jeremy_H
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sourdog

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-13-2014 05:01:16 | More by sourdog
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

05-13-2014 00:57:41 | More by HardyA
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-13-2014 00:26:23 | More by jwat
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Bottle
Pour had a thickness to it, brown in color, pours into a dark brpwn with a small dark tan head that built up then dissipated shortly after to minimal remnants
Vanilla, bourbon, fruity deep sweet, alcohol, hints at dark fruit
Taste is incredible wow didn't know what 100 meant but ok ok I see now. Just everything good is there in the taste. Vanilla, molasses, bourbon, warming booziness, caramel, tootsie roll, spicy warmth that builds and has a perfect close to a dry finish. Dark malts, chocolate, has a nice bitter element, sweet.
Mouthfeel is very smooth yet kinda sticky with great finish, can carry the weight of this one
Really good beer, great stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 00:05:38 | More by Sensaray
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-12-2014 21:32:04 | More by Cubatobaco
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-12-2014 14:34:35 | More by PopnLoads
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TheBeerTruck

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-12-2014 02:54:21 | More by TheBeerTruck
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.1%

05-12-2014 02:31:38 | More by KAP1356
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kingston2

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With all the hype this beer gets I was thrilled to score a couple in trade at DLD. Must say I think it is a bit over hyped. Certainly a very good and maybe even great beer, but I found the mouth feel a bit thin and the overall taste a bit short. Very dark pour with nice lacing once the small head faded. Bourbon and vanilla smells dominate. Nice flavors but again, rather thin with little to no coating of the tongue and mouth. I like my stouts to stay with me a bit and this did not. Very good but I think the scarcity has the overall perception over hyped a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 02:20:34 | More by kingston2
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of hype on this beer. The nose had hints of bourbon and chocolate with a little coffee, but mostly had wet dog which was really disappointing. I've heard that's from something from the hops that causes this odor but it should settle out with time as the hops fade.

Mouth feel is great. Taste had all the usual bourbony vanilla and caramel I expect. All around a good beer that was slightly disappointing. Looking forward to having this again in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 00:38:59 | More by Ohiovania
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-11-2014 17:45:52 | More by KevBot89
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Connecticut

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Wisconsin

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,727 ratings.