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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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BA SCORE
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2,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,938
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 2,043
Gots: 754 | FT: 69
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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steelerbrian1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-23-2014 19:12:20 | More by steelerbrian1
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Shared this with a couple of fellow BA'ers and found it to be quite good, but not quite up to my Gold Standard, as set by Goose Island Proprietor's. But did a side by side tasting of it along with Lost Abbey's Agave Maria, and found it did edge out the Agave Maria by a nose. Pun intended. You would be hard pressed to drink a full bottle of this beer by ones self I feel. Solid 4.5 beer.

06-23-2014 16:27:58 | More by ricknelson
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Vinithing

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2014 01:54:48 | More by Vinithing
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ThurmondTX

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-22-2014 22:21:54 | More by ThurmondTX
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RColbert3

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-22-2014 19:53:16 | More by RColbert3
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Danny1217

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-22-2014 14:41:02 | More by Danny1217
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.6%

2014 version, it is a 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip/snifter style glass. Liquid come out of the bottle is a cola brown color but gets dark brown as it rises in the glass. Not much in the way of highlights. Slightly darker than tan colored head, mostly small bubbles goes away after a few minutes, not much in the way of lacing. Each sip gives sort of a syrupy cling to the glass though. Decent looking beer, decent representation of the style.

Smell is really good. Dominant feature throughout is vanilla and oak aromas from bourbon barrel aging. Outside of that there's plenty of dark roasted malts providing a nice sweet and rich chocolate characteristic with a touch of bitterness. At the end there's some candy coated dark dehydrated fruits.

Taste is a step up. Lots of roasted malts providing the chocolate and the faintest light roasted coffee flavor; a little sweeter than I anticipated based on the smell, but in a good way. The candy/liquor coated dark dehydrated fruits (figs, raisons, dates) come through a little stronger. Broubon, vanilla and oak are obviously strong characteristics as well. Everything is meshed really well together, you can tell this is a carefully crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. I guess I'd say full bodied with an appropriate lasting/lingering flavor, but it doesn't feel as heavy as a full bodied beer, more like it'd be a medium body. Nice and smooth with a low medium carbonation level. Appropriate sweetness gradually moving to a warming finish, almost hot. A little bit of age could do alright to take a little heat away but I wouldn't do it more than 6-8 months, this was ready to drink now. Really drinkable, this one goes down nice and easy and is a year round bourbon barrel stout. Huge props to EasyReader for this one, you're the man!

06-22-2014 03:03:19 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Riggsenater

Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-22-2014 02:09:31 | More by Riggsenater
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harripat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-21-2014 17:35:57 | More by harripat
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tripelhops

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-21-2014 17:16:35 | More by tripelhops
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Hesscabob

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%

I was very excited to be able to try this beer for the first time... and was quite disapointed.
Expedition stout is far and away a better stout than Black Note. Lacked the mouthfeel, taste was overly carbonated for a Barrel Aged brew, smelled fantastic but was not in the same ball park as BCBS, KBS, or Pt5. All that being said, its a solid beer just not worth the hype in my opinion. Plan on aging a couple just in case it improves.. hopefully it does.

06-20-2014 18:33:59 | More by Hesscabob
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dcloeren

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-20-2014 15:41:52 | More by dcloeren
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-20-2014 14:59:06 | More by huskermike12
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romulus523

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-20-2014 13:59:43 | More by romulus523
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earljones199

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-19-2014 17:02:47 | More by earljones199
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HookemHoos

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-19-2014 16:44:57 | More by HookemHoos
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mdeluna

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-19-2014 04:55:11 | More by mdeluna
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dinovis

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-19-2014 02:38:54 | More by dinovis
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VitoFerrante

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-19-2014 02:23:44 | More by VitoFerrante
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SCEV

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-18-2014 22:05:50 | More by SCEV
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scottsad

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2014 19:54:16 | More by scottsad
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bruedabaker

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-18-2014 15:24:51 | More by bruedabaker
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Roze

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2014 11:50:04 | More by Roze
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kerry4porters

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2014 05:12:07 | More by kerry4porters
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-18-2014 03:32:06 | More by oregonskibum
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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