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

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 2,193
Gots: 846 | FT: 87
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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I feel very blessed to have gotten the opportunity to try this. Thank you Tuskies

Poured into a snifter, it is just about all black with slight hints of deep walnut as light comes through. Not much in terms of head but has whisps of lace here and there.

Nose is all bourbon chocolate. Very sweet and syrupy aroma and quite aromatic at that.

The taste isn't nearly as sweet as I feared it would be. There is a prevalent boozy, vanilla bourbon flavor with pronounced oak. Chocolate comes in as you get that smooth transition into the maltiness of the beer. No hops or bitterness to speak of. Lingers nicely on the tongue. Never becomes too sweet and syrupy.

Slightly dry in mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Coats the mouth pleasantly and hangs around.

A great dessert beer. Very well balanced. The vanilla in the oak plays well with the chocolate from the malt. Nice even bourbon flavor throughout.

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.