Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.54/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

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.

Added by mcallister on 06-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#65
Reviews:
745
Ratings:
4,677
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,677 |  Reviews: 745
Photo of MagicJeff
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 10/5/2017. Poured into my 3 Taverns tulip.
Look: Jet black body, light tan head. Not much head retained after a minute or two.
Smell: Bourbon. Vanilla. Like someone spilled bourbon on a wood floor and left it there for a year. Kind of like the bourbon afficando's room at the frat house. (the guy who drank Evan Williams instead of the bottom bottom shelf, then would randomly get hooked up by his dad over Christmas with a bottle of something fancy). I digress.
Taste: Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate. Not really picking up the winter fruits. The vanilla isn't cloyingly sweet either. Works really well with the faintest bourbon finishing notes. Some slight alcoholic spice on back end. Okay, now that it's warming up, I pick up some raisin and date notes.
Feel: Full bodied but lighter full bodied. Creamy. If this wasn't bourbon barrel aged, I'd be shocked to find out this was over 11% abv.
Overall: Very good selection from Bell's. Could drink more than one of these, and this is rare for me to say about a bourbon barrel aged stout. Definitely worth seeking out; I'd love to try this fresh too.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Butchnasty
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cub7
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeZZ
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just finished my last one ! Bell's (2017) really nailed this one...

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Photo of swanfungus
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of folkstar
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darwood77
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Korymiller
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baggedlunch
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JdubsNY
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bold espresso and rich dark chocolate taste with notes of cherry (or some such fruit). Warmed to perfection with bourbon barrel-aging. Bell's really nailed this one.

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Photo of David_Porter
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a chocolaty thin head that dissipates fast. Aroma is chocolate cake, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and bourbon. Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, and sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth but could be fuller. Overall this is a very good beer that will please.

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Photo of Benji88
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TomWight
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mastercamo
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Chattanooga Wine and Spirits for $6. Super dark and roasty smell, some booze. Subtle bourbon barrel flavor, chocolate, tasty. This is a good stout though the barrel influences are playing the background.

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Photo of labisch
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack at a local store in January.

This beer looks absolutely beautiful in the glass, with an extremely dark, barely translucent color and a small but apparent head.

It smells of vanilla, bourbon, and something sweet and sharp, like a milky chocolate.

After sipping, you first notice the thick feel in the mouth and the creamy chocolate, fruity, and caramel taste. This is shortly followed up by a, sweet finish shared with a nice body of alcohol, but not as 'ethanoly' as I anticipated.

Overall the beer is worth the hype, and something to get your hands on. Save it for a special occasion!

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Photo of Chadlossie
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,677 ratings