Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American 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:
#105
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
4,847
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
2,707
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1,362
Trade:
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Photo of antrocks
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pokerdoodle
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moohing
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jbertsch
3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Just wouldn't buy again. Has a licorice note on the nose and tongue that I don't really like. Overall the balance is good. BB character is mild which is good or bad depending on your preference.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrjr0891
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of forum8417
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joe_Palooka
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I have waited to rate until I drank about 18 of 2016 vintage and 18 of 2017 vintage.... It"s a good American Imperial Stout but I really don't think it is worth the hype and I am a Bells Brewery FANATIC! My main problem with the beer is the mouth feel. It does not compare with Bells Expedition Stout that is so thick and creamy. I was sooo expecting more! The flavor is great, the taste is okay but not overwhelming. I will always but this beer but I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of chillin
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patches826
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bucrogers26th
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jimdavii
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vade281
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pavpav12
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2017 bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Pour is black with a thin and creamy fine bubbled head. The head settles fast into a few bubbles and a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma has a nice smooth mix of booze, earthy barrel and rich/sweet malts.

In the flavor I pick up some sweet chocolate, dark fruit, smoky molasses and a nice level of dark grainy malt. The bourbon boozey level is smooth and balanced. Just a touch of heat.

Just under moderate carbonation and a bit lighter body than I was expecting.

Overall a really well put together BA stout. Lots of layers in the flavor.

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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sprowt20
3.61/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours black with minimal head.
Smell: Rich, malty, boozy stout. The bourbon barrels come through strong.
Taste: Rich and creamy, with a heavy booze layer. Sweet.
Feel: Thick. Like a well made hot chocolate.
Overall: Really tasty and savory, but short of special.

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4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mothmanscott
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear midnight pitch black but appears garnet hued when light is shined into it. The pour produces barely a finger of frothy, short-lived, dark mocha head that recedes to a thin collar ring and only a hint of island cap leaving minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is toasted/burnt malt, bourbon/oak-wood fronted backed by Hershey's chocolate syrup, dark fruits, toffee and some coffee. Taste is almost the inverse: Hershey's chocolate syrup, fig/prune and caramel/toffee/molasses notes lead with bourbon, oak-wood vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee hints in the latter half of the sip and finish producing a bourbon, cocoa, burnt & bitter aftertaste. Roasted/toasted and sweet malt notes, fruitiness and barrel aging make this very, very nice. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation, chewy, tongue coating creamy and silky smooth with a light prickle.

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

Photo of keithmurray
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage

Appearance - dark black body with nearly no head

Smell - chocolate, molasses, bourbon

Taste - chocolate, brownie, molasses, bourbon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, chocolate and fudge upfront, barrel in the finish and more chocolate and fudge on the back end

Overall - nice barrel aged stout here, the chocolate and fudge flavors are really pronounced and the barrel has a nice presence as well. Recommended

Price Point - $5.99/12 oz single

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,847 ratings