Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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:
#66
Reviews:
747
Ratings:
4,685
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Kdouble
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle date Oct. 5, 2017 poured into a TH tulip.

Look - A dark slick black with a thin tannish head which stayed for several minutes.

Smell- An interesting mix of bourbon barrel and sweet vanilla. As it warmed, I got more of a light coffee aroma. Really interesting how this changed as the beer warmed.

Taste- Like a fantastic dark chocolate dessert with vanilla added. It was not a sweet taste but just enough to make it enjoyable. The bourbon was more of an aftertaste. The dark fruit taste really kicked in around the middle of the glass. Much like the smell, the taste changed as the stout warmed. Very enjoyable.

Feel- Not really a full-bodied feel but very close. It only lingered on my tongue slightly and no alcohol burn like you would expect from a high ABV beer.

Overall- Bell's definitely hits a home run with this one. I have started getting into stout's more lately and the compares right there with some other heavy hitters. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hightide
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwakwhore
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely luscious stout. Opaque black pour with very little head. Sweet dark fruit and hint oF bourbon and even a bit of caramel on the nose. Flavor and feel are the best parts of this beer. A hint of bourbon, dark chocolate, and espresso are the main notes. The feel is sensuous and chewy. One of my very favorite barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pooles26
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,685 ratings