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 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:
757
Ratings:
4,733
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 4,733 |  Reviews: 757
Photo of cjohns73
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had two bottles, but from two different people. First partaking was back in December 2017 and I noticed a sharper black licorice spice, now I'm noticing the faded character of the black licorice. Here's the rest of my observations.
The appearance, tonight, is a nice dark black color with a sustaining little off white to eggshell white foamy head slowly sliding off into the night. Just a delicate film of spotty lace glazes along the sides of the glass.
The aroma had a wood spicy/semi-cinnamon-like quality playing with a light earthy to roasty involvement. Dark and milk chocolates gloss their way through some bitter nibs and sweet counterparts. Black licorice is there, but it's semi-subdued and not what I remember back in December 2017.
The flavor leaned towards the barrel/woody spice at first and then dipped into the bitter and roasty subsiding roasty coffee bean, dark chocolate and touches of the milk chocolate. The aftertaste seemed to center around the woody spice pretty nice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation still felt on par even with the age to it. Finish was semi-dry with a moderate roast and a touch of stickiness. ABV felt fairly close to what was projected.
Overall, so many breweries out there brewing absolutely excellent beers these days and I commend them for their stellar efforts but how many of them ever going to brew something as killer as this.

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Photo of Slim_720
3.84/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinv29
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spipenger
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is shear heaven...though damn hard to get and extremely expensive. I typically find this for $15 per bottle in my local bar (Bronx Ale House), and even about $12 per bottle in any supermarket. The pour is a deep, dark black, almost black licorice dark. It has a deep brown head with black highlights. It has a deep, roasted nutty aroma with highlights of very dark chocolate and a hint of black licorice. The texture is very smooth with a touch of a bourbon-barrel to it. Its smooth and slinks down your throat with a bit of a burn as it descends your throat. It is a sipping beer both because of the high alcohol content and because of its taste and texture. You have to savor this beer. I cannot say enough good about this. It's first class. It's high class. It's second to none. IF you can find it, buy as much as you can because, much like Brigadoon, it appears like gangbusters briefly, but disappears as quickly and is not heard from until the following Fall/Winter.

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Photo of dafla67
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Under appreciated BA stout. Dark brown color with a decent head. Immediate smell of chocolate and bourbon. The taste is amazing with a great balance of the chocolate, bourbon. Definitely could be a bit stronger with the bourbon flavor.

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

Photo of BJB13
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/5/17
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pouring dark brown and opaque with a nice deep brown head of sticky foam.
The nose is excellent. Lots of bourbon with cocoa trailing behind.
Big bourbon and chocolate flavors wih sweet syrup-like malt flavors to a lesser degree. Smooth and little apparent alcohol.
Full bodied and soft. Foaming a little as it sits on my tongue. Low carbonation. Finishes with a bit of heat.
Deceivingly easy drinking.
Very good.

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Photo of bl00
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black, virtually opaque. Tan head dissipates quickly.

Nose is largely bourbon, some chocolate and biscuit after. Chcolate notes become more pronounced as it warms.

Taste is whiskey, cola, raisins. Finish leans bitter, some heat as the swallow progresses. Woody notes linger on the sides of my tongue just like drinking bourbon. Vanilla becomes prominent as the beer warms.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy, meshing up with the taste nicely.

Overall, I wasnt sold on my first few sips, but this beer is a great example of one that really open up when you can take your time with it. Id love to get a few more to cellar.

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Photo of jmikepool
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TreBonez
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbsquirrel69
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

2017 release. Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Cola colored with two fingers mocha head. Lots of roast notes in the aroma, with vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Not a lot of booze. Flavor is very much the same, cocoa, coffee, some fig, very smooth and balanced.

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

Photo of Joebooh2
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to bl00 for this one, from NBS BIF #007. 2017 edition. 12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black, with about 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a solid stout scent, with just enough bourbon and oak to be interesting.

Very similar on the palate, the barrel actually enhances the beer, instead of distracting, as is often the case.

The body was a bit thinner than I prefer in the style, and had a medium finish.

Drinkability was very nice, it's an example of the style I'd drink multiples of. Overall, a very nice brew that lives up to its reputation. Certainly worthy of your time.

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

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

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew-Knows
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FalconOne
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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