Bell's 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): 10.80%

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
Ratings:
4,317
Reviews:
671
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
Wants:
2,723
Gots:
1,197
For Trade:
127
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Photo of chrissy820
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

2016 edition. Pours black with a minimal tan head that fades fast.
Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and bourbon.
Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, a touch of coffee with a roasty and warming finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium and silky.
Overall, just plain SMOOOOV.

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Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage, packaged on 11/03/2016. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some caramel and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, glad I was able to find a bottle. I know I'd like to try this again in the future! $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Willyd81
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of efrankmcguire
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KBlodorn
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thoglund
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ross84
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thedusanmandic
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwalters
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickSMpls
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One bottle from our our go-to beer guy. Let this warm a bit before you taste it. Viscous pour, jet black, low carbonation. Aroma of roasted coffee, figs, and whiskey. Taste matches the color and smell...pure stout distilled down to its essence. Sip slowly and savor the layers of flavor. A high ABV leaves a lingering warmth on a cold night. Find a warm fire and enjoy.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to get a bottle, from 2016
Dark brown with redish tint, mocha head that last awhile, leaving tan lacing
Smells of vanilla, camel, bit of bourbon
Alcohol sting of the tongue while absorbing the flavors from the aroma
Not as thick as I'd expect, maybe the Cream Stout?
No disappointment, glad I got to try this delicious stout

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Photo of Cfred371
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: The beer is a dark brown, with light on the edges, and virtually no head. What little head there is comes in khaki, and dissipates quickly.

Smell: an initial dark fruit/raisin smell, and some vanilla comes through. Malts as well. After generating some head, the barrel and bourbon come through in a big way.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla and the barrel really are prevalent throughout, but, as the beer warms, a raisin comes through, as does some of that coffee, chcolatey flavor

Feel: a medium full body, some carbonation, but not much, and a nice smooth finish.

Overall: A solid bourbon barrel Stout showing off quite a bit of flavor. The finish is long, and the beer is tasty.

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Photo of Oakley
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drheron
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LAp
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown/black with just the faintest hint of red. As the pour starts, no head began to emerge, so I poured more aggressively. Despite best efforts, this beer yields only the faintest meniscus of mocha head which recedes with almost no lacing. The nose is dominated by vanilla and bourbon on top of the typical stout nose profile. The palate, when first poured, is primarily dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and bourbon (the bourbon note though, significantly, is not a saccharine one, but a reserved whisky taste that accents, rather than dominates, the palate). As the beer warms, the creamy vanilla and marshmallow come more to the fore, and the bourbon notes open up into deep overtones of cherry and oak. The mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy (a huge achievement). This is an elegant, and simple BB stout. Rather than seeking nuance through a wealth of adjuncts, this beer takes simple concept, the unmodified bourbon barrel stout, and executes it masterfully. Though I have a personal taste for the more experimental BB stouts of Deschutes and others, I have a tremendous respect for what Bell's has done with this outstanding brew.

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.5 out of 5 based on 4,317 ratings.
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