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

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4.54/5
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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:
#68
Reviews:
752
Ratings:
4,721
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,721 |  Reviews: 752
Photo of DKgtr85
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016. Been wanting to try this one out and my local World Of Beer got some 12oz bottles in at a RIDICULOUS price for a 12oz bottle. However, they offer a good discount if you buy it and take it home sealed, so I bit.

And glad I did.

Great fricking Stout. Could not even tell it was over 11%. Very smooth and carbonation is minimal. Must try if you like Stouts. I just hope I can get myself a 4 pack at retail next time.

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Photo of koerns311
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this on-tap at Tremont Tap House at their annual Bell's Ruins Cleveland Beer Week tap take over event. This beer is a very dark brown, practically black color with a dark tan head that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and that sticks around for a long time. Nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts along with cider, chocolate and of course oak bourbon notes that all blend together perfectly. Has a big toasted, bready, caramel malt settles that gives way to coffee and chocolate notes along with what I can only describe as eating a nice steak with some A1 sauce on it. And of course some bourbon. All the flavors blend together quite nicely too. Has a slightly crisp, mostly smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Dangerously drinkable for an 11.5%, as this beer is, AVB beer. Has a fairly dry finish and after taste. Superb!

Eric

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

Pours black with a thin whitish head. Aroma-raisin, Bourbon, chocolate, dark malt. Taste- kinda reminds me of the leftover milk after having 3 bowls of Cocoa Puffs cereal. Also molasses, dark chocolate, raisin, Bourbon, a little black licorice. Mouthfeel- smooth and thick. Really feels good. Overall- this is a really tasty BA stout. Would compare well with any of em.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Will be aging 4 of these for awhile, unbelievable beer, my lord

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle poured into a Crooked Stave snifter. Pours dark with a thin coffee-colored head. Nose is toffee, chocolate fudge, and dark fruits. Palate is rich, starting with toffee, vanilla, and roasted malts, and ending with chocolate fudge, dark fruits, hints of maple, and oak. Only moderately complex, but nonetheless ponderable and ultimately very good. It’s not FO or anything, but easily outshines KBS, Dragon’s Milk, Lagunitas Willett, or anything of that ilk. Would drink again.

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Photo of Theogre83
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of metacog42
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevebroseke
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of SourTweek
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djbrown13
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dillinger
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zbeattie6
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kricks77
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Griffin2
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head.
S - Smells of bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits.
T - Tastes of chocolate with bourbon on the finish.
F - Full bodied with minimal carbonation.
O - Outstanding stout.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeeeMare
3.82/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osseo222000
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,721 ratings