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:
#68
Reviews:
763
Ratings:
4,752
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,344
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Photo of stevoj
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Modern Liquors. Black pour, scant head, come off as a bit thin. And thats the only weak point. All else this baby has it in spades. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some underlying bourbon notes rising through. Taste beings more of the sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, marshmallows and vanilla. Lingering sweetness with some more of the whiskey notes.

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Photo of Ddeck212
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes like dark chocolate covered raisins.

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Photo of Stout80mizer
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

7.99$ a pop , bottle from 10/17.... A tasty treat for sure...big on chocolate and that classic double cream creaminess...Hug this sucker for a while and warms nice to more pronounced barrel notes and one awesome finish!

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

Photo of Joenap419
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm so glad this bottle made it still sealed from my recent trade. The bottle had the slightest crack under the label so I opened it immediately, just in case.

Bottled 10/5/17 into belgian tulip

Looks amazing. Smooth dark black body and a thin layer of mocha colored head. Small bubbles, recedes to the rim of the glass.
Roasty imperial stout aroma, chocolate fudge, burnt caramel, vanilla, restrained espresso, dried dark fruit like plum and raisin, smooth and light bourbon notes.
Taste follows the aroma closely with fudgey espresso, chocolate milk, malt roastiness and bitterness then takes over followed by a super smooth bourbon character with a slight warming.
This brew BALANCED. Smooth, velvety, creamy and just enough carbonation. Truly milkshake like texture without being too thick or viscous.

I love this beer. It reminds me of the first time I had Parabola in that its so intensely flavorful, smooth, not too sweet and still easy drinking despite the abv. Huge winner in my book.

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3.06/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mojuyt
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

**
06/05/18

Bottle to snifter at Bru. Philly craft beer week.

Look: dark black, healthy tan head. 3Xvelkwnt retention.

AROMA: roasty Stout, dark chocolate, coffee fudge, Light whiskey.
TASTE: fudge, bourbon, chocolate milk.
FEEL: silky smooth, full-bodied but drinks light. Not sticky despite sweetness.

This is a superb beer. So glad I got to try it. Great meld of roasty and creamy Stouts.

**

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Photo of rab53
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of patre_tim
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Note Stout, 2017

Pitch black with a ruby tinge when held to a bright light. Topped with a quarter finger of rusty, chocolate milk coloured head.

Smells of black liquorice, tar, tobacco, brown sugar, and a hint of perfume, but old fashioned black liquorice is predominate.

Sweet and smooth, chocolatey and velvety, mocha shake, and loads of coffee on the end.

Smooth, slightly oily, milkshake like feel, with light and foamy carbonation.

Got this in Albany, NY on January 1st, 2018. Drinking literally on lake Rosseau at the boathouse, May 31st, 2018. Excellent brew.

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

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

Photo of Jcbroome
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,752 ratings