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:
0
 
 
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2,707
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Photo of Jason_cs
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Academymike
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolvmar
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass, very dark as you would expect. Not much head and very little lacing. Slightly disappointing visually as a result.
Smell dark chocolate, burnt toast, dried dark fruits, some oak and bourbon.
Initial taste is amazing. Chocolate, black licorice, espresso and warm booze. As you drink, more booze and hop bitterness comes through.
Mouthfeel is good, but not as creamy as the Begyle barrrel Aged imperial pajamas stout I had yesterday. Light carbonation which I like.
Overall, one of the better stouts I’ve ever had. Expedition Stout has always been my favorite readily available Stout and Black Note is just that much better with more intense flavor and bourbon notes. Can’t wait to try it aged in the future.

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

Photo of Apellonious
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No luck on the CBS search, but the search led me to one of these. Success. I tried to take two ( there was two left) but was immediately informed it was one per (but they had it on tap,shout out to Brawley’s). Would have tried to age the 2nd. Packaged 10/5/17. First time having it. Poured into a tulip glass, dark as night, with a half finger tan head that moves quickly to a thin lace. Aroma is heavy chocolate, cocoa, plum and faint wood/bourbon. The taste is...tasty. Chocolate, cocoa, anise...bourbon and wood get more apparent as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium heavy, and gets sticky. Carbonation is medium. Overall, a great stout,reminds me a lot of Expedition with a little bourbon and more chocolate.

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

Photo of maltznhopz
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wardt16
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maxarvo
3.86/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrosso
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
2017 Vintage.

Appearance
Pitch black. Short head dissipates quickly.

Nose
Charcoal, oak, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, caramel, raisin, and plum.

Taste
Oak, sweet bourbon, caramel, and slight vanilla. Espresso, toffee, molasses, prunes, and dates. Dark chocolate syrup and tobacco. A hint of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, silky, and warming.

Overall
Incredibly smooth and complex BBA Imperial Stout with no hint at the abv. Worth $10 / 12 oz bottle?...maybe. Just once.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjklaus1
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanale
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleABaird
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage (Packaged on 10-05-2017)
Poured into a snifter

Look:
Pours an opaque, midnight black with a small, brown head with tight bubble structure and poor head retention. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell:
Boozy vanilla bean aromas from the barrel-aging process hit the nose initially, followed by hints of freshly ground coffee. Melange of baker's and dark chocolate aromas present as the beer warms. Getting some notes of mace.

Taste:
Sweetened coffee initially with very dark chocolate flavors, think 80% cacao, following right behind. Moderate amount of piney, earthy bittering hops in the aftertaste. Just enough to help keep the beer from being cloying. Oak and vanillin compounds come out for as the beer warms. No noticeable fermentation characteristics. Slight amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth and no creaminess.

Overall:
Very nice beer that could definitely benefit from cellaring. Excellent sipping beer.

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

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

Photo of Sam671217
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of moysauce
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,733 ratings