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:
4,368
Reviews:
683
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
Wants:
2,718
Gots:
1,193
For Trade:
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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of leroybrown10
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of croush
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle - second batch of the 2016 version. This is really stronger bourbon flavor than I remember prior bottles being. However, I just don't get much after the bourbon flavor in terms of flavor - I need some more substance after to think it's truly world class like BCBS.

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

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Kuma's Corner on January 12, 2017. Look is dark brown with a tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is dark dried fruit and roasted malts. Feel is full in body with a warm and bittersweet finish.

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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of nvbrew
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of antman27
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tvaughan32
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcflorian
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pitch black with super thin head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is barrel up front, strong bourbon with chocolate notes and slight coffee.

Taste is booze forward with the chocolate coffee late flavor. Had better ba stouts but this is very tasty

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I prefer but still good.

Overall- not quite worthy of the high ranking but still worth seeking out. Just not same level of the other beers with this hype

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like chewy toffee/chocolate cake and bourbon, taste is lots of bourbons candy and roasty dark malts

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Look: Pours surprisingly thin jet black, with a small light mocha head. Minimal lacing left on the glass with each sip.

Smell: Huge bourbon and roasted malts. Fresh coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate initially, vanilla, touch of bourbon accompanied by some alcohol bite, but barely. Roasted coffee and hints of sweet caramel. Touch of bitterness on the back-end levels out any sweetness. Just excellent.

Mouth feel: To me this is really smooth. It's not too thick nor too thin. It finds a balance inbetween the two.

Overall: Bell's can brew stouts with the best of them and this is an example. The bourbon is just present enough to enhance and let the other flavors of the stout's bases to shine. If you see it, order a glass or get a bottle. You won't be disappointed.

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

Photo of tblack4d
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Meyers1023
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured extremely dark with very little light brown head. The nose is full of bourbon. Hard to get anything else beyond that. The taste definitely has bourbon in it and heat from the alcohol but you do get a great medley of other flavors. Chocolate comes out with hints of vanilla and coffee. Smooth feel with decent carbonation. One of my favorite barrel aged beers. Was scared of it by the smell but the flavors balance so well together and the smooth feel make this an experience any craft beer drinker needs to have. Glad I have multiple bottles.

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4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark. Pours with a solid mocha head. It fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Heavy on the roasted malts and bourbon. Some bittersweet chocolate. Pleasing.

T- Roasted malts and caramel. Bourbon is there, but not as strong as the aroma. A little chocolate in the base. Not quite as smooth and balanced a flavor profile as I would like.

F- This was a target of mine for a while because I heard it had a nice, creamy mouthfeel and that's what I look for in a stout. Well, it wasn't quite there. I was a bit concerned when I saw how thin it poured. It did have a rich, smooth feel, but it wasn't nearly as thick and creamy as some of my favorites.

O- I was excited to finally get my hands on one, but it was merely solid. There's nothing wrong with it per say, but it didn't live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.

If it matters, this was the 2016 B2 version.

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

Clear bourbon but maintains plenty of the roast and chocolate flavors from the base.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersgud
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.5 out of 5 based on 4,368 ratings.
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