Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.54/5
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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): 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:
#65
Reviews:
745
Ratings:
4,679
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,679 |  Reviews: 745
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of barnzy78
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, batch 12811, packaged on 03/12/14, 11.3% ABV
L - thick, black colored ale topped with a tall, creamy, tan head that holds incredible retention and leaves chunky lacing
S - a waft of bourbon and roasted barley fills the room. Closer inspection reveals more booze, dark chocolate, fruit, cream, vanilla
T - wow. This is awesome. Roasted barley, dark chocolate, boozy bourbon, dark fruit - faint blackberry, blueberry, plum; oak, vanilla, cream
F - full bodied, sweet and sticky, super creamy, heavily boozy but that was expected
O - just phenomenal. Outstanding complexity and balance of flavor. Glad I have one more bottle to save for another day. So glad I finally found this beer!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jeremy_H
4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of HardyA
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Sensaray
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Bottle
Pour had a thickness to it, brown in color, pours into a dark brpwn with a small dark tan head that built up then dissipated shortly after to minimal remnants
Vanilla, bourbon, fruity deep sweet, alcohol, hints at dark fruit
Taste is incredible wow didn't know what 100 meant but ok ok I see now. Just everything good is there in the taste. Vanilla, molasses, bourbon, warming booziness, caramel, tootsie roll, spicy warmth that builds and has a perfect close to a dry finish. Dark malts, chocolate, has a nice bitter element, sweet.
Mouthfeel is very smooth yet kinda sticky with great finish, can carry the weight of this one
Really good beer, great stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Photo of kingston2
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour with nice lacing once the small head faded. Bourbon and vanilla smells dominate. Has aged very gracefully with a much richer and fuller profile. Very impressed and will seek out in future.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.8/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of hype on this beer. The nose had hints of bourbon and chocolate with a little coffee, but mostly had wet dog which was really disappointing. I've heard that's from something from the hops that causes this odor but it should settle out with time as the hops fade.

Mouth feel is great. Taste had all the usual bourbony vanilla and caramel I expect. All around a good beer that was slightly disappointing. Looking forward to having this again in a year or so.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,679 ratings