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Bell's Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout
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:
#67
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
4,448
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,711
Gots:
1,233
Trade:
130
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Ratings: 4,448 |  Reviews: 698
Photo of Hawkeyejam
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and straight forward stout. Just super nice. I get why it's a fan favorite

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Photo of CSO
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JDoHo
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours rich and black in appearance, with minimal head and tall arches of lacing.
Vanilla spices, cocoa, aroma of espresso coffee beans, and subtle bourbon barrel.
This is surely on the darker side as far as stouts,l go, as suggested on the label's rear. Taste is dark coffee-like charry malts. Dark chocolate is in there, and certainly hints of darker fruit. I can see where their Expedition Stout plays into this, having tried it recently, but this is a nice creation with the barrel note seeming to improve upon the appeal.
Feels medium thick &a sticky, somewhat chewy, with a medium-smooth carbonation feel.
This one's highly drinkable, holding its own alongside the best of them.

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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.

Pours a shiny pitch black color. Thin head struggles to cover the top of the beer and dissipates almost as quickly as it appears. A thin ring of foam is noted along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, creme, cocoa, and some sweet caramel. Very nice rich aroma that is quite strong.

Taste is immediately roasted malts with some cocoa and coffee notes and some semi-sweet creme. The oak and bourbon comes through clearly but without overtaking the underlying stout. Lovely balance between the roasted bitter Russian imperial stout, the addition of the sweet creme stout and the barrel aging.

Feel is sticky and full bodied albeit on the thinner side. Mild carbonation. Smooth finish and somewhat dry.

Overall a fantastic BA stout from Bells - one of the best.

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Photo of jws7968
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Giggy
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikecd234
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VAcrossr
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Amazing BBA stout!

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Photo of dcall384
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rothobinide
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel glass.

Look is pitch black with absolutely no head.

Aroma is vanilla chocolate and caramel.

Taste is vanilla and coffee strong bourbon at the end.

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Photo of ChrisG523
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,448 ratings
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