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

Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout
BA SCORE
98.4%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 4,379 ratings
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): 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
Ranking:
#60
Reviews:
684
Ratings:
4,379
Liked:
4,307
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
7.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,715
Gots:
1,192
Trade:
124
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NOC.
Black with brown edges. The head is not durable but the ring is.
Very, very rich aroma and flavor. Mildly sweet with fairly well hidden ABV.
Barrel aging is obvious.Dark infused fruit.
Very smooth feel, with a good bit of warming.
Indescribably delicious.

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4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep mahogany/black in color with an off-white head with great formation and retention. Thick pour with lots of legs.

S - Deep roast coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, and some vanilla. This beer is a nose full!

T - This is a Mack Daddy imperial stout. Loads of rich barley with deep fruits and some caramel/vanilla. Slightly sticky finish with plenty of oak and bourbon coming through.

M - Creamy and rich and very slightly sticky on your lips.

O - This is what a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout should be. One of my favorites - EVER!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich black in color with a toffee/molasses colored creamy head, thick and viscous looking.

S - Rich caramel cream, roasted toffee, dark chocolate malt, vanilla, bourbon, and some oak.

T - Rich and flavorful with vanilla, some traces of dark chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Ends with a sticky oak, vanilla, bourbon finish.

M - Luscious and rich velvety texture, thick, and slightly sticky on the lips.

O - An outstanding barrel aged stout.

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 4,379 ratings
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