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:
4,732
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,732 |  Reviews: 757
Photo of BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with no head.
The aroma is coffee, dark rich malts, oak, bourbon, and cocoa. It's actually super complex.
It's just so rich, the mouthfeel is so thick and coating. The flavor is chocolate forward with just enough roast and some molasses sweetness. the bourbon flavor blends perfectly, the oaky vanilla and coconut blend perfectly with the chocolate nose. It's absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACarp
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just awesome. Shared with a friend so had 6 oz. Great black color and the aroma is coffee and beer, just perfect. Smooth and fabulous to drink, enjoy slowly on a cold winter's night. Very hard to get. 2016 version.

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Photo of Kontraband
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of LutherH
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Nicholas-Drinks
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophead7117
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of godawgs
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Vintage 2014.
Pours deep black/brownish with small tan head.
Aroma has vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, oak, coffee
Taste is cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, coffee in the finish.

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Photo of pda22
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Look: pours a nice dark brown. Not to crazy of a body

Smell: Nice bourbon barrel smell. Better smell than Bourbon County.

Taste: Very nice and smooth, no boozy taste at all

Feel: Not to thick, went down easy, mouth feel was thinner than some barrel aged stouts I've had recently.

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

The 2016 release of this barrel-aged imperial stout is a looker: a slightly rocky medium brown head perches atop an impenetrably black body with faint mahogany footlights; head retention is modest and lacing is good, consisting of bands, ladders and cavelets. The nose is medium-large: moderate, full-range bourbon notes in beautiful balance with a seamless blend of caramel, more subtle milk chocolate and hints of toffee; moderate alcohol overtones top things off. The palate is a delicious blend of milk chocolate and darkest toffee, with hints of caramel and fudge; as on the nose, the bourbon character is moderate in intensity and consists of the entire range of bourbon flavor notes, and is almost perfectly balanced with the malt character. An insistent alcohol undertow flows beneath the malt. Overall, the flavor is right on the tipping point between sweet and bitter. The finish is a goodly hit of booze and dark toffee, followed by the onset of a mild chocolate-and-oak bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the extra-full body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is sticky/creamy, viscous and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 125 days after pkg)

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

Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Super dark black with a small tan head that left quickly.
S: Oak and bourbon followed by chocolate and small amount of coffee. Also has a some what overall smokiness to it.
T: Solid overall mix of flavors, nothing overpowering. Like that the bourbon and oak are there but they are not super strong to crush everything else. The more sips I take the more I get chocolate and cherries?, then a little coffee.
F: Little lighter on the bodied than I expected but still solid, definitely very smooth and easy to drink.
O: Really good BA stout, especially if you don't like the ones that have a huge bourbon taste. I will be looking to get other bottles of this.

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,732 ratings