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
4.54 w/ 4,382 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:
4,382
Liked:
4,310
Avg:
4.54/5
pDev:
7.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,714
Gots:
1,192
Trade:
125
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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

this is every bit as good as they all say it is, one of the best beers ive had from bells, and one of the better bourbon barrel stouts going. this beer was ahead of its time, and its taken me far too long to track it down, but finally i have found it, and its worth the wait. a real gem, not quite black as the name suggests, more of a hersheys brown, with a short but sturdy and lasting tan head. heavy oak and char on the nose and taste, as much as there is whiskey and vanilla themselves, its woody and sweet, but intense in a different kind of way, somewhat more refined, and as much chocolate malt as there seems to be roasted barley on it, which i really dig, and i think is an underutilized element in these big barrel aged stouts. the flavor is like the nose, heavy wood and carbon, a lot of vanilla too, and just a bit of booze warmth. also some other middle flavors here, cocoa, raisin, even root beer, its quite evolved and interesting, and has a ginormous body, silky smooth though and slippery going down. this was head of its time, these are past en vogue to downright overdone these days, with the proliferation of barrel brokers and upstart egocentric breweries, these are everywhere, but its good to taste something this esteemed and appreciate again the fact that all barrel aged stouts are not created equal. this is better than most, and as elusive as its been for me, a much delighted in rarity. very high on this one right now...

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Photo of KidSalami
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kyager2000
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kash2112
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of SomethingClever
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Black body with no light escaping nice about inch head chocolate colored and soapy looking dies down quickly.

S: lots of bourbon and licorice. Anise, baker's chocolate, a little tobacco.

T: Nice soft flavors of bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee, finishing with some licorice leather and tobacco.

M: nice creamy full body not as thin as some barrel aged beers.

O: this is an exceptionally well made beer. The flavors mesh and meld so well. No harsh alcohol taste and no heat. If you can find this do yourself a favor and buy it.

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Photo of Junior
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black and brimming with promise

S- all the usual culprits....oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and booze

T-As with most top class bourbon stouts, taste follows the nose.exceptional blend of flavours.

F- thick, silky and smooth. Stunning mouthfeel that sums up this beer.

O- one of the best barrel aged stouts out there....if you can find it.

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Photo of Peter1977
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours jet black with an inch of tan head. Smell is bourbon, roasted malts, smoky, black currant, and vanilla. Taste is mostly imperial stout - not much barrel. Very smooth stout - nice dark fruit, molasses, licorice, roasted malts. Overall great beer, but would have preferred more bourbon.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours almost pitch black with no head
S: big roastiness, slight bourbon, I with slight sweetness.
T: the roastiness is down from the aroma and the sweetness is up. A nice balance between the two. Not as much bourbon barrel flavor as I hoped.
F: very smooth with medium to thick mouthfeel.
O: a great beer, but let down a bit from my loft expectations for this one.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle poured in 2016.

Pours dark black with a half finger of brown head that subsides rather quickly. The smell is intense in a good way: vanilla, chocolate, coffee, smokey ash and a hint of coconut. The taste is a complex mixture of much of the same from the nose. Amazing! It is not overtly sweet, and well balanced by some coffee bitterness. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon -- you name it, it's in here. The mouthfeel is pretty good, though I wish it were a bit thicker. But really, that's my only complaint.

Expedition stout has always disappointed me whether fresh or aged, but this thing is a beast that makes my level of respect for Bell's go through the stratosphere!

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

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 4,382 ratings
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