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:
4,733
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,733 |  Reviews: 757
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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Photo of JoeK89
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/3/16 into pint glass. Pours an absolute black - no light at the edges. Half finger tan head. initial impression is smooth chocolate coffee with dark fruit and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, although for the ABV and style just a little more fullness would be nice. Finish is smooth, with bittersweet chocolate dominating. Alcohol is quite well hidden - just a little warming on the finish. No rough edges. Maybe cellaring would improve things a bit, but frankly this is too good to mess with. Excellent offering from Bell's.

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Photo of glf60
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Blackop555 for this
12 oz bottle, 2016, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, some coffee, milk chocolate, some dark fruits, nice touch of bourbon, hints of caramel.

T- Milk chocolate/cocoa, some roasted coffee, caramel malts, some dark fruits, some toasted malts, bourbon, some vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- This beer lingers on your tongue in the best way possible and is incredibly easy to drink for a bourbon barrel aged stout. As I'm drinking this it just keeps opening open and show the layers of this beer. Another great imperial stout from Bell's!

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Photo of PerfecTool
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mongrel
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mint chocolatey goodness, with some distinct coconut too. Interesting flavors from the bourbon barrel. Pretty mellow booze that just tingles a bit on the back end. A little thinner than I expected given the concentration of chocolate and caramel flavor. Toffee and nuts too.

Very good, very well-melded, just not sure if it lives up to the hype (and price).

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jp199763
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robertm2152
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hjc
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of South2NW
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BurghFan16
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12 oz bottle from 11/3/16. Poured into Teku glass and let warm for an hour.

L: 1+F light tan head with medium retention, spotty lacing, and a thin ring. Not bad for the ABV. Beer is perfectly black.

S; Lots of bourbon barrel, roasted malts, cocoa, and some vanilla.

T: Tends to follow nose at beginning, but branches off with coffee, cocoa, dried dark fruits, and vanilla, with a bit of a dairy quality mid palate. ABV barely noticeable, a little bit of heat at the end, but no big deal.

F: Medium-bodied, probably could be a bit fuller for the style and ABV. medium carbonation, so pretty good drying overall and the ABV does not linger. Very solid construction, balance is pretty good. Probably improves with aging, so I'll look into that.

O: Somewhere between great and gotta have it. Maybe the aging will move it into the elite tier. It's very solid on its own merits.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Vintage. Drank out of my Monkish Balloon Tulip. Beer pours out not quite pitch black but is pitch black in the glass. Swirling produces a lovely dark film on the glass along with about a pinky of medium khaki head. Aroma is pure fudge brownies. Lots of vanilla. Maybe a little dark dried fruit poking through but the sweet marshmallow-y chocolate dominates. Aroma translates to the palate. Bourbon character is subdued which allows the beer to hide it's ABV really well. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect thick fudgy creaminess, broken up by a good amount of carbonation for a BA beer. Overall this excellent beer if you like sweet, chocolaty, fudgy stouts. 95 points!

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

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

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,733 ratings