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/ 4,377 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:
#59
Reviews:
684
Ratings:
4,377
Liked:
4,305
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
7.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,714
Gots:
1,191
Trade:
124
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,377 |  Reviews: 684
Photo of Redsunsx01x
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 in a TG Chalice

L: Pours Dark with a caramel head that fades fast.

S: has a strong smell of bourbon with hints of chocolate.

T: a big bourbon taste but it doesn't over power. hints of chocolate and coffee but didn't get any fruity notes.

M: light carbonation with warming fell afterwards. this beer has been one of the most smooth bourbon beers I have tasted.

O: I would love to have more of it but it was just so hard to find here in Chicago(i live in the burbs).

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duncan83
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 12 oz. bottle.

A - Dark body, opaque, with a short tan head that fades quickly. Minor lacing. Pretty typical for a solid barrel aged stout.

S - Roasted malt is forward, with a strong alcohol and wood hum, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Fairly quiet, all told, but the nose promises deliciousness.

T - And this beer delivers. Solid. Front is boozy bourbon vanilla and wood, middle of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, molasses and bread, close is slightly acidic.

M - Some carbonation, slick, warmth from the alcohol, and a biting close that scrubs the weight off and keeps things clean. A bit to brisk for me.

O - Glad I stumbled into this one, and that I got to try it. I think this is rock solid, a signal of Bell's skills. A strong, solid take on the bourbon-barrel aged stout.

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

Photo of robbmotiwalla
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jmorey
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pstam87
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cale_dooper
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rhong187
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jp32
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night, with a strong brown colored head that suddenly disappears before I even take a sip. It's aroma is great. Roasty, full of bourbon, molasses, chocolate, oak and more. It's high abv is very prevalent in it's aroma.

Malty and sweet, boozy and warm, with notes of molasses, black licorice, more boozy warmth, figs, and coffee. It's downright tasty. It's slightly thinner than I was expecting it to be. It's absolutely full-bodied, but probably a touch thinner than bells expedition stout, and I wasn't expecting that. It's a great beer. One that *almost* lives up to it's mega-hype.

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4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason3125
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pauken
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shadwow13
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buking21
3.81/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 4,377 ratings
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