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:
#71
Reviews:
763
Ratings:
4,754
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,754 |  Reviews: 763
Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark body with only a modest amount of head. Head quickly faded away leaving only a faint amount of lacing.

S: Getting a fair amount of chocolate like sweetness on the nose. Also getting some prune and other assorted fruit smells. Only the slightest amount of oak is present to me. Beer's aroma is sweeter than the beer actually is.

T: This beer mixes a handful of flavors but none exemplary. Expresso seems to be more noticeable here unlike the nose. Along with some expresso also getting plums and other dark fruits. Nothing stands out and the beer feel too hot, but the barrel aging didn't add much more than heat to the beer.

M: Not sure that barrel aging was needed here. The barrel aging only made the beer taste more like bourbon. The bourbon flavors clash with other areas. Along with too much heat the beer was also somewhat thin.

O: Average beer. The aromas were a slight favorite. However, even the aromas were not close to be outstanding. The addition of barrel aging did not improve this beer only made it taste more like bourbon.

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Photo of Sonray61
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: this thing is black and beautiful; thin khaki head that rims out

Aroma: malty; licorice; dark fruits-figs, dates, prunes; bourbon; oak; vanilla; chocolate; bready

Taste: black licorice, chocolate, and malt; moves into fruit, oak, and smokey/roastiness; finishes with bourbon, more oak, more malt, vanilla, chocolate, coffee; aftertaste is bourbon, vanilla, and malty

Mouthfeel: silky smooth; creamy; liquid velvet; not as thick as anticipated

Overall Impression: oh my goodness…this thing is awesome; there is so much going on in here; huge and complex; it might be easier to figure out what flavors are not in here than try to list everything that is in here; just phenomenal

From notes taken on 4/19/2013

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Photo of Bdasilva1077
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bhatch729
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017

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Photo of Peaches13
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
3.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.84/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a pitch black color with a two finger, creamy light brown head. Retention is above average for the style and there are some filmy chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, coffee and chocolate. The coffee and chocolate really come out more as the beer warms. Very complex nose with lots of layers.

Taste is much different and honestly fairly average. The dark fruits are the most flavorful aspect, with a bit of chocolate. There is no real bourbon flavor, just a bit of harsh booziness on the finish.

Feel is medium, but fairly thin for the style. Smooth and creamy with a bit of stickiness on the finish and into the aftertaste.

Overall I'm pretty disappointed with this beer. If the taste was more similar to the smell it would be a different story, but the flavor profile just doesn't do it for me. On top of that the thinness of the body is really a let down.

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Photo of DIM
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmy2b
3.8/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very Boozy to me.

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

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

A bottle date Oct. 5, 2017 poured into a TH tulip.

Look - A dark slick black with a thin tannish head which stayed for several minutes.

Smell- An interesting mix of bourbon barrel and sweet vanilla. As it warmed, I got more of a light coffee aroma. Really interesting how this changed as the beer warmed.

Taste- Like a fantastic dark chocolate dessert with vanilla added. It was not a sweet taste but just enough to make it enjoyable. The bourbon was more of an aftertaste. The dark fruit taste really kicked in around the middle of the glass. Much like the smell, the taste changed as the stout warmed. Very enjoyable.

Feel- Not really a full-bodied feel but very close. It only lingered on my tongue slightly and no alcohol burn like you would expect from a high ABV beer.

Overall- Bell's definitely hits a home run with this one. I have started getting into stout's more lately and the compares right there with some other heavy hitters. Get it if you can.

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

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

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

Photo of kwakwhore
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely luscious stout. Opaque black pour with very little head. Sweet dark fruit and hint oF bourbon and even a bit of caramel on the nose. Flavor and feel are the best parts of this beer. A hint of bourbon, dark chocolate, and espresso are the main notes. The feel is sensuous and chewy. One of my very favorite barrel aged stouts.

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,754 ratings