Bell's Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ratings:
4,318
Reviews:
671
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
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2,723
Gots:
1,197
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Ratings: 4,318 |  Reviews: 671
Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fireazzi
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 +2%
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 -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of JoeK89
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mongrel
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jp199763
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robertm2152
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hjc
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.5 out of 5 based on 4,318 ratings.
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