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:
#68
Reviews:
751
Ratings:
4,716
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 4,716 |  Reviews: 751
Photo of JdubsNY
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bold espresso and rich dark chocolate taste with notes of cherry (or some such fruit). Warmed to perfection with bourbon barrel-aging. Bell's really nailed this one.

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Photo of David_Porter
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a jet black with a chocolaty thin head that dissipates fast. Aroma is chocolate cake, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and bourbon. Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, and sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth but could be fuller. Overall this is a very good beer that will please.

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Photo of Benji88
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TomWight
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mastercamo
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz bottle purchased at Chattanooga Wine and Spirits for $6. Super dark and roasty smell, some booze. Subtle bourbon barrel flavor, chocolate, tasty. This is a good stout though the barrel influences are playing the background.

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Photo of labisch
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack at a local store in January.

This beer looks absolutely beautiful in the glass, with an extremely dark, barely translucent color and a small but apparent head.

It smells of vanilla, bourbon, and something sweet and sharp, like a milky chocolate.

After sipping, you first notice the thick feel in the mouth and the creamy chocolate, fruity, and caramel taste. This is shortly followed up by a, sweet finish shared with a nice body of alcohol, but not as 'ethanoly' as I anticipated.

Overall the beer is worth the hype, and something to get your hands on. Save it for a special occasion!

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

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cbenson
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black as the name suggests and barely opaque with some burgundy showing on the edges. Hardly any head. Slight carbonation.
Smell: Amazing! Strong notes of vanilla bean and dark chocolate with a tart freshness.
Taste: Exuberant and rich with notes of caramel, toffee, cherry and vanilla latte. A little too sweet on the tail end.
Mouthfeel: Thick, full and smooth with a hint of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Sweet, full, rich and delicious with no alcohol shining through. Very drinkable but perhaps a bit too sweet.

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

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to get a couple bottles whilst in Ohio. Cracked one open during the holiday stretch when, admittedly, a lot of big brews were being consumed. I say this only because my experience didn't reach the lofty expectations set by the masses' experience.

Black body that looks a shade of brown at the edges. Faint cardboard-colored head quickly bubbles up and then fades within a few minutes. Dark, sedative and imposing liquid.

Aroma is a lot of dark fruit, char and subtle umami. I often pick up the latter when the char aspect is prominent. Noticeable booze and oak. Hot.

Taste follows along - dark fruit like stewed plum, raisins and fig lead the way followed by roasted malt, smoke, char and barrel. Light alcohol astringency. Chocolate undertones but not fudgy or sweet. Bold beer.

Finishes lighter than I expected; substantial in feel, for sure, but more of a product of the bold flavors and heavy ABV. Feels thin. Finishes with prominent alcohol heat.

I'll be revisiting this again in a few months and updating my review. When an experience deviates substantially from the experiences of such a large group of informed users it certainly feels like something could have been amiss with my busted palate.

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Photo of acbe
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLS06
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cuy50
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,716 ratings