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

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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): 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:
#65
Reviews:
735
Ratings:
4,631
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,705
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1,323
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Ratings: 4,631 |  Reviews: 735
Photo of psmith161
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rtaps
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SBlobaum
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MJ64
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevens3mo
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black colour. Smells like dark molasses and sticky tree fruits, with roasted malts. Tastes well balanced and flavourful; roasted malts and sweet fruits upfront, a little oaky, with a cocao nib and mocha finish.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJH1018
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SFC21
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really smooth BBA stout. Not overly sweet or boozy. Lots of bitter chocolate and vanilla with some bourbon, caramel, and licorice. Slightly bitter for my taste but I expect that will diminish over time. Still have two bottles left and plan to cellar those for a year or two.

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

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

Photo of tnelson1
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with an inch of light brown head. Almost no lacing. Rich aroma with a good deal of Bourbon along with dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, chocolate syrup and raisins. The taste is a lot more earthy than expected by the smell. Woody Bourbon, leather, dark fruits and espresso. Bourbon and vanilla near the end. Espresso, woody finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Lightly carbonated. About as much alcohol heat as expected. This is a solid but in a crowded market of BA Stouts it doesn’t really stand out all that much. Worth trying at least once.

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

Photo of chris826
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of curtis6290
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/5/17, enjoyed on 12/14/17, vigorous pour into a tall snifter.
L: Very nice foam head of caramel and smoked colors. It faded pretty quickly, but very nice and frothy.
S: Very fruity and acidic, and gets more pleasant as it opens up.
T: Dark chocolate, cherry, peach, plum, coffee.
F: Very acidic compared to other stouts, but in a nice way. Very smooth and juicy, almost like drinking tart cherry juice.
O: Very solid mainstream stout. I will be seeking out more of this to cellar.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ER527
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour black with a small beige head with choppy lacing. Some cherry and date smells hide behind a heavy whiff of booze. Taste is burnt malt and chocolate and espresso and almond butter, and warming booze.

Creamy smooth with a sweet taste that lingers

imperial stout that teeters on the edge of a desert brew. Need to put aside some of the holiday spending for this seasonal brew

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Photo of csnyder83
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,631 ratings
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