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

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4.54/5
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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:
#67
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
4,557
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,703
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1,292
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Ratings: 4,557 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rothobinide
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel glass.

Look is pitch black with absolutely no head.

Aroma is vanilla chocolate and caramel.

Taste is vanilla and coffee strong bourbon at the end.

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Photo of ChrisG523
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dooleymon
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DKgtr85
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016. Been wanting to try this one out and my local World Of Beer got some 12oz bottles in at a RIDICULOUS price for a 12oz bottle. However, they offer a good discount if you buy it and take it home sealed, so I bit.

And glad I did.

Great fricking Stout. Could not even tell it was over 11%. Very smooth and carbonation is minimal. Must try if you like Stouts. I just hope I can get myself a 4 pack at retail next time.

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Photo of Johng19751
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of koerns311
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this on-tap at Tremont Tap House at their annual Bell's Ruins Cleveland Beer Week tap take over event. This beer is a very dark brown, practically black color with a dark tan head that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and that sticks around for a long time. Nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts along with cider, chocolate and of course oak bourbon notes that all blend together perfectly. Has a big toasted, bready, caramel malt settles that gives way to coffee and chocolate notes along with what I can only describe as eating a nice steak with some A1 sauce on it. And of course some bourbon. All the flavors blend together quite nicely too. Has a slightly crisp, mostly smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Dangerously drinkable for an 11.5%, as this beer is, AVB beer. Has a fairly dry finish and after taste. Superb!

Eric

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin whitish head. Aroma-raisin, Bourbon, chocolate, dark malt. Taste- kinda reminds me of the leftover milk after having 3 bowls of Cocoa Puffs cereal. Also molasses, dark chocolate, raisin, Bourbon, a little black licorice. Mouthfeel- smooth and thick. Really feels good. Overall- this is a really tasty BA stout. Would compare well with any of em.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Will be aging 4 of these for awhile, unbelievable beer, my lord

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle poured into a Crooked Stave snifter. Pours dark with a thin coffee-colored head. Nose is toffee, chocolate fudge, and dark fruits. Palate is rich, starting with toffee, vanilla, and roasted malts, and ending with chocolate fudge, dark fruits, hints of maple, and oak. Only moderately complex, but nonetheless ponderable and ultimately very good. It’s not FO or anything, but easily outshines KBS, Dragon’s Milk, Lagunitas Willett, or anything of that ilk. Would drink again.

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Photo of Theogre83
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of metacog42
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevebroseke
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of SourTweek
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,557 ratings
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