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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:
4,552
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,552 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: beautiful dark espresso brown. Head is a bit sparse but nice thick mocha lacing.
smell: Oh yea...Expedition rich plus espresso and dark fruits. Just the right hints of bourbon, vanilla, oak.
taste: all the flavors in the nose in a rich, smooth, mellow wrapper.

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

Pitch black pour, smaller head, no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, light whisky, black coffee, dark dried fruit. Oak and roasted malt up front, Bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Fuller body.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
bottled 11/3/16 sitting in the cellar for 6+ months
Gorgeous and classy looking label
L- pours a coal black, with a thin dark brown head
S- the sweet smell of bourbon jumps out of the glass, along with roasty chocolate notes
T- sweet creamy espresso, followed by the noticeably corn sweetness from the bourbon, with a roasty finish
F- full-bodied, creamy super easy drinking for a stout, slight carbonation and even slighter alcohol
Overall this a great stout that is further enhanced by the bourbon aging

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Photo of Nate2034
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B302
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of skiking70
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hemlock4888
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jjwilli2
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a viscous black with a light tough of beige to off white foam, no real head to speak of, the alcohol clings to the glass a bit
S: surprisingly mellow, with a boozy note and a dry, mildly tannic/tart roastiness, and subtle chocolate/cacao
, hints of vanilla, nice aroma but too weak, some dark fruit as well
T: smooth, well balanced, roasty, with some dark fruit and a molasses like (or beet sugar maybe) character, chocolate, and some bourbon, but not a lot
M: not thick enough for me
O: it's excellent, but it doesn't stand toe to toe with the other best examples of the style, it's great but I had it in a comparative review with KBS and BA El Gordo and they were so far ahead of this it's not even funny

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

Bell's Black Note
12oz. Bottle (freebie) dated 07/01/16 poured into a Stone snifter.

A- A normal our makes for 1-finger of dark brown head. The body is as near Black as possible, with the darkest brown edges. The head settles to a light film and leaves awesome, sticky rings on the glass.

S- My first take is on the sweet side, like stewed raisins. There's definitely bourbon and woody/vanilla tones. Complex and quite robust. Just a hint of aged rum boozieness as it warms.

T- Oh, that's good. Raisins, semi-sweet and dark chocolate, dark roast coffee with a couple packets of raw sugar. With warmth a magnified flavor of bourbon and aged rum comes through. Some vanilla and scorched woody flavors too. Incredibly smooth for 10.8%.

M- So creamy and viscous. Slightest alcohol warmth. While the finish is quite clean, there's a sticky/sweet linger that's rather pleasant considering the big grain bill.

O- A superb sipper. Complex and smooth. Too bad beers like this have such limited access. I count myself fortunate to have procured this one.

A- 4.5 S-4.75 T-4.75 M-4.5 O-4.75

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

So underrated for the price - fantastic Stout.

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Photo of Jangoon24
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JABAUGRAD
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This is not trying to be everything, just an amazingly clean stout. Close to perfect

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

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

Photo of mpwiemann
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Looks great, pours a nice thick black colored beer with an orangish brown head. Slight carbonation.
S-Very faint smell, but distant delicious chocolate/vanilla mixed with sweet, sweet bourbon. Unfortunately it is just not very strong.
T- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Nicely crafted. Yet still very minimal.
F- Creamy.
O-This beer is meant to be a heavy hitter. And unfortunately, in my opinion, it isn't. It's too minimal, and is weaker than other bourbon barrel aged stouts, like Kbs and El Gordo. I don't think this beer deserves this rating. It's a very well crafted beer, but it is just that. Not world class in my opinion, just a better than average, good beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with minimal head. Taste is BOSCO chocolate syrup, deep oak, char, and bourbon. Heavy bodied, sweetish, with low carbonation. Makes for an excellent bourbon filled adventure of a sipper. Complex and tasty. Glad I got a four pack. Will be interested to see how this ages.

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

Photo of rypkr
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snifter pour from draft at vintage estate in Ohio

Looks - A little thin. Color remiscent of coca cola with similar looking large bubbly carbonation. Light beige half finger head.

S - Tons of bourbon, a little vanilla, molasses, cream.

T - Wow. Again, tons of bourbon, malty, roasty, sweet. A nice medium roastimes with very low bitterness.

M - Decadently creamy.

One of the best ba beers I've ever had and I've had a lot

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2nd time I had this was from a bottle (2016). Still blown away by the mothfeel. Taste is roasty but not bitter. Smell is subdued and unimpressive. Look is large with no faults.

Overall still world class. Roastier than I remember but also drank at ~60degrees which would explain that.

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Photo of cshafer7
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,552 ratings
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