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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:
721
Ratings:
4,559
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,702
Gots:
1,296
Trade:
142
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Ratings: 4,559 |  Reviews: 721
Photo of gradey
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Black with a very small, tan head. Not much in the form of viscosity, so mouthfeel is on the lighter side for me. Nose is bourbon and alcohol. Lots of bourbon and mallassesy raisin flavor, with a boozy punch. It manages to maintain the bourbon flavor without the astringent quality that can accompany some of the higher alcohol content beers. Excellent stout.

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Photo of buzzed
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of hermit990
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I kind of thought Bells was all hype after getting kind of disappointed with Hopslam. This shows they are an amazing Brewery

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

Perfect looking BA Stout, black with ample dark tan head. Nose is very complex, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, ashy roast, caramel and some subtle dark fruit. Flavor follows the nose, huge rich stout--roast, chocolate and some caramel and dark fruit. Bourbon and oak are pronounced and complement the stout beautifully. The beer is chewy and velvety smooth, finishes slightly sweet then changes to slightly dry with lingering oak and roast. A more balanced IS with bourbon/oak opposed to a straight whiskey bomb--but make no mistake plenty of barrel character. A true work of art. Wow.

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Photo of Tankeray
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of bret717
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Umdrunner
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of videofrog
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zraly
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown highlights. Minimal head. Nose is boozy and there is no doubt this is a barrel-aged beer. Nice fudge flavor that is rounded out with dark chocolate and vanilla. A touch of oak and fruit. Fairly smooth finish, semi-sweet. Heavy body. A nice find but on the expensive side for a single bottle.

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Photo of Agriverbear
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gardner254
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,559 ratings
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