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

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4.54/5
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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:
#68
Reviews:
705
Ratings:
4,471
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,708
Gots:
1,244
Trade:
130
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Ratings: 4,471 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Black Note Stout, 11.4% ABV. Pours thin and black with a one finger head on a careful taproom pour. Nose is coffee, milk, and chocolate. Taste follows, sweeter than bitter but a bit of both. Decent mouthfeel, but thin. Overall excellent.

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Photo of AD17
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of samibr
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of RichH55
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stolenface1
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells like afresh baked pan of brownies and bourbon. In other words, it smells like evething right in the world.

The taste is even better. Bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate dominate. There's enough sweetness to balance the booze and strong flavors and make this thing super tasty.

A world class imperial stout. Find it if you can. Well done Bells!

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Photo of BerBen
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Slight oily feel, strong dark chocolate and coffee tones. Delicious berry notes. Dark cola look. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Lucas357
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer21
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevinMc
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshiban
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Shared bottle: nice bourbon-tinged chocolate where barrel shows in a thinner feel late taste. Well balanced and a must revisit for full review.

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

Very good, but did not live up to my hopes and dreams. I guess living in West Michigan, the hype surrounding this beer had me expecting my socks to get knocked off. Very dark, very balanced. KBS with more bourbon, less chocolate...

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 1/12/17 at home. Traded for it from Eric L. Dark chocolate is prominent, with dark fruits, and a subtle bourbon finish that doesn't overpower. Superior texture and mouth feel make this irresistible.

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

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,471 ratings
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