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

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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): 10.80%

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
Ratings:
4,365
Reviews:
683
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
Wants:
2,718
Gots:
1,195
For Trade:
126
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Photo of rypkr
4.59/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of cshafer7
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, viscous, bourbon goodness. Great barrel character, and is slightly sweet( I like) just wish it wasn't so rare cause I could drink my weight in it!!

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Photo of OHbeertraveler
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraFlight
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amguerra305
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours nicely thick with almost no head from an aggressive pour in to a teku. Leaves no ring or lacing and no head to speak of whatsoever. Smell is barrel aged stout goodness. Notes of chocolate on the front, with a strong vanilla sweetness in the middle and boozy bite in the end. The taste is not as pleasant as the nose to be honest. A touch sweet up front but in a pleasant way that is nicely balanced by some roasted dryness on the back end. Where this beer completely falls apart for me is in the feel. WAY too carbonated for the style. I feel like the taste really suffers because it has this very tiny bubble carbonation that does not allow all the richness this beer has to truly coat your tongue. You can't form a head if you try and as soon as it hits your tongue all you feel is bubbles and head. There is a silkiness to the other parts of this beer but is overshadowed by the feel. Overall this beer is really good but there is something off with the carbonation that hurts the overall experience substantially.

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Photo of mwvman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours an inky, black body with a sustained, light sandy-beige head.

Smell: Char-hinting heavy roastiness with a crust of bitter dark chocolate, with lesser touches of dark fruit, vanilla-infused molasses, woodsiness and peppery alcohol.

Taste: Bulky roastiness, a bit ashen and chary and laden with booziness and soy. Rolls sweet to bitter (charred) with a salient, less-than-satisfying alcohol presence coupled with woody tannins. A bit of dark chocolate, licorice, gummy molasses and prune. The nose held a bit more promise, though the heavy char, soy and booze leave it lopsided and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Light carbonation.

Overall: Downright overhyped.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bonna
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MFMB
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose on this one is a beautiful thing. Expresso, light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is spot on! This one is bourbon forward almost a bourbon bomb! But the bourbon yields way to a silky vanilla, oak and cold pressed coffee. Notes of toffee and creamy chocolate also present. Nice silky body. Smooth creamy feel as you sip. This one is a excellent BBS! Cheers Bells

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OB1Kubota
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not consistant bottle to bottle, to dry

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Photo of Beejay
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black Note Stout 2016 Review #1300!

A: Dark black like oil in a glass with very little head... a little tan head comes out when swirled.

S: Big bourbon nose, with vanilla and oak dominating. Caramel an molasses in the finish with a healthy dose of ripe to overripe fruit.

T: Holy shit. Rich with a touch of bitterness coming out first with vanilla, and bourbon following. Finish is caramel, and brown sugar with a long coffee linger.

M: Medium thick in body with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty phenomenal beer.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shoegaze
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miska
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zonk
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.5 out of 5 based on 4,365 ratings.
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