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

Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout
BA SCORE
98.4%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 4,377 ratings
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): 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
Ranking:
#59
Reviews:
684
Ratings:
4,377
Liked:
4,305
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
7.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,714
Gots:
1,191
Trade:
124
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,377 |  Reviews: 684
Photo of fathercharles
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BJIII22
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moradin
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpa112
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a very thin ring of tan head, no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose with a hint of vanilla and some molasses. Full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, thick and creamy mouth feel. Just an excellent BBA stout.

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Photo of Egotist
3.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grupatre
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zkoehn
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dennisdrinks
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 11.3.2016

L - Pitch black, 1 finger of head and some nice tan lacing. Gorgeous

S - Bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Bourbon and chocolate dominate. Incredible aroma

T - Chocolate up front, bourbon aftertaste. Very tasty!

F - Full bodied, medium carbonation

O - An incredible bourbon barrel aged stout with a smooth aftertaste

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Photo of berto714
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with no head.
The aroma is coffee, dark rich malts, oak, bourbon, and cocoa. It's actually super complex.
It's just so rich, the mouthfeel is so thick and coating. The flavor is chocolate forward with just enough roast and some molasses sweetness. the bourbon flavor blends perfectly, the oaky vanilla and coconut blend perfectly with the chocolate nose. It's absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACarp
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just awesome. Shared with a friend so had 6 oz. Great black color and the aroma is coffee and beer, just perfect. Smooth and fabulous to drink, enjoy slowly on a cold winter's night. Very hard to get. 2016 version.

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Photo of Kontraband
4.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 4,377 ratings
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