Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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:
752
Ratings:
4,721
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

2017 release. Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Cola colored with two fingers mocha head. Lots of roast notes in the aroma, with vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Not a lot of booze. Flavor is very much the same, cocoa, coffee, some fig, very smooth and balanced.

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

Photo of Joebooh2
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to bl00 for this one, from NBS BIF #007. 2017 edition. 12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black, with about 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a solid stout scent, with just enough bourbon and oak to be interesting.

Very similar on the palate, the barrel actually enhances the beer, instead of distracting, as is often the case.

The body was a bit thinner than I prefer in the style, and had a medium finish.

Drinkability was very nice, it's an example of the style I'd drink multiples of. Overall, a very nice brew that lives up to its reputation. Certainly worthy of your time.

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

Photo of Griphon
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JerryHelper
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark body with only a modest amount of head. Head quickly faded away leaving only a faint amount of lacing.

S: Getting a fair amount of chocolate like sweetness on the nose. Also getting some prune and other assorted fruit smells. Only the slightest amount of oak is present to me. Beer's aroma is sweeter than the beer actually is.

T: This beer mixes a handful of flavors but none exemplary. Expresso seems to be more noticeable here unlike the nose. Along with some expresso also getting plums and other dark fruits. Nothing stands out and the beer feel too hot, but the barrel aging didn't add much more than heat to the beer.

M: Not sure that barrel aging was needed here. The barrel aging only made the beer taste more like bourbon. The bourbon flavors clash with other areas. Along with too much heat the beer was also somewhat thin.

O: Average beer. The aromas were a slight favorite. However, even the aromas were not close to be outstanding. The addition of barrel aging did not improve this beer only made it taste more like bourbon.

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Photo of Sonray61
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grapeshops
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: this thing is black and beautiful; thin khaki head that rims out

Aroma: malty; licorice; dark fruits-figs, dates, prunes; bourbon; oak; vanilla; chocolate; bready

Taste: black licorice, chocolate, and malt; moves into fruit, oak, and smokey/roastiness; finishes with bourbon, more oak, more malt, vanilla, chocolate, coffee; aftertaste is bourbon, vanilla, and malty

Mouthfeel: silky smooth; creamy; liquid velvet; not as thick as anticipated

Overall Impression: oh my goodness…this thing is awesome; there is so much going on in here; huge and complex; it might be easier to figure out what flavors are not in here than try to list everything that is in here; just phenomenal

From notes taken on 4/19/2013

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4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,721 ratings