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

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4.54/5
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Black Note StoutBlack Note Stout
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:
#66
Reviews:
756
Ratings:
4,730
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,707
Gots:
1,340
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Ratings: 4,730 |  Reviews: 756
Photo of BWood
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ding ding ding. We got a winner here. Great looking great tasting brew. Absolutely awesome how the flavors melt together. Nothing stronger than any other. Ultra smooth and clean. Shoot to kill on this one.

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Photo of Boldbrew
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Soo good! 2017 is the best yet!

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Photo of heddar33
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Preluderl
3.82/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Missygurl3133
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of 5toutman75
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excited to see this in Chicago in 2017 finally. Surprised at how little bourbon scent this has, given the 11% abv. I wish I could smell more of the beer. Far less boozy than a bourbon county as well. Masterfully hides the alcohol content. I can't wait to try a blind taste test versus a KBS, BC, Parabola, and maybe a BA Darkness, but right now I think it would bring up the rear. Which is not to say that it's not world class only that the competition is so strong for BA stouts I can find in Chicagoland area.

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

Smooth and straight forward stout. Just super nice. I get why it's a fan favorite

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

Photo of JDoHo
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours rich and black in appearance, with minimal head and tall arches of lacing.
Vanilla spices, cocoa, aroma of espresso coffee beans, and subtle bourbon barrel.
This is surely on the darker side as far as stouts,l go, as suggested on the label's rear. Taste is dark coffee-like charry malts. Dark chocolate is in there, and certainly hints of darker fruit. I can see where their Expedition Stout plays into this, having tried it recently, but this is a nice creation with the barrel note seeming to improve upon the appeal.
Feels medium thick &a sticky, somewhat chewy, with a medium-smooth carbonation feel.
This one's highly drinkable, holding its own alongside the best of them.

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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.

Pours a shiny pitch black color. Thin head struggles to cover the top of the beer and dissipates almost as quickly as it appears. A thin ring of foam is noted along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, creme, cocoa, and some sweet caramel. Very nice rich aroma that is quite strong.

Taste is immediately roasted malts with some cocoa and coffee notes and some semi-sweet creme. The oak and bourbon comes through clearly but without overtaking the underlying stout. Lovely balance between the roasted bitter Russian imperial stout, the addition of the sweet creme stout and the barrel aging.

Feel is sticky and full bodied albeit on the thinner side. Mild carbonation. Smooth finish and somewhat dry.

Overall a fantastic BA stout from Bells - one of the best.

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Photo of jws7968
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Mikecd234
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VAcrossr
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dadthew
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing BBA stout!

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Photo of dcall384
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,730 ratings