Bells Black Note-Number of Vintages? 2015 release?

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by Brandonparrent, Jan 15, 2015.

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  1. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan

    Bump :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  2. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (147) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    Did I.......



    Get your hopes up?
     
  3. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (232) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan
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    Nope :slight_smile: Huge snow storm going on right now in metro detroit and I would have to ride a Tom Tom to get to Bells if BN was available.
     
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  4. patol8

    patol8 Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2010 Michigan

    I would drive through this for Black Note.
     
  5. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (2,363) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    I would load my car with mules and extra cases for traction. :wink:
     
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  6. the_King

    the_King Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Michigan


    Your TomTom will freeze before you reach Jackson!
     
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  7. cl3

    cl3 Disciple (338) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Sheesh. Am I the only nerd here? It's Tauntaun.
    (*I tried to put off correcting you guys as long as I could, but the Dark side of the Force was too strong.)
     
  8. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,560) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    If you have a Tauntaun with TomTom, then you're all set, and visibility be damned, you can get there and back. :grinning:
     
  9. Jmorey

    Jmorey Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2015 Michigan

    I had no clue what they were referencing until now. I thought it was some kind of a helicopter, and I didn't see how that was going to help :slight_smile:
     
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  10. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (232) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan
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    LOL..............the nerd is strong in this one
     
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  11. vette-ss

    vette-ss Initiate (181) Nov 5, 2014 Michigan
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    FTFY

     
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  12. the_King

    the_King Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Michigan


    Never tell me the odds(or the correct spelling)!
     
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  13. Belle27

    Belle27 Initiate (33) Jun 21, 2015 Michigan
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    Then I'll see you in hell!

    (I also thought Tom Tom was a GPS reference...)
     
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  14. Pete811

    Pete811 Initiate (0) May 13, 2013 Michigan

    Larry Bell please forgive these last 9 pages..
     
  15. TboneRN

    TboneRN Defender (636) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Coming up on the two year mark!
     
  16. Robdiesel21

    Robdiesel21 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    i have heard serious rumors that it was scrapped..... creme stout didnt want to play nice in the barrel i guess..... but we are talking about Bn and BNSS.....so.... if im wrong forgive me
     
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  17. DMaCATO

    DMaCATO Initiate (164) Dec 19, 2013 Indiana
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    Yeah, I've thought this for a while now. Think it's pretty safe to say something went wrong. It was at Funvitational and several people I know said something was off.

    Here is to hoping we see something in 2016!
     
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  18. a2rob

    a2rob Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Michigan

    Considering it's 2016 (and we're 16% of the way through 2016 already) maybe it's time to lock up the 2015 thread and put it out to pasture.
     
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  19. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy Initiate (190) Mar 31, 2010 Washington
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    Did you hear anything more specific with regard to how it was "off"? Not doubting you, I'm just curious what specifically might have gone wrong (not that I can't come up with a few likely culprits on my own.)
     
  20. DMaCATO

    DMaCATO Initiate (164) Dec 19, 2013 Indiana
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    Yeah, sorry.. definitely not trying to start rumors! I have no idea, as I didn't press the issue for specifics. It was more an in passing conversation at a bottle share after they got back from Funvitational which was almost 6 months ago now.

    I guess my thought process being that it had been over a year since previous release to Funvitational and here we are approaching 2 years now with nothing.

    Tons of breweries now deliver barrel aged offerings year after year... so it would seem to me that they skipped a year/batch for some reason or another... good or bad. I have no basis for this other than my own musings...
     
  21. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy Initiate (190) Mar 31, 2010 Washington
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    I have a hopeful, speculative theory that they skipped a year to devote barrel space to Saturn and a few smaller releases (like BB Cherry Stout) and that we should be on schedule for another release in the next few months.

    In addition, last year was an especially busy year for Bell's: major changes at the Eccentric Cafe, standing up the canning program, putting on the Funvitational, marketing the Planets series, etc. Add in the other barrel releases they were working on, and it's not hard to imagine they wanted to take a break from BN for a bit.

    I'll note that this theory is purely based on circumstantial evidence, and is more likely than not completely inaccurate.
     
  22. stevegoz

    stevegoz Disciple (305) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    I just heard the same thing Friday night. Third-hand 411 from a Bell's Wisconsin rep.
     
  23. UcDru

    UcDru Devotee (425) Aug 15, 2013 Ohio
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    I thought it was pretty widely known that the ba cream stout was dumped but should be seeing some BA Expedition this year.
     
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  24. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I was thinking this same thing last month!
     
  25. jaybes

    jaybes Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Michigan

    Wonder if they used the barrels for BA 30th Anniv? I'd be totally ok with that :slight_smile:
     
  26. KBS

    KBS Disciple (325) Apr 25, 2014 Michigan
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    ^^^^ I think I'd actually prefer it.
     
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  27. Robdiesel21

    Robdiesel21 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    i have seen pics of barrels with all of the beers mentioned above from friends or bells themselves.. albeit some where a few months back. i have heard they are doing a ba 30th, not sure how they will distro, knowing bells probably tap only in house, and also heard the ba expo... but it is bells and they keep things so close to the vest that its hard to know. best bet is to follow their damn in house tap cam and see if something crazy gets tapped.
     
  28. BEERschlitz

    BEERschlitz Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2013 Michigan

    They just need to do straight BA Expo anyway and stop mixing in Double Cream. I do agree that the mouth feel gets a very nice bump from the cream, but that flavor in the straight BA Expedition is just phenomenal!
     
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  29. phildow

    phildow Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2013 Michigan

    I heard rumors that it was scrapped as well. Other breweries would have said "F-it" and released it, but Bell's has high standards.
     
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  30. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (639) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Bell's had BA Expedition at 2015 FoBAB. and possibly a late entry as there was no description in the program.
     
  31. Robdiesel21

    Robdiesel21 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    they are always playing with expo, they had 2 different versions a while back at the cafe... i think they are trying to find the right barrel and then they will do a big release.
     
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  32. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (639) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    it was very good. what other deviants have they done at the cafe? and/or can you elaborate on barrels they've used?
     
  33. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy Initiate (190) Mar 31, 2010 Washington
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    Oh they have tons of deviants at the cafe, just like on this site.

    (I'm so, so sorry.)
     
  34. ColonelHopslam

    ColonelHopslam Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Michigan

    Two James, Heaven Hill and TC Whiskey have all been on tap within the last 6 months.
     
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  35. Robdiesel21

    Robdiesel21 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    ^^^ what they all said.... i feel as if we are missing one but i cant think of it.
     
  36. Dcv

    Dcv Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2009 Michigan

    I believe the other barrel used was Four Roses.
     
  37. Robdiesel21

    Robdiesel21 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan

    yes!! you would be correct.
     
  38. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (138) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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  39. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,560) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Wow!! That's a small fortune in vanilla beans. Everyone go see your bank loan sources now.
     
  40. archiebunkerjr

    archiebunkerjr Aspirant (224) Oct 25, 2010 Michigan
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    Does anyone know if Bell's split those beans lengthwise? That's where all the yumyums are. I can't tell by looking at that picture if they are split or not.
     
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