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Bells Black Note Stout

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black Note blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout. The combination is aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The result is a malty harmony of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruit notes, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
This beer is exactly what I want it to be. It is a stout no doubt with the perfect addition of bourbon. Most BBA stouts are taken over by the bourbon, while this is not a terrible thing, it still takes away from the beer. The use of Expedition and Special Double Cream gives it both a smoothness in the body but a slightly bitter finish that is perfect for the style. I couldn’t and wouldn’t as for anything different in a bourbon barrel aged stout. At $6 a bottle it is definitely a treat but one that I would buy a 4-pack at any opportunity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1778) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
12 oz. 2012 from a trade with rxeight....thanks, Al! Deep black with thing dark head. Nose of molasses, vanilla, wet oak, bourbon, dark malts, some licorice. Oily viscous mouthfeel. Taste follows nose for the most part, but a big lingering dry middle of bakers cocoa. Finishes sweet with dark malt and vanilla. Very smooth and alcohol well hidden. Reputation is deserved-great stuff. Stood up and went well with salted dark chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2013
[750ml bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black pour, no real head to speak of, other than a fragmentary lacing of faint bubbles. Sits there, looking highly menacing. Lovely aroma though – soft, roasty wood-laced chocolate, mocha edges and coconut. Plenty of coconut on the flavour too, with sweet vanilla and a mild background hum of bourbon. Very easy to drink. Worryingly so, in fact [21062013]

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Thanks to Kevin for sharing at RBAG 2013! From 12 oz bottle into snifter. Completely black, opaque, and beige head sticks to the sides of the snifter. First smell I get is of dark dried fruits, which I find interesting since it’s bourbon barrel aged. Of course you get the bourbon on the nose, but also you can smell sweetness. Alcohol is also evident in the nose. Tastes of coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Very well balanced and smooth. Not harsh at all, especially for being 11.5%. Nice aftertaste of vanilla that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
7/20/13. Given to me by my 1st trade. Thinking about it 2 days later I wish I drank it first because I drank entirely too many beers before this one and unless everyone's wrong, it wasn't memorable. Gave it a 3.9 based on I consider a 4 to be pretty dam good Need a redux ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1457) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 750 ml bottle 875 A- thick black pour with a faint tan head and weak lacing. S- molasses is prominent, with sugary milk chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wet pungent grains, licorice, cinnamon raisin bread, plums, pie crust and faintly musty oak. M- smooth and light body considering it is a barrel aged stout. Palate is medium and satisfying. Carbonation is underwhelming. T- molasses and grain are first, followed by the toffee and baked crust. Mineral water also mixes in. Vanilla, graham cracker, marshmallow, dry oak and caramel. The ending is a fudge and mildly tangy cacao with alcohol that sits on the palate until it fades into a bitter chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alliance100 (1096) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
12 oz bottle and draft, prefer it out of the bottle. Hands down best bba stout i’ve ever had. Chocolate/coffee/perfection.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Aroma of rich chocolate cake, toffee, and caramel. Pours black with a great fizzy film. Taste is wonderful with cherry cordial, toffee, and angel sperm. Taste is wonderful with cherry chocolate, oak and sweet toffee. Wonderful. Long expected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1532) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pours an opaque very dark brown with a quickly vanishing, short khaki-brown head. The aroma is striking. Caramel, vanilla, and coconut. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily with just the slightest carbonation scrub on the rear of the palate. Flavors of coconut, wood, nut, bourbon barrel vanilla, and dark, ripe fruit. This is quite reminiscent of Parabola.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours black with low brown head, aroma is oak and bourbon and roast with coconut.. Taste is rich sweet maltly bourbon awesomeness, very smooth finish as well!


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