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Bells Black Note Stout

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ansalon (2666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
CBC 2015. Pours a luxious velvety black with a medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, muscovado sugar and caramel. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full bodied with almost no carbonation. This is exceptionally well-balanced and stupendously good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Creamy and excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobrm (39) - - AUG 2, 2015
Slightly lacking on aroma. Overall very good!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (14283) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2015
CBC. Black with brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso. hop and liquoirce. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso, hop, medium sweet, liquorice and medium bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1007) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 2/15/2012. On tap at Bx Beer Depot. A keg of Hopslam and a keg of Black Note. Amazingly, the Hopslam kicked long before the Black Note, so I enjoyed three of these as I watched people go nuts for Hopslam. Big khaki head. Not a particularly dark head, though. Decent retention. Huge barrel aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Roasted chocolate, but otherwise the stout is a touch lost in the barrel. Boozy, too. Taste is chocolate and a building tingle of bourbon. Vanilla flavor throughout. The chocolate comes back in the finish in a much more bitter manifestation. Less boozy in the finish that the smell would indicate. Really wonderful incorporation of barrel and stout. Very creamy, which I assume is the Cream Stout. Boozy and chewy, but not too thick. Low carbonation, which is strange. Nearly flat. Itís damn good. I donít know how much separates the best BA stouts, but this one is quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1853) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2015 2014 vintage. Dark black. Damn this is good. One of best beers ive had. Brown sugar. Tastes like dark lord i just tried but less sweet. What a treat. Lives up to the hype. Tasted at chrisí ultimate bottle share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (917) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Bourbony chocolate smell. Bourbony chocolate taste along with the other malty notes typical of stouts. It is too boozy though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
75 cl bottle, batch 11620, bottled dec 2012. Thanks to AdamJackson for trading this beverage. Pours black with a reddish hue, and no head. Aroma is bursting chocolate and raisins, very complex roasted malt is up yo face, beneath that, a destinct bourbon barrel aroma with tons of oak and vanilla is present, and even further down are notes of black tea, ripe cherry and espresso. Magnificent aroma. The taste is somewhat surprising. I was expecting a much fuller mouthfeel given the aroma, but the beer comes out very dry for the style, and somewhat of an alcohol burn. The taste has notes of dark cherries, bitter chocolate, oak and roasted malts. The finish is bitter, and the alcohol taste sticks in the mouth. I guess I had an idea that this would be a very heavy, viscous and creamy imperial stout, and instead it is more on the dry and well-attenuated side of the spectrum. Even though it is something completely different from my expectations, I am enjoying this beer a lot. The longer I keep it in the glass, the more it just explodes in complexity, and as it get some oxygen, the light mouthfeel actually becomes quite fitting for this beer. With all that said, fuck this is a tasty ass beverage. A true masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (3962) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
30 May 2015, tap at Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival. Black. Nose is dark malt, sweet bourbon, maybe bacon and Mae syrup. Ned/full body and a tad syrupy. Wow. Lots of tobacco, dark malt, woody, bourbon. Sweet, syrup, wood, stout. This is gorgeous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (10323) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt.

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