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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
available

on tap
unknown

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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6319) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Black with beige head. Dark chocolate aroma with salmiak and tar, strong vanilla bourbon notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbruner (3727) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Pours a opaque black on tap with a thin lacing of tan head and light sticking on the way down. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and a slight note of coffee. Taste has all of that, with slight roasted malt notes and an exceptional bourbon kick at the end. Mouth is creamy and smooth, and even though you can?t really taste the booze, it burns on the way down. Definitely as good as the hype!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours oily pitch black with a small dark mocha head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark bread, burnt caramel, charred wood, black pepper, bourbon, coconut, vanilla fudge, asphalt, toffee and hints of sweet liquorice. Taste is sweet and malty with roasted malts, roasted coconut, quality dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, lactose, bourbon, toffee, nutella and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, smooth, balanced, silky and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, roasted coconuts, charred wood and bourbon. Great balance and smooth silky mouthfeel adds up to a great experience.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (16562) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty milky aroma, caramel, chocolate, licorice, milky, cream, cocoa powder, peat notes, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, floral notes, oak, vanilla fudge, hay. Chocolate flavor, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, fudge, hay, smoked notes, creamy, woody, hay, leather, raisins, figs, cocoa powder, licorice, spicy, smoked, hay, peat, dades, roasted, coffee notes, ash notes, hop notes, biscuits, peat notes, hay. Incredibly balanced, very drinkable and with flavors that never stops coming. Fantastic chocolate finish with cocoa powder, hay, licorice, milk and wood.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dazz3 (1789) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells creamy vanilla and coffee. Tastes vanilla, abit herby creamy chocolate roasted malt, abit arrack. Very well balanced and incredible creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4274) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a small eim of tanned head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits vanilla bourbon dill roasted malts coconut slightly alcohol chocolate. Flavor is roasted malty vanilla a bit acidy bourbon astringent alcohol bitter coffee chocolate. Finishes sweet fruity bitter. Was expecting heavier body, suprisingly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (6450) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde Pitch black. No head. sweet, vinous aroma with chocolate, coffee, salty tar. Surprisingly light body. Wooden, vinous notes. Milky chocolate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Draft at Proof. Opaque black pour with a small tan head. Aroma of deep fudge, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, oak and bitter chocolates. Lots of chewy Hersey’s kisses in the flavor along with vanilla, brűlée crust, oak, subtle bourbon. Vicious body with hardly noticeable alcohol and a slightly bitter finish. Fucking delicious beer and a real treat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Has the nose of bourbon, vanilla, and touch of oak, alcohol comes through too. The heat isn’t too bad on the palate, it actually has a creamy texture from the double stout. It’s rich but really tasty. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
On tap at proof. Excited. Black pour with khaki head that fades. Aromas of wood vanilla coconut and coffee. Really enjoy the fresh cut wood aroma. Tastes of wood pulp vanilla and roasted grains. Lots of tannins. Thinner body than expected and I like full body stouts. Absolute pleasure to try this beer. As it warms up doesn’t get any more flavor. Really good beer try it if you can but don’t give up the world to try it.


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