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Bells Black Note Stout

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


on tap

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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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Draft at Sheffields. Black pour with almost no head. Aroma bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste follows suit with vanilla, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Thick palate. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Martinus (4352) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, mocha, Liquorice allsorts (Engelse drop), vanilla and quite some bourbon. Flavour roasted malts bitterness, some sweetness, alcoholic bourbon. Vanilla and light wood. Quite creamy. Finish liquorice, bourbon, mocha and chocolate.
(From 75cL bottle @ 3e GBF, shared by tderoeck. With a big thanks to BoBoChamp!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
(750ml bottle during RBWG) espresso milk chocolate brown, few bubbles. Nose of vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, graham cracker, and fudge. Taste of fudge, graham cracker, cream, bourbon, pretty rich, nice linger, a bit ashy, and thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours a slick looking cola brown with spotty bubbles.

Aroma: Strong boozy whiskey, chocolate, fresh herbal note.

Taste: Mild burnt roast , whiskey, char. Dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer I thought I would never get to try because of how hard the midwest was hoarding this beer. Iím glad I did, but the hype on this beer didnít come close to my enjoyment. I just want to be honest, this is how I approach the super hyped, highly sought after beers. My expectations get raised. Maybe itís not fair to the beer?
I love Bellís Expedition, I love big Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts, but I donít think this particular one comes close to my top 3. This reminded me of Big Skyís Ivan The Terrible for me, which was good, but not a slam dunk. Iíve heard itís awesome on tap, so hopefully one day I can revisit. I surely wonít be trading my cellar for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Bottle fro. General store. Pours medium black off white head. Aroma if roast malt chocolate and dried fruit. Barrel taste is faint sweet lots of chocolate Re rate from 12 ounce. Nose is big barrel and vanilla. Taste is super complex coconut, fig and roasted wood with rum raisin yet super smooth easy drinking love this so much more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (7641) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
18/VIII/2012 75cl bottle @ 3de Gents Bierfestival (Gent) - bottle # 898/1081 (2012-952) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear very dark beer, no head. Aroma: vanilla, lots of caramel, bourbon, pretty sweet, raisins, charcoal, did I mention bourbon? MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very very chocolaty, caramel, some vanilla, bourbon, quite alcoholic. Aftertaste: lots of dark chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, bitter touches, bit earthy, cocoa powder.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Draft into a goblet. Pours black with almost no head. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon and oak, vanilla, dark fruit and some caramel. Medium bodied with a thick creamy texture. Awesome beer. Im glad i got to try it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rogsiu (42) - Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Not much retention or lacing. Smells of bourbon, dark chocolate, espresso and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate and bourbon, followed by vanilla and a slight sweetness. It is a superb imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2768) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma contains espresso, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and burbon. Flavor is rather bitter with espresso, dark chocolate, burbon, licorice, some raisins. The burbon is definitely there but does not overwhelm. Overall excellent damn beer. And KP showed up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 drank out of a 64 oz growler. pours black, sweet dark fruit, coffee, raisin no head but carbonation when cracking the growler

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