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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: 862   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheRedBeeron13 (1) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012 does not count
Upon first sip, in the top 5 beers I have ever had. Its a shame its so rare. Very mellow for a bourbon stout. Absolutely amazing. Wonderful when paired with desserts, ie. Kahlua soaked brownie :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dasher (1) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2012 does not count
From show assistance. This Carmel bread hay cereal beer tastes like chocolate coffee with toasted nuts. 2 cents: very good beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with excellent (given barrel-aging), creamy, chocolate shake head / Rich, smokey nose of tobacco, chocolate coffee, bourbon, and oak / Full body, sweet and chewy, with great balance and long, alcohol well balanced, sweet and lightly bitter finish / Winey flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, bourbon, coconut, cream, and oak / A treat when found.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle 24 of 1081. Virtually no head on black, looks like a wine. carbonation still there though understated.Smooth mouthfeel. Rich bourbon,not overpowering but substantial. Chocolate and coconut, some mustiness. Better as it aired.FlandersNed, thanks for not putting it up on ebay. My bottle shared with Liam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2012 Via trade with DtMets84. The aroma is beautiful. Bourbon, chocolate, molasses, licorice. The appearance is deep black, oily, small tan head, dissipates quickly. The flavor is Light bourbon, sweet and not overpowering, dark chocolate, molasses, licorice. The finish is booze burn, sweet, light pine notes. Medium to medium/thick in body, lighter than expected. Very nice. Thanks, Dave.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft to pint (from notes). Looks good; black with thin, boozy-tinted lacing. Smells excellent; bourbon and sweet malt. Tastes great; the blend goes wonderful with the barreling. This is great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Tap, second tasting, but first rating entry. Dark tan head, nearly jet black body. Nice bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast and ripe dark fruits. Bourbon forward at first, bitter roasted maltiness that smooths out to woody vanilla and savory flavors. medium to heavier body. Warming, rich, but not overdone on any level. Worth the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Draught pours black with a brown head. Aromas of coffee,roasted malt, boubon, oak, and anise. Tastes are coffee, roasted malt, and boubon with light oak notes and some molasses. Also get dates or dark fruitines. Not too much bourbon or oak and not too sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and body is thick with a lingering boubon finish. Overall, very nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (20333) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Draft at ChurcKey. Black, thick brown head, fair retention, solid lacing. Aroma of dark milk chocolate, toffee, booze and espresso. Taste is boozy coffee, prunes, dates. Amazing mouthfeel. Very nice but over hyped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 Bottle from trade (4 Beats involved?). Tasted this one side-by-side with KBS (previously rated), and Black Note is so much smoother on the palate (much better pH balance) and less coffee. Aroma was of sweet licorice, bourbon, and dark chocolate/cacao. Flavor was a creamy version of the aroma. This beer is simply freakin amazing. Loved it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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