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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: 862   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.


ColovianTrader's rating

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Very rich and creamy. Loaded with flavors. Lots of molasses, dark chocolate, sweet coffee, vanilla, toasted bread and of course bourbon. Hints of dark fruit, with chocolate cherries in the aftertaste. Wonderful palate, thick enough to handle a beer of this caliber.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Amady (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2016
Tasted alongside KBS and Bourbon County and this one is just a tad better than the other two in my opinion. Tastes like a batch of bourbon soaked brownie batter. Will for sure seek more of this out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7053) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and rising bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts, some kid’s chocolate cereal and vitamins cloying near the end. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - thanks to the Proof Bottle Club for sharing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (810) - - APR 25, 2016
Vintage 2014: Pours Black oily color, clear, with brown creamy stable finger head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark, roasted malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, hint of vanilla, oak, tabacco, oak, and full basket of hops, which takes on dried and dark fruits. Flavor is very similar: intense, rich malt flavors, with notes, mentioned above, with hint of molasses, supported with bourbon alcohol warmth. Finish is slightly sticky/dry. Body is full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. I am a little bewildered...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2555) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle @ Beer Temple with Abijn & MarcodL, thanks Arjan for sharing! Black color. No head. Aroma’s of bourbon, sweetness, vanilla. Retronasal it’s sweet, wood, vanilla, roasted, light drop/licorice, alcohol, light red fruit. Flavor is light sweet, alcohol, vanilla. Rather strong alcohol feel. Very low carbonation. Long finish, roasty, light bitter and wood. Could have used a bit more carbo, but great otherwise.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (929) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
bottle dated 3/12/14 poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin light brown head..aroma of bourbon,chocolate,wood,vanilla..tastes of chocolate,smoke, bourbon,vanilla,dark fruits,licorice,coffee..little boozy but outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3782) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Abijen, thanks! Black pour, no head. Rich aroma of bourbon, mild licorice,cherry and chocolate. Smooth taste of mild licorice, bourbon vanilla, subtle cherry, oak and a long velvety finish. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2401) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2016
Zwart bier met bijna geen schuimkraag. Ruikt chocolade, koffie, bourbon, overrijp fruit. Smaakt bourbon, alcohol, overrijp fruit, iets geroosterd, koffie. Nice. Expedition vond ik beter

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2375) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
From the bottle at the Stone Pour it Black Event. Went straight to this one as I figured it was going to go fast. I was right. Amazing. Heaven in a glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4528) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2016
(Bells Black Note Stout) Bottle 355 ml, vintage 2012. Served into a snifter at home, ABV 11.8% Black coloured body, a thin line of foam around the glass. Aroma is full of bourbon, wood, light soy sauce, lots of dark fruits too, faint alcohol, vanilla. Taste also big in bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla, light alcohol but certainly well hidden for 11.8%, dark fruits, mainly plums I’d say, light coal, wood, chocolate on the finish. Medium to thick body, soft carbonation, nicely sticky on the palate without being cloying. A great imperial stout.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (332) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2016
Las notas a Bourbon son intensas. Se percibe madera y frutos secos. De color completamente negro, sedosa, cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion y corona de espuma nulo. Al paladar es exquisita. Su potencia alcohólica, sus notas a madera, Bourbon, frutos secos, y a pesar de todo, las ganas de darle uno y otro trago. Genial!


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