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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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on tap
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Handbottled. Pitch black coloured. Small brown head. Aroma of sweetness, roast, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee. Flavour of chocolate, roast, vanilla and oak, spice, liqourice, coffee. Medium to full bodied. Dry roasty bitterness in the end. Thx. Kim for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2016 Re-rate 3/12/16: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom L. Bottled 3/12/14. Black. Great aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cookies. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, mild bitterness. Full-bodied. Great stuff. 8/4/8/4/17=4.1

Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! Bottled 12/28/12. Black with some brown foam. Lovely aroma with lots of coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla, a bit of bourbon, a bit of coconut and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with lots of dark chocolate, some coffee, roastiness, bourbon, vanilla, wood and a finish with an alcoholic touch. Great full body, slightly oily. A great one. 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (11034) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Bells usual soy and sweet bitter notes. Jet black with a thin brown head. Soy, coffee, chocolate and a nice sweet finish. Big rich mouthfeel which is what I love about these beers. The soy is a bit much for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer pours a matte black color with a medium thin light brown head with decent retention. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee liqueur, bourbon and toasted malt. Rich, chewy body with loads of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor, as well as bourbon and plum. The finish is roasty and sweet at first with mild alcohol and coffee in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and a close second to the Bourbon Barrel Java Stout at this event.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Big thanks to egajdzis for sharing this gem! Poured a dark black color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, smoke, dark fruits, and roast. Very complex and I was getting something different every time I took a whiff. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, lightly vinous, chocolate, and roast. Creamy and smooth body. I was I had a whole growler of this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: Bourbon Barrel Double Cream / Expedition Blend
Date: July 21, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Indy
Appearance: black, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: big sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, bourbon is well blended with the chocolate, touch of alcohol with the bourbon in the finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Black Note
Date: May 05, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted .alt, lots of bourbon, caramel and vanilla
Overall: chocolate covered caramel candy with a bourbon center

Name: Black Note
Date: August 29, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: thirsty monk
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, roasted malts

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (10871) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
Poured at DL day from StFun...wow. Black, no real head. Aroma is just heavenly. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor is full and damn rich. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of roast. Jesus this is good shit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10773) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015, Yellow Session, København
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, caramel and hint of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, coffee and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10748) - 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.


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