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RATINGS: 922   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell’s history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout, each aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

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4.4
Slipstream (2701) - USA - MAR 2, 2014
A big thank you to my cousin for cracking this open, which we shared while watching the great Seahawks come from behind to beat the despised 49ers in the NFC championship game. A really amazing beer with a fantastic taste - blueberry, lots of malty sweetness, plus dashes of port and lemon. I don’t recall what year it was from.

4.8
njager246 (699) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2015 At wbf... pours dark and with a tan head... chocolate coffee and a lot of bourbon come through... The taste stays on your palate longer than any beer I have ever had... fantastic!

4.8
sloshgator (770) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bells Black Note Stout is a perfectly balanced stout. Pour is very dark with a tight, soft tan head. Aroma is very light subtle aroma of bourbon and chocolate notes. Taste is creamy delicious with chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon notes that don’t overpower. The beer has a pleasant thick mouthfeel with an aftertaste that lasts long after the last sip. Black Note might be the ultimate Imperial Stout! Well done.

4.1
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz - 2012 vintage) Dark black pour with a puffy tan head. A wonderful aroma of bourbon mixed with coffee and cream and vanilla. Heavy coffee at the start of the flavor with a nice transition to a smooth creamy bourbon and vanilla finish. Some light bitterness on the aftertaste. Really tasty.

4.1
OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2012 bottle. Poured black. Sweet bourbon, coffee and wood aroma. Chocolate/coffee start that moves into vanilla and caramel bourbon richness. Almost a bit of leather. Really good bottle.

3.9
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. A huge thanks to Bruce for a beer I never thought I would get. Pours black with a tan rim which is very sticky. Nose is very sweet vanilla - huge vanilla macaron, vanilla bean, white chocolate, chocolate biscuit and big bourbon spice. Absolutely chock full of creamy vanilla in the taste. It really does remind of me of an amazing vanilla macaroon. Loads of creamy milk chocolate with plenty of vanilla sweetness, a good dose of bourbon, touch of spice. Almost a mocha like finish to it. Very creamy stuff and sweet as shit but it works. A nice bitter finish with a slight kick of heat. Nice depth and usage of the barrel here. For the sweet tooths. It’s very good, but like with most hyped beers, not amazing

4
Theydon_Bois (20600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to Bruce for supplying this vaulable catch up rate - 15/02/14. Light black with a moderate tan covering that thins to a swirl. Nose is big roast, dark chocolate fudge, coconut shavings - some may say ’Classic Bounty Bar’ - red wrapper with cardboard insert naturlich, subtle oaky bourbonic drawl. Taste comprises dark chocolate, dark toffee fudge, touch of spice, light coconut, subtle oaky bourbon, lightly oiled booze. Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate. A solid BA impy for sure, not overcooked on the BA either, could drink this one every day!

4.2
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft. Very very smooth. I was worried about the double cream blend. No worries. Nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
Dork42775 (1) - ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
Draft a few months ago at the Thirsty Monk. Great mellow taste for such a big beer. Not much heat at all.

5
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
The Holy Grail of BBA Stouts. Words cannot do this beer justice, so I’m not even going to try. Each bottle should come with a new pair of underwear.


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