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RATINGS: 937   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 Bellís 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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3.9
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle at my place with group. Pours black with light lacing. Aroma is thick malt vanilla spirits chocolate. Taste is cocoa, big malt. Finish is savory, and very nice smooth.

3.8
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Boozy chocolate and toffee nose; roasty with more baker's chocolate on the palate. Viscous body yields a more syrupy experience than I remembered. This is a damn fine stout.

4
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Benzai. Black beer with a beige to light brown, medium head. Aroma of bourbon, tar/peat, roasted malts, sweet coffee and sweet alcohol. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming and comes back in the taste, where I also find the bourbon, roasted malts/coffee again. Not bad, but my expectations were a bit higher.

4.7
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Wow. 2nd most favorite Bells I have tried so far. Smells very nutty with hint of molasses. Very dark with nice thick head. Taste of licorice, nut and molasses. Nice aroma of boubon oak barrel as well. Bravo!

4.4
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 Tap: Black as hell with a thin, deep mocha head. Aroma is huge; chocolate, roast, oak, smooth bourbon, vanilla, mild coconut, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and some sweet dark fruit. Taste is the same... So balanced; bourbon is insanely smooth and itís got a perfect amount of balancing sweetness. Roast, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, oak. hint of maple syrup in there... This stuff is absolutely awesome.

4.3
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a deep black with very whispery tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Wow there is so much going on in the taste, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and malt. Alcohol tingle in the finish.

4.8
Cybercat (5741) - Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Comes out of the tap a rich sable just a whisker above black with a dark, chocolaty tan head. Roast malt aroma has an overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and subtle notes of coffee, caramel and licorice. Flavor begins with a strong bourbon note and then blossoms with roast malt, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, licorice, toffee and molasses. It is quite sweet, but not nasty; bourbon bite helps offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and quite viscous, with an appreciable and persistent tingle. I have been chasing this beer for months, narrowly missing it at stores and getting no response from trade offers - and now I have finally scored this delectable brewski. Worth the wait!

4.2
Itzjerm (2794) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Wow nice tasting beer sweet flavor. Slight barrel sour aroma. Not a lasting head. Sweet cannula cream stout taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Note: this review was for RBSH3
Iíve just poured myself a beer, and a damn good beer at that. That should be enough, shouldnít it? No, Iíve poured this beer into a fancy piece of glassware. Iím holding that fancy glass up to the light to get a good look at its contents. Iím taking note of the color, the viscosity, the way the head laces. Iím smelling the beer, not taking a quick whiff, but smelling it, making sure to write down that Iím picking up rich notes of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. After a needlessly long period, I finally give my beverage a taste. One might think I can finally enjoy the blasted thing now, but I donít. I spend more time writing. I have a good beer in front of me, and Iím typing words into a computer. Why am I doing that, and who am I doing it for?

4
TimsRatings (421) - - AUG 29, 2013
On tap at Busy Bee (Raleigh). Pours a deep dark brown with caramel head. First scent is the cream/vanilla, followed by malt. Very nice. Taste is a coordination of the bitterness of the Expedition with the sweetness of the double cream. It works well to offset the sickly sweetness of the Double Cream, but still very sweet. I've been told it will be better warm. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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