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RATINGS: 923   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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4.3
jmarsh123 (166) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Had at the Bell’s tap takeover at Yogi’s out of a snifter. The two guys next to us were drinking Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss. I don’t know what to say. Pours a jet black with a small tan head that immediately fades away. Smells of bourbon with a little oak and vanilla thrown into the mix. There is a strong bourbon presence throughout the taste with vanilla and bitter roasted malts as well. There’s also a little bit of a smooth creaminess to it, I’m guessing from the Double Cream Stout. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Lots of sludge. Very good beer, but doesn’t quite achieve Holy Grail status for me. The alcohol was not especially well hidden which I don’t mind, but it knocks it down just a tick. A very good combo of two already good beers though and a very complex delightful treat.

4.7
Upsbob33 (18) - Sewell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Yeah yeah. Had this a little ways back but is definitely one of the best stouts of all time. A classic.

4.2
laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
35,5 cl bottle vintage 2012 (11,8%) @ RIP camp, bottled 28.12.2012. Thanks tiong!
Aroma has strong bourbon notes with vanilla and some woody notes. Flavour has woody notes vanilla, lots of bourbon notes, some licorice and salty notes. Quite high on bourbon, reminds me of Brooklyn Black Ops. This is just more intensive.

4.3
tiong (7620) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
355ml bottle from a trade, thanks Hugonaut13! @ RIP Camp

2012 vintage, bottled 12/28/12 - Pours pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of harsh strong bourbon notes, wood, vanilla, chocolate, roasty malts and sweet syrup. Taste is a bit harsh with loads of bourbon, sweet chocolate, syrup, roastiness, vanilla, cocoa and hints of licorice. Finish is roasty and a bit sticky with loads of bourbon, vanilla, wood and oak. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, syrup and sweetness. Quite heavy on the bourbon notes, but also very balanced and tasty, perhaps a bit sweet and sticky. Great stuff anyways.

3.9
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
355 ml bottle @ RIP camp.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, wood, mild vanilla and some wood. Rich flavour of roasted malts, vanilla, harsh grains, grassy bitterness, wood, some herbal notes, weak sweetness and milk chocolate. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, warming, roasty finish with some bourbon notes and oak. Reminds me of Brooklyn Black Ops in it’s harshness. Not very subtle, thus a bit too aggressive. After it warms up, the harshness settles down a bit and it’s taken over by the sweet bourbon notes.

4.2
olio (10549) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
355 ml bottle (11,8%) @ RIP Camp. 2012 Vintage. Bottled on 28.12.2012.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, faint tar notes, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, some hops and hints of coffee, some chocolate also. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, more milky chocolate and faint hops. A bit harsh malty palate with a sweet chocolaty finish, could have been a bit smoother. Excellent anyway, especially aroma-wise.
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3.8
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large dark brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with some vanilla notes and black chocolates. Taste is also dominated by a well-balanced mix between some vanilla, bourbon, creamy black chocolates and light bitterness. Body is thinner then I had anticipated with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very solid barrel-aged stout but I would have loved a bit more of body to this beer.

4.4
MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2013
Ahh yes.. Cracked this open for my #600th rating... Pour is opaque black, with a small n’ quickly disappearing tan light mocha - brown head. This be looking beautiful. Aroma has plenty of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood, slight leather, wood, slight banana n’ coconut, slight booze, oatmeal, some green notes, caramel, slight brownie fudge, slight roasted coffee beans. Yihaa, this is some tasty shit. Quite complex indeed, with everything that’s supposed to be in an Impy stout. The taste is slightly sweet upfront, with a very well balanced roasted bitter end. Semi-full bodied, with a very pleasant semi-flat carbonation. Real smooth and slightly sticky. This is the best beer I’ve had from Bells, and a huge shout-out to Jeff for sending me this. (This has an insanely long and delicious aftertaste, my kind of beer)

4.3
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2013
12oz bottle from West Lakeview at Zwanze Day 2013, 2012 vintage. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head that quickly fades to bubbles around the edges. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, nutty, roasty. Heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a little smokey, with a bittersweet, bourbon finish. A fantastic bourbon barrel aged stout. Glad I was finally able to try this.

3.9
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thick dark brown head. In aroma, a beautiful chocolate malt with soy sauce, iodine, coffee grind, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful sweet mocha chocolate, coffee grind, alcohol warmth, rich and complex. Shared with GRM and Boutip. Merci Phil.


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