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RATINGS: 947   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 2012: 2 months after bottling. From the bottle to a snifter. Definitely bourbon. That’s all I really get in the nose. Interested to see what it’s like in a year. Light brown head that quickly dissipates. Front end of the taste is bourbon, back end you taste/smell the cream and malts, chocolate, coffee. The mouth feel is perfectly smooth. This is how a beer should feel.

4.4
hallinghansen (3474) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2013
Trade from Sean9689, thanks buddy. Very dark brown body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, milk chocolate, wood, vanilla, malt, ripe fruit. Flavour is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, ripe fruit, wood, malt. The alcohol tickles on the lips. Complex. This is amazing. Thanks Sean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
b33f (23) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Poured into a goblet. Holy Shit, that was the coolest pour ever. Formed about 1/2 a finger of thick straight up brown head. The last few drops out of the bottle beaded up like water on a skillet. For a split second there was tiny black beer marbles rolling across the head. I couldn’t believe my eyes, but I’m not the only one who saw it. It smells like oak and nuts. The taste is alcohol, smooth vanilla burbon flavor, and a dark chocolate after taste. The palate, is smooth and velvety. It leaves your mouth with a long after taste, and I can feel the alcohol on my lips. Dope brew.

4.8
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Pours a very thick, black color, very similar to Dale Coopers dream coffee in Twin Peaks. About a 1/2 finger of head. First thing you smell is bourbon. It hits you quick and than follows with a mixture of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is almost a carbon copy of the aroma, except in reverse order. You get a littlw sweet at first, followed by a lasting boozy, bourbon flavor. This being my first BA stout, I was not expecting the booziness that came with it, but it was delicious. Bought 2 bottles, 1 for drinking and for aging. I will be looking forward to next years release.

4.5
Suchy3 (7) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
Aroma was mostly alcohol for me, which isn’t really my taste. It was a pitch black pour, with a 1-finger head. Nothing I wasn’t expecting. The taste was far less alcohol than I was expecting, following the aroma, but the alcohol was a little strong on the backend. It was good, but not really for me.

4.5
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle from the box from mikem409 that continues to melt my feeble brain. Pours jet black with minimal tan head. Nose with notes of bourbon and oak. Body is solid, creamy, and not overly boozy. Bourbon is center stage with notes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and roast. This is outstanding and now a permanent want. Fuck the BCBS.

4
jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick mocha head, very thick. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel. Taste is sweet chocolate and bourbon, creamy and slightly boozy. Really tasty, flavors intensify as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
AWISLguy (3429) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle brought by Perry from the source, obtained by and shared with ck1, thanks bro! Pours a cola black/brown with little head. Aroma is initially all whiskey, then as it warms, chocolate, licorice, caramel ... and vanilla. And thru the glass some brown sugar. Taste is of super smooth vanilla/chocolate with a whiskey presence. Vanilla, some caramel. Really nice layering and - interestingly only occasionally alcohol presence detected. Finishes long and smoothly sweet and slightly alcoholly. Easy to see why this is rated in dark lords league. Every bit what I was hoping for.

4.5
JStax (7309) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to unclerudy. Thanks a ton! Pours a viscous dark brown to black with a dark brown ring of roam. Aroma is heavy on caramel, oak, plum, dark roasty malts. Reminds me of a grilled bit of plum. The barrel really shines in this beer, bringing the beer up to a whole new level of awesomeness. Delicious. That’s true beat way to describe this beer.

4.8
mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2012 vintage bottle pour. Phenomenal beer. Little to no head. Aromas are strong bourbon and roasted malt goodness. Carbonation level was the only small knock I can to keep this from a perfect 5.0 in my opinion. Seemed a bit hot on the carbonation, but overall this will go on my mantle of Top 20 beers I’ve ever had (still have to decide what it’ll knock off though...)


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