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RATINGS: 916   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesn’t have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say they’d have 95% homology.


4.4
BRW (2941) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2017
On tap. Black colour with tan head. Roasted, dark chocolate, bourbon aroma. Roasted, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee taste. Medium to full body.

4.6
mikemelli (3) - - OCT 8, 2017 does not count
Just stopped at the Bell's general store and got my limit of 4 four packs. Pours black hence the name. Big chocolate and coffee notes. Roasted malt gives it a nice smooth boozy finish. This is the standards for stouts ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
MrTipple (5956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Sweet, dark malts, caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon. Hazy, very dark brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. More dark, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, caramel, bourbon, oak, soft carbonation, full bodied. Beautiful Impy, rich and well-balanced. Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017, Canada Water.

4.4
oobawa (1650) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2017
2016 bottle. Man oh man what a stout. Huge waves of chocolate, coffee, roast, anise, and molasses, all slathered on black cherry and fig and raisin notes, backed up by a firm espresso bitterness overflowing with vanilla and oak and booze. Layers upon layers, lacking any alcohol warmth to mar the indulgent velvet feel. Aroma gives off tons of chocolate and bourbon. Thick viscous black pour gives up a brief white head and no lace. Brilliant.

4.5
klm1 (1780) - Bled/SF, - SEP 20, 2017
Release 2014 from bottle: Pours Black oily color, clear, with brown creamy stable finger head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark, roasted malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, hint of vanilla, oak, tabacco, oak, and full basket of hops, which takes on dried and dark fruits. Flavor is very similar: intense, rich malt flavors, with notes, mentioned above, with hint of molasses, supported with bourbon alcohol warmth. Finish is slightly sticky/dry. Body is full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. I am a little bewildered: for 10$ is hard to get better BA Imperial stout. Release 2017 with 11.2% abv. On Beavertown Extravaganza, first Day, 8th. September: pours oily black, opaque, with creamy dissipating brown head. Aroma-flavor: roasted grain,malts with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, supported with vanillin, dark fruit esters, bourbon, woody tannins...dry, bitter finish, full body, smooth texture, moderate carbonation.

4.3
Vighals (4343) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2017 Svart med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter svisker, plommer, noe kaffe kjenner også fatlagringen med vanilje, bourbon og trevirke. Fyldig men rund. Smaker en del kaffe, mørke frukter, ristet malt, noe salt lakris og alkohol. Middels lang.

4.6
moldovan9807 (464) - Oradea, ROMANIA - SEP 11, 2017
Draft at the beavertown exteavaganza,second day.Aroma is roasted malts, oak, light whisky, black coffee, dark dried fruit.Taste the same, roasted malt up front, Bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Fuller body,complex.

4.4
SinH4 (6113) - Garching b. M?nchen, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2017
Tap. Darkest brown color with tan head. Aroma is thick molten chocolate, black chocolate, . Taste is thick black chocolate, sweet, some prunes, super-forward, but also well-balanced. Oily mouthfeel. Very good, worth all the praise, although I prefer my Imperial Stouts to have more than just sweet chocolate flavours.

3.8
harrisoni (19159) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017
On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. Black beer lasting tan head. tar soy sauce aroma. Chocolate sponge cake aroma. Better in mouth. Pure dark chocolate. Very impressive. A bit boozy on finish. Dark chocolate sponge cake. Good

4.4
bonev (957) - POLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Piwo czarne nieprzejrzyste nalewa sie prawie bez piany. Kawa, czekolada i nuty bourbonu z beczki. Nie ma co opisywac. Trzeba poprostu sprobowac.


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