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RATINGS: 966   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
Tmoney99 (15396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Growler sample from shigadeyo. Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that diminished slowly and produced sticky legs and fair lacing. Good roasted malt, licorice and woody bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex sweet stout flavor with a smooth bourbon woody finish. Very well balanced complex barrel stout. This is a standout beer.

4.6
kermis (15375) - Amsterdam-ish, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Bottle shared thanks to trade with Kraddel. Pours black with a ring brown head. Aroma of massive bourbon, vanilla, toffee, fudge, milk chocolate, malt, oak, molasses. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Creamy and perfectly balanced, intense yet mellow, this is incredible. Full bodied with very soft carbonation.

4.1
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Handbottle at Papsø 23-Apr-2010 - Thanks Kim. Pitch black - no head. Bourbon, venilla, oily, burned, bitterness, roughness, sticky body, coffee, coconut, oakey, lots of bourbon.

3.8
Desverger (14658) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2015
[email protected], Yellow Session - black pour with brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted dark malty, with chocolate, caramel, some wooden bourbon enthused notes, some dried fruits, roasted finish. Lovely.

3.9
Lubiere (14550) - 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.

4.3
Dogbrick (14510) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer pours a matte black color with a medium thin light brown head with decent retention. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee liqueur, bourbon and toasted malt. Rich, chewy body with loads of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor, as well as bourbon and plum. The finish is roasty and sweet at first with mild alcohol and coffee in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and a close second to the Bourbon Barrel Java Stout at this event.

4.3
Drake (14491) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Served on draft as part of the Black Moonday event at Capital Alehouse in Richmond, VA. Pours a dark reddish tinted brown color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma of vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon, chocolate and a subtle fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, oak, huge maple, bitter hops and mocha. Full bodied.

4.3
crossovert (14433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2017 Freakin delicious. Expedition adds deep cocoa and dark fruits. Bourbon adds sweet complexity.

4.3
argo0 (14128) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2013
12oz bottle, many thanks craftycarl21. Small tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, prune, some vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, prune/raisin, some Bourbon, caramel. Sticky medium-full body.

4.7
slowrunner77 (13908) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"1st off, big thanks to Heybeerman for steppin up and sending me this gem. Split a bottle 3 1/2 ways last night, and will probably revisit when I have a full bottle, by itself, one day soon. My original impression, just from the the aroma was that this was leaning slightly more towards the Double Cream Stout than Expedition, and that turned out to be true in the flavor as well. But both beers are there, giving this a nice rich body, and layers of complexity. The barreling was also a little more prevelant than expected. I really have to nit pick to find anything "wrong" with this beer, but if I had to say something, gimme a tiny bit more expedition and a tiny bit less barrel, and this bad boy may get a perfect 5. Sooooooo smooth and tasty. Held it’s own with a nice batch of Speedway and BA Speedway, two of my favorites."


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