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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 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
MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Ninety-nine down, one to go (or at least until the top 100 changes again). Finally got to try this elusive brew at the Bell’s 30 Taps World Record event at Beer Sellar in Indy. Had three 5oz tasters of this stuff. N.B. This was listed as "BB Double Cream Stout", but Larry Bell assured everyone it was the blend and that the erroneous name was merely due to a label approval issue. A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam with solid retention, and a little bit of lacing. Pitch black - there was no trace of color, even at the fringes. It’s about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout. S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasn’t the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didn’t really get much more than the basics here. T - The taste was superb, and was somewhat shocking after the lukewarm aroma. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and barrel, and what I suspect is the beginnings of some lacto-sour barrel bacteria (which at this stage makes the brew more interesting and isn’t really a negative). I love the way the Double Cream Stout portion offsets the roasty bitterness and acidity. As a result the aftertaste is surprisingly mild. M - Mild carbonation, super smooth, lighter in body than I expected (more medium-to-full). Plenty of residual stickiness in this one, and shockingly a bit of heat (even after a couple years in the keg). D - Super drinkable for what it was - the multiple tasters went down pretty easy. I think out of the ten tickets my wife and I got, we used at least half of them on this superb brew. The only problem is the ABV, and is that really that big of a problem? ;-)


4
Ahuth (569) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Bottled. 2016. Pours black. Aroma big bourbon oak and chocolate. The palate is a bit thin not bad though. The taste is big bourbon oak. Proceeded by dark fruits chocolate and vanilla. Very awesome brew

3.1
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Appearance: Pours an inky, black body with a sustained, light sandy-beige head. Smell: Char-hinting heavy roastiness with a crust of bitter dark chocolate, with lesser touches of dark fruit, vanilla-infused molasses, woodsiness and peppery alcohol. Taste: Bulky roastiness, a bit ashen and chary and laden with booziness and soy. Rolls sweet to bitter (charred) with a salient, less-than-satisfying alcohol presence coupled with woody tannins. A bit of dark chocolate, licorice, gummy molasses and prune. The nose held a bit more promise, though the heavy char, soy and booze leave it lopsided and unbalanced. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Light carbonation. Overall: Downright overhyped.

3.9
czlowiekmotyka (266) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Disappointing one. Aroma is great, classic bourbony and woody. The texture is unfortunately watery, it reaaaaally lacks body. Some roast, some coffee but nothing exceptional. I am sad :(

4
Kapsel (324) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Ciemne owoce w czekoladzie, trochę beczki, mogłoby być więcej ciała, lekki zawód patrząc jaki jest hype na to piwo.

4.3
oberschlesier (52) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 26, 2017
Aroma of chocolate, dry friuts, barrel, vanilla and unfortunately a hint of alcohol. Aroma and flavour improve during drinking. The beer is rather sweet, dessert-style. Barrel and vanilla quite intense. Very good imperial stout, it would be perfect without these hints of alcohol.

4.6
gr_pa (670) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2017 Black, small stable head. Great aroma: chocolate, vanilla, barrell, dry fruits. Full body, lots of sweetess. Nice flavour, lots of barrel notes, dark caramel, alcohol hidden. Woody finish.

3.8
DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - MAY 13, 2017
From a 12 oz 2016 bottle from Boneyard Bistro. Pours dark brown with minimum head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark malts, chocolate. Overall rich and flavorful...held up nice with a year of age.

4.2
marcus (10148) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2017
2014 bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a huge treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a soy and a lot of bourbon. A great sipper.

4.3
dzudohonor (136) - POLAND - MAY 12, 2017
Batch #2 2016. Piękna kawowa piana, redukuje się do 2 cm obrączki po kilkunastu sekundach, z daleka dociera woń kokosa i wanilii, już przy zanuzeniu nosa w sensoricu czuć przede wszystkim nuty burbonowe, mleczna czekolade, kakao, troszke pralinek – wszystko ładnie zrównoważone, zanurzamy usta w tym przysmaku – znowu równowaga, z tym, że na pierwszym raczej planie czekolada, kawa z mlekiem, pozniej jakies wisienki, wanilia i ciut kokosa, raczej nie za dużo ciała, goryczka mocno palona i gdzieś tam w przełyku pałęta się alkohol. Nie wyrywa z butów, ale jest bardzo dobrze

4.2
oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Bottle acquired in trade. 2014 an 2016 vintage. Nice bourbon and roasted malt taste. Get some chocolate. The 2014 aged nice.


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