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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBeer45 (1562) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Champanes, this stout had a black-brown pour and made a one finger tan colored head that receded to a cover that had some open areas and a thick ring, this beer was opaque and I could not see through but I saw a mound of bubbles on the top of the beer and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I saw no sediment in the bottle, this beer had aromas of bourbon, vanilla, bourbon liquor, roasted malt, caramel, some chocolate, malt and bourbon sweetness, it had flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, molasses, bourbon liquor and malt sweetness, there was a little burnt roasted malt notes and there was a touch of coffee flavor in the background, the finish had roasted malt with molasses and a touch of bitterness, the mouth feel was more than medium and had a little creaminess, this beer had more sweetness on the nose than on the mouth, a nice bourbon barreled Imperial stout, not too much bourbon as I find in many Imperial stouts, and not a lot of sweetness like some BB Impys, this was a nice mix of Bourbon Barrel and Imperial Stout.


3.9
Garrold (5601) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle, by way of a trade. Cheers Beau! Nearly black. Ring of tan head. Nose has whisky truffles. Cocoa nibs. Fudge brownie. Hint of ashy wood. Taste is sticky sweet, and robust, boozy, woody, ashy bitter. Silky mouthfeel that belies the ABV. Sticky bonfire toffee and liquorice to finish. Tasty gear.

4.2
GregMooreNH (106) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2017 Pours thick and black with nearly no head. Aroma is light: espresso, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Taste is sweet bourbon and plum, moving to deep coffee notes. Finish is strong espresso, mixing with bourbon. An exceptional beer that keep improving with age.

3.8
jhamp9 (1954) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2017
Pitch black pour with a dark khaki head that fades down to a ring. Oily lacing of fine bubbles. Aroma is strong dark chocolate, burnt caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some berry. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee, and some dark fruit. Medium body.

3.8
The_Osprey (9102) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2017
September 2017 - Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza. As 'Bell's Black Note Stout'. Big want this one. Pours an opaque black, foamy brown head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is earthy, meaty rich bourbon and molasses, dark chocolate. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is fairly dry, earthy and spicy, some 100% cocoa powder, smooth roast malts, spicy woody finish. Quite spicy and earthy. Solid but drier than expected. (7-4-8-4-15=3.8)

4.4
rami_pl (4398) - Warszawa, POLAND - OCT 26, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Black Note Stout by Bell's Brewery at Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku Beczka ladna slodka, nie zagluszajaca stoutowych, wytrawnych nutek, srednio- ciala, ale mega gladkie. Wanilia, czeko, migdal, palonosc. 4.3
Rami Rami: Moze 4.4? Bo chyba mozna chlac na wiadra... i faktycznie Pan Grzegorz ma racje - troche jak samiec b1 (mniej beczki tylko)

4.4
BRW (3073) - 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 (6424) - 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 (1729) - 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 (1844) - 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.


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