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100
style
Serve in Snifter

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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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Also tried at the J&J tating. Thanks Jon for bringing this one. Pours an oily black with very little carbonation and really clings to the glass nicely. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt, chocolate, and some dark over ripe fruit. Tastes was warming inthe throat in a nice way. Flavors were roasty malt, bourbon, vanilla. Yery nice.


4.3
jsporrer (1144) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2018
2017 bottle of 11.2 ABV. Pours a pitch black with a thin dark tan head. Texture is medium thick, oily, with some lacing and tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit and sweet toffee. Starts smooth with a full mouth feel. Deep rich flavors of dark chocolate, burnt toast and a smooth layer of bourbon that doesn't overpower the taste. Finishes smooth with a long lingering malty aftertaste. Hides the alcohol well. Carbonation is much softer than it appears. Very solid and enjoyable.

4
BeerDoctor10 (2) - Olive Hill, USA - JAN 5, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Just about the best Stout I have ever had! The flavor is outstanding and mouth feel is phenomenal!

5
Hopper8 (258) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2018
This beer is phenomenal. It goes through three distinct flavor sets. First is fruit, then bourbon, and it finishes into a beautiful espresso. It's phenomenal.

3.5
geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Vanilla and Bourbon barrel smell ...quite good...taste is slightly bitter but dark malt, bourbon barrel and vanilla..decent complexity but darker and more bitter than I really want now...had at art bar for ringing in 2018 with Megan, Claire and gang

4.5
dukeandduke (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2017
12/28/17: 6 Oz Snifter pour shared from 12 ounce bottle. Pitch black pour, thin tan head. Nice aroma balance of strong bourbon offset by chocolate and vanilla. Taste similar to aroma, very pleasant mix of bourbon and sweetness of chocolate and vanilla. Thiner mouth feel and texture than other bourbon stouts, very smooth drinking. Overall excellent offering by Bell's, thanks for sharing Andy!

4.5
DWestrick (858) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2017
bottle. outstanding imperial stout - on par with Expedition Stout and Dark Lord for the best imperials I've had. Incredibly complex. World class beer

4
sawbuck (778) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017 Nice aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice ebony color. Sweet up front with dark chocolate tones....smooth bourbon. Slightly slick mouth feel. Finish bitterness nicely balances sweetness. Very good.

4.6
gizmo_ber (221) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2017
Absolutely delicious, fruity, chocolatey, just the right balance of malt and bitterness.

4.3
Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy lacy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Flavor was rich and silky smooth with roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, charred oak, dark fruit,and bourbon. awesome.

4.6
zoucrew102 (2236) - - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and oak. Pours inky black with a thin mocha brown head that has little retention and excellent lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt, dark fruit and molasses flavors as well as rich, full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes impeccably smooth with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors. Truly wonderful bourbon stout!


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