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 and ages the combination 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 & 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.
Final Rating: 4.66/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade with t4haughton.. thanks dude!
Appearance- Pours a deep brown pour, once it’s in the glass it’s jet black and opaque. The head is mocha brown, modest and about 1/2″ and reduces after about 30 seconds to a brown ring.
Smell- The aroma is amazing – It’s vanilla-bourbon forward, the best way I can describe it is a freshly made Belgian waffle with french vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. There’s also coffee and chocolate mixed in there. Dialed in some dark fruits on a whiff, but they’re chilling way back there. Extremely inviting, my mouth is watering.
Taste- Milk chocolate bourbon vanilla, caramel upfront, progresses into a more bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The finish is just what I like in a BB stout – it’s roasty and delicious. The alcohol is subtle for 11.5 ABV.
Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, not quite as heavy as BCBS but creamy and silky. Low carbonation.
I can see why this beer ranks so high.. it’s complex and flavorful. Definitely one of the more bourbon forward BA stouts that I’ve tried. Try it if you like this style!