Beer Review: BELL’S BLACK NOTE STOUT

Beer Review: BELL’S BLACK NOTE STOUT

Bell’s Black Note Stout, from Bell’s Brewery, is hailed as one of the brewery’s most coveted stouts. A blend of Expedition Stout and Double Cream Stout, aged in bourbon barrels, it promises a complex flavor profile with malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and dried fruits, all infused with the warmth of the bourbon barrel.

Publisher

Bell’s Brewery

Genre

Barrel Aged Beer, Beer Reviews, Imperial Stout

Print Length

750 ml. bottle

ISBN

Not applicable

Review

Appearance: The beer pours a cola brown with sparse bubbles, presenting a rather uninspiring visual.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by strong boozy whiskey notes, accompanied by hints of chocolate and a fresh herbal quality.

Taste: The taste offers mild burnt roast flavors, alongside prominent whiskey and char notes, with a subtle presence of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels thin-bodied, with a soft carbonation, lacking the robustness one might expect from an imperial stout.

Overall: Despite its reputation and scarcity, Bell’s Black Note Stout fails to live up to the hype. While the beer is enjoyable, it falls short of expectations set by its highly sought-after status. Comparisons to other similar beers, such as Big Sky’s Ivan The Terrible, highlight its good-but-not-great nature. While some may find it exceptional on tap, it doesn’t warrant the fervor of trading cellar treasures for a bottle.