Bell’s Brewing’s Black Note, ranked among the Top 100 in the world, will find itself in 750ml bottles in 2012. The beer is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. ( Ed. Note: One of the best barrel aged stouts I’ve ever had.) While the brewery states this is a draft only beer, there have been some corked & caged sightings in the past. These 750ml releases are a part of the General Store release, with such beers as Sparking Ale, The Wild One, Quinannan Falls Lager, Golden Rye Ale, Raspberry Ale, Wedding Ale, & Hop Harvest.
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.