Details have emerged for a brand new variant of one of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.’s most famous creations.
According to a label filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), that beer is Café Vanilla Black Note Stout 2020, a 10.5 percent ABV imperial stout aged in “freshly retired” oak bourbon barrels with coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans before being packaged in 12-ounce bottles.
If the name sounds familiar, it is because the Comstock, Mich.-based brewery released a beer with a similar name last year, namely Vanilla Black Note Stout 2019, an 11.5 percent ABV imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans.
As the name indicates, the base beer used in both aforementioned stouts is Bell’s Black Note Stout, an imperial stout that debuted in 2007 that is actually a blend of two of Bell’s other beers: Expedition Stout (10.5 percent ABV) and Double Cream Stout (6.1 percent ABV.)
An email sent to the brewery requesting additional information was not returned.