Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by DubbelTrubbel:
4.74/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2014 (bottled 03/12/14) into snifter
A- Black with hints of coffee brown, thin khaki head
S- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Pretty heavy on the bourbon. Reminds me of a chocolate-covered vanilla wafer cookie. Some roast and oak barrel notes
T- heavy coffee flavors, rather bitter, hints of chocolate. Oakey-barrelly notes.
M- Excellent balance of thickness and dryness. Really nice
O- A masterful creation. Bell's best beer, next to Hopslam (which I love). More grown-up (sorry) than KBS, and more finnesse than BCBS. Seems less sweet than either. But the sweetness that is there plays off of the aggressive bourbon flavors, and keeps them in check. This vintage may improve, but in my opinion, it is ready to drink. I prefer this to KBS, but I also prefer BCBS to this- by just a nudge. Another outstanding contribution to the genre of barrel-aged stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 16:57:47 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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4.23/5 rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A- Pours a very dark brown, settles into the glass with a near-black body and frothy, mocha-colored head. Some carbonation bubbles coast up the side of the glass and meet the head.
S- Roasted malts, barrel character including oak, bourbon, burnt sugar, toasted coconut, hint of cocoa.
T- Pretty similar to the nose, roasty malts and bourbon characteristics. More coconut, caramel and vanilla than I would have expected. Some lactose qualities with oak and booze coming through as well.
M- Full bodied, but a bit thinner than I would have expected. Carbonation is medium with a coating, sweet and boozy aftertaste.
O- I had high hopes for this one, but was somewhat disappointed. A very good beer, but not in the same class as BCBS, Parabola and others. The flavors do not some together quite as well as others and the flavor/aroma is somewhat less than I expected. Hoping the one I have cellared will turn out better.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:57:45 | More by stephenjmoore
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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