Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Fanhitter:
4.81/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Served at Aubree's Northville
As the glass arrived, it resembled a glass full of crude oil. Just looking at it I can tell it is syrupy and thick; the head is dark, reddish bruise-black. The head is a thin layer of microscopic bubbles that I can only imagine seeing in places like te La Brea Tar Pits.
Smells like vanilla-cinnamon-chocolate-coffee spiked with a sweet, wheated bourbon. There's a nice coffee aroma as well. It's big and sweet.
The flavor is a boozy bourbon bomb at first, followed with a balanced chicory and smoky sweetness. The vanilla notes come out shrouded in a caramelly, dark roast coffee finish. It finishes surprisingly dry for all that's going on here. This is a real treat for the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is effortless for as boozy as this is; nice, oily, and smooth sipping.
Overall I am blown away by this. I've had CBS and KBS, and this tops out with both of them; however I like this better than KBS. This is a real treat to find on draft. Amazing beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-02-2013 17:50:50 | More by Fanhitter
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Damn dark black brew. Not overly thick. Caramel colored soapy head grows slowly. No lacing. Thin legs.
DEEP vanilla caramel aroma. Oaky. Robust. Nicely faded coffee. High heat burn, but it's damn nice.
Lots of caramel, vanilla, robust, strong aroma. Smooth, super drinkable. Low (perfect) carbonation. Sweetness is low; 70% chocolate. Bitterness is non-existent. Nearly perfect flavors. Slight rubber aftertaste on the very backend. Sweetness is perfect. Flavors are great!!! Prickly carbonation.
Yep, this one meets expectations. Knocked out of the park, flavors are exception. Feel could be slightly improved. Well blended. Complex. Highly recommended, hope to try again sometime.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 01:21:39 | More by chugalug06
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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