Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
5/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Type: Bottle 2012
From: Bell's General Store
Price: $24 a 4-pack
Appearance- Pitch black and opaque. Small tan head the faded pretty quickly and only left a lacing along the side.
Smell- Chocolate, molasses and bourbon, and a touch of sweetness
Taste- Chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon and molasses, with a finish of bitter roasted malts. Perfectly balanced and not lacking in any way.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and thick. Low carbonation and a warming finish. Exactly what it should be.
Overall- This beer is exactly what I want it to be. It is a stout no doubt with the perfect addition of bourbon. Most BBA stouts are taken over by the bourbon, while this is not a terrible thing, it still takes away from the beer. The use of Expedition and Special Double Cream gives it both a smoothness in the body but a slightly bitter finish that is perfect for the style. I couldn't and wouldn't as for anything different in a bourbon barrel aged stout. At $6 a bottle it is definitely a treat but one that I would buy a 4-pack at any opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 23:31:31 | More by SportsandJorts
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
100 out of 100 based on 2,798 ratings.