Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by nootch23:
4.69/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Thanks akuyper sending this in a trade. Served in a pint glass.
A - pours a solid black with about an half an inch of light coffee colored head
S - right up front there is a boozy smell showing the alcohol but gives way to a mixture of chocolate, coffee smell with a little vanilla and very little roastiness. Kind of a sweet smell once you get past the bourbon scent
T - the taste of this beer is amazing. Right off the bat was the bourbon but that faded quickly as the chocolate came through. Pretty rich taste without it being sweet. Notes of caramel and vanilla mixed in with a malty, roasty quality to it.
M - the feel of this stout lingers and leaves with a rich, creamy taste. Very smooth going down. I didn't pick up any carbonation.
O - this is a really good stout. Its no wonder I've heard so much about it. There are a lot of stouts out there that really give you a shot of bourbon or booze that tends to take center stage in front of the other qualities. I was a little concerned that this one would follow suit but it was a pleasant surprise as to how much chocolate came through without it being too sweet. Very easy to drink and very well balanced. This one is definitely worth seeking out. Well done!
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 11:40:08 | More by nootch23
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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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