Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.01/5 rDev -12.1%
A: Black in color. Forms a small mocha colored head that doesn't bother to stick around for long, receding fairly quickly to not even a hint of surface coating, leaving only a glossy, black liquid in the glass. Only a speck or two of lacing.
S: Aroma is sweet and boozy; a mix of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, fig, and a very slight mintyness.
T: Taste is sweet and chocolatey, with a bourbon kick. Actually this is the most chocolatey bourbon barrel aged stout I've ever come across. Flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, raisin, plum, anise, and milk chocolate. A mix of alcohol and brown sugar sweetness on the finish
M: Very smooth, almost velvety, with a lower carbonation level. A bit boozy, but still a fairly mellow beer.
O: This beer reminded me of some sort of nouveau bourbon-infused chocolate dessert. Sweet and chocolatey with a pleasant bourbon quality to round it out. Would make a nice dessert, but its not exactly what I'm looking for in a beer.
02-23-2013 02:08:51 | More by Florida9
4.03/5 rDev -11.6%
On tap at Porter Beer Bar, re-reviewed from a 2012 12oz bottle
A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of off white head. Retention is decent.
S: Strong bourbon upfront, I get dark chocolate, caramel, and licorice behind. Dark fruit in the background adds to the complexity. The aromas mix very well together.
T: Again, strong bourbon and caramel upfront, this time there is more coffee and roast to balance. I get a bit of lactose sweetness to give a bit more sweetness. I also get quite a bit of dark chocolate, intensifying as the beer warms. The beer always stays on the roasty/coffee side, but is very well balanced.
M: A bit on the thin side for the style with low carbonation. Definitely the worst part of this beer, but not terrible.
O: With a bit thicker mouthfeel, this would be significantly better. It still balances roast, bourbon, and chocolate extremely well, better than just about any other barrel aged stout that I've had.
10-26-2012 00:34:08 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5 rDev -11.6%
On tap at the bell's takeover at bx beer depot in lake worth, florida.
Glad i got to bx early for this event and got a seat right up at the bar. 2 9oz pours of this barrel aged imperial stout.
Poured out the usual motor oil color of dark black with a fairly good amount of head on it. The smell was overwhelmingly of bourbon, i guess that is what you get when you age a beer for 18 months in the barrel! Taste was less bourbony than the smell, was very enjoyable drink. Mouthfeel was a little thin on this one, again because i hold every RIS up to the zhukov standard of thick and chewy!
Glad to experience this on draft, i would by no means pay what people are paying on ebay for a bottle of this, good buy not life changing
02-17-2012 17:04:24 | More by calcio360jrd
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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