Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
2012 vintage poured into Firestone snifter.
Appearance is on par with other barrel aged stouts. Black, dark roasty almond colored tiny head. Leaves little lacing.
Aroma is fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, fig jam, bourbon, spice cake, and creamed coffee. I've got to say the aroma on this one of the best I've come upon in a barrel aged stout! So balanced between everything, thinking the year in the cellar helped take the bourbon back a notch.
On the palate there is a huge surge of coffee and fudge with the dark fruit taking a back seat. Bourbon throughout with coconut, vanilla, faint oak, and Brandy beans. If I had to describe the flavor I would have to say its like a not so boozy BCBS and Parabola had a baby. It's somewhere in between that spectrum but on a scaled down level. Just smooth.
The mouthfeel is where this suffers a bit. Not bad but maybe just a bit thin, with aftertaste disappearing rather quickly. The flavor screams viscous but the body thins out a little soon failing to support the formers gung-ho approach.
Overall a truely worldclass barrel aged stout. Quite smooth, very flavorful, surprisingly easy drinking for 12% abv, and very balanced between flavor nuances. I think I enjoyed this a bit more than Parabola but a little less than regular BCBS.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 03:10:48 | More by MarcWP
4.54/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750ml bottle.
A: Black and deep, practically no head whatsoever
S: Strong! You can smell this one from far away. Roasty malt, espresso, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla
T: More of the nose. Rich espresso, bourbon, roasty malt, chocolate and vanilla from the oak. Bitterness is present but in the background. Lots of flavor, very well balanced
M: Pretty thick, very smooth
O: One of the better barrel aged stouts I've had. Better than KBS, not as good as BCBS.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 21:17:20 | More by anteater
Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.