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Black Belle Imperial Stout - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Black Belle Imperial StoutBlack Belle Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 63
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: khargro2 on 04-17-2014

Black Belle™ is a limited special release Imperial Stout; it’s collaboration between Blackstone Brewing Company® and Nelson’s Green Brier™ Distillery, makers of Belle Meade Bourbon™. Infused with cacao nibs and aged for more than seven months in bourbon barrels, the beer is smooth and sweet, with definite notes of bourbon, oak, and dark chocolate.
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 63
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall this beer comes off as very underrated. Smooth bourbon and hot chocolate on the nose. Creamy feel to the body with dark chocolate and caramel. So easy to drink for a big bourbon aged stout. Bourbon could play a bit moe in the flavor. Solid overall.

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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired by my brother in a recent jaunt through Tennessee. 2015 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barely teku.

Pours black with a finger and a half tan head. The froth fades to a scraggly crown, leaving only a few sparce specks of lace.

Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, soft vanilla and caramel. Pretty spot on for the style.

The flavor kicks off with semi hot bourbon that remains at the forefront throughout followed by vanilla tinged wet oak, dark chocolate, caramel, faint brown sugar, lightly charred wood and a slight nip of booze. Both imperial stout and barrel are on display and work very well. While this might not go in any surprising or unique direction the flavors are exactly what was expected fom the style/ label. Delicious and very easy to drink, particularly as it nears room temperature and loses most of its slight alcohol bite.

Creamy, medium full body with pillowy carbonation. Notes os bourbon and caramel drizzled fudge make the long finish quite pleasant.

I'd never heard of Blackstone Brewing before I was surprised by this bottle but Black Belle is a very well done barrel aged stout. There is a great balance of barrel characte and base chocolate stout. Very glad that I had a chance to try this and should I ever encounter it in the wild I would not hesitate in picking up a couple more.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery "Black Belle Imperial Stout"
on tap @ The Hop Stop, Nashville, TN on 8 April 2015

Notes: Opaque brown-black body beneath a one-finger thick head of frothy-then-creamy darkish-tan head. Cocoa and caramel come on strong in the nose, and it appears to be a bit of a rich dessert beer. Darker fudge and swirls of Bourbon round it out. Smooth across the palate with a full body and moderate, very-fine bubbled carbonation - perfect as a dessert beer or evening sipper. The flavor comes on a bit stronger, delivering the Bourbon more directly, but still backed by sweetish malt. It's sweet, nutty, gently roasty, cocoa-ish, gently caramelish (with golden and medium dark caramel, but no very dark, "almost-burnt sugar"), and lightly topped with a soft note of vanilla. It's almost like a chocolate donut in its maltiness, and if the Bourbon and a touch of spiciness from the alcohol not there it might be too much. Again, it would still work as a great dessert beer, and the balance is there, but simply sitting at the bar it's truly more of a sipper or a beer that you relax with than a pint you'd grab with friends. Impressive. Just a touch more woodiness would have helped to dry it ever so slightly.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the share, Ray!
Typical stout appearance. Roasty aroma, hint of booze. Decent stoutish taste, some dark roast, dry oak, light notes of cocoa powder, and a subtle dab of bourbon. Body was about medium, mouthfeel was good. Overall not bad.

Never even heard of this brewery until I saw this bottle, but they've been around for over 20 years apparently.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black belle

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. No visible bottle date.

A: Pitch black with one finger dense mocha head that settles quickly and leaves some slight lacing.

S: Bourbon, cherry, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T: Sweet bourbon and rich chocolate fudge. Subtle cherry and vanilla notes.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated for a BA stout. Finish is a touch hot.

O: Very nice BA stout although a bit pricy. My favorite of the Blackstone beers that I have tried.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can see.

A: Pours pitch-black with a small and very loud fizzy medium-brown head. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing at all.

S: Big sharp bourbon notes. Heavy on the caramel and oak. Lots of chocolate and vanilla, kinda fudgey in fact. Little bit of toasted marshmallow when swirled.

T: Similar to the aroma. Sharp bourbon up front with caramel and strong oak. Light on the dark fruits, just a hint of raisin. Really nice bittersweet chocolate in the middle. Like a stoneground chocolate bar. Toffee from the bourbon in the finish with some caramel to keep it sweet. Hint of vanilla and then some oak in the finish. Some sharp alcohol in the finish but nothing overpowering, cuts the beer pretty well. Lingering toasted oak and toffee in the aftertaste.

M: Lower carbonation and heavy bodied.

O: Big, sharp barrel-aged imperial stout. Strong, fresh bourbon flavors. Very strong in fact, the strength of the beer and the bourbon reminds me of BCBS quite a bit. I think a little age might do this one a favor, the barrel presence is very strong and might be overpowering a bit of the base beer. Still an excellent stout that focuses on the bourbon presence with a really nice chocolate element.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 04-17-2014
Freshness: 2014 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap, boxed
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Craft Brewed

Appearance: Color is jet black and opaque, topped by a small head of tan. The head retention is low and lacing is just fair; pretty typical for a beer of this ABV, however.

Smell: Very aromatic -- chocolate, dark cherries, oak wood, figs and other dark fruits, plus coffee notes. The kind of beer you want to smell over and over

Taste: Powerful flavors of sweet malts, ripened fruits and dark chocolates; this brew is quite rich. The whiskey aspects add a noticeable warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The thick body is also quite creamy and smooth. Carbonation is low. It finishes with aftertastes of mild coffee, bourbon and chocolate malts.

Overall: An exceptional stout from Blackstone -- quite delightful and recommended!

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Black Belle Imperial Stout from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
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