Black Belle Imperial Stout
Blackstone Brewing Company

Black Belle Imperial StoutBlack Belle Imperial Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #654
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,885
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 7.84%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
106
From:
Blackstone Brewing Company
 
Tennessee, United States
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Spring
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Black Belle Imperial StoutBlack Belle Imperial Stout
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 106
Photo of TerryMills
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has all the flavors listed on bottle but not balanced imo .. I want to like it but there are do many others that are better imo , especially for the price...

This was a 2018 bottle btw.

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Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is earthy with anise and a bit of a solvent kick.

It tastes spicy almost like incense with a dry oak character blending to anise and almost a fruity raison aspect.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation.

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Photo of cavedave
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Buck89 for yet another delicious treat

A wisp of thin bubbly tan foam appears momentarily, but this dark black, thick looking beer gets a bare cap very quickly.

Enticing med. strength aroma featuring dark chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark bready sweet, hints of oaky tannins, in a well balanced mix that provokes saliva squirts to occur in my mouth.

Wow sweet chocolate goodness followed by warming alcohol spice, bourbon, dark caramel, and gradual morph into sip's end that contains roasty goodness that is bitter chocolate meets expresso coffee meets oaky tannin.

This falls at the low end of carbonation for style, not quite still, but the lack of any carbonic notes lends this med. bodied beer a nice creaminess it otherwise might not achieve, and offers a cleaner finish.

I like very low carbonation beers, especially big stouts that are so, and I recommend this for folks who like really tasty stouts that have only a bit of spritz. Recommended for being so dang tasty and stupid drinkable for a big stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottling

Appearance: Pours out with an espresso color, the head not particularly impressive as the bubbles fritter away rather quickly; spotty lacing fades

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and Bourbon tones; dark fruit and oak

Taste: Chocolate and caramel forward, with prune and date tones building; through the middle, the Bourbon and the oak move to add complexity; oaky and a little boozy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: A compelling aroma and an enticing flavor profile; the only thing missing is a big body and a little more carbonation (although that might have been better when the beer was younger)

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this bottle in the fridge for a while... It spoke to me this evening so here we go...

Big, boozy, brash...lots of bourbon and it ain't subtle... Not necessarily boozy, mind you, but the bourbon seems to dominate early... Getting some nuttiness here as well... That bourbon though... A bit thin but not distractingly so...

Terrific sipper... Couple of glasses is enough. This would stand up nicely to a big cigar...

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pitch brown color with low foam. Sweet bourbon & char nose. Plenty of bourbon barrel, dark chocolate/cocoa, raisin, roast & caramel taste. Full body, though a tad thin for the style. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head that quickly settled. Great barrel aroma rich in bourbon and oak, along with chocolate underneath. Taste followed nicely. The mix of bourbon and chocolate was spot on. There was a hint of caramel in there as well. Lingering barrel on the finish. Full bodied with heft but not overly sweet. Outstanding.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release.
L- Black with a dark brown head.
S- Bourbon and sweet chocolate, different smell than dark chocolate beers. This is infused with cocoa nibs and smells very unique and sweet.
T- First thing that hits is a sweet Bourbon flavor followed by sweet chocolate. Very enjoyable.
F- its a big beer with high abv. Good sipper or for a special occasion. You won't need much.
O- delicious imperial stout. Good for sipping and celebrations.

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark with very little tan head
S: very oaky and strong bourbon scent
T: very bourbony and quite a bit of chocolates well
F: suorisely smooth with just a touch o heat from the abv 10.2
Overall I won't go out of my way to Ind this beer but if I see it on the shelf I I'll definitely give it a second thought

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Photo of Treyliff
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is about 3 years old at this point. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with small foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- lots of bourbon aroma up front, mixes with dark fruit and cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, spicy oak, classic BBA stout aroma

T- lots of bourbon flavor up front with plenty of barrel character, followed by dark fruit notes of raisin & fig, caramel and coconut flavor from barrel.

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy finish

O- bourbon forward stout that is a nice sipper

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz shared bottle.
Pours essentially black with a modest head.
Mildly boozy and moderately strong aroma followed by a better, stronger flavor that more clearly reflects the bourbon barrel aging although it is less boozy.
Very smooth, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of richj1970
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +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 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 106 ratings