Black Belle Imperial Stout | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Black Belle Imperial StoutBlack Belle Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States
blackstonebrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by khargro2 on 04-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
24
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Muss42
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cavedave
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +1.2%
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 FLBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thomasarose
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Gerasimos
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of walterk
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FlandersNed
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmv0009
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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 belgbeerdrinker
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Martinnewman48
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -2.2%
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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Black Belle Imperial Stout from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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