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Bell’s Black Note

blacknote10.5% ABV. Imperial Stout that is a blend of Expedition and Double Cream stouts aged in bourbon barrels from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was very fortunate to come across this beer that was offered on draft from one of my favorite local watering holes in DC, The Big Hunt, during DC Beer Week where they also served up Oracle DIPA and KBS. However, I came across an original limited-release 2012 bomber straight from the brewery! I cracked it open and shared with friends. This beer pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha-colored head leaving sticky streaks of lace that lasted throughout. Aromas of warm bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, brown sugar and quite a bit of lactic creaminess. The flavor starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon, chocolate and some lactic creaminess from the double cream stout. Hints of vanilla, oak, brown sugar and rich coffee help to break things up and keep things interesting. Big and full smooth mouthfeel with a ton of sweet flavors and moderation carbonation throughout. The finish was quite sweet with plenty of boozy bourbon and some dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption.
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