Belle Meade Black Belle 2019 Release Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Belle Meade Black Belle 2019 Release

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    Nelsons Green Brier

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  • Intro:

    This is the 3rd release of Belle Meade Black Belle - a bourbon whiskey that is finished in imperial stout casks and bottled at cask strength, low as it may be. Last time I had this was at the tail end of a tasting when my palate was bonkers shot, so I'm looking forward to giving this a proper review. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and malty, rich and cocoa-y. Toffee, butter, caramel. More sweet savory - no fruit and hardly any oak to be found.

  • Taste:

    Whew, interesting on the palate. The stout is definitely there. Malty, roasty and toasty. Sweet brown butter, toffee, vanilla and s’mores note. The beer note is inescapable - but it works here.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium in length, again it is very stout forward. This is all good things, as I quite like stouts, but the Belle Meade character is sort of lost. Marshmallow, waffle cone, strong malt backbone all see this one out to pasture.

  • Overall:

    Alright, so I like this, but I also really like stouts. If you do not like stouts, I expect that this may not be for you. It is really well done, though, and I will call it very good because it has quite an array of great notes - especially on the nose. If you wish that your Belle Meade gave up some fruity character and took on a maltier, faintly lactic, marshmallow forward character, this will check all your boxes.

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  • By t8ke
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