Blackstone Brewery has been working with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery who creates the amazing creations of Belle Meade Bourbon. Blackstone has partnered with Nelson’s Green Brier to create a brew that is in “NO WAY FOR THE FAINT OF HEART”!

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I wasn’t expecting what I found in the bottle. This beer is huge in flavor, color and every aspect of experience. There is a lot happening here and I can tell you that this is a beer that can stand up to anything and still make it’s statement.This American Double / Imperial Stout is infused with cocoa nibs which give the beer a chocolaty and creamy texture. The barrel aging contributes a bourbon flavor that is very much “in your face”. The walnut and pecan nuttiness of the flavors become prevalent minutes after the first swath of the palate. The bourbon influence doesn’t fall flat and never gives up its dominance.   It hits the palate strong and leaves the palate with a lasting impression.

Black Belle is a “Craft Beer Lover’s Beer” to say the least and there is no doubt the direction taken to create this brew. What I love is, coming from a wine background: the application to food and how this beer will stand in comparison. Venison, lamb and gamey meats will create a playground for the ridiculous levels of flavors this beer displays. Don’t let yourself down, even with a nice “Cuban Romeo & Juliet” Black Belle will deliver on an evening that will be unforgettable.

 

Blackstone Brewery Nashville, TN
Black Belle
American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV – 10.20%

Reviewed by Shane Klumpjan