Review #1625 – Belle Meade Black Belle 2019 Release

belle meade black belle whiskey review

The Schtick: This whiskey review 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.

belle meade black belle whiskey review

Review #1625 | Bourbon Review #689

Distiller: MGP

Bottler: Nelsons Green Brier

Brand: Nelsons Green Brier

Selection: N/A

ABV: 47.5% ABV

Age: NAS


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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Rank: 6


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Decoded:

0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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