JBPortland (678) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2014 vintage) pours oily dark brown black with almost no head. Nose is boozy strong bourbon spice and dark fruits. Taste is thick muddy roasty cocoa, boozy bourbon, heavy earthy oak, the bourbon seems to just sit on top of the stout and is not in harmony with the beer as a whole. Mouthfeel is simultaneously thin on front and back, and murky in the middle. Finish is roasty charred chocolate, hershey syrup, strong oak, bourbon. Disjointed. Not horrible but a bit of a let down after everything I had heard. Would take regular Expedition over this any day.
jbarty91 (7) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: coffee, chocolate, Bourbon. Ap: pitch black with a reddish tinge. T: bitter with a little sweetness. P: Bourbon, sweet, long lasting. O: exceptional beer that I would love to try aged.
Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, some hoppiness, sweet, cherry, espresso, bitter finish.
dunn4040 (125) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to gumballdust for the bottle. This is my first Black Note and needless to say, Iíve really been looking forward to cracking this one open. Pours a thick, deep deep brown with a nice one finger caramel color head. The aroma hits you as soon as you start pouring the beer. Licorice, vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very nice aroma. Flavor is complex, yet very enjoyable. Slightly spicy, coffee beans, vanilla, booze, brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety smooth. Probably has the best mouthfeel of any stout Iíve ever had. They really nailed that aspect of it. I canít imagine a stout getting much better than this.
markextrae (898) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
shared a 2012 bottle with a friend. poured dark black with a small mocha head. chocolate, bourbon, raisins, caramel, coffee is almost gone here. toffee. incredible complex taste of the use of 2 bears. itís real smooth and complex beer and iím really happy i get to try it!. I expected it to be a lote more thicker do. and I donít think itís worth to age it.
beersighted (92) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2014, this is a sugary sweet imperial stout. Tastes of toffee, while the bourbon barrel aging mellows out the sweetness. For a beer of this abv, it is remarkably easy drinking. Very enjoyable!
revolution2718 (212) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with no head. Nose is roast, dark fruits maybe cherry, touch of bourbon, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, touch milky, a bit of barrel. Taste is dark fruits, milk chocolate, cherry, bit milky, I don't taste the 11% at all. Creamy and excellent mouthfeel. This beer truly is great.
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Dr_Fellini (372) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Random find at west Lakeview liquors in Chicago. Pours a deep black with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is a beautiful roasted malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, very complex. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, light coffee, some bitterness, choclatey sweetness. Full body with a creamy mouth feel and a lingering dark roasted sweetness. Extraordinary! Got one more that will have to age a few years before the next try.
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with mrbunn courtesy of coyotehunter. Smells like dark fruit, anise, and motor oil, but the good kind. No foam to speak of, and super awful, frightening dark. Taste is crazy smooth and almost light compared to the nose. Delicious, like sweet black candy with booze mixed in. Delicious and complex with the majority of the taste coming late in the palate. We likes it. I prefer deliverance, but this is such a close second as to not matter. Great.
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jekyl: first few sips and wow... strong chocolate, caramel, and a little bourbon. Hyde: after that then all bourbon, very little choc and caramel. Must be user error.