jrodooo5 (1001) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque pour w/ a nice tan head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the bourbon flavor. The taste is rich, smooth, & all around deliciousness! The bourbon is present throughout w/ a hint of some chocolate. No bitterness & is like velvet! Phenomenal!
gendv138 (1232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle (2014, 11.4% ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours black with a slight tinge of brown and a finger of tan head. Aromas of big caramel and bourbon, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Tastes of big bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Fairly smooth for 11.4%. Tastes like a big bourbon soaked chocolate covered caramel rolled in coconut with a cherry on top!
czar (4292) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by fred82, thanks bro! pours unclear very dark brown with a small dark beige head, some retention, shy lacing. bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt raisins, woodsy bourbon - just enough vanilla, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, molasses and maple syrup, bitter coffee, coffee and cream. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily and barely sticky, warming booze well integrated, unsweetened chocolatey and bitter coffee finish. delicious!
Maltser85 (256) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a dark mocha head that barely covers and disappears to a tiny ring. Aroma is big vanilla, oak coconut sweetness. Mixed at the same time with dark fruits. Raisins, plumy fig slight cherry note playing off the chocolate notes. Chocolate ranging from bakers to hints of bitter sweet to gints of milk. Slight roast as well. Taste, slight carb pop, followed by chocate, bitter chocolate mixed with coconut and bourbon. Slight woodiness. Dark fruits present a bit less in the taste, maybe more cherry if anything. Finish is slight roast and more bitter chocolate. Body is full and velvety, with a lil heat.
mallen386 (20) - OKC, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just great great stuff. The nose is a little shy, I thought. Despite appropriate glassware, it nosed better from the empty bottle. Only the most subtle bourbon. Moderately thin lacing of head. Perfectly balanced palate or mouthfeel. And I mean perfect. Slightly more carbonation than your usual artisan stout, which I find to be super welcome. It really helps the flavor and texture. Warmth from alcohol, obvious light milk chocolate flavor.
JBPortland (758) - 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 (9) - 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 (604) - 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 (947) - 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.