Jakeyb (24) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Even as a diehard Hopslam fan, this may be the best beer I've EVER had from Bell's. Thick pour, sexy black coloring, notes of dark roasted malt in the aroma, and perfect balance of sweet, roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel in the taste. BEAUTIFUL beer.
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Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bells 1/26/13. Great beer! A touch thin, but tons of vanilla caramel and coffee. A wonderful combination of their expedition and double cream stout with just the right amount of barrel overtones. I really enjoyed it!
knickskicks (1143) - - JAN 29, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. Black, fluffy beige head that dissipates. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, port, booze. Taste is gourmet chocolate, dried dark fruits, figs, bourbon, earth. Really dry finish that leaves a pleasant cotton mouth akin to when you quickly eat a banana. Lingering light chocolate taste. Velvety mouthfeel. Wow, I expected greatness but this even exceeded my high expectations. I think the relatively low abv for a barrel aged stout really helps the complexity of this beer shine through.
umich03jm (3460) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottle, bottled less than a month ago. Feel very fortunate to nab one of these from the store. Pours pitch black in color with almost no head. Surprisingly not much lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by bourbon but there are hints of vanilla and smoke. Taste is slightly more balanced than the aroma. Lots of vanilla and oak wood to balance a bit with the bourbon but the bourbon still overpowers some. Finish is silky smooth with a nice booziness right at end. Mouthfeel is a little thin but I like it here. Overall, this is really good but Iím a bit disappointed. This lacks some complexity and I would prefer the bourbon to be a bit more subtle. I canít taste the actual beer, all I get is bourbon and barrel notes. Itís the same way I feel about BCS. I may have built myself up too much considering itís ranked #10 overall beer in the world on this site.
Re-rate 5/3/14 - Fresh 2014 bottle. Pours jet black with a very small thin ring of head. Aroma is a nice mix of dark chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit. Taste is silky smooth bourbon with dark chocolate, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Love the mouthfeel. Thick and full, silky smooth, and it goes down way too easy. I enjoyed this more than 2014 KBS.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into 12oz stout glass. Smells of Bourbon, Barrel, and some prevalent vanilla notes. Very silky and smooth not much by the way of bitterness, but very well balanced. I compared this against Bourbon County and felt that it was smoother but not quite as boozy. I would say BC is better but this is extremly good and well worth the hype.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 75oml bottle. Bottle No. 978 of 1081 from Batch 10136. Pours nearly black with just a whisp of tan head. Aroma is smoke, bourbon, chocolate and a bit of dried fruits. Taste follows pretty closely. There is a touch of stale coffee in the back end of the flavor. I was expecting a bit more sweetness, but it is pretty well balanced really.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 1291/1524, batch 11620. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and some smoke. Canít sense any alcohol in the nose. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. Medium to heavy, creamy body. Glad I finally got to try this.
mikediesel124 (4) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: Jet black. Poured with no head.
Aroma: Fruity nose. Bourbon sweetness.
Taste: Smoky, roasted, sweet, bourbony.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly medium body for a stout.
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wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Nice and dark, very little head at all. Strong aroma of Bourbons, chocolate and other dark goodness. I have to admit, while delicious, i think Expedition is much better... i like my stouts bolder and a solid kick to the chin and nose. This is a subtle treat.... but Iím not convinced it holds up to all the hype.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 2012 Vintage
Pours nearly pitch black - into a snifter. Surprisingly there is a dark brown head that sticks around for nearly the entire 50 minute duration of enjoyment. In the glass it is black as an eighth note (sorry). Gorgeous
The aroma is incredibly enticing, bringing you in with intensity and balance. Very prominent bourbon barrel characteristics - sweet vanilla and coconut, oak, and heat. Rich dark and milk chocolate and fresh coffee nearly dominate the dark fruits lying beneath.
Tastes just as good as it smells. Big bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and sweet dark fruits. It is not a sweet bomb of a beer, there is some dryness.
The mouthfeel is nearly full, soft carbonation and incredibly smooth. Very drinkable, do not feel the 11.8 abv at all, just a nice soothing warmth from the bourbon.
This is a fantastic BA stout and well worth the effort to seek out a few 12oz bottles.