NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Great Taste. I think this may have been the last beer I had and I went out with a bang for sure. As Black Note. Pours pitch black with a deep tan head. Nose is really pretty, all the best parts of both Expy & Double Cream. Floral and vanilla with a deep cocoa notes as well. Strong roast and marshmallows, faint coconut. Really a perfectly barrel aged RIS. on taste, rich and creamy, big notes of vanilla bean and more marshmallow. Strong bitterness and roast keeps it balanced. Pretty great.
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Served as the Black Note, on tap at Maduro in Madison, on pre-GTOM evening. Viscously dispensed to a shaker!! with a dark, black/brown hue, and a decent amount of brownish tan head foam that lingered as a thick ring & light haze of film. The nose was very roasty coffee & cocoa, rich malt, cask wood, bourbon, sweetness, and a hint of vanilla cookie. Ditto on the flavor, with warming alcohol, hefty body, low carbonation, but a pleasant creaminess to the mouthfeel. Whoa! Next time, shared 12 oz. 2012 bottles with fellow beer geeks. Poured to snifters, with more noticeable dark fruit notes as prune & raisin, and caramel & toffee this time.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the GTMW. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is big on the bourbon, but is really balanced between the coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Full bodied. This was a really well balanced beer.
cbfobes (2103) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Maduro in Madison pre GTMW party. I was able to enjoy 2 full pints of this one, yes, pints. Pours a pitch black with a nice brown head and lacing through out the entire glass, the flavor was full of bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate, the flavor was perfectly balanced with the chocolate vanilla and bourbon, I waited in line at GTMW again just so I could have this one again, awesome.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #3100! 8/13/11. On tap at the GTMW. Awesome bourbon barrel aroma with vanilla coconut and coffee. Very nice flavor that hosts a perfect balance of BA - coconut, vanilla, sweetness, and more - and robust impy stout with coffee and roastiness. The superb balance makes this awesome.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a huge head. Had all the flavors you would expect like chocolate and coffee. It really was tasty. Probably the best beer Bells makes.
DanseLeviathan (3) - - FEB 1, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stout. Nice and dark with a lot of malty notes. A bit dry for my palate.
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From tap at Thirsty Monk. Incredibly fierce, big stout. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa and, milk are followed by intense bourbon tones. Pours thick but smooth with heavier brownish head. Syrupy mouth feel. One of my favorites of the barrel-aged imperial stouts.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FOBAB 09. aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is same with a bit more wood. heavy silky mouthfeel. very good.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Black pour w/ a whispy head. Full sweet bourbon vanilla taste w/ some light oak notes. Full well coated palate lightly creamy. A straight up delicious IS.
On re-rating at 2011 GTMW this was in many ways like I remembered it up until it hit my lips. This year it was overly syruppy and rich dominated by the bourbon in such a way that the subtlety of other flavors was overwhelmed.. it had gone over the top. I rated it this time as a 3.8 dropped my overall a point in reflection to 16