beernbourbon (1248) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB. Wow, this is ridiculous. I think itís alias of Black note kept it a bit of a secret because this was available all night. It was so good. Pour is midnight black with thin brown head. Viscous. Aroma is huge bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is everything youíd want and more. So rich, so smooth and so complex. I had 3-4 samples through the night, I could not stay away.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 09 listed as Black Note. The first beer I had to hit up. Brown black in color with a beige head. Although boozy, the nose was enveloping. Super coffee and roasted malts, chocolate, burnt notes, vanilla, and bourbon. Slick medium body that I thought might be a little thicker considering the components but Iím pretty sure the barrel thinned it out. Again lots of roasted malt flavors. The sweet creaminess blends well with the coffee and roasted malts. Lots of bourbon here. The sweetness tastes a little like maple syrup with a bitter espresso finish thatís hot from the bourbon. A nice beer, but I donít think Iíd want to drink a ton of it. The coffee bitterness and booziness is a little over the top. It didnít live up to the hype, but a solid beer.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 2009 (listed as Black Note): My third must try beer of the fest. Basically opaque with a lovely small creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has an intense mix of coffee and cream, chocolate and vanilla, walnut and charred malts, liqcorice and oaky bourbon, and even a touch of meaty bacon. The taste is a powerful onslaught of rich malts, ripe fruits, chocolate and espresso, anise and light charred barrel smoke. I get a touch of grassy hops towards the finish. The mouth feel is oily and lush, coats the palate but is not as heavy as your basic Expedition stout, nicely warming without becoming boozy. Wow,this is everything it has been made out to be. A world class Impy and a must try for any stoutie, just missed placing in my top 10.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canít believe I got to try this. FoBAB 2009. Aroma of cream, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon is just a player here in the symphony. hops are tnere too. Such a creamy delicious beer. Basically, beyond the hype, or hype proof. This is the real deal. Some liquid smoke and meat, some meaty chocolate. Chocolate covered bacon? sure. This beer is so comfortable, it had nothing to prove. About as awesome as it gets. This beer is like telling a chef youíre not much into dessert and they try to prove you wrong.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#300...Insanely blessed to try this absolutely incredible beer. On tap at Stub and Herbís, this poured a pitch black with a nice tan head and left a nice lacing. Aroma is incredibly complex: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon and floral hops. Flavor is a beautifully balanced sweet. The palate is insane; creamy, thick, rich, lush...just flat out amazing. This beer exceeds the hype.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very ístoutyí aroma sweet but try with some liquor like hints. Amazing mouthfeel, very soft but a nice medium-heavy weight. Chocolate, some bitter roasty flavours. Itís like a nice hoppy batch of expedition stout with a hint of mellow added....not like a big expedition mellowed out, but itís like a separate component of the beer. It feels a little boozy without being really alcoholic, reminds me of a good scotch or bourbon in that respect. Pretty interesting beer overall, well done and has some nice flavours. However, itís not top 50 beer....
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 100th ratting and what a beer to do it on. 7oz Tap at Stub and Herbís. Pours black as black with a tan head. Aroma doesnít get much better; if I wasnít so excited to get this one I could have just sat and smelled this all night. Lots of bourbon, dark roasted malts, espresso, creamy chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is fantastic as well and is everything you get out of the smell and more. The sweetness of everything works so well with the bourbon. This is extremely well balanced and everything seems to complement each other. This one lives up to all the hype and then some! I only hope I can get more of this sometime sooner rather than later.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Tap at Stub and Herbís] Pours pitch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is divine. Lots of bourbon barrel, vanilla, espresso, and some ultra dark chocolate, maybe some chocolate pudding as well. The mouthfeel on this thing is ammmmaaaazzziiingggg. Makes expedition feel like grainy water in comparison. Flavor isnít too shabby either. The double cream stout really shines through, lots of barrel character, dark chocolate, and roasted dark malts. Really amazing beer.
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on tap at Stub and Herbs) Pours black with a thin tan head that rings around the highball glass that I wish were a snifter instead. Aroma wasnít too impressive, but it contained the standard BA impy fare, with some vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and raisin as well. The taste was quite good with some milk chocolate, handi-snacks chocolate pudding, vanilla, light roasted malt, coconut, raisin, and some charred barrel on the finish. What really sets this beer apart from other BA imp. stouts is the mouthfeel which is incredibly smooth, rich, and full. If I could give the palate a higher score I would. A good beer, but not as great as I was expecting. Hopefully I can re-rate a larger sample in a snifter sometime in the future.
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served at Stub and Herbs during their Black Friday event the day before Surlyís Darkness Day. Our waitress was right on this one and did a great job securing a table of ratebeerians with a 7 oz sample of this brew. Later on, I witnessed a beer being Factoed by an unnamed source, ha! One of the smoothest palates of any beer Iíve put to my lips. Tobacco, licorice, lactose, chocolate, bourbon...a lot going on here. Well balanced, as none of the flavors overpower. Fairly impressive, although I have to admit when it comes to impy stouts, this isnít quite my bag of tea. But I can see how some might be blown away by this beer. Iím glad I got a chance to try.