jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with excellent (given barrel-aging), creamy, chocolate shake head / Rich, smokey nose of tobacco, chocolate coffee, bourbon, and oak / Full body, sweet and chewy, with great balance and long, alcohol well balanced, sweet and lightly bitter finish / Winey flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, bourbon, coconut, cream, and oak / A treat when found.
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 24 of 1081. Virtually no head on black, looks like a wine. carbonation still there though understated.Smooth mouthfeel. Rich bourbon,not overpowering but substantial. Chocolate and coconut, some mustiness. Better as it aired.FlandersNed, thanks for not putting it up on ebay. My bottle shared with Liam.
tgncc (3067) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2012 Via trade with DtMets84. The aroma is beautiful. Bourbon, chocolate, molasses, licorice. The appearance is deep black, oily, small tan head, dissipates quickly. The flavor is Light bourbon, sweet and not overpowering, dark chocolate, molasses, licorice. The finish is booze burn, sweet, light pine notes. Medium to medium/thick in body, lighter than expected. Very nice. Thanks, Dave.
b3shine (7653) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft to pint (from notes). Looks good; black with thin, boozy-tinted lacing. Smells excellent; bourbon and sweet malt. Tastes great; the blend goes wonderful with the barreling. This is great stuff!
Nickls (2226) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, second tasting, but first rating entry. Dark tan head, nearly jet black body. Nice bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast and ripe dark fruits. Bourbon forward at first, bitter roasted maltiness that smooths out to woody vanilla and savory flavors. medium to heavier body. Warming, rich, but not overdone on any level. Worth the hype.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught pours black with a brown head. Aromas of coffee,roasted malt, boubon, oak, and anise. Tastes are coffee, roasted malt, and boubon with light oak notes and some molasses. Also get dates or dark fruitines. Not too much bourbon or oak and not too sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and body is thick with a lingering boubon finish. Overall, very nicely done.
Travlr (19465) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at ChurcKey. Black, thick brown head, fair retention, solid lacing. Aroma of dark milk chocolate, toffee, booze and espresso. Taste is boozy coffee, prunes, dates. Amazing mouthfeel. Very nice but over hyped.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 Bottle from trade (4 Beats involved?). Tasted this one side-by-side with KBS (previously rated), and Black Note is so much smoother on the palate (much better pH balance) and less coffee. Aroma was of sweet licorice, bourbon, and dark chocolate/cacao. Flavor was a creamy version of the aroma. This beer is simply freakin amazing. Loved it!
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Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is black with a thin beige head. After a few swirls of the snifter the head expands to 3/4 inch, leaving a thick sheet of lacing cascading down the snifter.
The aroma, while nice, is quite a bit weaker than expected, offering bourbon and roast with a hint of vanilla.
The flavor, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. Bold bourbon presence throughout. Oily thick with a delicious roast character. This is indeed a world class beer and in my top tier of barrel aged imperial stouts. Not terribly complex, per se, but masterfully balanced and just superb.
The mouthfeel is ridiculously good, perhaps the best I have yet encountered in a beer of this ilk. The Double Cream Stout shows itself here. Creamy and full bodied, with alcohol content gracefully disguised.
Worthy of its overall A+ rating, this beer was sublime.
Sarlacc83 (1682) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL courtesy of cavemanlawyer at a tasting. Big time thanks. Consumed on 6-16-12, reviewed from notes.
A: Pitch black and all the poetry it implies. Aggressive poor yields some thin lacing, but not a great amount of head. Good carbonation bubbles.
N: Bourbon, honey, and some ethanol. Coconut, caramel, and vanilla. Really quite nice.
T: Roasted coffee and malt. Bourbon is integrated well into the main body, leaving the normal deScriptors of vanilla/caramel/oak. I’m getting plenty of chocolate and some molasses, licorice, and a mystery flavor which kscaldef jogged out of my head as candied pecans. There’s still some heat here, though.
M: This is coating without being cloying. A very impressive example of what I want in my RIS.
O: There were a couple of beers that I never thought would be bottled and would thus not make it to the PNW via trades. This was one, the other was CBS. CBS was a big letdown; this is not. Well worth seeking out.