MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ninety-nine down, one to go (or at least until the top 100 changes again). Finally got to try this elusive brew at the Bellís 30 Taps World Record event at Beer Sellar in Indy. Had three 5oz tasters of this stuff.
N.B. This was listed as "BB Double Cream Stout", but Larry Bell assured everyone it was the blend and that the erroneous name was merely due to a label approval issue.
A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam with solid retention, and a little bit of lacing. Pitch black - there was no trace of color, even at the fringes. Itís about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout.
S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasnít the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didnít really get much more than the basics here.
T - The taste was superb, and was somewhat shocking after the lukewarm aroma. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and barrel, and what I suspect is the beginnings of some lacto-sour barrel bacteria (which at this stage makes the brew more interesting and isnít really a negative). I love the way the Double Cream Stout portion offsets the roasty bitterness and acidity. As a result the aftertaste is surprisingly mild.
M - Mild carbonation, super smooth, lighter in body than I expected (more medium-to-full). Plenty of residual stickiness in this one, and shockingly a bit of heat (even after a couple years in the keg).
D - Super drinkable for what it was - the multiple tasters went down pretty easy. I think out of the ten tickets my wife and I got, we used at least half of them on this superb brew. The only problem is the ABV, and is that really that big of a problem? ;-)
dbeatdano (62) - - OCT 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from April 2014. Aroma is incredible. Bourbon, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and chocolate all come into play. Iíd say the bourbon takes the fore front but it is overall very balanced. The taste is even better. Coffee and bourbon mingle with dark sweet fruits. Chocolate and vanilla also present, especially on the finish. Minimal booze just remind you itís 11.4%. Palate is silky smooth, carbonation is a little more fizzy than soft, and the finish is long with a nice balance of bitter roast, sweet vanilla, and booze. This beer is fantastic. There is no other word to describe it.
Countbeer (4554) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Thanks Hannont: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Aromas of bourbon, soy, rice, some liquorice, cream, marzipan, some mocha, raisin, liquor and a hint of vanilla.
Flavours of roast, bourbon, whiskey, bitter, liquirice, malt roast, soy, light spice, some mocha, some chocolate, prunes and raisin...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, chocolate, light bourbon, mocha, light honey, some chocolate and liquorice.
Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy light oily texture.
Balanced but nit as deepnI would exoect this masterpiece to be. Nonetheless a good beer!
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought this bottle back in the spring. Thought Iíd hold onto it for a while..waited long enough. Poured this into a snifter - color is deep walnut with a fairly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon (of course), cold coffee, chocolate and ripe fruit. Very sweet taste. The bourbon is flavorful without being overpowering; mellow. Body is full and really creamy; very nice.
thomashall (112) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle of 2012 shared by Bvery. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing beer. Pours dark brown almost black. Smells of bourbon and dark fruits...reminds me of a belgium quad. Nice bourbon taste with a sweet dry finish. Awesome beer. Want some more!
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz offering from the sacrificial AndyReynolds (2014 vintage) - nose is chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses/brown sugar. Sip adds bourbon, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Bitter of the dark chocolate variety. Numbs muh gums. Still sweet though. Mild to moderate booze factor. A sipper for sure. Well rounded.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"1st off, big thanks to Heybeerman for steppin up and sending me this gem. Split a bottle 3 1/2 ways last night, and will probably revisit when I have a full bottle, by itself, one day soon. My original impression, just from the the aroma was that this was leaning slightly more towards the Double Cream Stout than Expedition, and that turned out to be true in the flavor as well. But both beers are there, giving this a nice rich body, and layers of complexity. The barreling was also a little more prevelant than expected. I really have to nit pick to find anything "wrong" with this beer, but if I had to say something, gimme a tiny bit more expedition and a tiny bit less barrel, and this bad boy may get a perfect 5. Sooooooo smooth and tasty. Held itís own with a nice batch of Speedway and BA Speedway, two of my favorites."
Petkus331 (272) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong raisin and prune aroma with mild molasses and nearly hidden cocoa. Apppears clear dark brown, some brown head. Tastes of sweet caramel and raisin up front followed by a somewhat balancing charred toast bitterness. Palate is a bit watery for the style. Overall, good in small doses with a sweet food that will mellow the sweetness of the beer.
firstsip (466) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pitch black. Nice, small lingering brown head. Creamy body. Nose is strong raisin, alcohol. ABV very apparent in taste. Some malty bitterness followed by the stronger tastes of raisin, dark fruits. A biiiiit unbalanced.
haukur (1314) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Black. Huge bourbon in the aroma, slight heat, molasses, cocoa. A bit creamy, massive palate, huge bourbon character, nice bitterness. Fantastic.
bigda83 (228) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - 2014. Pours black with a small foamy brown head. Aroma was different and not what I was expecting or used to with this style. I got raisin, plum, caramel, wood, light bourbon, and sweet malt. Taste is some chocolate, a bit of bourbon, woody, and sweet malts. Full body, some bitter mixed in, and a bit dry to finish. Solid stout.