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 Bell’s 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. It’s about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout.
S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasn’t the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didn’t 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 isn’t 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? ;-)
PorterPounder (6972) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and rising bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts, some kid’s chocolate cereal and vitamins cloying near the end. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - thanks to the Proof Bottle Club for sharing.
klm1 (786) - - APR 25, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2014: Pours Black oily color, clear, with brown creamy stable finger head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark, roasted malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, hint of vanilla, oak, tabacco, oak, and full basket of hops, which takes on dried and dark fruits.
Flavor is very similar: intense, rich malt flavors, with notes, mentioned above, with hint of molasses, supported with bourbon alcohol warmth.
Finish is slightly sticky/dry. Body is full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low.
I am a little bewildered...
PotjeBier (2471) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Beer Temple with Abijn & MarcodL, thanks Arjan for sharing! Black color. No head. Aroma’s of bourbon, sweetness, vanilla. Retronasal it’s sweet, wood, vanilla, roasted, light drop/licorice, alcohol, light red fruit. Flavor is light sweet, alcohol, vanilla. Rather strong alcohol feel. Very low carbonation. Long finish, roasty, light bitter and wood. Could have used a bit more carbo, but great otherwise.
mstrcrwly (911) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle dated 3/12/14 poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin light brown head..aroma of bourbon,chocolate,wood,vanilla..tastes of chocolate,smoke,
bourbon,vanilla,dark fruits,licorice,coffee..little boozy but outstanding.
MarcoDL (3692) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of Abijen, thanks! Black pour, no head. Rich aroma of bourbon, mild licorice,cherry and chocolate. Smooth taste of mild licorice, bourbon vanilla, subtle cherry, oak and a long velvety finish. Very nice.
Abijen (2379) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwart bier met bijna geen schuimkraag. Ruikt chocolade, koffie, bourbon, overrijp fruit. Smaakt bourbon, alcohol, overrijp fruit, iets geroosterd, koffie. Nice. Expedition vond ik beter
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle at the Stone Pour it Black Event. Went straight to this one as I figured it was going to go fast. I was right. Amazing. Heaven in a glass.
Douberd (4400) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bells Black Note Stout) Bottle 355 ml, vintage 2012. Served into a snifter at home, ABV 11.8%
Black coloured body, a thin line of foam around the glass. Aroma is full of bourbon, wood, light soy sauce, lots of dark fruits too, faint alcohol, vanilla.
Taste also big in bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla, light alcohol but certainly well hidden for 11.8%, dark fruits, mainly plums I’d say, light coal, wood, chocolate on the finish.
Medium to thick body, soft carbonation, nicely sticky on the palate without being cloying.
A great imperial stout.
emartell (328) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Las notas a Bourbon son intensas. Se percibe madera y frutos secos.
De color completamente negro, sedosa, cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion y corona de espuma nulo.
Al paladar es exquisita. Su potencia alcohólica, sus notas a madera, Bourbon, frutos secos, y a pesar de todo, las ganas de darle uno y otro trago.
Maakun (2867) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared, massive thanks to Santa bytemesis. Pitch black with short lasting creamy tan head that leaves a nice little ring and thin film. Massive bourbon notes with vanilla and toffee, roasted malts and burnt toast, espresso, cognac, sweet grapes, chocolate sauce, sticky coffee syrup. Very sweet with soft roasted and alcoholic bitterness. Full bodied with creamy feel with chocolate sauce feel. Massive beer, strong on the bourbon and amazing velvety creamy thick body. Lovely.