beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Deep dark black. Small dark brown head with some retention. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, smokey, roasty, woody, dark fruit - all of which blend together beautifully. Full body. Magical finish that grows in chocolatey-ness. Such development; bourbon forward then roasty then chocolate. Everything flows together so well. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Aroma is toasty, sweet alcohol, dark dried fruit. As you swallow the beer, its as if a sweet choolately silk sweet is moving down your throat. Chocolate, roasted malt, sweet fruit and slight slight alcohol. madmitch76 (24785) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Thanks to Bruce for this whale. Opaque dark brown beer, short lived tan head. Palate is slightly viscous and smooth with fine minerally carbonation. Rich dark chocolate and a little aniseed. Super light coffee, but this beer really is about the dark chocolate. Finishes smooth. Pretty good, light on it’s toes.
Backlog. I’ve had at least 12 glasses of this on tap at the brewery or other local bars. I have to confess that I have a love affair with Black Note.
Vanilla and Bourbon are so smooth on the palate. The finish stays for minutes after each sip.
Black Note is in my top 10 all-time favorite beers. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2013
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours black with a small head which fades very quickly. Aroma is big on bourbon, with chocolate, slight peppery notes, a little alcohol, and a spike of vanilla after warming. Really get some blasts of chocolate after awhile. Taste is very sweet with a lot of bourbon, alcohol builds with warming, and chocolate takes over towards the end. Good mouthfeel, but actually not quite as thick as I was expecting. Overall, an excellent imperial stout, as expected. I do prefer regular Expedition though. Thanks again, Andy, for sharing one of the last whales I’ve really been actively trying to find the past couple of years!
AdamChandler (5050) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2013
pours oily. light head fades fast
smell is all vanilla and chocolate. vanilla dominates
very decadent. like velvet chocolate cake. lots of vanilla, toffee and caramel. loads of vanilla I can’t even begin. baker’s chocolate and some sweetness at the finish Clownoisseur (482) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2013
One of the best, so I figured it would be a good place to start for my first rating!
Had this one on tap at O’Rourke’s in South Bend,IN...part of the Oberon kick-off celebration.
Aroma: Bourbon up front, but hints of dark chocolates, roasted malts and subtle vanilla.
Appearance: Pitch black, thin head of mocha foam...little lacing. A swirl of a half-full glass will give a nice oily coating.
Taste: Extremely balanced beer. Bourbon and licorice up front with roasted malt, chocolate and a creamy vanilla over the middle and a warming finish containing notes of coffee. The bourbon and licorice calm a bit after it warms, only giving it more balance. You start to get the bourbon being more pronounced in the finish, very warm!
Palate: Full-bodied beer. Creamy. Low-Carbonation. Resonates on your palate. A true sipper.
Overall: Excellence. My favorite beer. I wish all beers had this much flavor and balance! davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Vintage 2012, 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #11620, bottled 12/28/2012. Thanks to ObiWanKushnobi for this long time want!
A - Pours a pitch black body with two fingers worth of mocha foam. Settles out into a thin cap. Moderate lacing and retention.
S - Starts off with the bourbon...oak, vanilla, and some char. Then some roasted malts and sweet cocoa powder. A touch of dark fruits too. No element really dominates here, just well integration of two base beers + a barrel.
T - Just all kinds of balance going on here. Smooth vanilla and oak, a bit of a bourbon butterscotch, lightly bitter coffee beans, and dry cocoa powder. A little bit of everything here. Finishes with a real faint but pleasant alcohol warmth.
M - Creamy, smooth, and decadent....thank you Double Cream stout! Surprisingly high drinkability compared to other BA stouts.
O - Perhaps the most balanced and easy drinking BA stout I have ever had. This is a damn impressive beer and I wish I somehow had year round access to this. Forever ISO, but I still prefer BCBS for its unrelenting bourbon element. humlelala (1375) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
(2012 vintage; 35 cl bottle courtesy of Steasy66 my beer saint; huge thanks)
Pours black with medium, toffee head. Decent retention, nice lace and decent regeneration. Aroma is a pleasant and complex roasted malt with well integrated notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Alcohol is completely masked. Soft carbonation, full bodied without being too filling. Velvety texture and a sweet finish with coffee notes that is incredibly smooth despite the high abv. Taste is pleasantly sweet without being too cloying. Bitterness and roastedness play second fiddle to the aromatic sweetness in this one. Girlfriend says: "It’s sweet and very drinkable." charule (2268) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle thanks to mikem409 and on tap at Riverview. Poured pitch black into snifter. Minimal light tan head. Complex choco-bourbon aroma. Bourbon very evident with coffee choc. Bravo