pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Little to no carbonation. Pours black with a very thin tan head. Nose is full of chocolate and bourbon. The taste is very smooth, almost a cream texture. A very good blend. Taste is of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a slight vanilla. Very well done.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A softened Bourbon boom on the nose. (on tap/from notes) A bit bit bit too creamy sweet, esp. for the style, though not cloying - indeed, their is not much of a burn, but plenty of bourbon flavor on the palate. Overall, I canít tell you what itís missing. Dangerously close to "it canít get any better"... but I, for one, wish they just barreled the expedition. That being said, I greatly appreciate that there is a brewery out there doing a beer like this, and weíre lucky itís Bellís.
Advocate_Ames (606) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 There is very minor carbonation in my glass. The color is pure black and there is a beauty to it. An aroma fills my nose with sweet bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The taste is impressive. I get a smooth cream like texture. In the flavor I taste all that I received from the aroma. The beverage is not bitter but has a slight dry finish. The finish also leaves a warming feel and does not impact the palate much. Overall this is a fantastic creation.
*Update. Aging the blacknote 2yrs has changed it minimally but what stands out the most for me is the finish. It has become slightly more bitter than I remember and it the dryness has increased. The blacknote is still a hell of a brew and Iím glad I saved a bottle to age.
scooter520 (185) - - FEB 22, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled 12/28/12. Appearance: dark this is black with very minimal tan head. Aroma: huge delicious dark chocolate fudge brownie and vanilla and that's about it. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon but not "hot", some dark fruits, some coffee. So amazing! Mouthfeel: viscous, creamy thick with little carbonation. Overall: this is the best stout I've had to date. It is so good.
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blankboy (7482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o SolidFunk. Pours a brown-purple, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, wood and vanilla -- quite nice. Flavour: Wow, now thatís barrel-aging done right! Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, maple syrup, wood, red wine and more -- itís complex and delicious. Thereís alcohol there but not 11.9%. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. A fantastic Stout!
kimebm (1) - USA - FEB 21, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Execellent Beer. Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma and flavor were sweet malt, hints of chocolate and coffee, some licorice, quite a bit of dark fruit esters -- all rounded out with some serious bourbon barrelling. One of the best things is the creamy mouthfeel paired with the thick, vinous palate.
Leighton (19883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013 Bottle at RBWG. Pours thick black with a fine, beige cream head. Bit of sugary chocolate in the nose, chalky roast. Big sweet flavor, marshmallow, good roast, rich chocolate, bit of burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, plenty of sticky sugars, dark sugars, brown sugar, molasses, light roast, mellow char, hints of toffee. Pretty heavy duty stuff, but not out of balance. Damn rich and very tasty. (4.3)
Bottle shared at Bruceís, London - big thanks to Bruce! Pours clear, brown-black with a fine, tan cream head. Big, rounded nose, tons of sugary, ripe dark fruits, some sugary chocolate. Big sweet flavor, mellow roast, some dark cherries, brownies, cake, hints of alcohol. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Modest warmth to finish, more dark berries, rich and sugary chocolate, some earthy bitterness, bittersweet cocoa. Lovely. (4.4)
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle via trade (#1014, batch 10136). Pours a near black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coconut and vanilla. Flavor is boozy bourbon and alcohol with lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, ash and oak. Full body with a velvety smooth mouth feel. This is an outstanding beer, awesome body, mouth feel, and aroma, there is lots of booziness but itís balanced out with the rich chocolate malt.
dogfish120love (1267) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark thin looking brown. Heavy notes of coffee, soy and bourbon. A little lacking in carbonation. well made, but not as exciting as Iíd anticipated. The aroma is amazing, but I tasted an off flavor in the finish. As the beer warms more alcohol shines through in the finish. 12 oz bottle
flatmatt (1523) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap for the Bellís beer dinner at Grange in Ann Arbor. Black without much of a head. Aroma is a strong mix of molasses, bourbon, cocoa, and dark fruit. Delicious flavor mixing bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, soy, and cocoa, with a roasty touch. Really quite awesome and a great surprise for the dinner.