Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle pours black with thin tan ring. Aroma bourbon and oak. Taste sweet roast malts with slight chorale and coffee, with bourbon and oak. Finish bourbon and oak. Palate creamy and almost thin but overall OK with an alcohol burn.SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
A very straightforward bourbon barrel stout but done well. Easier drinking than many of the genre.
12oz bottles, 3 samples over the weekend .. . jet black .. . deep coffee and cooking chocolate notes, mild barrel .. . slick mouth .. . really liking this beer! its legit ... . . they pit him against his brother nibbles! Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Appearance: Pours a motor oil; settles in glass with a barrel-beige head and espresso body.
Smell: Bourbon and raising swirling with melted chocolate.
Mouth/Palate: Chewy chocolate cake with slight carbonation that diffuses across palate, leaving a clean, crisp, and dry taste and the suggestion that this isn’t a very syrupy beer.
Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and a subtle espresso note hide the booziness. So, too, does the carbonation. edwardbass (837) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
I’m not a "sugary" bourbon barrel-aged stout fan. This reminds me of Bourbon County Stout (Goose Island in case I got the name wrong), but with far less-cloying sweetness. It’s decent, coming from a dude who’s not a fan of the style. I had to try it, though, because it was from Bell’s. aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Screw you, this is opaque. Warming whiskey settles pleasantly into sugary cocoa and coffee laced with licorice. Really good at room temp.
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
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
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 can’t tell you what it’s missing. Dangerously close to "it can’t 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 we’re lucky it’s Bell’s. Advocate_Ames (626) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
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 I’m glad I saved a bottle to age. scooter520 (185) - - FEB 22, 2013
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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
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 that’s barrel-aging done right! Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, maple syrup, wood, red wine and more -- it’s complex and delicious. There’s alcohol there but not 11.9%. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. A fantastic Stout!