SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
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 (215) - 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 (858) - 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 (3651) - 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 (635) - 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 (7780) - 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! kimebm (1) - USA - FEB 21, 2013 does not count
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.