jsporrer (1146) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2018 bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 On tap at eccentric cafe. Dark black pour into snifter, half inch of beige head that settled quickly. Malty scent, brown sugar and molasses. Thick mouth feel with little carbonation. Very sweet malty, mature flavor: maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is sour and a bit bitter, mouth was a little tingly. Very nice.
April 2014 update: enjoyed 2/28/12 bottle. Super rich, super boozy aroma. Powdery, corn-y bourbon aroma, powdery Carmel is strong. Very low carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, numbs the tongue on finish very slightly. Supremely rich flavor, heavy on the Carmel and molasses, dark fruits and rich dark chocolate or cocoa. Amazingly smooth and well blended compared to other BBA stouts.
2017 bottle of 11.2 ABV. Pours a pitch black with a thin dark tan head. Texture is medium thick, oily, with some lacing and tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit and sweet toffee. Starts smooth with a full mouth feel. Deep rich flavors of dark chocolate, burnt toast and a smooth layer of bourbon that doesn't overpower the taste. Finishes smooth with a long lingering malty aftertaste. Hides the alcohol well. Carbonation is much softer than it appears. Very solid and enjoyable. BeerDoctor10 (2) - Olive Hill, USA - JAN 5, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Just about the best Stout I have ever had! The flavor is outstanding and mouth feel is phenomenal! Hopper8 (260) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2018
This beer is phenomenal. It goes through three distinct flavor sets. First is fruit, then bourbon, and it finishes into a beautiful espresso. It's phenomenal. geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Vanilla and Bourbon barrel smell ...quite good...taste is slightly bitter but dark malt, bourbon barrel and vanilla..decent complexity but darker and more bitter than I really want now...had at art bar for ringing in 2018 with Megan, Claire and gang dukeandduke (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2017
12/28/17: 6 Oz Snifter pour shared from 12 ounce bottle. Pitch black pour, thin tan head. Nice aroma balance of strong bourbon offset by chocolate and vanilla. Taste similar to aroma, very pleasant mix of bourbon and sweetness of chocolate and vanilla. Thiner mouth feel and texture than other bourbon stouts, very smooth drinking. Overall excellent offering by Bell's, thanks for sharing Andy!
DWestrick (858) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2017
bottle. outstanding imperial stout - on par with Expedition Stout and Dark Lord for the best imperials I've had. Incredibly complex. World class beer sawbuck (779) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017 Nice aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice ebony color. Sweet up front with dark chocolate tones....smooth bourbon. Slightly slick mouth feel. Finish bitterness nicely balances sweetness. Very good. gizmo_ber (221) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2017
Absolutely delicious, fruity, chocolatey, just the right balance of malt and bitterness. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy lacy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Flavor was rich and silky smooth with roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, charred oak, dark fruit,and bourbon. awesome. zoucrew102 (2240) - - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and oak. Pours inky black with a thin mocha brown head that has little retention and excellent lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt, dark fruit and molasses flavors as well as rich, full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes impeccably smooth with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors. Truly wonderful bourbon stout!