DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
(from backlog of RBAG 2013 ratings notes). Many thanks to kbudd for actually tracking me down during the ’fest to make sure I got some of this magnificent beast. Rich and decadent, sweet but not cloying, with toasted coconut really standing out amongst other flavours of chocolate, figs, sweet bourbon vanilla, and I even wrote "crême caramel" in the margins (not entirely sure what I was getting at there lol). Superb. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 olio (10770) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Name: Bourbon Barrel Double Cream / Expedition Blend
Date: July 21, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Indy
Appearance: black, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: big sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, bourbon is well blended with the chocolate, touch of alcohol with the bourbon in the finish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Name: Black Note
Date: May 05, 2012
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted .alt, lots of bourbon, caramel and vanilla
Overall: chocolate covered caramel candy with a bourbon center
Name: Black Note
Date: August 29, 2012
Source: thirsty monk
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, roasted malts
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
355 ml bottle (11,8%) @ RIP Camp. 2012 Vintage. Bottled on 28.12.2012.cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, faint tar notes, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, some hops and hints of coffee, some chocolate also. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, more milky chocolate and faint hops. A bit harsh malty palate with a sweet chocolaty finish, could have been a bit smoother. Excellent anyway, especially aroma-wise.
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Tap @ Bells. Black appearance with a tan head. Bourbon, oak, toffee, chocolate, light vanilla, caramel in thee nose. Rich, delicious bourbon, roasty caramel malts, thick toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak flavors. Smooth as a baby’s butt and tasty as fuck. Excellent! jmgreenuk (10550) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared big thanks to Kermis. Poured a clear dark brown colour with a round bubbly tan head. The aroma is truly amazing with lots of malts rich vanilla bourbon and oaky notes. The flavour is strong bitter with a super smooth bubbly yeast alcoholic liqourice palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation and a lovely oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well controlled given the ABV. A superb beer fully deserving of its rating.
KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Near black with a tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, toffee, espresso and hops. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, cream and plenty of hops. Finished sweet and bitter. deanso (10356) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUN 23, 2013
Sample thanks to kermis. Big thanks!
Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely chocolate and coffee. Some vanilla. An awesome brew. gyllenbock (10339) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
Sample at CBC 2015.
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some oak and bourbon. Similar taste. Full body and with a soft carbonation. Very nice and elegant. JorisPPattyn (10140) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci à Ignace! GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Pours ink with a medium tan head leaving webby reddish lace. Nose is rich buttery bourbon with tropical notes like dried pineapple and dried papaya. Toasted coconut. Let it decant to cinnamon ganache and very subtle meat/umami character. Soft booziness, coffee liquor. So many rich subtleties makes this an incredible experience. Taste is similar to normal and Rare Bourbon County Stout. Super creamy, rich coconut oil mouthfeel. Feels less sharply bitter than normal Expy. Softer and easier to love than normal Expy. Superlative soft mouthfeel. Nice bitterness comes through to cut initial sweetness. Great mouthfeel- mild heat reminds of soft bourbon aging but softness is unreal. Roasty bitterness and coffee character hints that this is not BCS but something else. Very beautiful. Complexities are easier to fall in love with than normal Expedition which can be too aggressive and powerful at times.
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