mallons72 (210) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2017 MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ninety-nine down, one to go (or at least until the top 100 changes again). Finally got to try this elusive brew at the Bell’s 30 Taps World Record event at Beer Sellar in Indy. Had three 5oz tasters of this stuff.
N.B. This was listed as "BB Double Cream Stout", but Larry Bell assured everyone it was the blend and that the erroneous name was merely due to a label approval issue.
A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam with solid retention, and a little bit of lacing. Pitch black - there was no trace of color, even at the fringes. It’s about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout.
S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasn’t the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didn’t really get much more than the basics here.
T - The taste was superb, and was somewhat shocking after the lukewarm aroma. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and barrel, and what I suspect is the beginnings of some lacto-sour barrel bacteria (which at this stage makes the brew more interesting and isn’t really a negative). I love the way the Double Cream Stout portion offsets the roasty bitterness and acidity. As a result the aftertaste is surprisingly mild.
M - Mild carbonation, super smooth, lighter in body than I expected (more medium-to-full). Plenty of residual stickiness in this one, and shockingly a bit of heat (even after a couple years in the keg).
D - Super drinkable for what it was - the multiple tasters went down pretty easy. I think out of the ten tickets my wife and I got, we used at least half of them on this superb brew. The only problem is the ABV, and is that really that big of a problem? ;-)
This beer seems a bit off this year. Balance is not there. Coffee, chocolate, booze start....sweet finish. Mindwarp (304) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2017
2014 edition 11.4% ABV - Pours black with a real thin tan head that doesn't stick around. The aroma is of a sweet candy whiskey like smell. Flavor follows the nose with some chocolate added there is booze in a little bit of heat in the end. trapped (3668) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 6, 2017
Bottle. Pours inky black with large spongy tan head, boozy mocha aroma, mildly sweet mocha taste with strong alcohol undertones, thin body, log mocha finish with bourbon aftertaste. Potent, could be overwhelmingly boozy. ttoadee (1608) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Jet black, thin veneer of a mocha head. Nose is understated bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and smoke. Powerfully bittetsweet. Middle follows the nose; gentle smoky bourbon, expresso, vanilla, cherries, charred malt, hint of cinamon, cream. Wow. Finish is silky and still powerfully bittersweet. ABV seems lower, perfectly melded into the profile. Bule (2274) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2017
12oz bottle of 2017. Pours a thick black color without any bread. Velvety texture. Rich bourbon flavors that balance the hop profile well.
HourGlass13 (1074) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Dark black colored pour, small beige foam head. Bourbon and dark roast aroma. Taste is bready, roasted with a bit burnt black bread. Lots of woody bourbon barrel in this one. A little too much for me. Very dry. Good, but not a 100 beer at all. Larry_Spurgeon (19) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 Bought 12 ounce four pack at total wine in Albuquerque. 2017 version. First time tasting. Thin tan head over an opaque black beer. Served too cold. But as it warms the aroma is still slight. Beautifully balanced beer. And 11.2% no alcohol burn, deep multi characters of chocolate and dried sweet fruit. Excellente! JGP03 (1) - - DEC 1, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 This beer is crazy good. There really is no downside to except that it’s seasonal. willisread (3695) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2017
2017 bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a deep brown to black with almost no head. Bourbon-forward nose with fudge brownie and rum cake-like notes. Vanilla, faint coconut aromas as it warms. More cacao nib and roasted coffee aromas as well. Deep fudge notes, brownie, vanilla all over the palate. There is some bite from the bourbon, but it isn't overbearing. Flavors are extremely well-integrated with both the base beer and the barrels both complementing each other. Some prune and fig as it warms. Smooth finish, with lingering chocolate cream and bourbon notes. Wow. A flawless beer. Iznogud (4493) - CROATIA - NOV 26, 2017
On tap at at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. Pours dark brown with beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, some bourbon, wood, bit harsh bitter finish. Full bodied.