MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Butte XX
Big thanks to Normyk for opening this at Jackie Oís.
A- This is not one of those porters that is questionably thin, or even more brown than black. This is borderline stout. A tight mocha head caps a blackhole colored beer.
S- The aroma is very woodsy, an almost nutty level of oak with a soft bourbon backdrop. I havent had a fresher Black Butte but it seems like the bourbon has mellowed and allowed the oak to show more of itself. There is a high level of roasted malts paired up with a touch of coffee. Perhaps the coffee has weakened over the 2 years as well.
T- The taste is right in line with the aroma. There is a ribbon of smooth, mellow bourbon on the front. It breaks into a full blown barrel wood flavor. From there bourbon heat is back and bigger than before. The finish can get quite boozy indeed. Coffee is strong on the finish as well. It helps to tie in the roasted malts. This seems to be all about the juxtaposition of silky oak and bourbon and roasty malts and coffee.
M- Very smooth finish despite the heat on the back end. Its down right silky.
I need to make Black Butte a yearly ISO.
drpimento (2421) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First of all this is the XX version. Secondly, this is one of the weirdest beers Iíve ever had. Appearance is a short-lived brown head, no lace, and opaque brown black color. Aroma at first is dark ripe fruits, cocoa, coffee, lumber, leather, but soon that goes waaay bad - to a dirty public toilet! And that aroma kind of comes and goes, but itís nasty. And when I went to take my first sip, my god, that nasty aroma was going into my mouth!! That wasnít easy. After a bit the flavor gives way to the initial aroma qualities, plus whiskey, vanilla and a bit of tang and bitter. Body is so so as carbonation is on the flat side. Luckily the nastiness donít persist into the finish.
PartyFowle (457) - - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle into a small tasting glass, the first of many beers brought from home and popped open at Dark Lord Day 2011. Espresso brown in color and mostly opaque, save some amber highlights. A frothy, sticky, one-finger head the color of cocoa powder remains in place for a long while. Hints of bourbon and vanilla in the nose, along with tangy dark chocolate and too-old coffee, which may be a result of the beerís age (close to two years now). A bit of Sourdough tang pops up. Interesting amounts of piney hops remain. When cold, Black Butte tastes like a mouthful of bottlecaps ó itís heavily metallic. Warm is much, much better, exhibiting espresso mingled with sweet cocoa powder and more bitter dark chocolate, as well as a bit of Sourdough bread and some pine. Smooth blend. Extremely light carbonation is all that remains. Silky, creamy, slightly chalky medium body. Alcohol in the nose. Coffee-forward porters arenít usually the most graceful cellar beers, but Black Butte XXI is still pretty awesome after all this time.
djd07 (5343) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Rick, pours a very dark brown with small tan head. The aroma is strong roast, coffee, wood. Medium mouthfeel with strong roast, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, held up very well.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color, light brown head. Charcoal, marshmallows, dark chocolate, big coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate, marshmallows, big espresso mouth. WOW, the espresso beans REALLY jump out.
Sarlacc83 (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle of the XX, pulled from my cellar a week or so ago. From notes.
A: Pitch black with a foamy creme head. Lacing.
N: Oxidation, cocoa, molasses, oak, vanilla, intense coffee/espresso, burnt brown sugar, lots of char notes, and licorice.
T: Sweet, breaking down a slight bit, good sweetness.
M: Medium heavy body, prickly carbonation, alcohol is hidden.
O: Doing pretty well - I wanted to drink this before it dissolved, and I think I hit the mark. I would suggest drinking yours soon, if youíve got it. This has very much calmed since its original release, too.
eduardovl (1041) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 650ml bottle poured in a chalice.
Simply amazing Porter.
A: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a discreet beige to brown head
S: Strong on smoked malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Wood. Complex
T: Smoked malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Also smooth notes of bourbon barrel. Dry taste and balanced bitterness. Bitterness seems to come mainly from the smoked malts with only small hints of hops. Alcohol is imperceptive
M: Medium to full creamy body and low carbonation. Perfect
D: Easy drinking. Really great stuff
[ BA Review @ 1/30/2011 ]
AirForceHops (4176) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle thanks to BOLTZ7555 on this cellared birthday porter. Label reads best after 10/17/10. No visible signs of oxidation on the cap. Totally opaque brown with thin off white head. Aroma is rich bourbon on top of dark fruits, and cocoa.
The flavor is earth chocolate malt, oak barrel, mild sticky molasses on the tongue. Unfortunately it does should mild cardboard oxidation notes. Good news is the bourbon helps cover it up some. Still a lasting bourbon lingers in the finish without any alcohol burn. Really great flavor but about 14- 15 months past itís prime. I still was really pleased to try it.
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.
A - Pours ink black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and some dulled coffee. Of all the flavors the malt really dominates with the others in more of a supporting role. Pretty good.
T - Flavors are quite similar to the nose with some more coffee coming thru. The malt is a little less prevalent allowing the rest of the rich roasty flavors to come thru. A nice vanilla/oak sweetness comes thru as it warms up to room temperature. Very nice stuff.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice full feel with a mix of dark roast and dulled sweetness in the finish.
D - Very good. I am not sure I could drink a few of these bad boys but I really enjoyed this one. Wish I had a few more of these for down the road.
Cybercat (3875) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a warm, deep sable with a light tan head. Rich aroma has notes of caramel, malt, coffee and toffee. Bold flavor echoes the coffee and toffee of the aroma and adds an undertone of hot peppers, as well as a hint of chocolate. Smooth, firm, fairly tingly texture rounds out a worthy brew. Glad I was able to snag a snort of this at the Holy Mother of Gatherings in Decatur, GA!
Warped_Silver (120) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black and thick. Small beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasty, prune, oak, and bitter chocolate. Taste is amazingly complex-coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, fig, pepper, bourbon, cinnamon, black licorice. Overall great beer! Better than I was expecting, and I was expecting a lot.
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