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 O’s.
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.
nuplastikk (3831) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Levi’s. Brown-black body. Patchy, beige head. Rich bourbon coffee chocolate aroma. Very thick and sweet. Big luscious vanilla, cocoa tones. Super sugary, rich. Quite nice, but also quite heavy and cloying.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to the big bad birthday boy. Pours black-brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark malt nose, lots of charred bread, good roast, some dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with further dark chocolate, toasty sugars, dirt, raisins. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots more dark chocolate still, bitter charred wood, roasted malts. Great stuff. Good balance.
llcooldave (994) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black in the glass. Nice mocha aroma with some Khaluha notes as well. Tastes like a dark chocolate Chunky bar. Nuts, dark cocoa and dried fruit. Overall, a gem! Thanks barzigkin for sharing...
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s birthday tasting. Cheers to Bruce for all the beer! The pour’s deep brown with a discreet off-white head. The aroma’s stewed prune, chocolate cake, earthy berry, bramble. The taste is light chili, general spices, earthy roasted chocolate, some tar and wood. Smooth stuff, soft carbonation. Overall, this was definitely the junior of the XXIII. Still, very solid.
EdKing (1561) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s B’day. Opaque black, creamy foam tan head. Nose is earthy, dirty, Marmite, roasted malt. Interesting! Taste is very malty, earthy, Marmite, chocolate. Nose is unusual but taste is nicely balanced.
Theydon_Bois (5454) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to the birthday boy for sharing this one !
Mid black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark roast malt, chocolate, molasses.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, dark fruits, peppery, chocolate.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish.
Scopey (4691) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce at his 30th Birthday Bash. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, liquorice, coffee, Dandelion & Burdock, light vanilla, plum and sweet date. The taste is roasted malt, earth, coffee, plum, charcoal, wood, alcohol warmth and molasses with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. Decent.
mR_fr0g (1418) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bruce’s birthday tasting st the craft. Sweet malt caramel boozy nose. Sweet toasty flavour . Molasses. . Sweet finish. Lingering.coffee finish.
Advocate_Ames (322) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The scent is of smokey roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. The flavor is rich of coffee. The chocolate and vanilla aren’t potent but they are noticeable. The malts are mild and have a nice roasted character. There is a charred wood and a subtle bourbon flavor too. The finish leaves a malts, coffee, and a slight bitterness. Overall this was a very nice brew.
Westmeister (1316) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (XX version) - Pours a near black with light at the edges with a bubbly yet quickly diminishing head. Smell is rich dark fruits, chocolate and not much of a noticeable hint of the barrel-aging. Taste is licorice, mild old coffee, chocolate, oak, dark fruits and mild oxidation. I thought the flavors where all very nicely incorporated with one another and even the oxidation was not offensive in the least. Very nice.