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.
Warped_Silver (61) - 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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artmcd8 (1220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with my buddy Tony. Bottle thanks to fear025 Pours a deep brown with a slight tan head. The head goes away quickly. Held up nicely after 5 years. Aroma of chocolate and slight roasty coffee but this is mostly faded. Aromas of raisin and bourbon/vanilla as well. Some oxidation but the beer wears it well. Taste is well incorporated now but lacks any coffee flavor. Still a great beer.
baraciisch (1505) - USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee... Deep brown to black in color... Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee... Chocolatey finish... Amazing
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78samh (55) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage-Black Butte XX. 8oz glass at the Eastside Tavern poured dark black with a minimal head. Smell is strong roasted barley. Taste is rich coffee and sweet chocolate malts. A little molasses flavor and very boozy. I was glad to have tried this after 5 years of age. Smooth yet flavorful.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears to be black but is really very dark brown with a deep ruby under light. Topped with a light brown head and aromas of wood and chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate and licorice come through in the taste. This is still pretty hot after all these years and the alcohol gives it a peppery quality that accentuates the licorice flavor. Because of that, it seems a little bit unbalanced. Lots of toasted and charred wood notes and dark roasted coffee that are balanced by a rich molasses sweetness along with cream and vanilla. This a real sipper to be enjoyed slowly preferably relaxing in front of a fireplace.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on 3-05-2010 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. Bottle courtesy of patrick767. This beer pours a small tan head with a lengthy retention, opaque brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, some hops, alcohol, and vanilla. The Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and hops. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer, a very nice Winter time beer, very tasty, and worth trying. A beer I highly recommend and a beer I would drink again.
JStax (2568) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Butte XX: 8, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 4.0
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Poured a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of chocolate and star anise, dark cherry. Tastes of some wet wood, barrel, and raspberry. Big bodied with a lower carbonation.
Black Butte XXI: 8, 4, 7, 4, 16 = 3.9
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a near black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has sweet notes of raisin, dark malt, and some barrel. Tastes of dark sweet notes, especially dark fruits. Low carbonation. Big Body.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$13 for a bomber @ huck’s in Spokane, WA
Poured to a NB Globe
A: Black ale wherein light barely shows thru. Light brown single finger head dissipates to a sheet of foam which is consistent throughout the coarse of the beer.
S: Beautiful nose. Chocolate, coffee, bread, cinnamon, burnt caramel. Figs, dates, candied plums. Excellent and superb.
T: Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon all intensify the the aromas presented in the nose. Very, very well blended and tasty. Hints of vanilla shine in the background from the barrels.
M: Beautifully silky ale rolls over the tongue and barely stings the bristles of the tongue. So good.
D: This beer is really great, and as it ages, I find myself reviewing it higher and higher. Probably in the realm of my top ten beers.
Serving type: bottle
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: thanks, Jeff! Black center with very deep, brown edges; dark khaki head foams up really nice & settles down slowly. Aroma is heavy cocoa nibs, burnt brown sugar, molasses, light nuts, a touch of wood, & a little bit of coffee char in the finish. Taste is very similar with notes of milky sweet chocolate, brown sugar, coffee beans, & a slight woody aspect backing everything up. Only a touch of bitterness, mostly milky & sweet throughout. Probably the best Black Butte anniversary I’ve had.
PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Midnight black color with a 1 finger bronze-tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee & black licorice. Mild carbonation, smooth medium body. Creamy chocolate, coffee, hint of kahlua flavor. Like a carbonated Black Russian. Awesome beer!
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