DesertDevil (684) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the 2014 Boulders on Broadway Beer Fest. Deep, musty aroma of old chocolate, anise, molasses and burnt malt. Pours muddy dark brown (like a rain puddle after someone has stepped in it). The taste features roasty dark malt, rhubarb, molasses, and dark cocoa with a sharp balsamic bite at the end. Quite different than the other Black Butte Anniversary beers. I’m happy I got to try this elusive brew.
daknole (10790) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally! Dark brown pour at Boulders on Broadway. I got quite a bit if chocolate and orange with some roast. Also a slight hint of an odd overripe fruit.
Ferris (10587) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Chocolate, cocoa and raisin. Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast and some dark fruit. Long coffee finish with some tootsie roll.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Boulders on Broadway Festival 2014, dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma is chocolate forward with some flavor in chocolate, roast, a little chili spice. Really good. Happy I was finally able to try it!!
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, some nice chocolate and the orange comes through a lot, enjoyed the orange.
crossovert (10692) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to get a free pour of this from deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer. It is thick and chalky in the mouthfeel but with a wonderful chocolate flavor. The chcolate is huge in this beer and really dominates at this point. They should have released it.
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle thanks to Deschutes Base Camp crew) near black, lasting creamy dark tan head. Nose has some trash aromas that goes away after a bit, coffee, bits of whiskey, oxidation, dark chocolate and a tiny bit metallic. Taste of real dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, oddly fruity and old coffee grounds, I see why they didn’t release it initially. Has turned into an ok beer but not amazing. Linger of oak and dark chocolate.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to Arbitrator, same as the one NickD tried.
Not as terribly sludgy looking as I expected. Nose has a strong dose of orange, a hint of chili, and the usual Black Butte chocolate character. Peppery character was a bit off-putting, my least favorite part of an otherwise really tasty beer.
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Bryant Lake Bowl. Not quite black, tan head. Muted roasted malt aroma. Roast and lots of chocolate, not very sweet surprisingly. FaiRly flat but it suits the flavor.
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample thanks to some distributors from Deschutes. Pitch black pour, short tan head. Chocolate, light coffee, notes of raisin, vanilla, light orange, and caramelized sugar. Pretty tasty, wish I could get a bottle of this, but very glad to be able to try it.