JohnnyJ (5419) - 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.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sort of a muddled black color with a tan head. Chocolate is the predominant aroma here with a decent roastiness, a hint of citrus, and some vanilla and whiskey in the background. The flavor is also heavy on the dark chocolate with a bit more roast and whiskey (and just booze in general). Some coffee, mild vanilla, and citrus notes, maybe a touch of the chile in there somewhere.
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Beer Revolution. Black, small brown head. Aroma amd taste of coffee and chocolate. Straightforward.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Beer Revolution thanks to Travlr. Deep ruby mahogany pour with a thin yellowish head. No lace. Nose is tangy summer fruits, red and black licorice candies. Mild vinegar nose. Taste is tangy, powdery, ashy, fairly bitter. Cigarette ashy. Sticky red fruits. Eh.
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Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle at the Deschutes release party at iTap in St. Louis on 01.19.2012. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nose of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, molasses. Tastes sweet, caramel, chocolate. Slight burn of alcohol. Overall a great beer that I wish I had in my cellar. Was part of a XX, XXI, XXII, and XXIII vertical.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Served at ABR. Pours a dark brown/black color with a light tan head. Rich aroma with lots of molasses, syrup, caramel, and dark chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit notes upfront with a building roasy quality to it. Some vanilla as well. Touch of booze notes as well. Overall not as good for me as some of the other BB vintages but still a pretty tasty brew.
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Draft at P town brewpub 2009. Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee
Flavor: Bitter ripe stone fruit & orange transitions into chocolate, intense vanilla with a coffee finish.
Comments: Though it was said to be a problematic batch, I found it tasty and didn’t notice any faults.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one @ the brewery on tap when in Portland. Didn’t realize they had a different rating. Beautiful obsidian pour, transparent black with a small latte head. Gooey chocolate, heavy coffee influence accompanied by vanilla and barrel. Definitely got a hint of the chili in this one although not nearly as aggressive as in other brews. Didn’t really find the orange rind but did get a bit of smoke, ash, and char. ABV truly invisible. Wish this one made it to the bottle!!!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from the deschutes guys on 11/8/10 at the industry tasting robbie fox’s.
dark. almost black with a tan head.
it smells incredibly of cocoa nibs! also, there are notes of grain, spice, oak, vanilla and capsicum.
the flavor shares the same notes except it is incredibly hoppy, dry and it has an astringency on the finish. mild chile tingling in the aftertaste is neat. i thought it was flaw until they told me!
it seems thinner than years past. 8/4/8/3/15
phaleslu (9425) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/15/10: Growler from Deschutes shared by Paul- thanks again, Paul! This was the XXII, not the XXI, and I would contend that it should be a separate entry, given the ’experimental’ chocolate used that formed at the top of each bottle and caused the brewery to throw it out. This was from a tap, but still- different beer, no? Anyway, I’m definitely getting more vanilla and bourbon notes in the XXII, and no trace of coffee- just loads and loads of chocolate. Also some smoked wood and peat. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, woody mouthfeel. The booze was more apparent this time around, maybe because of the freshness, and there was some that lingered along with some earthy notes. Held up really well. Great beer. (Note: Rating pulled out verbatim from the re-rate I initially had in the BBXXI rating when this was new. Now it is just being copied into the separated BBXXII rating).