WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ city beer post deschutes event. Big black with tan ring. Nose is pretty roasty and chocolate.
jethrodium (363) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Draft at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is huge dark chocolate with a lot of alcohol as well. A little bit of bourbon comes through also as well as a little bit of the chillies. I really don’t get any of the orange though. All the other aromas definitely take a back seat to the chocolate and alcohol though. The initial taste is strong with dark chocolate, then going into some vanilla and bourbon. The taste of alcohol is strong throughout. The finish is strong, bitter dark chocolate. Again taste is dominate by chocolate and alcohol. Medium body. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but certainly not great. Seems like a beer that would definitely improve with time. It’s too bad that there are no bottles to see how this would develop.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted coffee with a hint of molasses on the nose. Opaque with small bubbly taupe head. Milk creamiess and sweetness start with bittersweet baking chocolate/cocoa soon following. Alcohol wams on the finish. Creamy thick mouthfeel. A very smooth ale that showcases chocolate and coffee notes, but with a lactose like sweetness present. Very enjoyable.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blake with a creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Ara and taste with a dry oaky coffee finish.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Portland location. Amazing--better than last year. Pours black with a tan head and clings. Orange, caramel, booze and sugar in the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, toasted malts, orange and chile. Wonderful warming boozey finish.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at brewpub. Deep brown pour with a nice tan head, solid lacing. Smells of cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, oranges, Flavor was great, a lovely mix of chocolate nibs, coffee, oranges, vanilla, earth hops, licorice, more chocolate and more oranges. Very smooth and easy drinking, my only regret with this beer is that I didn’t have more of it.
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ their PDX brewpub... Poured near black with a fizzy, brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate, tanginess, and oats. Very roasty initially in the flavor. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, with a spicey alcohol heat. The orange zest added a rhind-like bitterness and a fruity depth.
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, wee light chocolate with smooth nutty notes, warming alcohol, light vinous notes. In mouth, a complex mix of dark fruits, chocolate, soy sauce, warming alcohol, quite smooth yet complex. On tap at Deschutes on NW11th, Sept. 5 2010.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on what I’ve read, I think this is the right place for the keg at Stone on 8/12/10. Red/brown with red highlights when held to the light. Nose is smoky chocolate. Taste is rather flat and lightly sweet. Spiciness. Empty finish. Not great.
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Dark-dark-dark, cloudy brown almost black color… yeah, pretty much black, with a light brown head. Aroma is almost undetectable if that makes any sense, for such a roasted-malt beer. Almost smells like seafood. That’s kinda weird. Maybe I’m smelling the crab cakes on the snack tables. Flavor is lightly bitter - actually light on the palate and very easy. A weird character, actually, and very different from the regular Black Butte Porter. A little more bitter and drier.