IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at the Bend BrewPub in a sniffer. Black, of course, with a huge pillowy light tan head. Light roast aroma with notes of milk chocolate and some dark fruits. Figs, raisins and purple grapes. Flavors is more muted and subtle than I expected. Soft roasted chocolaty and less bitter than I expected as well. More light a milkshake than I think anything I have had before. A little of that sharp woody papery nip at the end but delicious none the less. If anything, I would ask for a little more boldness.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. creamy coconut milk and orange oil nose, almost sickly sweet approach, mildly lactic, chewy and sweet throughout. the condensed milk flavor and matched sweetness actually works well with the orange flavoring, presenting this version of double black butte as a dessert beer - it lacks the overly harsh astringency and strange cocoa/lactic quality that XX and XXI bottle have (confirmed by a recent opening). full body. interesting and tasty but something I wouldn’t want to drink 22 ounces of.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to Arbitrator I believe.
Looks nasty in the growler, but not bad at all in the glass. Near pitch black in color with a small tannish head that has average retention.
The smell is very interesting. Roasted malt, chocolate, anise, and orange peel.
Flavor is good as usual for the Black Butte series. Dark chocolate, coffee, hops, slightly tart orange peel (which I initially suspected was infection), and chili peppers, but not much chili heat.
Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and soft carbonation.
Solid stuff overall. Beat expectations. Still not sold on the claim that this wasn’t infected, but I’ll admit it’s possible. This is great and flavorful for a porter, but at 11% ABV I put it more in the Imperial Porter/Stout category.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Black with a light tan head of lasting, creamy foam. The aroma is a complex mix of dark chocolate, chili pepper, oranges and a touch of bourbon barrel. The flavor has both sweeter and dark chocolate, chocolate oranges and a spicy finish that seems to be a combination of bourbon, alcohol, and pepper. Sweet up front, but has plenty of drying influence in the finish. Not as heavy as I expected, with an almost zesty palate. The orange and pepper really add a nice element this year. Still young at this point, and it’s a shame that there won’t be any bottles to let mature for awhile because I think this is and will be better than last years version.
andyhwcinc (1311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this as part of a sampler at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Aroma and taste are alcoholic with a very strong whiskey being the central element. Milky backing, would get me in trouble if drinking a whole bomber. Cocoa and chocolate just a little bit in there. Pretty good stuff.