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 (4192) - 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 (11586) - 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 (1321) - 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 (1526) - 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.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. light black pour with a slim tan head. lots of whiskey on the nose with cocoa. medium body with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. sweet malt chocolate whiskey finish. great beer!
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, cocoa powder and chocolate, whiskey, orange citrus fruits. Flavor follows but adds a milky creamy texture, booze packed with orange character shining through. I really like this stuff.
IndianaRed (3120) - 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 (8796) - 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.