badlizard (5534) - 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 didnít have more of it.
boFNjackson (4195) - 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 (11932) - 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 (1322) - 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 Iíve 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 colorÖ 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. Thatís kinda weird. Maybe Iím 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 (3222) - 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.