Travlr (21427) - 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.
brokensail (16055) - 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.
Lubiere (12878) - 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.
Ferris (12715) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Chocolate, cocoa and raisin. Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast and some dark fruit. Long coffee finish with some tootsie roll.
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to get a free pour of this from deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer. It is thick and chalky in the mouthfeel but with a wonderful chocolate flavor. The chcolate is huge in this beer and really dominates at this point. They should have released it.
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally! Dark brown pour at Boulders on Broadway. I got quite a bit if chocolate and orange with some roast. Also a slight hint of an odd overripe fruit.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at Rare Beer Tasting V. Pours black with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, dark chocolate, spice, herbs. Thick mouthfeel, strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, light spice, lingering sweetness, very impressive.
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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phaleslu (9380) - 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).
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Some roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol sweet on the palate and fruity with a rich bitter and hoppy coffee roast finish.