HonusWagner (1914) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to Arbitrator, same as the one NickD tried.
Not as terribly sludgy looking as I expected. Nose has a strong dose of orange, a hint of chili, and the usual Black Butte chocolate character. Peppery character was a bit off-putting, my least favorite part of an otherwise really tasty beer.
djd07 (7244) - 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.
PartyFowle (803) - - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The deepest brown, with a very thin head of light tan that remains as a silky top layer for a while. There were multiple pours among all the people at this tasting, and nobody really got a pour I thought was below par in appearance. Maybe some white chunks, but I wouldnít think much of it if I bought this off the shelf. Not sure what Deschutes was so worried about. In the nose: tangy dark chocolate, lots of orange, lots of coffee. A hint of vanilla and bourbon in the background, but itís mostly just tangy chocolate and fruits. The flavor expands on the aroma in the best way. Tons of orange juice, orange peel, orange zest. Dark chocolate here is more bitter and roasty, less tangy. After the swallow, smooth vanilla and oak roll in. Not even a hint of the alcohol. Body is maybe a touch under medium. Gentle, poking carbonation and a good amount of fizz. Very glad I got to try this. Itís not the best-looking beer, but itís tasty.
Prufrockstar (1700) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beveridge Place Pub awhile back. XXII-XXVI vertical. From notes. Finally, the elusive 22. Dark pour, some head, some lacing. Dark fruit, cardboard, old hops, a little tangyin the end. Chocolate; medium+ body, lingering chili-like heat which I interpret as my tongue being tricked by the alcohol "heat." Holds up great for a beer that was supposed to be full of coagulated goo (no goo to be found here).
beastiefan2k (3052) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a vertical event at the Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. I only went to get a chance to drink this beer, not because I thought Iíd like it but just because its rare. Canít tell its aged. Still fruity yeast and still a perceptible hoppiness. To me this comes off as I fruit and some bitterness. Also, that unsweet chocolate syrup is strong. But its also a big beer with light alcohol and big thick malts but no fortunately no autolysis. F: lighter feel than expected. Just bitter and dark malts. Not interesting.
Salmoniform (1268) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy light brown head than dissipated. Aroma is huge caramel, toffee, molasses, coffee, ethanol. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an astringent bitter following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.
ACHops (1092) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Beveridge Place. Wow. Been looking for this for a while. Supposedly one of only 5 kegs remaining in existence. Described here: "The experimental chocolate that was used in this yearís formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter type layer on the surface of the beer. While the beer tastes perfectly fine the visual in the bottle is not up to Deschutes Breweryís long held commitment to quality and the customer experience." So they returned the beer to the barrels and aged it four more years. According to Deschutes, the additional barrel time helped remove the oily layer from the beer. Pours deep blackish brown with medium oily mocha head that fades quickly. No sign of the visual defect that damned this beer. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate, oaky, boozy, barrel-aged flavors. Taste is similar: dry, oaky, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, heavy barrel notes without much booziness. Very neutral flavor vs. XXIII - XXVI versions tasted at the same time. Barrel-aged character seems the dominant trait. Obviously worth trying if you manage to come across it.
wchesser (1674) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
At a Deschutes tasting at Small Batch Liquors over GABF week í14. Muddled dark brown looking like when you add hot chocolate to warm water and it doesnít all mix in. Nose is vanilla, milk chocolate, light sweet bourbon. Taste follows, rich with a lot of milk chocolate. Didnít get the chiles or orange like I remember from XXIII. On itís way out.
TXBadger (2230) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at a tap takeover, brewer was in the house and brought it as a specialty keg. Pours a dark black like oil, with tan head. Spice, cocoa, and whiskey on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not much in the way of chile heat, must have dissipated.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally. On tap at hills
Itís a cloudy, brown murky sonofabitch. Smells of chocolate, oak, some toasted malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, some chocolate, some leather and metal. Medium on full bodied with low carb and dry finish. Well, itís ok.
DesertDevil (675) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the 2014 Boulders on Broadway Beer Fest. Deep, musty aroma of old chocolate, anise, molasses and burnt malt. Pours muddy dark brown (like a rain puddle after someone has stepped in it). The taste features roasty dark malt, rhubarb, molasses, and dark cocoa with a sharp balsamic bite at the end. Quite different than the other Black Butte Anniversary beers. Iím happy I got to try this elusive brew.