Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 On tap at the Portland pub. After last yearís mishap, I was expecting some level of near-perfection like its older brothers XX and XXI. What I got instead was.... this. Which is not to say anything bad about Deschutes Brewery. I absolutely LOVE their beers, their creativity, and their willingness to go where no beer has gone before. I also respect the fact that after XXII didnít uphold their level of quality, they refused to sell it to their many adoring fans. But sadly, I feel they missed the mark on this one. It came to me pitch black with a thick, tan head that quickly dissipated and turned into a light ring. The nose on this is pretty bland for an imperial porter. Lots of roasted coffee and bourbon notes. But, thereís a weird metallic funk in the background, like pouring fresh roasted coffee into a bag of pennies. The flavor is earthy roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt oak, and subtle undertones of citrus that donít compliment the other aforementioned flavors. As far as the chiles go, I can only guess they show up in the hot bitterness towards the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin compared to previous installments, but still good. Overall, if this was my first imperial porter, Iíd probably like it a lot. But maybe thatís it. Maybe XX & XXI were so good that my expectations are way too high. Or maybe this really just isnít very good. And Deschutes, Iím sorry for not being one of those fans that swears by every beer you make, good or not. I will always be a fan, but in this instance, Iím more like that friend you have that will tell you that youíve got food in your teeth. I respect your willingness to think outside the box and brew something unique. But you basically took a near-perfect recipe, added some things that really donít mix too well, and called it (dishonorably, in my opinion) by the same name. I did, however, buy a couple bottles to keep in the cellar for a year or two.... in the spirit of hope.
stevoj (1333) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and chocolaty (semi sweet dark chocolate, that is), black with tiny beige head on tap at Payetteís Black Friday event. Lingering sweetness somewhat masks the the roast grain backbone of this beauty, slick and smooth with a slight afterglow. Perfect for a chilly evening.
VsXsV (1621) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to _angst_! Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, grain, bread, vanilla, wood, bourbon and coffee. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of coffee, chocolate, bread, wood and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.
_angst_ (2084) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark blackish brown with a frothy and slightly bubbly dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, orange zest, vanilla fudge, peppery wood, coffee, biscuits, alcohol and moist soil. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter, tiny sour and tiny fruity with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, toffee, bourbon , biscuits and caramel. Mouthfeel is round, tiny roasted astringent, tiny creamy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with roasted malts, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, biscuits and hints of bourbon.
rlgk (8445) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Roasted ash aroma, chilli, soot, fruity, caramel, raisins, floral, citrus, licorice. Malty roasted flavor, nutty, caramel, nutcreme, caramel, spicy notes, raisins, toffee, floral notes. Roasted chocolate finish with cocoa and raisins.
Hatzilla (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice flavorful porter. Palate is lively a day taste is lots of chocolate with orange and cocoa powder scent.
Crispy34 (282) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vertical bottle share. Aroma is bourbon and dark fruit. Appearance is a dark brown with little tan head. Taste is dark with bourbon. Overall, a good aged beer. Glad i was able to try it.
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kevinator (557) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really good. It comes close to walking into stout territory. Roasted malt and bourbon aroma. Color was black with a thin tan head. Medium to heavy weight with good carbonation. The flavors have blended well over time. Roasted cocoa with a hint of coffee and moderate bourbon finish. The right amount I might add. Somewhat of a dryer finish than expected. I didnít detect the orange they added though. Overall a welcoming porter and I was sad when it was gone.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A big sweet corpulent black beer with refreshing refreshing fruity flavors. Surprisingly drinkable.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when over one year of age.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is big dark malts mixed with light color fruits and a little something similar to used cigarette filter. Somewhat original and inviting aroma. Taste has vanilla beans, sponge cake, chocolate pudding, flour, blood oranges, other refreshing fruits, light notes of bourbon. The sweetness level is through the roof, this is a very sweet beer, even sweeter than most other beers of similar gravity. However despite the enormous sweetness there was also a lot of refreshing fruity flavors which greatly diminished the cloying sensation. The finish has a a refined flour (almost chalky) sensation that leaved a coated tongue. No alcohol presence whasoever. Extremely full body with plenty of carbonation, a very sumptuous mouthfeel. Strangely easy to drink despite the high sweetness, I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Sometimes I love a very sweet beer beer, sometimes I hate a very sweet beer, Iím probably the most mentally deranged person Iíve ever argued with.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, orange, smells exactly like one of those chocolate orange things, with some bourbon as well. Taste is heavy bourbon up front, considerably more than the aroma suggests, with the chocolate and orange taking a backseat, although still present. Finish is bitter, slightly alcoholic with a little of the orange lingering. Full bodied, soft carbonation, silky creamy texture. Good, but Iíd prefer a non-bourbon version of this.
ineedbeer (421) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fairly toasty with some chocolate notes as well. Light, sweet orange accents and some light bourbon character. Surprisingly has a low earthy hop aroma. More chocolate as it warms and less hops. Hints of caramel and toffee as it warms as well.
Pours a very dark brown but it isnít quite black with a thick dark tan/light mocha head that slowly but steadily thins and recedes. Medium lacing and moderate legs. A slight head lingers on the edges with some film in the center.
Flavor is fairly sweet and instantly dominated by chocolate. Moderate orange character hits mid palate with a light, complimentary bourbon note. Roast is lighter than in the aroma and I do not pick up any hop flavor. Medium light bitterness and moderate alcohol spice in the finish. The flavor is similar to eating a chocolate orange while sipping on bourbon, but chocolate lingers more. Lots of lingering bitter chocolate as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice big porter. The chocolate really comes through but the bourbon and orange kind of hide the natural ester notes that I would expect to find in a porter. This has aged well and I am happy to report that I did not lose a finger while removing the wax.