Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just cracked this bottle with a couple friends for a mid-week treat. Pours a deep dark brown with light edges. This isn’t as dark as expected. A thin sheet of lace rests on top. The aroma is warming with mild bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. The nose is the best part of this beer I think.
The body is too carbonated. I would think that some time spent in barrels, albeit just 1/4 of this beer, would have mellowed this out. On top of that the time since bottling should have smoothed it out, but is bubbly, bordering on harsh. Some of the "bigger" beers I’ve had recently have had this unpleasant characteristic, unfortunately. The flavor isn’t as enjoyable as the XX or XXI. I realize the ingredients are different, but this one is my least favorite. Mild cocoa, light zesty tartness on the back end. Bourbon character is absent. There’s some sweetness here, but it’s fleeting.
I appreciate their ingenuity, but this one fell short for me. Stick to coffee, vanilla, and cocoa, and bourbon - that combo was a sure winner in my book.
Ferris (3794) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Malted milk, roast malts and raisin. Jet black,brown with a nice beige head. Cocoa, malted milk chocolate and some light barrel notes. Very nice.
RichTheVillan (2688) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBESG; dark brown pour with thin off white head, chocolate aroma, taste has bourbon, hint of citrus chocolate, decent BA.
AirForceHops (3100) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle with black wax top thanks to BOLTZ7555, thanks for the chance Jason! Finally getting around to this as my cellar is thinning out. The label reads best AFTER 06/15/2012. The aroma show a lot. Milk chocolate malt on top of dark fruit, day old, cold coffee and a hint of citrus zest trying to peak through, interesting.
Flavor is rich and bold. Roasted malts, day old coffee with cream, light fruit hints with a very subtle bourbon toward the back end of the sip. Light sugar through out. I’m glad the bourbon is still in the flavor cause I can’t really tell from the nose it was here. Carbonation is on the low side but mouthfeel still is full and creamy. Some lingering sweet bourbon and roast notes after the sip. Nice brew but if your holding bottles I would say drink or trade right now.
IrishBoy (3821) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at XL Public House. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a little roast. Black with a huge, heavy lacing, cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate, light sweetness, and a little oaky vanilla.
TXBadger (1334) - 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. Funny, but there are subtle differences between the Black Buttes when having them side-by-side at a tap takeover.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Black in color with a small amount of brown head. Nice lacing on glass. Heavy roasted nose also includes vanilla, bitter chocolate and peppercorns. Burnt caramel, charred wood, alcohol, cinnamon, anise and a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Lingering bourbon and alcohol long into the finish. Tasting notes from 2012.
BucannonXC5 (827) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass: 10-oz. glass
From: Post Street Ale House in Spokane, Wash.
Purchased: March 18, 2014
Consumed: March 18, 2014
Misc.: The board on the wall said it was the XIII, but I’m pretty sure that was wrong. I even took a photo of it.
Poured a dark brown color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Sporadic uneven lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.
Smelled caramel, toffee, Rolos, butterscotch, dry-hopped, bourbon, chocolate and faint vanilla.
Tasted caramel, toffee, light bourbon, chocolate, cherry, dry-hopped and slight butterscotch. So good.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish.
This beer was just so good. I only wish I would have gone back to try some more another night.
GRM (2959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, best after 6/51/12, purchased at Belmont Station on January 16 2014, savoured on February 16 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: chocolate, bourbon, light alcohol, roasted barley, light burnt barley, light molasses; mouth: chocolate, bourbon, light alcohol, roasted barley, light burnt barley, light molasses, light soy sauce, light hot pepper, rich, finale in chocolate with presence of hot pepper, full body, below-average carbonation, slightly bitter, silky and lightly hot texture, a tad thin; overall: very good
Bouteille brune, meilleure après 6/15/12, achetée chez Belmont Station le 16 janvier 2014, savourée le 16 février 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : chocolat, bourbon, léger alcool, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, léger mélasse; bouche : chocolat, bourbon, léger alcool, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, léger mélasse, léger sauce soya, léger piment, riche, finale en chocolat avec présence de piment, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légèrement amère, texture soyeuse et légèrement piquante, un peu mince; en résumé : bien bon
llcooldave (1076) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black in the glass. Aroma of cocoa, and dried fruits. Flavor of coffee and more dried fruits with a hint of dried wood. Overall a solid brew. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing.
JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of dark fruits, fig, raisin, and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits predominantly. Big body with a lower to medium carbonation.