Zymurgeist2 (1178) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rosť and Crown. Pours very deep brown with a light brown head that fades quickly but leaves lacing. Boozy cocoa. Very bitter and full roast with bitter finish. Slightly hot with boozy bourbon notes.
Prufrockstar (1319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Beveridge Place a few months back as part of a vertical. From notes: smell of old hops overwhelms everything else. Plums, caramel, faded chocolate and roast. Taste all around feels faded.
Sarlacc83 (1115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from years ago.
A: Pitch black, foamy cappuccino head and a positive amount of lacing - though I would like some legs out of this.
N: Cocoa, coffee, licorice, orange peel, hint of char, malt balls, touch of oxidation - which adds rather than subtracts, star anise, some molasses, overripe black cherry, raisin, and fig.
T: Quite sweet, potent bitter elements, and maybe a touch of citrus tartness.
M: Fuzzy, filling carbonation that lightens a medium-heavy, oily body. Alcohol has subsided nicely as this blended together.
O: Still going strong, but I would guess itís about to descend on the other side of the hill. However, the elements here are still distinct, and they blend well together. Better than most of its followers, but not up to the snuff of the Black Butte XX.
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown black with a slight light brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, bourbon, light coffee. Not really getting the orange at this point all that much. Taste starts sweet, middle has a slight dry tingle, then finishes with an alcohol heat. Maybe a bit past itís prime but still decent.
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a vertical event. Mellowed malt, strong dark malt flavors. A bit of dustiness and slightly astringency . Flavor shows a little age. Just like a big version of the regular Black Butte but slightly old.
Salmoniform (1180) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head that settled to a ring. Aroma is toffee, caramel, cinnamon, roast, cereal, chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a spicy following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is drinking very well right now.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle via trade. Thanks duffman!
Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon. Mouthfeel is very delicate and velvety. Slight hint of bourbon. Extremely complex, with delicate taste layers. Balance is the key word here. Exceptional brew.
ACHops (868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Beveridge Place for Black Butte Reserve XXII - XXVI vertical. Pours dark blackish brown with medium mocha head that fades quickly to a light lacy one. Aroma is dark roasty chocolate malt, quickly overtaken by boozy barrel-aged notes and a rich, lightly sweet, not cloying orange flavor. Taste is similar: lots of rich dark chocolate, prominent but restrained cocoa notes, orange liqueur flavor throughout, and a light but unmistakable pepper spice note that lingers through the finish with a slight tingle on the tongue. Some bourbon, but moderated with the age here. Very impressive. Easily one of the best in the Black Butte Reserve series. The orange and chili combo is much better suited to this style than some of the subsequent variations.
mR_fr0g (4520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Nice looking, dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is solventy, hot alcohol with vanilla bean, oak and roast. Flavour is composed of very smooth rounded orast, vanilla and nutty praline. Nice smooth choclate malts nad some tangy fruits. Palate is medium full with highish carbonation. Nice!
Bacterial (1879) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my cellar. Brown pour, pretty thin. No head. Rally nice nose: bourbon, malt and oak. Quite tasty. Bourbon is not overpowering. Good bitter chocolate finish.
Beerman6686 (4980) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a murky brown with a beige head. Aroma was of barrel, caramel, light roast, and oxidation. Flavor was similar, roast, cardboard and some dark fruit.