drjay44 (3373) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. bottle. Best after date 7/23/13. Pours a medium, well retained, mocha head, with some lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, plum, Boveril.....taste is strong coffee, light chocolate, plum, fig, raisin, dates, finishing with a sweet bitter coffee bite.....mouth feel thick, chewy, creamy from carbonation, sticky, alcohol adds a light burn. This confection is rich, thick, complex in both aroma and flavor, and young. It is a too sugary sweet (?dates) and needs more time in the bottle to allow the tremendous forces that must have been used to blend and balance. My bad, in that I didnít see the BAD until after opening, and alas, having to consume. Oh well, need to get another for aging. MOST IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT EVERYONE WHO HAS RATED A BOTTLE OF IT, SO FAR, DID A BEER TOO YOUNG ACCORDING TO THE BREWER. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2013 Had with an XXV, black pour with a ring of tan head. Big aroma of licorice and chocolate, taste is lots of licorice and malt.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Black with a thin fizzy off white head. Cola, cherry, orange, black licorice and chocolate aroma and taste with a creamy palate and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Interesting, complex, and well done.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Black, sandy head, large and foamy, nice lacing.   Nose of cocoa, dark chocolate, graham cracker, oak, sherry, and some minor dark pitted fruit.   Smells inviting!   Similar on the on the tongue, albeit the dark pitted fruit and sherry are softer.   The 11% ABV is noticeable.   Its got some heat on it.   Not quite as thick as I was hoping either, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A little dry on the backside, lingering cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol.   As is its rather enjoyable, a little hot right now, but with time should fair better.   Only wished the dark pitted fruit and sherry were a little more pronounced.   Otherwise a very very fine Imperial Porter!
jhamp9 (1638) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin quickly fading khaki head. Aroma is raisin, licorice, wood, and faint chocolate. Taste is chocolate, bitter coffee, and figs.Dark chocolate aftertaste.
wchesser (1882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2014 Still too young. Hops very prevalent on the nose and in bitterness in the taste. No doubt this will mellow with some time, but right now it dominates and detracts from the rest. I could pick up the figs, but dates really just show in some sweetness. Great and only going to get better, but canít hold itís own against the XXIII in a side by side tasting (yet).
>>>Rerate: Cracked another now that 25 is out. Hops have faded from the nose which is now a complex, deep chocolate/roasted malt/dark fruit/bourbon mix. Taste mostly follows, but the fruits are not as distinctly present as I remember from before. Much more integrated, but leaving rating...canít push this to a 4. XXIII is just flat out better.
>>>Update. Two years on this now. Rounder, rich. Has come together nicely, but no distinct fruits.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was interesting, to say the least. The aroma was kind of weirdly dry cat foody but also with a nice little hint of orange marmalade. Slightly more bad than good. Flavor is an improvement, more of the fruity flavors but not really the roasty character I like in my imperial porters. I think the fruit is overplayed in this one.
sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small tan head thats short lived. Black/brown color, seems murky. Nose of dark fruits, light roast and chocolate, sorta musty. Full bodied, coating on the palate, a bit much so, lil chewy with a soft carbonation. Over loaded with the plums and figs, needs more whisky though i think the fruits helped to douse those flavors. Sweet malts, syrupy somewhat acrid notes. A bit of a mess imo. Bomber from jhogan4, thanks man!
mar (5238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a cream head. Nose is wood, roasted malts, syrup, and light alcohol. Chewy palate, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, nice finish.
poisoneddwarf (2269) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Initial rating: 9/7/12. Wax-dipped bomber, stamped "Best After 7/23/13." Rating this right after re-rating a 14-month old Black Butte XXIII. Pours inky black with a fairly small tan head that falls after a couple minutes; leaves a ring of big-bubbly foam and a little lace. I smell some kind of cinnamon-like spice in the nose, although thereís no mention of that on the label. I also get chocolate milk and some licorice. Taste is bittersweet; itís more fruity than the XXIII. The chocolate seems more pronounced (I let it sit in the glass for 15-20 minutes before the chocolate even presented itself). Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation average. Has a long-lingering bitter finish that leaves the mouth dry. Although I prefer last yearís version, both fresh and aged 14 months, hereís to hoping this one improves with some age. Thereís no denying this is still really good, though. Letís see what it does after a year or so. 8,3,8,5,17=4.1
7/28/13 re-rate. Wax-dipped bomber pours opaque black with a one-finger mocha head that dissipates after a minute or two. Aroma consists of licorice, coffee, cinnamon, raisins (dates and/or figs, I presume). Flavor starts out sweet with chocolate and licorice notes before becoming a little sour with a lingering bitterness. Quite alcoholic, but itís not boozy. Roasty, a little vegetal, lightly spicy; some mild smoke character comes out after it sits in the glass awhile. Oily texture, average carbonation, full body. Overall, I donít seem to be as impressed as I was the first go-round. I was hoping this would age better. Itís not bad, but it should be better. 7,3,7,5,16=3.8