CampesinoTino (752) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wax dipped bomber. Pours black with a half-inch of light brown foam and bubbles. The nose is strong on the roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and bourbon along with notes of candied dates, brown sugar and licorice. The flavor starts out with a heavy dose of dark chocolate mocha, figs and roast malt in addition to some vanilla bean, coffee and black cherry. Also a subtle dessert spice blend of anise, cardamom and ginger lurking in the background. The hefty alcohol presence manages to hold all the complex flavors together without numbing the palate too much. The body is suitably thick and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish delivers more bourbon, dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Itís a bit sweet and syrupy fresh but will definitely age well.
Natai (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, dark brown with a small tan head. Scents of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and a touch of smoke. Flavors of caramel, coffee and port, with a smooth rich finish and just a hint of alcohol. Potent enough to give most stouts a run for their money. Great all around.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprised by the subtle aroma because this oneís a beast. Brownie batter, fudge, dark bitter chocolate, graham cracker crust, marshmallow, cinnamon, smoke and dark fruit. This is as close to a Símores as a brew can get. Onyx pour that only shows mahogany around its edges. Small latte head that turns into a wispy film that, like a cloud, floats above the body. Rich, solid mouthfeel...sweet without being cloying. The spiciness makes this one interesting and encourages me to continue to lift the glass. Liked this one much better than XXIII...looking forward to XXV!
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have never been uber-impressed by this beer but #24 was really good. On an extremely hot day no less. Big chocolate notes and a subtle almost pie like spice. Really mellow and a bit slick too.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Chuckís. Black with a finger tan head. Smell coco and fruit. Taste fruity, full bodied, ashy on the tail, very rich, some espresso. Not as good as 21, but better than 23.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lot of date, some fig, some vanilla, touch of smoke, bits of fat, good mouthfeel -- heft, slightly creamy, nothing vinous or like spirits, big but not overbearing even at 11. very well constructed. those sharp, clear malts lacking the tarnish of oxidation are a much appreciated deschutes trait. While Iím not a fan of big beers generally, I love this beer.
beerbastard (673) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Pours very black. Roasty chocolate nose. Up front spicey dark chocolate taste. The date and fig combo makes for a licorice flavor, with a lite bite of peppery spice. A nice bitter sweet milk chocolate taste. Finishes dry, but not as smooth or silky as I would prefer, and again still with some spicyness. This lacks any notifiable barrel age characteristics. Will see if aging will make any difference. Aug. 17, 2012. Rerate. Still the same flavors, but it is getting smoother, and better blended.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours jet black with a small khaki head and some lacing.
smell is of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is thick, dark chocolate, espresso, woody, and some dark fruits. ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.
JohnnyJ (4260) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour, small tan head. Brown sugar, sweetness, heavy fig and date, oatmeal cookie, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, probably cellar a few.
boFNjackson (4107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Deschutesí Portland Pub... Poured jet black with a thick, frothy, eggy/off-white head. Nose had cocoa and a hint of roast. Thick body, actually a really nice mouthfeel. Probably the best thing about this beer is how it felt on the palate. Super fruity. Probably the fruitiest one from this series. With noticeable dates and other dark fruits. Even a hint of manderin-like tones. Some spice and heat in the middle of the flavor profile, but after swallowing this was resolved by clean malt and cocoa tones. Also some roast was there, but not too dominant. Some toasted sweetness too.