jhamp9 (1538) - 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 (1807) - 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 (1978) - 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 (2765) - 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 (5156) - 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 (2211) - Rathdrum, 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
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown-black with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, raisins, bourbon, figs, vanilla, and earth. Flavor is equally multi-faceted with dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, lots of raisin, fig, wood and earthy bitterness. Finishes slightly drying and more bitter but thereís still plenty of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Full bodied, nicely carbonated and low heat presence make this a joy to drink. Love it!
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with thin but form brown head. Aroma mainly dark fruits. Taste dark malts, caramel, with dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and a touch of roast. Flavor changes with warming, still very nice. Kind of reminds me of Baltic Porters. Finish a little roast and prolongation of the taste. Alcohol well disguised. Palate a little syrupy but not in a bad way. I thought the palate fit extremely well.
Overall very good. I have another bottle Iíll cellar but this is good right now.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with a medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, vegetal, sweet caramel and some spicy fennel. Flavor is rich chocolate and caramel, dark fruit, spice, warming alcohol and some oak. Full body with a thick mouth feel. Not my favorite Black Butte anniversary but still good. Pretty hot and some weird spicy qualities, weíll see how this one ages.
Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big roasted aroma, with dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Pours an opaque black, with a finger of tan head. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a lot of dark chocolate notes in the beer. The dark fruit is there, a bit subdued, and the beer doesnít have quite the roasted notes you expect in a porter. The finish is long, with bitter notes blending with a touch of roast. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable. This is one I would be tempted to cellar for a couple of years, and see how it holds up.