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 there’s 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 (778) - 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 I’ll 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, we’ll see how this one ages.
Nephilium (1680) - 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 doesn’t 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.
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle from bottle very dark with tan head. taste sweet with chocolate, roasty malt and fruity. hints of figs and some raisins. Good smooth taste.
thetmaxx (899) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into snifter. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, oaky. Flavour is similar, so chocolatey! The abv is UN noticeable. Palate is sticky and kind of sweet. I love it.
bnoel09 (574) - Elk Grove, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor.
BHeart (72) - - SEP 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious. Dark, notes of booze, bourbon, raisin, brandy?, toffee. Strong, rich, thick, ideal as an imperial porter. Prob the only "porter" to rival the victory at sea.
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badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a tall head. Aroma of figs, booze and wood. The flavor is very heavy on figs, dates, and raisins, with licorice and alcohol closely following. Chocolate comes out a bit after warming. Very full bodied.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a viscous black with tan edges.
Aroma: Roast, alcohol, ripe dark fruit. Cough syrup.
Taste: Dark fruit, alcohol, char, burnt roast.
Mouthfeel: Thick with soft carbonation.
Overall: I’ve enjoyed previous years “jazz riffs” more than this beer. I simply didn’t enjoy this. I never look for literal balance in a bourbon barrel aged strong dark beer, but for me it was just too much dark fruit and over the top char. Perhaps this is a candidate for cellaring.