Prufrockstar (869) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fiddler’s Inn a few weeks back. Pours black as night. Thick tan head, dense and creamy. Lacing galore. Aroma: chocolate, chili (?!), cherry, dark fruit. Is this really 24, or is it 25? Smells almost astringent - 8 oz thank goodness. Also, glad I walked. Taste: follows nose. Booze apparent. Am I a heretic to prefer regular Black Butte to this? (Side note: my phone autocorrects BB to "BBomb," which I’m happy to see). Lingering chocolate, but astringent roast flavor I don’t like in beers like The 1st Nail and Huna. Full body, rich and sorta one dimensional. Do I expect this to improve with age? Not really. Do I want to drink my bottles now? Not really. Sigh. Screw you and your "best after" bullshit, Deschutes. Going to think twice before buying bottles with a best after date from you folks again. Full body, thick, chewy texture. Sweet, but not cloying. Bitterness eventually at end. I don’t really care for this.
Brentv (327) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Black pour. Chocolate malty aroma with licorice and a spicy cardamom-like flavor. Taste rich and moderately sweet with a noted bitterness to balance. Medium mouthfeel. Nice.
Leveejr (99) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing nose, super smooth taste and mouthfeel. What's not to love? Would definitely have again.
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thebrymanosu (38) - - JAN 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma beautifully black pour. Great beer all around. It did have very apparent alcohol. This was by far the oldest beer I’ve consumed. It was on New Year’s eve and was a great way to bring in the new year.
mathieuc (1223) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is pitch black and is covered by a tiny offwhite rim of foam. This foam leaves fair lacing. Aroma of booze, licorice and cassonade. Taste is sweet and spicy, licorice being the main offender. Some alcohol heat. Flavors of chocolate and dark fruits. Body is full, mouthfeel creamy. Decadent, Boozy and roasty finish. Really drinkable for such a beast. If I could I would just tone down the licorice a little, otherwise it is a great (and festive) drink! Happy New Year! Bonne année!
McNeillR (1133) - SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkest black with a neat greay tan head that disappears once your back is turned. Sweet prune and figgy rich wholesome nose, lightly charred and a smudge of booziness. Silky as you’d expect for the mouthfeel, leading an initial taste of tarred chocholate and sprigs of sweetness with strumming roast - thread of booze tang throughout. Finish of chewed liquorice drippings and neat bitter roast but a bit of an over-sweet boozy linger.
Bottle, Cheers Paul!, November in December Tasting
tectactoe (1641) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: dark ruby & deep brown body with a khaki colored head that leaves mild lacing behind. Aroma is bursting with dried dark fruits; figs, dates, bruised prunes. Lots of sweetness & booziness is apparent with mild cocoa in the back end. Heavy alcohol aroma - much heavier than expected. Taste is also quite boozy & very raisin/fig heavy. Occasional roasted malt & cocoa, but mostly booze soaked figs, raisins, dates, various dark fruit. Slight hint of burnt sugar mouth coating. I don’t love this like everyone else... Too much dark fruit & surprisingly boozy (even at 11% ABV, you can expect some alcohol, but this had an unpleasant whiskey burn).
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great nose, fruits, figs, dates and plums, then the taste of dark chocolate a touch of coffee and bourbon. Also i got toast, no butter and jam but just toast.
RumRunner101 (764) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of liquorice and chocolate. Smooth and creamy with warming alcohol. Flavours of dark chocolate and liquorice, toasted malts. Good piney hop balance and some dark fruits as well. really great.
allmyvinyl (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, dried fruits, rich and inviting. Taste is more dark chocolate and roasted bitterness and dark fruit sweet. Full bodied, creamy texture, long finish. Lovely stuff.