Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, viscous, dirty motor-oil black with a small tan head on top. Fair retention of the foam. Some light sticky globs hang around after each sip. Rich flavorful aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, bourbon - all enveloped in a sweet scent of fruit. Thereís something about these big bold stouts/porters when they mix in fruit character that I really dig.
Amazing feel as this viscous beer wraps up the palate in a wash of velvety goodness. Subtle carbonation, heavy feel. This is a sipper for sure. A wonderful treat to close out the night with. Big flavors of dark fruit - plum, fig, raisin. Sweetness pulls through with notes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Mild roasted quality helps bring this one around and prevents this from becoming a total sweet bomb.
This was a really great beer, and a reminder why this is one of my most anticipated releases each year. Wasnít a fan of the XXIII, so this was a pleasant treat. A wonderful marriage of dark fruits and dark chocolate in the form of a fantastic beer.
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cumming GA Tasting. Group trade bottle. Spicy cinnamon, anise, dark chocolate, some dark fruits, thick molasses. This was a nice brew, but the hint of anise and overwhelming cinnamon were a bit too much for me.
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forsyth County Bumble Tasting. Pours darkest brown with thin tan head. Cinnamon, molasses, and maybe a little chocolate. Sweet and spicy throughout. Thick(ish) and bubbly. Bottle - Shared at Tasting
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a warm, deep sable with a yellowish tan head. Strong aroma has roast malt, caramel and toffee notes. Flavor delights with caramel, coffee and fruity notes, no doubt from the figs and dates. Thick, heavy and fairly fizzy texture leaves a sweet, caramel and fruity finish.
daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black wax covered bomber purchased 18 months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($16.99). Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of light brown foam. AROMA of complex stewed dark fruits, cocoa powder, burnt malts, and some fresh-brewed vanilla coffee. FLAVOR of hard roasted dark malts, smoky dark artisan chocolate, sticky dark fruit (perhaps figs and/or dates), some quality coffee, vanilla, and anise. Very roasty with only a hint of sweetness, and finishing with a good amount of roasty-bitterness. Surprisingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The high ABV is impressively hidden here. Quite nice and somehow fitting on a rainy and "chilly" San Diego evening. (279, 847)
pdx77 (1024) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. Pitch black with dark tan head. Aroma of dates, plums, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is similar to aroma but with cocoa nib, toffee, and bourbon notes as well. For such a big beer, it finishes very smooth, with a wonderful multilayered dessert-like aftertaste.
pdx76 (508) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at lucky lab big beer festival - pours dark brown with sustaining medium tan head. Nose of brown sugar, caramel, and malt. Complex taste of plums, malt, sweet caramel, and yeast. Very nice dessert beer.
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cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to dbuckingham, thanks! Pours pitch black with a two finger brown head and lacing in the glass, aroma is very roasty, lots of roasted malt with a ton of chocolate and sweetness, a little bit of booze comes through, the flavor has a ton of dark chocolate on the front end with a kick of booze and caramel in the finish, a little bit of burn and it for sure warms the belly up, nice for a cold night in Wisconsin.
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1. Date on label reads best after 7/23/2013. If you sampled this before that, you served this brew an in justice. Deep black with real thin tan head. No lace. Nose is lighter than the bold flavor. Dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor shows anise, burnt malts, dark chocolate, figs, burnt sugar. I also get traces of cinnamon. The other 4 people drinking thought I was off on that butÖ some type of sweet spice. Even some sort of bitterness to help off-set all the sweetness. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth texture. Very nice.
Prufrockstar (679) - 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 Fiddlerís 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 Iím happy to see). Lingering chocolate, but astringent roast flavor I donít 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 donít really care for this.
Brentv (235) - 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.