pushkinwow (1813) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Black with a dark beige head. Fresh bourbon, some oak and light vanilla, roasted chocolate malts, coffee grinds, some burnt brown sugar, some fig and cherry. Moderate carbonation and body, slightly bitter, boozy, bourbon and some cherry finish. Not sure why but this series has never been my thing.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Whoa. Thick and bourbon-y with vanilla, raspberry, currant, raisin, barn, hay, cacao, and coffee all on the nose. Everything is balanced atop a mountain of malts, but there is enough hopping and more than enough alcohol to cut through the massive palate and let you taste everything distinctly.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: thanks, Doug! Opaque, completely black body with rustic, dark brown edges. Darker than last year’s edition. Slowly rising, light tan head that falls rather quickly. Aroma is comprised of roasted malts, light cocoa sweetness, heavy cola, molasses, & some dried dark fruit (figs, dates). Very mild woody aspect in the tail end is the only sign of barrel aging. Taste is more dark fruit forward with big notes of raisins & currants. Other flavors include light cocoa nib sweetness, tame bourbon, molasses, & some oak. Finish is somewhat astringent with a big tannic oak character & cola flavor. Better than the last anniversary beer (XXIV) but still not a home run... Decent.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black waxed 22oz bomber pours with a deep dark looking body that supports a light mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up thick sweet malts and a wafer thin dash of prune to blueberry to date like dark fruity esters. It then gets into dark roasted malts mixed with caramel, chocolate and sweet molasses covered charred wood. Alrighty. The taste is typical Black Butte with rich goodness starting with thickly malt sweetened dark roasted malts and then chocolate mixed with molasses, a thin layer of dates and brown sugar dredged prunes. To midway bourbon muscles onto the scene with a firm warming feel and a slightly harsh booziness. Just your typical greatness here.
Chipalsa (1298) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the share, OmegaX. This year’s batch is pretty complex, offering lots of chocolatey and berry-like flavors. The finish is full of dry cherry, oak and ripe fig. I really appreciate the smooth malty character that sweetens as it decants in the ol’ snifter. Cheers!!!
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a smallish tan head that disappears quickly. Nose has a decent amount of bourbon in it, but you can get some dark fruit and roasting underneath there, if you pry hard enough. You can get a little sweetness from the fruit in the taste up front, with darker roasting afterwards, and definite oakiness throughout. Smooth and satisfying...
Lonick (681) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, similar to the XXIV not quite as fruity. Same figs, dates, nuts and bourbon feel to the beer for me not quite as nice.
sjohnny (332) - - DEC 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whiskey and toffee with some dates and vanilla. Black with a quickly fading dark tan head. Tons of lacing. Slightly effervescent, some coffee and cocoa bitterness. Dark fruit, coffee, booze, licorice. Just a hint of spice at the finish and a lingering boozy warmth in the throat.
allmyvinyl (1840) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is more dark chocolate, dark sugars, whisky and berries at the end. Sweet. thinner than the 24, quite a sticky texture though. Nice.
BenH (1925) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Mike. Black with tan head. Aroma os slightly elusive, roasty chocolate and slightly tangy. Taste of rich roasty chocolate, touch of whisky. Licorice, molasses. Sweet and bitter with a slightly sticky finish. Nice but preferred the xxiv.