glennmastrange (2397) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Heavy malt notes of toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee, light herbs and earth for the hops and yeast, with dark dried fruits, wood, vanilla and milk. Head is small, wispy, tan with no lacing but good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown yet still clear. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. Great tasting and nice feeling Strong Porter.
slowrunner77 (6703) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I’ve really liked past incarnations of this brew, but like abyss, thought the tweaks they’ve started to make were not for the better. This year, though, i was excited that they upped the bourbon barreling to 50% of the blend. I was simultaneously worried about the addition of more fruit, especially the black currants (12.5% of the blend, slighltly soured too I read somewhere)...and I was right to be. The extra bourbon is completely covered up by the fruit and the tartness clashes with instead of compliments the decadence of the base beer and the bourbon. Not that it doesn’t work some. It’s delicious, but it’s also my least favorite BB Anniversary blend since they started bottling these 5 years ago."
tmoreau (2823) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co, as a rare acquisition from the distributor. Dispensed to a snifter with a darkest brown color that showed mahogany highlighting at the base, a modest layer of tan head foam that produced a persistent ring & film, and clingy spots of lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with cocoa, some barrel induced vanilla, ready alcohol, but mainly dark fruit as cherry & prune. These notes were similar in the flavor, as the alcohol expressed it’s bourbony nature, the dark fruit remained dominant, some tannic astringency was present, and the texture was silky on the tongue. Medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation. Very smooth and sipable.
fluffy (1908) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sampled at a bottle share. pretty decent imperial porter, though i found it a bit thin.
cpetrone84 (1658) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a good bit of light brown head. Nose has a bit of licorice, medium roast, sugary berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Taste is roasty mid palate, heavy berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Mild acidity and an extremely full creamy body.
GenDV138 (2861) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes, consumed 8/4/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Black with a finger of tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of tart fruit, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, coconut. Tastes of nice bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruit and berries.
mbgrayson (603) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Butte 25 was consumed in Late August 2014, a few months after the ’best after’ date. Pours thick and black, with a rich tan head. Aroma is complex, of malts, chocolate, currant, and dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, oak, vanilla with a bit of chocolate. Very good and balanced, complex but drinkable. Thumbs way up here. This is a great imperial porter.
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG by heavyleavy, and enjoyed again more recently. Hearty near black pour, ruby depths. Heaps of bitter chocolate, soft dark fruits, black cherry, oaky vanilla. Rich and delicious.
wchesser (1375) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with about a year on it, with the XXIV. Some red wine character on the nose from the currants, and some brooding dark fruit/red wine on the finish too. Much leaner in mouthfeel and richness than the XXIV at this point with still pretty heavy bitter hop character.
Westmeister (2006) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August Ale Alpharetta. Poured close to blackout. Aroma was dark fruits, cocoa, light bourbon and some booze. Taste is similar with the barrel aging not as prominent. Booze is there but nice, dark chocolate and dark fruits all over.