Marheb (3033) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une explosion étouffée de petits fruits rouge cause des dommages collatéraux chocolatés. Des tannins délicats se joignent à l’amertume pour donner une sécheresse contrastant la décadence du corps. Buvabilité ana’’corps’’nique.
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best after 6/10/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, light smoke/nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Barrel aged blended imperial porter! All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
ineedbeer (1162) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle.
Aroma is fairly chocolate forward with a balanced roast note in the background. Nice berry and cherry character with some prunes, raisins and figs as well. Some light oak and bourbon notes with medium light alcohol spice. Hints of anise.
Pours black with a bit of dark brown highlights on the edges and a medium sized, moderately thick, dark tan head with average retention. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is slightly sweet with moderate chocolate and light roast character. Quite a bit of berry and dark fruit character including cherries, currants, figs, prunes and plums. The fruitiness adds a bit of sweetness mid palate. Some more light roast notes with light tobacco and leather. Moderate bitterness with light oak and medium light bourbon. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a bit of a slick, oily character and medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice imperial porter with a ton of chocolate character and nice nice dark fruit and berry notes. Nice complexity with light bourbon and oak notes.
glennmastrange (2423) - 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 (6916) - 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 (2902) - 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 (1918) - 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 (1676) - 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 (3210) - 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 (617) - 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.