mokanmikey (6) - Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful! Black Butte Porter is my favorite of the style, and the XXV did not disapoint. Add the great Bourbon notes to this complex Porter and not overpower it! Perfect!
arondee (501) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black color with no head. Aroma is woody and bourbon with dark chocolate. The taste is smooth. Sweet, sour, and bitter. This beer has a lot going on. Rich chocolate filed by sweet and sour berries and a lightly bitter burnt malt aftertaste. Perfect beer for a cold winter night by the fire.
Lukaduke (1473) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Kipp ! Pours a deep burnt umber color with two fingers of bubbly khaki foam. The nose is weird a bi tof clay, play dough, caramel and chocolate upfront with hints of licorice and plum. The palate follows with a slick mouthfeel and a medium roastiness, lots of chocolate, some dark fruit and some strange earthy caramel. Something about this beer is underwhelming but I just canít put my finger on it exactly.
VastActiv (1615) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Revolution, Oakland. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, licorice, berries? and roasted malts. Has some elements of red wine, quite massive but easy to drink.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Roasty, darkly sweet, chocolate aroma, lightly spicy and toasty with notes of sweet alcohol, oak, currant, dark, berryish fruit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, faint bourbon, char and earthiness. Opaque black color, with a fine, uneven, slight, light tan head, some sparse lacing and legs noted as well. Flavor profile is exceedingly complex, with suggestions of pepper, dark chocolate, toffee, old wood, dark fruit, fig, black currant, rich, dark malts, toasted bread, cherry, earth, alcohol, bourbon and faint espresso. Warming and gently acidic on the palate, low in effervescence with a huge body. Seems to go on forever. This is a gigantic beer.
mlehman1 (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Unbelievable! Dates, Figs, Bourbon Barrels, I'm a proud 25 year vet! Thank You for this!!
Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black body complete with a rocky cap floating on top. Just took a massive first sip and it was good, but on to the aroma. Really smell the bourbon, vanilla, hints of chard wood, coffeeish but not, its all good. Taste is smooth..... to smooth............. way to smooth, drinks quick. The black current is noticeable on the tongue. Coffee, bourbon, burnt stuff. Starting to come across really sweet. I like this beer, thanks Fran!!!!
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
A: Bourbon up front but not as strong as expected with some raisins, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, vanilla, a little bit of fig and some cherries.
A: A deep, dark brown that lets a trace of light through as the off-white minimal head leaves ample lacing on the glass.
T: Dark fruits seem to dominate the taste, with a chocolate and slight nuttiness also. Oak and bourbon round out each sip.
P: Medium to full bodied, creamy smooth mouth-feel with a medium carbonation that works well with this beer.
O: The currants added a nice fruity flavor that walks the line of being overly sweet and jammy.
crajun (820) - , Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
800th RATE!!!!! Loved xxi so was anxious to try this one. Nice dark pour. Alma of several things chocolate bourbon dark fruits. Nice palate. Taste was just too hot. Best date was 06/2014. Taste had some chocolate and then bitter plus alcohol. Aging would have helped this.
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. aroma has nice dark fruits...fig...dark chocolate and coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. flavor follows suit...so much great stuff going on...little bit of anise...nice bourbon. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is slightly sweet bourbon and dry charred bitterness.
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite series that I have lucked into maintaining. A little sweet and syrupy. Some roasty malt and chocolate. Plum prune and light soy sauce aromas. Much of the same in the flavor. Finish is bright and fruity with lots of prune. Good desert sipping beer.