DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at Standard Market during a Monday Deschutes Tap Takeover. I got to compare this to a XXIV, rare opportunity for anniversary beers for me. This one looked just a little lighter. Nose of sherry and vanilla over dark roasted malt. The taste has a pronounced cherry cola note absent in the XXIV, but it cuts across the dark roast malts. Besides the sherry notes, this tips a bit to a red wine taste, too. So much stuff going on here that I didn’t catch the bourbon notes I usually find in a BBA beer. Probably that is helping to bring up more of the fruity character from the dates and figs.
wchesser (1150) - 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 (1732) - 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.
Travlr (10985) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Vegas, baby! Hotel tasting. Pretty much black, dark brown head. Aroma of rich vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is Italian espresso soda with mokka. Nice.
jake65 (2611) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Patiently enjoyed 2 months beyond the ‘best after’ date. A finger of creamy beige head atop a dark brown body… looks fantastic in my new Deschutes teku. At first, the nose resembles Abyss, but sweeter. A sugary-sweet, molasses, berries, and chocolate. Heavy roast in the taste, oak, cocoa, and currants. Picking up a little anise too. Good stuff, very rich. Thanks Jeremy for sending this over.
kevinator (887) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phenomenal imperial porter. Aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Thick and very dark in appearance. Heavy and oily palate. Carbonation was solid. Flavors of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts and currant. Definitely a sipper and I hope they choose to revisit this again someday.
Oly (35) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber on 8/3/14, about 2 months after the suggested drink date on the bottle. Aroma and taste were dominated by the fruit (currant and fig), although molasses, chocolate, oak, and vanilla were all in there. Excellent beer.
Ed5388 (2042) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz black waxed bomber via trade with PeterHazleton. Poured dark brown/almost black with a small foamy khaki colored head. Aroma is super boozy. Notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Taste mimics the nose, but finishes with notes of sweet caramel.
78samh (140) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is roasty, fruity and boozy. Taste is dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, oak, burnt toast some hints of fruits I cant put my finger on. Very good beer. Finishes smooth.
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, black currants and a hint of coffee. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, black currants, oak and earthiness with a smooth lingering earthy black currant finish.
jtclockwork (8214) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DMac’s Pours dark brown/tan head. Nose/taste of black currant, oak, fig, cocoa, roast chocolate, bourbon and dates. Full bodied.