phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
7/15/10: Growler from Deschutes shared by Paul- thanks again, Paul! This was the XXII, not the XXI, and I would contend that it should be a separate entry, given the ’experimental’ chocolate used that formed at the top of each bottle and caused the brewery to throw it out. This was from a tap, but still- different beer, no? Anyway, I’m definitely getting more vanilla and bourbon notes in the XXII, and no trace of coffee- just loads and loads of chocolate. Also some smoked wood and peat. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, woody mouthfeel. The booze was more apparent this time around, maybe because of the freshness, and there was some that lingered along with some earthy notes. Held up really well. Great beer. (Note: Rating pulled out verbatim from the re-rate I initially had in the BBXXI rating when this was new. Now it is just being copied into the separated BBXXII rating). jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2011
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is really over powered by chocolte with only hints of coffee and cocoa. This one was just a bit to sweet. VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 8, 2011
Part of the 9hr epic solo drunkfest in Portland in Nov, 2010. Pint. Ok. I’m drunk. it’s 4:46. Might be forced into one of those 4oz sampler trays soon as my body isn’t holding up against what seems like perpetual pints. Sitting here alone, taking notes like a nerd and getting trashed - tough life. Very dark brown, light brown cap and spots and silt. Chocolatey nose then an immediate pepper fist, light fruit, medium chocolate, more heat hitting from the pepper. More peppers! Cool. Toffee. The aroma is stellar. Awesome flavour. There is a mild blend of chocolate and pepper with a sneaky mild heat that never takes away from the beer, obvious peppers, orange, light herbal. Finishes thick, sweet and smooth with a mild heat lingering. Nice.
troopie (2439) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A Super Imperial porter. Black as a terr’s heart. Thick as the Limpopo, Delicious as the beer in Gladsheim. Draught. Thick beige head. Coffee and malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate and malt notes. Not too strong, not too weak. Wonderful Trink Dit! juiceisloose (1543) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft at Toronado San Fran. Did a side by side with the XXI. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly black and topped by a small head of khaki colored foam that leaves spots of lacing around the glass. The aroma is really nice showing notes of bitter, dark chocolate, orange citrus, spicy peppers, and some earthy hops that adds balancing bitterness. Smooth bourbon and oak comes through and adds further depth and smoothness. The flavor follows suit with the rich dark chocolate and orange zest up front followed by notes of bourbon and sweet caramel. The chillies add a nice spicy kick on the back end which help balance out the sweetness. The bourbon doesn’t overpower and lends further depth by adding its signature oak and vanilla flavors to the fold. Nearly full bodied and very smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation that leads to a smooth dark chocolate finish with a spicy bite from the chillies. The use of the chillies was a nice touch with all of the dark chocolate sweetness. It’s too bad they weren’t able to bottle this as it is a really tasty brew. Very good imperial porter here.
JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2011
Very good porter. Heavily roasted grain. The flavor and aroma have anise and chocolate. Fortunately the whiskey character is minimal. A little fruit, sweet and rich, I can’t imagine drinking a full bomber myself. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
I was expecting a beer that was complex but with flaws. But this tasted real good. A smooth but not viscous brew with milk chocolate notes from first sip to the end. Doesn’t taste like an 11% beer. Pours jet black and as the glass warms it tastes better revealing some roasted notes. TimE (6127) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
thick, rich, lots of espresso, chocolate and thickness. Hardcore. A touch of caramel, over the top. Lovely in everyway. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Some roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol sweet on the palate and fruity with a rich bitter and hoppy coffee roast finish. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate aroma. Big chocolate flavor with malt and caramel. Fuller bodied. Dark chocolate lingers with caramel and toffee.