Travlr (26075) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Draft at Beer Revolution. Black, small brown head. Aroma amd taste of coffee and chocolate. Straightforward. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Sort of a muddled black color with a tan head. Chocolate is the predominant aroma here with a decent roastiness, a hint of citrus, and some vanilla and whiskey in the background. The flavor is also heavy on the dark chocolate with a bit more roast and whiskey (and just booze in general). Some coffee, mild vanilla, and citrus notes, maybe a touch of the chile in there somewhere. Ferris (16498) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Chocolate, cocoa and raisin. Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast and some dark fruit. Long coffee finish with some tootsie roll. djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Poured at Rare Beer Tasting V. Pours black with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, dark chocolate, spice, herbs. Thick mouthfeel, strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, light spice, lingering sweetness, very impressive. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2010
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, wee light chocolate with smooth nutty notes, warming alcohol, light vinous notes. In mouth, a complex mix of dark fruits, chocolate, soy sauce, warming alcohol, quite smooth yet complex. On tap at Deschutes on NW11th, Sept. 5 2010.
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Got to get a free pour of this from deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer. It is thick and chalky in the mouthfeel but with a wonderful chocolate flavor. The chcolate is huge in this beer and really dominates at this point. They should have released it. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIII on 10/07/2016. The beer is a brown-black color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing. Malt, chocolate and oak in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak and a bit of orange. The finish is chocolatey with a malty aftertaste. Good beer overall. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Finally! Dark brown pour at Boulders on Broadway. I got quite a bit if chocolate and orange with some roast. Also a slight hint of an odd overripe fruit. phaleslu (10665) - 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). GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap at Beer Revolution thanks to Travlr. Deep ruby mahogany pour with a thin yellowish head. No lace. Nose is tangy summer fruits, red and black licorice candies. Mild vinegar nose. Taste is tangy, powdery, ashy, fairly bitter. Cigarette ashy. Sticky red fruits. Eh.
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