gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2010
On tap at Portland location. Amazing--better than last year. Pours black with a tan head and clings. Orange, caramel, booze and sugar in the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, toasted malts, orange and chile. Wonderful warming boozey finish. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at brewpub. Deep brown pour with a nice tan head, solid lacing. Smells of cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, oranges, Flavor was great, a lovely mix of chocolate nibs, coffee, oranges, vanilla, earth hops, licorice, more chocolate and more oranges. Very smooth and easy drinking, my only regret with this beer is that I didn’t have more of it. 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! Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2011
On Draft at P town brewpub 2009. Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee
Flavor: Bitter ripe stone fruit & orange transitions into chocolate, intense vanilla with a coffee finish.
Comments: Though it was said to be a problematic batch, I found it tasty and didn’t notice any faults. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2010
sample @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. light black pour with a slim tan head. lots of whiskey on the nose with cocoa. medium body with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. sweet malt chocolate whiskey finish. great beer!
JK (6295) - 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. ACHops (1643) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On tap @ Beveridge Place. Wow. Been looking for this for a while. Supposedly one of only 5 kegs remaining in existence. Described here: "The experimental chocolate that was used in this year’s formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter type layer on the surface of the beer. While the beer tastes perfectly fine the visual in the bottle is not up to Deschutes Brewery’s long held commitment to quality and the customer experience." So they returned the beer to the barrels and aged it four more years. According to Deschutes, the additional barrel time helped remove the oily layer from the beer. Pours deep blackish brown with medium oily mocha head that fades quickly. No sign of the visual defect that damned this beer. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate, oaky, boozy, barrel-aged flavors. Taste is similar: dry, oaky, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, heavy barrel notes without much booziness. Very neutral flavor vs. XXIII - XXVI versions tasted at the same time. Barrel-aged character seems the dominant trait. Obviously worth trying if you manage to come across it. djd07 (15544) - 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.