peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Vigorous pour to the glass produces a two inch expresso tan head that craters and laces it way down the glass over black beer. Aroma is a bit muted with orange, light chocolate, and roasted malt. I cannot detect any bourbon on the aroma. Wow - the taste exceeds the aroma with orange, roasted chocolate malt, licorice, and a bitterness with the orange reappearing through the finish (perhaps the bourbon barrels and some hops as well). Extremely drinkable at +10% ABV with a light, neutral feel. I appreciate that Deschutes took a risk with this beer and went in a different direction than XXI and XXII. Great beer from a world class brewery. dwyerpg (6497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Has that strong sweet sugary alcoholic aroma. The flavor is rich and sweet. Chocolate and rum. If there are any oranges in this they were completely dominated by the other elements. The aroma is such a distinct part of this beer, it’s almost stout-like. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
22oz Bottle. Warm chocolately roast aroma. Flavors are intensely bitter. I like this. It’s got that chocolate and orange vibe. I love the blended nature of Black Butte. So, so, so bitter. It works somehow. It’s like an Italian apertif. A good beer for fans of super dark chocolate. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2011
22 oz. bottle, best after 6/15/12, drinking prematurely- Pours dark brown to black with red highlights on the rim, the head is thin and tan. The aroma is alcohol, chocolate, pepper spice, wonderful. The taste is WOW, well blended, chocolate, cappuccino, chilies. Body is full, caarbonation is medium low. Good beer, I wish I had more to age, interesting to see what it does, the 21 was phenomenal after a year. kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Black brew from the tap. Has a nice tan head and aroma of chocolate, toast, and fresh malt. Lots of roasted flavor and balanced with a dry bitterness.
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 bomber. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is pleasant cocoa and bourbon. Taste is chocolate and mild bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, chalky and bitter. Some alcohol heat. This was not a porter; definitely an imperial stout. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Very happy to see that we got this beer in Dallas.
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of orange, but it is fairly faint. There is also some oak notes in the aroma.
The flavor is full of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get some bourbon and oak notes, as well as a little bit of maple and vanilla. There is a little bit of orange in the flavor as well.There is a little bit of hop bitterness in the flavor and the alcohol is very well hidden. This beer is extremely easy to drink.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A great beer that I assume will only get better with age. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Opaque black with a nice two-finger tan head that retained very well and left modest lace. Strong chocolate aromas with generous amounts of bourbon, coffee and orange rind. Burst of extra bitter unsweetened baking chocolate accompanied by a bottle of Makers Mark. Tobacco, orange and roasted coffee also come on strong. Full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a slight alcohol burn. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle.badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a perfect pitch-black with a nose of Jack Link’s beef jerky (yes, brand specific) and high-quality dog food. Flavor is a buttery bourbon tempered by cocoa and light coffee. Thick and coating on the tongue. Not bad but should be better.
Courtesy of BDR. Black color with a medium head. Light coffee and roast aroma. Much the same for flavor. Roast and chocolate start to shine out a bit more after warming.