thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Poured into snifter. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, oaky. Flavour is similar, so chocolatey! The abv is UN noticeable. Palate is sticky and kind of sweet. I love it. bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor. BHeart (72) - - SEP 2, 2012
Delicious. Dark, notes of booze, bourbon, raisin, brandy?, toffee. Strong, rich, thick, ideal as an imperial porter. Prob the only "porter" to rival the victory at sea.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone badgerben (5123) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Black color with a tall head. Aroma of figs, booze and wood. The flavor is very heavy on figs, dates, and raisins, with licorice and alcohol closely following. Chocolate comes out a bit after warming. Very full bodied. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours a viscous black with tan edges.
ryanfolty (2540) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Aroma: Roast, alcohol, ripe dark fruit. Cough syrup.
Taste: Dark fruit, alcohol, char, burnt roast.
Mouthfeel: Thick with soft carbonation.
Overall: I’ve enjoyed previous years “jazz riffs” more than this beer. I simply didn’t enjoy this. I never look for literal balance in a bourbon barrel aged strong dark beer, but for me it was just too much dark fruit and over the top char. Perhaps this is a candidate for cellaring.
August 30, 2012 bottle that I shared at BVery’s tasting. Dark brown pour with limited head. Chocolate and dark fruit were the highlights in the aroma and taste. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Really digging this, nice aroma and taste of dark fruits, very thick for a porter but it works well.
wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is sour and chocolate. Dark fruit, fig, prune, dates, molasses, dark chocolate (big cocco). Would be great with ice cream. Thanks RyanFolty!!! BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber. Reddish brown pour. Smaller head. Aroma of anise, fig, and chocolate. Taste is rich fig, raisin, licorice. Bold finish, slick palate. Very good. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Medium thin, black beer with a molasses and barley aroma and a small dirty head. Tastes like oat, caramel dominated by hops and awesomeness. The only thing left to say about this beer is a question... why aren’t you drinking it right now?