harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
on tap at PDX pub
Black ale with a transient mocha quilt atop the oil. With swirl the foam makes an appearance. The nose on this bitch does not disappoint: vanilla, cocoa, dates with figs less so, hint of sweet alcohol with whiskey notations - a rich nose. Flavor carries the cocoa as a baseline for me, layered with light cafe, sweet booze (not as hot as the nose), the dates carry through and the finish accents the figs. The body is silky, full and warming. The breath back is full and sensual. I would put this inside me again, and I will.
Serving type: on-tap
08-09-2012 Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
more from the cellar. i will clear it out. pours a black brown body with a lasting tan head. chocolate strawberry nose. peanut butter and chocolate flavor. roast peanut flavor lingers at the end also. thick mouthfeel. roast notes come out as this warms. JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown-black. Nose is fruity roasty chocolate, dark cherry, fig, plum. Taste is more of the same with a nice finish of dark fruit and roast coffee, malt. A touch boozy but still pretty nice. mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours pitch black with a great creamy khaki head that fades. Aroma is rich chocolate, roast, and licorice. Flavor is smooth rich chocolate, bourbon, and roast. Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Actually drank a Deschutes beer after the best after date ! Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is burnt sugar, molasses, dark fruit and chocolate syrup. The palate is slick and a bit oily with lots of burnt chocolate notes, salty taffy, roasted date and some prune notes too. Pretty complex but not as tasty as the flavor profile leads you to believe.
Atom (2418) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bomber pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and licorice. Taste of dark chocolate the sweetness with the dates and figs is licorice like and almost minty. Well balanced smooth and very tasty! M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
A 1.5" creamy smooth medium khaki head settles to a solid whispy ring and thin islands over a black to deep mahogany body, the glass sporting thin delicate confetti lace all around
madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Well integrated components inspire some interesting dessert like interpretations, orange cream chocolates and derby pie consistently come to mind, luxuriously woodsy, smooth charred bourbon barrel, dates, chocolate, and a mysterious creamy mint nuance darts around in the shadows, all coalesce on a slick, creamy medium body, rich and satisfying, yet cut and approachable
22oz Best After July 2013 aged since release at 55-65º, served at 55º into Stölzle Weinland 15.5 oz water glass
Bottle - Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Nose is boozy, with molasses and big dark malt. Taste is sweet, with brown sugar, molasses, and bourbony heat. Slick and fairly thick. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle via trade. It pours a viscous jet black with a large, dense, and lasting dark tan head. The nose is full of roasted malt and dried fruit. Rich and flavorful on the tongue. Notes of leather, tobacco, smoke, roasted malt, spicy hops, and dried stone fruit. Full bodied with lower carbonation and a lasting finish. Outstanding beverage that is holding up superbly. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Mildly Roasted Dark Chocolate Malts, Cocoa, Mildly Boozy
T: Roasted Chocolate Malts, Cocoa, Mildly Boozy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Roasty
Overall, still solid, even though XXII is still the bomb.