sjohnny (626) - - OCT 12, 2012
Molasses aroma. Espresso black with tan head and lacing for days. The first sip is a flavor explosion of coffee, chocolate, molasses, honey. Very slight bitterness at the finish. This is an amazing beer. phallpdx (1) - Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2013 does not count
A fantastic addition to the long line of BBP anniversary greats. Smooth, complex, delicious beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thorongil2 (2995) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(bottle) clear very dark brown with a tall brown head; aromas of citrus, lychees; rich complex flavour with a long medium bitter finish, excellent phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
1pint 6oz. Bottle. Bought this beer is August of 2012...waited until now to rate. Pours think black with a lightly foamy brown head. Aroma is full with chocolate/coffee notes. Taste is somewhat bitter, as chocolate and coffee flavors dominate the top of my mouth. The thickness and creamy texture is long lasting and welcomed. Overall; excellant beer, just keep getting better year after year. JFParnell (70) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Wow, what more can you say? This is one awesome beer. This imperial stout goes overboard on the flavors and is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to try the XXV and compare.
dwyerpg (6054) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2012
This was absolutely fantastic. Dark and thick and chewy and without the coffee notes of the other versions. Definitely my favorite. Had on tap at Khoury’s. Will probably have to go buy a full bottle. The figs and dates, though not distinguishable individually to me, made for a tasty beer. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Hugely complex and harmonious blend of ingredients. Great musty, chocolaty, medium dry flavor with dark fruit notes. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Fairly viscous deep mahogany/brown pour with a small off-white head. Slightly syrupy body that coats the mouth with raisins, dates, figs, prunes, rummy notes, deep, dark chocolate, and a finish that is quite bittersweet. Flirts with cloying, at times, but avoids it. Another Excellent effort from Deschutes. 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. videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Served on-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.
Appearance: Dark, opaque black. Thin beige head that settled quickly.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee-like malts.
Taste: Dark chocolate, cocoa. Figs come out more clearly. Roasted malts give espresso-like flavor. Slight hop bitterness appears as well. Alcohol bite is noticeable.
Palate: Thick, creamy, and viscous.
Overall: As I was unable to only buy 1 bottle, I was really glad to be able to sample this fresh on tap. I’m really looking forward to see what a year of cellaring does to this one. Extremely enjoyable fresh, though.