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Deschutes Black Butte XXI

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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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XX - 20th Anniversary, released 2008
XXI - 21st Anniversary, released 2009

This masterpiece is a tribute to Black Butte Porter, the revolutionary Deschutes Brewery beer that has excited beer enthusiasts since 1988. This special Reserve Series release is a colossal version of Black Butte Porter. Our brewers enhanced Black Butte XXI by adding some Theo’s Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopping it with 100 pounds of Bellatazza’s locally roasted coffee, and then aging a portion of it in Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey barrels. These regional partners provided quality artisan ingredients that give this commemorative beer a truly handcrafted complexity.
Released as Black Butte XX in 2008 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary.


ACHops' rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
On tap @ Deschutes Portland. Pours deep opaque black with thin creamy head. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and charred oak. Thick, lusterous mouthfeel. This has clearly been aging for a while - the bourbon notes that can be a bit harsh if you drink this young have mellowed and meld into the chocolate flavor now. Spicy finish that accenuates the cocoa. I have a couple bottles of this stashed away, it’s going to be hard to drink them now after seeing how much this beer improves with some age.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (929) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
650ml bottle poured in a chalice. Simply amazing Porter. A: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a discreet beige to brown head S: Strong on smoked malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Wood. Complex T: Smoked malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Also smooth notes of bourbon barrel. Dry taste and balanced bitterness. Bitterness seems to come mainly from the smoked malts with only small hints of hops. Alcohol is imperceptive M: Medium to full creamy body and low carbonation. Perfect D: Easy drinking. Really great stuff [ BA Review @ 1/30/2011 ]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3437) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
22 oz. bottle thanks to BOLTZ7555 on this cellared birthday porter. Label reads best after 10/17/10. No visible signs of oxidation on the cap. Totally opaque brown with thin off white head. Aroma is rich bourbon on top of dark fruits, and cocoa.

The flavor is earth chocolate malt, oak barrel, mild sticky molasses on the tongue. Unfortunately it does should mild cardboard oxidation notes. Good news is the bourbon helps cover it up some. Still a lasting bourbon lingers in the finish without any alcohol burn. Really great flavor but about 14- 15 months past it’s prime. I still was really pleased to try it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (903) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours ink black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and some dulled coffee. Of all the flavors the malt really dominates with the others in more of a supporting role. Pretty good.

T - Flavors are quite similar to the nose with some more coffee coming thru. The malt is a little less prevalent allowing the rest of the rich roasty flavors to come thru. A nice vanilla/oak sweetness comes thru as it warms up to room temperature. Very nice stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice full feel with a mix of dark roast and dulled sweetness in the finish.

D - Very good. I am not sure I could drink a few of these bad boys but I really enjoyed this one. Wish I had a few more of these for down the road.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3444) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a warm, deep sable with a light tan head. Rich aroma has notes of caramel, malt, coffee and toffee. Bold flavor echoes the coffee and toffee of the aroma and adds an undertone of hot peppers, as well as a hint of chocolate. Smooth, firm, fairly tingly texture rounds out a worthy brew. Glad I was able to snag a snort of this at the Holy Mother of Gatherings in Decatur, GA!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Warped_Silver (65) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours jet black and thick. Small beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasty, prune, oak, and bitter chocolate. Taste is amazingly complex-coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, fig, pepper, bourbon, cinnamon, black licorice. Overall great beer! Better than I was expecting, and I was expecting a lot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Shared with my buddy Tony. Bottle thanks to fear025 Pours a deep brown with a slight tan head. The head goes away quickly. Held up nicely after 5 years. Aroma of chocolate and slight roasty coffee but this is mostly faded. Aromas of raisin and bourbon/vanilla as well. Some oxidation but the beer wears it well. Taste is well incorporated now but lacks any coffee flavor. Still a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1977) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Aroma of roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee... Deep brown to black in color... Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee... Chocolatey finish... Amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
78samh (164) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2008 vintage-Black Butte XX. 8oz glass at the Eastside Tavern poured dark black with a minimal head. Smell is strong roasted barley. Taste is rich coffee and sweet chocolate malts. A little molasses flavor and very boozy. I was glad to have tried this after 5 years of age. Smooth yet flavorful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (725) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appears to be black but is really very dark brown with a deep ruby under light. Topped with a light brown head and aromas of wood and chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate and licorice come through in the taste. This is still pretty hot after all these years and the alcohol gives it a peppery quality that accentuates the licorice flavor. Because of that, it seems a little bit unbalanced. Lots of toasted and charred wood notes and dark roasted coffee that are balanced by a rich molasses sweetness along with cream and vanilla. This a real sipper to be enjoyed slowly preferably relaxing in front of a fireplace.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4240) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Rated on 3-05-2010 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. Bottle courtesy of patrick767. This beer pours a small tan head with a lengthy retention, opaque brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, some hops, alcohol, and vanilla. The Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and hops. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer, a very nice Winter time beer, very tasty, and worth trying. A beer I highly recommend and a beer I would drink again.


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