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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A tribute to Black Butte Porter, the revolutionary Deschutes Brewery beer that has excited beer enthusiasts since its release in 1988. This special Reserve Series brew is an extreme version of Black Butte Porter that the Deschutes brewers Enhanced with Theoís Chocolate cocoa nibs, orange juice and zest, as well as negro chillies, liquefied 84% cacao Ghana dark chocolate and by conditioning in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.

Editors Note: this is a draft-only release due to a problem with the chocolate that Deschutes used separating in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1260) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Draft at Beveridge Place Pub awhile back. XXII-XXVI vertical. From notes. Finally, the elusive 22. Dark pour, some head, some lacing. Dark fruit, cardboard, old hops, a little tangyin the end. Chocolate; medium+ body, lingering chili-like heat which I interpret as my tongue being tricked by the alcohol "heat." Holds up great for a beer that was supposed to be full of coagulated goo (no goo to be found here).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
At a vertical event at the Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. I only went to get a chance to drink this beer, not because I thought Iíd like it but just because its rare. Canít tell its aged. Still fruity yeast and still a perceptible hoppiness. To me this comes off as I fruit and some bitterness. Also, that unsweet chocolate syrup is strong. But its also a big beer with light alcohol and big thick malts but no fortunately no autolysis. F: lighter feel than expected. Just bitter and dark malts. Not interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Salmoniform (1135) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy light brown head than dissipated. Aroma is huge caramel, toffee, molasses, coffee, ethanol. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an astringent bitter following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (840) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On tap @ Beveridge Place. Wow. Been looking for this for a while. Supposedly one of only 5 kegs remaining in existence. Described here: "The experimental chocolate that was used in this yearís formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter type layer on the surface of the beer. While the beer tastes perfectly fine the visual in the bottle is not up to Deschutes Breweryís long held commitment to quality and the customer experience." So they returned the beer to the barrels and aged it four more years. According to Deschutes, the additional barrel time helped remove the oily layer from the beer. Pours deep blackish brown with medium oily mocha head that fades quickly. No sign of the visual defect that damned this beer. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate, oaky, boozy, barrel-aged flavors. Taste is similar: dry, oaky, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, heavy barrel notes without much booziness. Very neutral flavor vs. XXIII - XXVI versions tasted at the same time. Barrel-aged character seems the dominant trait. Obviously worth trying if you manage to come across it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
At a Deschutes tasting at Small Batch Liquors over GABF week í14. Muddled dark brown looking like when you add hot chocolate to warm water and it doesnít all mix in. Nose is vanilla, milk chocolate, light sweet bourbon. Taste follows, rich with a lot of milk chocolate. Didnít get the chiles or orange like I remember from XXIII. On itís way out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1655) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Had this at a tap takeover, brewer was in the house and brought it as a specialty keg. Pours a dark black like oil, with tan head. Spice, cocoa, and whiskey on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not much in the way of chile heat, must have dissipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1524) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Finally. On tap at hills Itís a cloudy, brown murky sonofabitch. Smells of chocolate, oak, some toasted malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, some chocolate, some leather and metal. Medium on full bodied with low carb and dry finish. Well, itís ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (576) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Sample at the 2014 Boulders on Broadway Beer Fest. Deep, musty aroma of old chocolate, anise, molasses and burnt malt. Pours muddy dark brown (like a rain puddle after someone has stepped in it). The taste features roasty dark malt, rhubarb, molasses, and dark cocoa with a sharp balsamic bite at the end. Quite different than the other Black Butte Anniversary beers. Iím happy I got to try this elusive brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9692) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Finally! Dark brown pour at Boulders on Broadway. I got quite a bit if chocolate and orange with some roast. Also a slight hint of an odd overripe fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (6216) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Chocolate, cocoa and raisin. Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast and some dark fruit. Long coffee finish with some tootsie roll.

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