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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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98
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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Theo’s 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Got to get a free pour of this from deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer. It is thick and chalky in the mouthfeel but with a wonderful chocolate flavor. The chcolate is huge in this beer and really dominates at this point. They should have released it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
(22oz bottle thanks to Deschutes Base Camp crew) near black, lasting creamy dark tan head. Nose has some trash aromas that goes away after a bit, coffee, bits of whiskey, oxidation, dark chocolate and a tiny bit metallic. Taste of real dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, oddly fruity and old coffee grounds, I see why they didn’t release it initially. Has turned into an ok beer but not amazing. Linger of oak and dark chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Growler thanks to Arbitrator, same as the one NickD tried. Not as terribly sludgy looking as I expected. Nose has a strong dose of orange, a hint of chili, and the usual Black Butte chocolate character. Peppery character was a bit off-putting, my least favorite part of an otherwise really tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2012
At Bryant Lake Bowl. Not quite black, tan head. Muted roasted malt aroma. Roast and lots of chocolate, not very sweet surprisingly. FaiRly flat but it suits the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Sample thanks to some distributors from Deschutes. Pitch black pour, short tan head. Chocolate, light coffee, notes of raisin, vanilla, light orange, and caramelized sugar. Pretty tasty, wish I could get a bottle of this, but very glad to be able to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Sort of a muddled black color with a tan head. Chocolate is the predominant aroma here with a decent roastiness, a hint of citrus, and some vanilla and whiskey in the background. The flavor is also heavy on the dark chocolate with a bit more roast and whiskey (and just booze in general). Some coffee, mild vanilla, and citrus notes, maybe a touch of the chile in there somewhere.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Draft at Beer Revolution. Black, small brown head. Aroma amd taste of coffee and chocolate. Straightforward.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap at Beer Revolution thanks to Travlr. Deep ruby mahogany pour with a thin yellowish head. No lace. Nose is tangy summer fruits, red and black licorice candies. Mild vinegar nose. Taste is tangy, powdery, ashy, fairly bitter. Cigarette ashy. Sticky red fruits. Eh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keir (168) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2012
From a bottle at the Deschutes release party at iTap in St. Louis on 01.19.2012. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nose of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, molasses. Tastes sweet, caramel, chocolate. Slight burn of alcohol. Overall a great beer that I wish I had in my cellar. Was part of a XX, XXI, XXII, and XXIII vertical.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Draft. Served at ABR. Pours a dark brown/black color with a light tan head. Rich aroma with lots of molasses, syrup, caramel, and dark chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit notes upfront with a building roasy quality to it. Some vanilla as well. Touch of booze notes as well. Overall not as good for me as some of the other BB vintages but still a pretty tasty brew.


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