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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Draft at Toronado San Fran. Did a side by side with the XXI. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly black and topped by a small head of khaki colored foam that leaves spots of lacing around the glass. The aroma is really nice showing notes of bitter, dark chocolate, orange citrus, spicy peppers, and some earthy hops that adds balancing bitterness. Smooth bourbon and oak comes through and adds further depth and smoothness. The flavor follows suit with the rich dark chocolate and orange zest up front followed by notes of bourbon and sweet caramel. The chillies add a nice spicy kick on the back end which help balance out the sweetness. The bourbon doesnít overpower and lends further depth by adding its signature oak and vanilla flavors to the fold. Nearly full bodied and very smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation that leads to a smooth dark chocolate finish with a spicy bite from the chillies. The use of the chillies was a nice touch with all of the dark chocolate sweetness. Itís too bad they werenít able to bottle this as it is a really tasty brew. Very good imperial porter here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2011
Very good porter. Heavily roasted grain. The flavor and aroma have anise and chocolate. Fortunately the whiskey character is minimal. A little fruit, sweet and rich, I canít imagine drinking a full bomber myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
I was expecting a beer that was complex but with flaws. But this tasted real good. A smooth but not viscous brew with milk chocolate notes from first sip to the end. Doesnít taste like an 11% beer. Pours jet black and as the glass warms it tastes better revealing some roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4340) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
thick, rich, lots of espresso, chocolate and thickness. Hardcore. A touch of caramel, over the top. Lovely in everyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Some roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol sweet on the palate and fruity with a rich bitter and hoppy coffee roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate aroma. Big chocolate flavor with malt and caramel. Fuller bodied. Dark chocolate lingers with caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Tap @ city beer post deschutes event. Big black with tan ring. Nose is pretty roasty and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Draft at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is huge dark chocolate with a lot of alcohol as well. A little bit of bourbon comes through also as well as a little bit of the chillies. I really donít get any of the orange though. All the other aromas definitely take a back seat to the chocolate and alcohol though. The initial taste is strong with dark chocolate, then going into some vanilla and bourbon. The taste of alcohol is strong throughout. The finish is strong, bitter dark chocolate. Again taste is dominate by chocolate and alcohol. Medium body. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but certainly not great. Seems like a beer that would definitely improve with time. Itís too bad that there are no bottles to see how this would develop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Roasted coffee with a hint of molasses on the nose. Opaque with small bubbly taupe head. Milk creamiess and sweetness start with bittersweet baking chocolate/cocoa soon following. Alcohol wams on the finish. Creamy thick mouthfeel. A very smooth ale that showcases chocolate and coffee notes, but with a lactose like sweetness present. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Blake with a creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Ara and taste with a dry oaky coffee finish.

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