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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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RATINGS: 50   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (3375) - 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 (9160) - 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 (6860) - 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 (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), 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 don’t 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. It’s 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 (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Blake with a creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Ara and taste with a dry oaky coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2010
On tap at Portland location. Amazing--better than last year. Pours black with a tan head and clings. Orange, caramel, booze and sugar in the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, toasted malts, orange and chile. Wonderful warming boozey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap at brewpub. Deep brown pour with a nice tan head, solid lacing. Smells of cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, oranges, Flavor was great, a lovely mix of chocolate nibs, coffee, oranges, vanilla, earth hops, licorice, more chocolate and more oranges. Very smooth and easy drinking, my only regret with this beer is that I didn’t have more of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap @ their PDX brewpub... Poured near black with a fizzy, brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate, tanginess, and oats. Very roasty initially in the flavor. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, with a spicey alcohol heat. The orange zest added a rhind-like bitterness and a fruity depth.

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