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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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RATINGS: 51   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4183) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2010
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, wee light chocolate with smooth nutty notes, warming alcohol, light vinous notes. In mouth, a complex mix of dark fruits, chocolate, soy sauce, warming alcohol, quite smooth yet complex. On tap at Deschutes on NW11th, Sept. 5 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Based on what Iíve read, I think this is the right place for the keg at Stone on 8/12/10. Red/brown with red highlights when held to the light. Nose is smoky chocolate. Taste is rather flat and lightly sweet. Spiciness. Empty finish. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Dark-dark-dark, cloudy brown almost black colorÖ yeah, pretty much black, with a light brown head. Aroma is almost undetectable if that makes any sense, for such a roasted-malt beer. Almost smells like seafood. Thatís kinda weird. Maybe Iím smelling the crab cakes on the snack tables. Flavor is lightly bitter - actually light on the palate and very easy. A weird character, actually, and very different from the regular Black Butte Porter. A little more bitter and drier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2010
sample @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. light black pour with a slim tan head. lots of whiskey on the nose with cocoa. medium body with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. sweet malt chocolate whiskey finish. great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Draught. Black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, cocoa powder and chocolate, whiskey, orange citrus fruits. Flavor follows but adds a milky creamy texture, booze packed with orange character shining through. I really like this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2010
On Tap at the Bend BrewPub in a sniffer. Black, of course, with a huge pillowy light tan head. Light roast aroma with notes of milk chocolate and some dark fruits. Figs, raisins and purple grapes. Flavors is more muted and subtle than I expected. Soft roasted chocolaty and less bitter than I expected as well. More light a milkshake than I think anything I have had before. A little of that sharp woody papery nip at the end but delicious none the less. If anything, I would ask for a little more boldness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
draft. creamy coconut milk and orange oil nose, almost sickly sweet approach, mildly lactic, chewy and sweet throughout. the condensed milk flavor and matched sweetness actually works well with the orange flavoring, presenting this version of double black butte as a dessert beer - it lacks the overly harsh astringency and strange cocoa/lactic quality that XX and XXI bottle have (confirmed by a recent opening). full body. interesting and tasty but something I wouldnít want to drink 22 ounces of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Growler thanks to Arbitrator I believe. Looks nasty in the growler, but not bad at all in the glass. Near pitch black in color with a small tannish head that has average retention. The smell is very interesting. Roasted malt, chocolate, anise, and orange peel. Flavor is good as usual for the Black Butte series. Dark chocolate, coffee, hops, slightly tart orange peel (which I initially suspected was infection), and chili peppers, but not much chili heat. Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and soft carbonation. Solid stuff overall. Beat expectations. Still not sold on the claim that this wasnít infected, but Iíll admit itís possible. This is great and flavorful for a porter, but at 11% ABV I put it more in the Imperial Porter/Stout category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Draught at the brewery. Black with a light tan head of lasting, creamy foam. The aroma is a complex mix of dark chocolate, chili pepper, oranges and a touch of bourbon barrel. The flavor has both sweeter and dark chocolate, chocolate oranges and a spicy finish that seems to be a combination of bourbon, alcohol, and pepper. Sweet up front, but has plenty of drying influence in the finish. Not as heavy as I expected, with an almost zesty palate. The orange and pepper really add a nice element this year. Still young at this point, and itís a shame that there wonít be any bottles to let mature for awhile because I think this is and will be better than last years version.

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