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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 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 (5533) - 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 didnít have more of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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 (12970) - 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 (1323) - 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 (2254) - 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!

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