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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

 (RETIRED)
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98
89
style
Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 53   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.


4.5
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A Super Imperial porter. Black as a terr’s heart. Thick as the Limpopo, Delicious as the beer in Gladsheim. Draught. Thick beige head. Coffee and malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate and malt notes. Not too strong, not too weak. Wonderful Trink Dit!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (482) - Kobe, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2011
On Draft at P town brewpub 2009. Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee Flavor: Bitter ripe stone fruit & orange transitions into chocolate, intense vanilla with a coffee finish. Comments: Though it was said to be a problematic batch, I found it tasty and didn’t notice any faults.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2238) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4863) - 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 can’t imagine drinking a full bomber myself.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (927) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On tap @ Beveridge Place. Wow. Been looking for this for a while. Supposedly one of only 5 kegs remaining in existence. Described here: "The experimental chocolate that was used in this year’s formulation is coming out of solution and is forming a butter type layer on the surface of the beer. While the beer tastes perfectly fine the visual in the bottle is not up to Deschutes Brewery’s long held commitment to quality and the customer experience." So they returned the beer to the barrels and aged it four more years. According to Deschutes, the additional barrel time helped remove the oily layer from the beer. Pours deep blackish brown with medium oily mocha head that fades quickly. No sign of the visual defect that damned this beer. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate, oaky, boozy, barrel-aged flavors. Taste is similar: dry, oaky, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, heavy barrel notes without much booziness. Very neutral flavor vs. XXIII - XXVI versions tasted at the same time. Barrel-aged character seems the dominant trait. Obviously worth trying if you manage to come across it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (3990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
thick, rich, lots of espresso, chocolate and thickness. Hardcore. A touch of caramel, over the top. Lovely in everyway.

4.1
   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. Doesn’t taste like an 11% beer. Pours jet black and as the glass warms it tastes better revealing some roasted notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
7/15/10: Growler from Deschutes shared by Paul- thanks again, Paul! This was the XXII, not the XXI, and I would contend that it should be a separate entry, given the ’experimental’ chocolate used that formed at the top of each bottle and caused the brewery to throw it out. This was from a tap, but still- different beer, no? Anyway, I’m definitely getting more vanilla and bourbon notes in the XXII, and no trace of coffee- just loads and loads of chocolate. Also some smoked wood and peat. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, woody mouthfeel. The booze was more apparent this time around, maybe because of the freshness, and there was some that lingered along with some earthy notes. Held up really well. Great beer. (Note: Rating pulled out verbatim from the re-rate I initially had in the BBXXI rating when this was new. Now it is just being copied into the separated BBXXII rating).


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