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Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A Super Imperial porter. Black as a terrís 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (456) - 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 didnít notice any faults.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2177) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4476) - 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
TimE (3226) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2334) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6555) - 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 íexperimentalí 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, Iím 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Had this one @ the brewery on tap when in Portland. Didnít realize they had a different rating. Beautiful obsidian pour, transparent black with a small latte head. Gooey chocolate, heavy coffee influence accompanied by vanilla and barrel. Definitely got a hint of the chili in this one although not nearly as aggressive as in other brews. Didnít really find the orange rind but did get a bit of smoke, ash, and char. ABV truly invisible. Wish this one made it to the bottle!!!

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