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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 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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1368) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Growler thanks to Arbitrator, same as the one NickD tried. Not as terribly sludgy looking as I expected. Nose has a strong dose of orange, a hint of chili, and the usual Black Butte chocolate character. Peppery character was a bit off-putting, my least favorite part of an otherwise really tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1351) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Had this at a tap takeover, brewer was in the house and brought it as a specialty keg. Pours a dark black like oil, with tan head. Spice, cocoa, and whiskey on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not much in the way of chile heat, must have dissipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Finally. On tap at hills It’s a cloudy, brown murky sonofabitch. Smells of chocolate, oak, some toasted malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, some chocolate, some leather and metal. Medium on full bodied with low carb and dry finish. Well, it’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (503) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Sample at the 2014 Boulders on Broadway Beer Fest. Deep, musty aroma of old chocolate, anise, molasses and burnt malt. Pours muddy dark brown (like a rain puddle after someone has stepped in it). The taste features roasty dark malt, rhubarb, molasses, and dark cocoa with a sharp balsamic bite at the end. Quite different than the other Black Butte Anniversary beers. I’m happy I got to try this elusive brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Finally! Dark brown pour at Boulders on Broadway. I got quite a bit if chocolate and orange with some roast. Also a slight hint of an odd overripe fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (3909) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Chocolate, cocoa and raisin. Cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark roast and some dark fruit. Long coffee finish with some tootsie roll.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On draft at Boulders on Broadway Festival 2014, dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma is chocolate forward with some flavor in chocolate, roast, a little chili spice. Really good. Happy I was finally able to try it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, some nice chocolate and the orange comes through a lot, enjoyed the orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Got to get a free pour of this from deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer. It is thick and chalky in the mouthfeel but with a wonderful chocolate flavor. The chcolate is huge in this beer and really dominates at this point. They should have released it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
(22oz bottle thanks to Deschutes Base Camp crew) near black, lasting creamy dark tan head. Nose has some trash aromas that goes away after a bit, coffee, bits of whiskey, oxidation, dark chocolate and a tiny bit metallic. Taste of real dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, oddly fruity and old coffee grounds, I see why they didn’t release it initially. Has turned into an ok beer but not amazing. Linger of oak and dark chocolate.

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