Home >

Deschutes Black Butte XXII

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


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 55   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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2093) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2016
March 12, 2016 - on tap at Rare Beer Fest held in the Minnesota History Center. Very excited to get a shot at this and was on my top 10 list for the fest, so made sure to get to the Deschutes booth early. It didnít disappoint. Dark pour with limited head. Nice chocolate and heat flavors, just a bit dry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Poured at Rare Beer Tasting V. Pours black with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, dark chocolate, spice, herbs. Thick mouthfeel, strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, light spice, lingering sweetness, very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 3, 2015
The deepest brown, with a very thin head of light tan that remains as a silky top layer for a while. There were multiple pours among all the people at this tasting, and nobody really got a pour I thought was below par in appearance. Maybe some white chunks, but I wouldnít think much of it if I bought this off the shelf. Not sure what Deschutes was so worried about. In the nose: tangy dark chocolate, lots of orange, lots of coffee. A hint of vanilla and bourbon in the background, but itís mostly just tangy chocolate and fruits. The flavor expands on the aroma in the best way. Tons of orange juice, orange peel, orange zest. Dark chocolate here is more bitter and roasty, less tangy. After the swallow, smooth vanilla and oak roll in. Not even a hint of the alcohol. Body is maybe a touch under medium. Gentle, poking carbonation and a good amount of fizz. Very glad I got to try this. Itís not the best-looking beer, but itís tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Draft at Beveridge Place Pub awhile back. XXII-XXVI vertical. From notes. Finally, the elusive 22. Dark pour, some head, some lacing. Dark fruit, cardboard, old hops, a little tangyin the end. Chocolate; medium+ body, lingering chili-like heat which I interpret as my tongue being tricked by the alcohol "heat." Holds up great for a beer that was supposed to be full of coagulated goo (no goo to be found here).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
At a vertical event at the Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. I only went to get a chance to drink this beer, not because I thought Iíd like it but just because its rare. Canít tell its aged. Still fruity yeast and still a perceptible hoppiness. To me this comes off as I fruit and some bitterness. Also, that unsweet chocolate syrup is strong. But its also a big beer with light alcohol and big thick malts but no fortunately no autolysis. F: lighter feel than expected. Just bitter and dark malts. Not interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy light brown head than dissipated. Aroma is huge caramel, toffee, molasses, coffee, ethanol. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an astringent bitter following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1360) - 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 yearís 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 Breweryís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1896) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
At a Deschutes tasting at Small Batch Liquors over GABF week í14. Muddled dark brown looking like when you add hot chocolate to warm water and it doesnít all mix in. Nose is vanilla, milk chocolate, light sweet bourbon. Taste follows, rich with a lot of milk chocolate. Didnít get the chiles or orange like I remember from XXIII. On itís way out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2530) - 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 (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Finally. On tap at hills Itís 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, itís ok.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50