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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Black Butte XXIII: Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, orange and natural flavors added, with 25% aged in Bourbon Barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 bomber. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is pleasant cocoa and bourbon. Taste is chocolate and mild bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, chalky and bitter. Some alcohol heat. This was not a porter; definitely an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6049) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Very happy to see that we got this beer in Dallas. The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of orange, but it is fairly faint. There is also some oak notes in the aroma. The flavor is full of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get some bourbon and oak notes, as well as a little bit of maple and vanilla. There is a little bit of orange in the flavor as well.There is a little bit of hop bitterness in the flavor and the alcohol is very well hidden. This beer is extremely easy to drink. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A great beer that I assume will only get better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1445) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Opaque black with a nice two-finger tan head that retained very well and left modest lace. Strong chocolate aromas with generous amounts of bourbon, coffee and orange rind. Burst of extra bitter unsweetened baking chocolate accompanied by a bottle of Makers Mark. Tobacco, orange and roasted coffee also come on strong. Full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours a perfect pitch-black with a nose of Jack Linkís beef jerky (yes, brand specific) and high-quality dog food. Flavor is a buttery bourbon tempered by cocoa and light coffee. Thick and coating on the tongue. Not bad but should be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Courtesy of BDR. Black color with a medium head. Light coffee and roast aroma. Much the same for flavor. Roast and chocolate start to shine out a bit more after warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a fairly small, dark brown head. Roasty chocolate malty, moderate bourbon, cocoa, slightly fruity nose. Cocoa, slightly citrusy, chocolate malty, mild to moderate bourbon flavor. The orange flavor is really a nice touch to the beer. Silky mouth feel. Mild booze burn on the finish. Pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
I donít get what alll the hype is about. Sure, itís way tasty, but nothing to get so excited about. Caught very little cocoa and even less Bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(A couple 22oz bottles, BB 06/15/12, one bottle courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, and orange peel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, orange peel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt grain, and chilies.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
23rd Birth Day Reserve. Ok; besides the fack itís like breaking into fort knox to open the beer, Iím not going to hold it against the folks at Deschutes!. Pours dark and lightly frothy. Roasty, coco flavors hint of something special is about to happen. WOW...WOW! this is the shizznit! Iím floored, this is without any hesitation, this is the best Porter Iíve ever sampled! An absolutely wonderful beer of epic recognition. WOW!...Iím just floored, could be the best be Iíve ever sampled! next vacation...Bend Oregon!...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1064) - Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours black as sin with small brown fizz. Smells of cocoa, bourbon and vanilla notes, roastiness, and a touch of spicy peppers. Tastes like cocoa nibs, sweet oranges, a touch of chili peppers, vanilla and bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Deschutes Black Butte XXIII finishes with a touch of cocoa dryness and alcohol burn.

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