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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Black Butte XXIII: Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, orange and natural flavors added, with 25% aged in Bourbon Barrels

   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 (4549) - 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 (9662) - 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 (2307) - 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 (12072) - 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 (1014) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle from thirdeye11. Black pour with a brown butte. Aroma is alcohol, wood, chocolate, and citrus. Taste is lots of chocolate, a little woody, wood, alcohol, bitter, and a faint fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3898) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.†Pours a very dark brown color with some reddish touches. Ring of brown head. Aroma is nutty, lots of malts, some chocolate notes as well. Flavor is dark malts, a bit roasted, some touches of toasted grain. Perhaps some fruit and lots of wood. Less chocolatey than the previous versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (963) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. This seems to be a nice deviation from the previous Black Butte editions. Pours a deep dark brown with black center. Generous tan head formation that persists throughout the entire glass. Sticky lacing gives off the aromas of cocoa, roasted coffee bean and earthy peat. The citrus has a subtle presence. Flavor is slamminí good; loaded with chocolate and blackened malts. Again the orange citrus shows through on the back end, with the bitterness complemented with a spicy bite from the added chiles. Only downside is the spiciness has a synergistic effect on the alcohol burn, knocking down the finish. A bit more balance and this sh*t would be stellar!

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