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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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


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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2065) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle from my cellar. Brown pour, pretty thin. No head. Rally nice nose: bourbon, malt and oak. Quite tasty. Bourbon is not overpowering. Good bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2014
This poured a murky brown with a beige head. Aroma was of barrel, caramel, light roast, and oxidation. Flavor was similar, roast, cardboard and some dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6698) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"scored a couple notches lower than previous releases. this was great as well, but a bit sweeter than previous versions. in a small sample it wouldn’t be noticeable, but have a pint or bottle to yourself, and it becomes ever so slightly cloying. the usual suspects are there, cocoa, coffee, bourbon (though more subtle), with added orange peel and pepper. the pepper is barely noticeable, but is there a little in the finish (not in the aroma at all) and while the orange peel is nice, it takes away from other subtle nuances of the beer, hence the lower score. still a great beer, and one i’ll age as well."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6691) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22 oz. bottle via group trade. Pours black with a medium sized frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, some mild orange character and light coffee. One word to describe the flavor is BIG. This has decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, roasted malt, mellow bourbon and oak, orange, some dark fruit, cocoa, and flashes of the 11% as it warms. For all of that, the balance is surprising. Full creamy body. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4534) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) hazy black-brown colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of brown sugar and fudge, with some sherry-like oxidation, a hint of alcohol, cornflakes, caramel and cherries. flavour is more brown sugar, yeast and oxidation, with notes of cocoa powder, earth, some light soy sauce and alcohol in the light roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (4546) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Fruit, a bit smoked, caramel, raisin, citrus.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet fruit, plum, raisin, roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1658) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Had next to 25. Pour is pretty much the same, dark with light brown head. Actually more head on this one. Nose has some barrel presence unlike 25, notes of bourbon, chocolate, and lots of citrus in back. Taste has some citrus all over, strong wood and bourbon towards the finish, moderate malt balance, not sweet or sugary, hints of malt richness. Huge body, velvety, well carbonated. Far superior.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (7009) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Malted milk, roast malts and raisin. Jet black,brown with a nice beige head. Cocoa, malted milk chocolate and some light barrel notes. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4144) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle at RBESG; dark brown pour with thin off white head, chocolate aroma, taste has bourbon, hint of citrus chocolate, decent BA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4155) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle with black wax top thanks to BOLTZ7555, thanks for the chance Jason! Finally getting around to this as my cellar is thinning out. The label reads best AFTER 06/15/2012. The aroma show a lot. Milk chocolate malt on top of dark fruit, day old, cold coffee and a hint of citrus zest trying to peak through, interesting.

Flavor is rich and bold. Roasted malts, day old coffee with cream, light fruit hints with a very subtle bourbon toward the back end of the sip. Light sugar through out. I’m glad the bourbon is still in the flavor cause I can’t really tell from the nose it was here. Carbonation is on the low side but mouthfeel still is full and creamy. Some lingering sweet bourbon and roast notes after the sip. Nice brew but if your holding bottles I would say drink or trade right now.

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