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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 253   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1431) - 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. Funny, but there are subtle differences between the Black Buttes when having them side-by-side at a tap takeover.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
[Tap] Black in color with a small amount of brown head. Nice lacing on glass. Heavy roasted nose also includes vanilla, bitter chocolate and peppercorns. Burnt caramel, charred wood, alcohol, cinnamon, anise and a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Lingering bourbon and alcohol long into the finish. Tasting notes from 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (896) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: 10-oz. glass From: Post Street Ale House in Spokane, Wash. Price: $6 Purchased: March 18, 2014 Consumed: March 18, 2014 Misc.: The board on the wall said it was the XIII, but I’m pretty sure that was wrong. I even took a photo of it. Poured a dark brown color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Sporadic uneven lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top. Smelled caramel, toffee, Rolos, butterscotch, dry-hopped, bourbon, chocolate and faint vanilla. Tasted caramel, toffee, light bourbon, chocolate, cherry, dry-hopped and slight butterscotch. So good. Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. This beer was just so good. I only wish I would have gone back to try some more another night.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3029) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Brown bottle, best after 6/51/12, purchased at Belmont Station on January 16 2014, savoured on February 16 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: chocolate, bourbon, light alcohol, roasted barley, light burnt barley, light molasses; mouth: chocolate, bourbon, light alcohol, roasted barley, light burnt barley, light molasses, light soy sauce, light hot pepper, rich, finale in chocolate with presence of hot pepper, full body, below-average carbonation, slightly bitter, silky and lightly hot texture, a tad thin; overall: very good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, meilleure après 6/15/12, achetée chez Belmont Station le 16 janvier 2014, savourée le 16 février 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : chocolat, bourbon, léger alcool, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, léger mélasse; bouche : chocolat, bourbon, léger alcool, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, léger mélasse, léger sauce soya, léger piment, riche, finale en chocolat avec présence de piment, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légèrement amère, texture soyeuse et légèrement piquante, un peu mince; en résumé : bien bon

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1104) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours black in the glass. Aroma of cocoa, and dried fruits. Flavor of coffee and more dried fruits with a hint of dried wood. Overall a solid brew. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3106) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of dark fruits, fig, raisin, and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits predominantly. Big body with a lower to medium carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Black pour with off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Moderately sweet with noted balancing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Rich and smooth and very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkeh (220) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bomber at The Hay Merchant, Houston. Aroma was that of cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, some dark fruits. Appearance is silky black with a minimal tan khaki head, although it wasn’t poured hard at all. Taste is cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. The bourbon was not strong, which is quite alright with me, and is probably d/t it being 2+ years old. Very creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, just fantastic. Overall this is a great imperial porter. I was sad to see it go.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pour is jet black with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit smoky with notes of chocolate, licorice, and spice. Flavor is similar to the aroma but a bit sweeter with a hint of citrus, vanilla, and molasses.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Well, I’m no Seville or Pasilla expert, but I know what Chilis and Oranges taste like, so hopefully that qualifies me to taste this.... A: Pours a dark, nearly black ale with a single finger of latte head which falls over a couple minutes to a thick sheet of the same. Rings of lacing. Clarity cannot be assessed. S: Chocolate and roasted malts make the introduction. Quickly followed up by some coffee notes, chili sharpness and some alcohol burn. Getting only the slightest hint of orange citric nose here - it’s sweet in nature. The bourbon barrels are second fiddle here, but evident and actually meld with the chili’s well. Really complex, primary issue is in the prominence of the alcohol, and the subtlety of the orange, but nonetheless really nice. T: Toasty, bitter and alcoholic. The alcohol is a bit a fuego at this point. The orange is more evident, but I think is what tastes bitter at this point as well. The beer has plenty of cocoa here, and it is dry and borders on a coffee-esque profile. The chili is nearly gone at this point for me - some of the vegetal flavors remain, but no heat (except from the ETOH). Bourbon is sweet and adds a hint of vanilla flavor. I don’t believe the flavor is where it could be - I do believe this will get better with time in the bottle. M: A bit thin for the profile and adjuncts. The beer is medium in body, and rolls over the tongue quickly with low to prickly carbonation. The finish is watering, but I wish it was more viscous so as to allow me to ’chew’ on the resonance. O: The beer has a ton of potential, I’m uncertain the oranges were necessary, and the chili choice may have been too passive for the bold flavors of the beer itself. However, the bourbon is well played here, and the beer is of high quality. I believe the "best after" date on this bottle is something to heed seriously. Although I’m an advocate for releasing beer when it’s ready to be had, I can also respect a beer that says: best after, indicating to me a review will be merited a year from now to see how well they predicted the progress. In the meantime, this is a great beer, with room for growth; if it grows much further, this will develop a profile reminiscent of Hunahpu’s (albeit different, the nose is similar, but a little less intense). Serving type: bottle 07-09-2011


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