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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 245   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1329) - 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 (1477) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13228) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle at Fermentoren - I brought. Clear dark red/brown - offehite head. Nice malty. Sweet notes. Coconut. Fruity. Light orange. Nice mellow bourbon. Lovely smooth. Red berrie notes. Ok wooden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (1972) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Sweet and chocolaty (semi sweet dark chocolate, that is), black with tiny beige head on tap at Payette’s Black Friday event. Lingering sweetness somewhat masks the the roast grain backbone of this beauty, slick and smooth with a slight afterglow. Perfect for a chilly evening.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2144) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle, thanks to _angst_! Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, grain, bread, vanilla, wood, bourbon and coffee. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of coffee, chocolate, bread, wood and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark blackish brown with a frothy and slightly bubbly dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, orange zest, vanilla fudge, peppery wood, coffee, biscuits, alcohol and moist soil. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter, tiny sour and tiny fruity with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, toffee, bourbon , biscuits and caramel. Mouthfeel is round, tiny roasted astringent, tiny creamy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with roasted malts, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, biscuits and hints of bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Roasted ash aroma, chilli, soot, fruity, caramel, raisins, floral, citrus, licorice. Malty roasted flavor, nutty, caramel, nutcreme, caramel, spicy notes, raisins, toffee, floral notes. Roasted chocolate finish with cocoa and raisins.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hatzilla (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Very nice flavorful porter. Palate is lively a day taste is lots of chocolate with orange and cocoa powder scent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (349) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Vertical bottle share. Aroma is bourbon and dark fruit. Appearance is a dark brown with little tan head. Taste is dark with bourbon. Overall, a good aged beer. Glad i was able to try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (847) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Really good. It comes close to walking into stout territory. Roasted malt and bourbon aroma. Color was black with a thin tan head. Medium to heavy weight with good carbonation. The flavors have blended well over time. Roasted cocoa with a hint of coffee and moderate bourbon finish. The right amount I might add. Somewhat of a dryer finish than expected. I didn’t detect the orange they added though. Overall a welcoming porter and I was sad when it was gone.


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