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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22oz bottle. Black brew with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted with chocolate and a bit of bourbon. The flavor is very sweet but nicely layered and complex. Orange, roasted malt, and a good amount of lingering spicy heat. ABV is well hidden - I’m interested to see what some age does to this. Hoping that the sweetness settles down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4949) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle. Black pour, bubbly tan head. Chocolate, some roasted malt, chocolate orange, sugary, cocoa powder, and light oak/bourbon notes. Very dessertish beer, I enjoyed it. Too sweet for regular consumption though, which is fine because it wasn’t the easiest bottle to find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (very dark chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of alcohol, wood/whisky, charcoal. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky/woody. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. The aroma is a bit raspy and limited in depth, but certainly not bad. That raspy character follows in the aftertaste as a grainy/wooden quality. Overall ok but I couldn’t drink very much of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (752) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours a dark brown with slight red hue. Dark beige head. Nose in coffee, cocoa, roasted malt. First sip is nice like an BB aged Imp stout with vanilla, oak and Dark chocolate. Finish is Porter through and through. Fee Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roastiness,cocoa, orange zest, alcohol, light whiskey, light vanilla and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, orange zest, oak, light roastiness and light whiskey with a smooth lingering chocolate orange finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6932) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle @ the Flying (cup+) Saucer .. . Pours a deep black coffee .. . light foam .. . mainly coffee, roasted malt, and dark dried fruit- just a hint of orange .. . pretty good, i think i liked the first reserve series from a few years back but this should age nicely.. . . I want the answers now or eventually!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On tap at the Deschutes location in Portland’s Pearl Dist. Colour.... as black as onyx with a very thick dark tan head. Nose... massive chocolate and cocoa with plenty o’ booze and hints of pepper. Palate... a heavy shot of Bourbon (which lasts throughout the drinking experience!), followed by vats of chocolatey goodness, faint hints of orange (esp. chocolate covered orange!), roasted filberts, charred devil’s food cake, ash, wet earth and loooooong, sweetly boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Bootella. Deep dark brown. Roasty sweet vinious aroma. Sweet roasty malty dark fruity pleasant flavour, chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle@TFODRBSG11.Pours black with a small off-white head.Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and malty with some vanilla, roasted malt, oak and chocolate.Medium to full body,soft carbonation.Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle, 22oz. A clear looking dark brown beer with a small beige head. A bit alcoholic on the nose, with coffee and roasted hints, some molasses. The flavor is most pleasant, with a nice alcohol, a touch of orange, some spicyness and a roasted touch. Full body, a bit sweetish. Lasting warming finish with orange hints, chocolate and molasses. A quite nice one, but a bit too warming. 110820

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