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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: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bomber from recent trade. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, some bourbon,cocoa, bit of orange, and a bit of spice. Flavors of roasted malts, bourbon, some vanilla, cocoa, bit of citrus, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel a little thin, but still solid. Liked the other Black Butte I had better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Best AFTER June 15, 2012, so I assume it was bottled on June 15, 2011. Appearance: Dark mahogany that appears near black when the glass is full. Frothy tan head and pretty good lacing. Aroma: Roasted malt aroma of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Light citrus and a mild chili pepper spiciness. Oh yeah, and a huge blast of booze. Taste: Cocoa driven roasted malts with accents of coffee, molasses and a light fruitiness. Some nice oak characteristics as well. Finishes with orange (which provides a nice crispness), spicy hops and a lingering, but mild and nuanced, chili pepper taste and burn. Palate: Full-bodied with low carbonation and a very smooth body. The beer is a little too hot right now (bottled a little over a week ago), and the chilies may be adding to that impression. I like the light chili pepper burn on the finish, versus my experience with Great Divide Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti where the cayenne was a major distraction for me. Overall: Just fantastic. A notch below Black Butte XXI at this point, but I had that beer with a year on it. I would not be surprised if I like this one a little better after a year, as this may have more complexity. Cheers to retrying in one year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Poured up on tap at Papago with dark murky mahogany body and tan head. The modest aroma offers up dark to burnt malts, dark rich coffee, spicy hops and maybe a faint spicy oak note too. The taste is rich dark roastiness, dark chocolate, dark roasted Italian coffee (going from front to back), some black strap molasses and spicy black licorice. Intermingling with the richness is spicy oak. Wow! Plenty of rich and yummy flavors that slowly pick up notes like thin ribbons of sweet dark fruity esters that nose up from time to time. It leaves rich dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, spicy hops and black strap molasses heading into the after taste. Double wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG11.

Clear dark brown black colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, cacao. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, chocolate, malt bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110820]

   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 (5295) - 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 (7164) - 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 (808) - 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 (12686) - 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 (7736) - .....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!

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