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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 249   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6501) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap at Rhinoceros, Missoula. Pours jet black with an attractive tan head and a treacle and chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with a comforting bourbon trail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Pours pitch black, with a large, dense, dark tan head. Iím surprised how much the orange makes its presence known in here -- Iíd have hoped for a slightly lesser presence. On the nose it almost seems like extra hops, with a sweet, strong, mandarin citrus note, blended into bittersweet chocolate and maybe a slight banana/clove note. Nice and thick, velvety smooth, with just enough carb to keep it clean (thatís saying something, given how large the head is), and it hides the alcohol beautifully behind rich, buttery chocolate. Only slightly woody, with a minimal amount of bourbon showing through. This is a really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2254) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle thanks to Tony. Black pour with a brown head. Roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of bourbon in the nose. The flavors pretty much follow suit with the addition of some oaky notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Highlights: Strong chocolate notes abundant when first placed on the table to 20 minutes afterward. I wouldnt say it dominated the drink but it certainly does stand out. Vanilla and hearty roasted, near charred, malt body. Pepper spice provides some zest with a citrus whip cutting through the glass. A bit of molasses and maybe a touch of toasted marshmallow sweetness. Lowlights: Was not XXII.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bomber at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Pours a dark color that was indiscernible from pitch black in the low light. A small one-finger tan head sits on top. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roast, orange, and bourbon. The flavor has a bit more alcohol than Iíd like (not really fair to say this as the "best after" date was still a ways out), but other than that it was very tasty. Dark chocolate adding a bit of sweetness, roast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Rather full-bodied and mildly boozy with soft carbonation. Really solid overall. Not quite XX or XXI, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Had this at the Deschutes Brewery Public House, in Portland. A deep, dark, black, thin bit of tannish foam. Aroma is roasty, with some chocolate and coffee. On the flavor: roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and a pleasant alcohol burn. I truly did not taste the alleged oranges. Wonderful stuff -- almost but not quite on par with, say, Founderís Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Sample at the Rhino in Missoula. I have a bottle that I am saving until it gets cold so I was glad to be able to try this on tap. It was however 90 degrees outside and I had walked a mile to the bar, tried this beer and a few others, then walked back. Not the greatest combination. Anyway, Pours solid black, frothy brown head. Aroma of cream, roast malt, vanilla, light bourbon. Taste is roasty, sweet with malts and vanilla, bitter chocolate, wood, some alcohol, light bitter finish. Really thick texture, chewy, a meal indeed......Got around to my bottle. Aroma has tons of molasses, plum, raisin, leather, with a decent amount of wood/bourbon but not at all boozy. Taste is great, a little more boozy, even with the half year of age in the bottle. Lots of molasses sweetness with tobacco, cocoa/dark chocolate/coffee bitterness. It has aged well, but would still be better with another 6mo-1year on it I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottle snifter. Pour dark brown black with a thin tahki head that fades to a collar. Aroma roasted burnt malt chocolate and coffee. Taste is more of the above with a bitterness throughout and a creamy richness too. Palate is full and sticky with a dry finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 10, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick, light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet orange and light bourbon/oak. Flavor is bitter chocolate and burnt coffee with some spicy chilies and a bit of boozy vanilla and bourbon. Full body with soft carbonation and a dry, slightly chalky mouth feel. This is a great beer, I was a bit scared when I heard they put chilies in this but they are very subtle and work great with the chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and bourbon aroma with vanilla. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla and caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla and caramel.

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