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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 258   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (416) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1060) - 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 didnít detect the orange they added though. Overall a welcoming porter and I was sad when it was gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
In short: A big sweet corpulent black beer with refreshing refreshing fruity flavors. Surprisingly drinkable.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when over one year of age.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is big dark malts mixed with light color fruits and a little something similar to used cigarette filter. Somewhat original and inviting aroma. Taste has vanilla beans, sponge cake, chocolate pudding, flour, blood oranges, other refreshing fruits, light notes of bourbon. The sweetness level is through the roof, this is a very sweet beer, even sweeter than most other beers of similar gravity. However despite the enormous sweetness there was also a lot of refreshing fruity flavors which greatly diminished the cloying sensation. The finish has a a refined flour (almost chalky) sensation that leaved a coated tongue. No alcohol presence whasoever. Extremely full body with plenty of carbonation, a very sumptuous mouthfeel. Strangely easy to drink despite the high sweetness, I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Sometimes I love a very sweet beer beer, sometimes I hate a very sweet beer, Iím probably the most mentally deranged person Iíve ever argued with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (321) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, orange, smells exactly like one of those chocolate orange things, with some bourbon as well. Taste is heavy bourbon up front, considerably more than the aroma suggests, with the chocolate and orange taking a backseat, although still present. Finish is bitter, slightly alcoholic with a little of the orange lingering. Full bodied, soft carbonation, silky creamy texture. Good, but Iíd prefer a non-bourbon version of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (892) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Aroma is fairly toasty with some chocolate notes as well. Light, sweet orange accents and some light bourbon character. Surprisingly has a low earthy hop aroma. More chocolate as it warms and less hops. Hints of caramel and toffee as it warms as well. Pours a very dark brown but it isnít quite black with a thick dark tan/light mocha head that slowly but steadily thins and recedes. Medium lacing and moderate legs. A slight head lingers on the edges with some film in the center. Flavor is fairly sweet and instantly dominated by chocolate. Moderate orange character hits mid palate with a light, complimentary bourbon note. Roast is lighter than in the aroma and I do not pick up any hop flavor. Medium light bitterness and moderate alcohol spice in the finish. The flavor is similar to eating a chocolate orange while sipping on bourbon, but chocolate lingers more. Lots of lingering bitter chocolate as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice big porter. The chocolate really comes through but the bourbon and orange kind of hide the natural ester notes that I would expect to find in a porter. This has aged well and I am happy to report that I did not lose a finger while removing the wax.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, corn, caramel, chocolate and some citrus. Chocolate malt flavor with slight booze before a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing a bottle during his 50th birthday bash. Black pour with a medium thick foamy khaki head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt and coffee. Full-bodied with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a bit of fruit. The finish is roasty with a malt and raisin aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draught. Dark pour with pale tan head. Light chocolate aroma. Full flavour with a chocolate edge, Malty finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
On tap at green dragon. Opaque deep brown. Aroma is raisin, molasses, wood. Taste is raisin, dark chocolate, wood. Excellently dry.

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