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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 263   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
Theis (14114) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2664) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2657) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3278) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, 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.

   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 (433) - 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 (1186) - 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.

   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, I’m probably the most mentally deranged person I’ve ever argued with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (322) - , 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 I’d prefer a non-bourbon version of this.

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