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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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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

MOboy's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Dark Chocolate brown with a nose of vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and coffee. Flavor is a beautiful dance between dry cocoa, dark chocolate and ever so slight bourbon. Extravagant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4156) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an brownish head. Roasted ashy spicy caramell dark fruits licorice and some citrus aroma. Malty roasted nutty caramell spicy dark fruits flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2499) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Appearance is a thick tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. The oranges have faded away, but the cocoa and a bit of the bourbon is there along with roast. Very smooth and easy drinking; only slight hint of alcohol. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (670) - - APR 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter, Black Butte XXIII looks uncomplicated -- a flat, inky ebony topped with dense khaki froth -- but layers of complexity lie beneath. The first whiff finds espresso, burnt toast and smoky brisket from charred malt; the next curacao, lent by zest from the peels of Spanish Seville oranges. A quarter of the final blend has spent time in bourbon barrels, and the aroma makes this apparent with notes of wood-fired oak and whiskey. Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa powder permeate XXIII’s flavor, provided by cocoa nibs from Theo Chocolate in Seattle. Allow the beer to warm and the sweet stuff emerges: vanilla, caramel, mocha. The finish is a tea composed of smoked oak and dried orange peel, and a bitter char lingers between sips. XXIII’s wild side materializes in the form of a burly 10.8 percent ABV and added Pasilla Negro chiles. The heat of the peppers complement the burn of the alcohol, setting the mouth aglow as you sip the velvet-smooth brew. The brewery suggests opening this bottle a year from now, which you should do. You should also pick up a second bottle to drink today. And a third for tomorrow. And a fourth for your birthday. When you pop the bottle and enjoy the best porter you’ll have all year, you’ll be glad for the excess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Draft at Beveridge Place a few months back as part of a vertical. From notes: smell of old hops overwhelms everything else. Plums, caramel, faded chocolate and roast. Taste all around feels faded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1416) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle from years ago. A: Pitch black, foamy cappuccino head and a positive amount of lacing - though I would like some legs out of this. N: Cocoa, coffee, licorice, orange peel, hint of char, malt balls, touch of oxidation - which adds rather than subtracts, star anise, some molasses, overripe black cherry, raisin, and fig. T: Quite sweet, potent bitter elements, and maybe a touch of citrus tartness. M: Fuzzy, filling carbonation that lightens a medium-heavy, oily body. Alcohol has subsided nicely as this blended together. O: Still going strong, but I would guess it’s about to descend on the other side of the hill. However, the elements here are still distinct, and they blend well together. Better than most of its followers, but not up to the snuff of the Black Butte XX.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a dark brown black with a slight light brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, bourbon, light coffee. Not really getting the orange at this point all that much. Taste starts sweet, middle has a slight dry tingle, then finishes with an alcohol heat. Maybe a bit past it’s prime but still decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2868) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
At a vertical event. Mellowed malt, strong dark malt flavors. A bit of dustiness and slightly astringency . Flavor shows a little age. Just like a big version of the regular Black Butte but slightly old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1229) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head that settled to a ring. Aroma is toffee, caramel, cinnamon, roast, cereal, chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a spicy following and slight ethanol finish. Overall this is drinking very well right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 13, 2014
bottle via trade. Thanks duffman! Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon. Mouthfeel is very delicate and velvety. Slight hint of bourbon. Extremely complex, with delicate taste layers. Balance is the key word here. Exceptional brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (977) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On tap @ Beveridge Place for Black Butte Reserve XXII - XXVI vertical. Pours dark blackish brown with medium mocha head that fades quickly to a light lacy one. Aroma is dark roasty chocolate malt, quickly overtaken by boozy barrel-aged notes and a rich, lightly sweet, not cloying orange flavor. Taste is similar: lots of rich dark chocolate, prominent but restrained cocoa notes, orange liqueur flavor throughout, and a light but unmistakable pepper spice note that lingers through the finish with a slight tingle on the tongue. Some bourbon, but moderated with the age here. Very impressive. Easily one of the best in the Black Butte Reserve series. The orange and chili combo is much better suited to this style than some of the subsequent variations.

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