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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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RATINGS: 251   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


Jbillhill's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jbillhill (9) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Itís 99 for two reasons: 1) cold weather; 2) Iím alive. To make sure I have enough characters to post this rating, I will say something about the soul of this beer: this beer will die and go to heaven and on the third day it will return to earth as beer. Amen.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5477) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22 oz. bottle via group trade. Pours black with a medium sized frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, some mild orange character and light coffee. One word to describe the flavor is BIG. This has decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, roasted malt, mellow bourbon and oak, orange, some dark fruit, cocoa, and flashes of the 11% as it warms. For all of that, the balance is surprising. Full creamy body. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (3901) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) hazy black-brown colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of brown sugar and fudge, with some sherry-like oxidation, a hint of alcohol, cornflakes, caramel and cherries. flavour is more brown sugar, yeast and oxidation, with notes of cocoa powder, earth, some light soy sauce and alcohol in the light roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (3364) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Fruit, a bit smoked, caramel, raisin, citrus.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet fruit, plum, raisin, roasted malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1434) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Had next to 25. Pour is pretty much the same, dark with light brown head. Actually more head on this one. Nose has some barrel presence unlike 25, notes of bourbon, chocolate, and lots of citrus in back. Taste has some citrus all over, strong wood and bourbon towards the finish, moderate malt balance, not sweet or sugary, hints of malt richness. Huge body, velvety, well carbonated. Far superior.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4339) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Malted milk, roast malts and raisin. Jet black,brown with a nice beige head. Cocoa, malted milk chocolate and some light barrel notes. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2993) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle at RBESG; dark brown pour with thin off white head, chocolate aroma, taste has bourbon, hint of citrus chocolate, decent BA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle with black wax top thanks to BOLTZ7555, thanks for the chance Jason! Finally getting around to this as my cellar is thinning out. The label reads best AFTER 06/15/2012. The aroma show a lot. Milk chocolate malt on top of dark fruit, day old, cold coffee and a hint of citrus zest trying to peak through, interesting.

Flavor is rich and bold. Roasted malts, day old coffee with cream, light fruit hints with a very subtle bourbon toward the back end of the sip. Light sugar through out. Iím glad the bourbon is still in the flavor cause I canít really tell from the nose it was here. Carbonation is on the low side but mouthfeel still is full and creamy. Some lingering sweet bourbon and roast notes after the sip. Nice brew but if your holding bottles I would say drink or trade right now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3839) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Draft at XL Public House. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a little roast. Black with a huge, heavy lacing, cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate, light sweetness, and a little oaky vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1398) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Had this at a tap takeover, brewer was in the house and brought it as a specialty keg. Pours a dark black like oil, with tan head. Spice, cocoa, and whiskey on the nose; follows onto the palate. Funny, but there are subtle differences between the Black Buttes when having them side-by-side at a tap takeover.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
[Tap] Black in color with a small amount of brown head. Nice lacing on glass. Heavy roasted nose also includes vanilla, bitter chocolate and peppercorns. Burnt caramel, charred wood, alcohol, cinnamon, anise and a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Lingering bourbon and alcohol long into the finish. Tasting notes from 2012.


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