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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: 267   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

Jbillhill's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft at Uber, Seattle. Jet black, creamy, pretty tan head. Very rich aroma, alcohol. Creamy malt, a little vanilla, balanced smooth body, fruity twang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4081) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2015
Black brown colour, beige head. Aroma of soy, chocolate, malts, caramel, Bourbon, hint of marmalade. Sweet flavour, cacao, vanilla and Bourbon. Finish chocolate, chocolate wafer cookie.
(from 66cL bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4195) - GŲteborg, 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 (2537) - 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 (707) - - 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 XXIIIís 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. XXIIIís 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 youíll have all year, youíll be glad for the excess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1590) - 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 (1500) - 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 itís 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 (2434) - 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 itís prime but still decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2913) - 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 (1238) - 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.

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