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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


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle:   Black in color, deep cola highlights, large pillowy head, tannish, very sticky lacing.   Rich roasty nose, slight vanilla, a touch of oak, some bakers chocolate on the nose.   Roasty on the tongue, oakish, bakers chocolate, and faint vanilla.   Very smooth.   The chocolate I am having with this pairs well.   Slight hop bitterness on the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Cocoa appears more on the exit.   A little bit of heat shows this one as it warms.   Enjoyable, albeit a lot of the flavors are subtle.   Bottle says to wait until June 15 2012, but I think the only thing that will benefit at that point is the smoothness of the alcohol.   Its not a bruiser now, so dunno if you should wait.   Finishes slightly dry, a little chalky, lots of cocoa or bakers chocolate, slight vanilla, and a bit of oak.   Oh, and some heat.   Pretty respectable.



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1004) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1344) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (761) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Nice looking, dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is solventy, hot alcohol with vanilla bean, oak and roast. Flavour is composed of very smooth rounded orast, vanilla and nutty praline. Nice smooth choclate malts nad some tangy fruits. Palate is medium full with highish carbonation. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle from my cellar. Brown pour, pretty thin. No head. Rally nice nose: bourbon, malt and oak. Quite tasty. Bourbon is not overpowering. Good bitter chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2014
This poured a murky brown with a beige head. Aroma was of barrel, caramel, light roast, and oxidation. Flavor was similar, roast, cardboard and some dark fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"scored a couple notches lower than previous releases. this was great as well, but a bit sweeter than previous versions. in a small sample it wouldn’t be noticeable, but have a pint or bottle to yourself, and it becomes ever so slightly cloying. the usual suspects are there, cocoa, coffee, bourbon (though more subtle), with added orange peel and pepper. the pepper is barely noticeable, but is there a little in the finish (not in the aroma at all) and while the orange peel is nice, it takes away from other subtle nuances of the beer, hence the lower score. still a great beer, and one i’ll age as well."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5904) - 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 (4084) - 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 (4084) - 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.


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