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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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XXIV. 24 years after Black Butte Porter’s debut, our potent, layered, imperial tribute returns. As usual, it’s a jazz riff, guided by the brewer’s muse and the lure of exotic ingredients. Artisanal dark chocolate nibs. Daglet dates. Mission figs. It may, possibly, hopefully, be the best edition yet. But, as it should be, you’ll be the judge of that.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6861) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to Bruce at his 30th. It pours near black with small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toffee, Scottish tablet, alcohol, burnt caramel, molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and Christmas pudding. The taste is rich-roasted malt, cooking chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, date, alcohol warmth, toast, burnt notes and some decent bitterness. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty tasty, warming and well rounded. Nice in small measures.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at thirdeye11’s birthday party. The beer pours a black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon, as well as some nice vanilla notes. The flavor is similar with some added notes. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some vanilla. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7395) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Dark fruits, cocoa, peaty smokiness, slight spice. It is an extremely robust and complex brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4210) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2013
Bomber many thx to adnielsen cons 2013-02-10 My Birthday Porter AR: dark chocolate, dark brittish fruit cake, coffee AP: opal black body with wee ruby colored body, the head is licorice coloured brown and thick stouthy, wee lacings F: thick dark chocolate, raw dark fruit compote, home brew coffee (Swedish), heavy body, tar, actually the fruitiness is not adding anything good to this beer, seams like the base is super though, mmm some ses salt and à thiny tiny bit cayennepeper, the carbonation has wee soft bubbles, the bitterness is medium, finishes dark round chocolate, with some honey sweetnees...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13729) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle at Deeblo 30 th birthday. Black beer boozy aroma boozy impy choc sponge stout fine. pretty good but boozy

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8432) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from a generous trader. Pours darkest brown with off white head. Nose and taste of cocoa, creme brûlée, fig, roasted chocolate malt, birch sap, dark sugar and vanilla. Medium body. Semi-dry in the finish. Touch of alcohol in finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Opaque black with a thin beige head. Intense aroma of dark cocoa and dates and a little oak. Big flavor with bittersweet cocoa nibb flavors, dried dark fruits like raisin and dates, and a medium oak quality about it. Bitter yet sweet and semi-dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013
2013-02-23, bottle from Whole Foods Henderson, NV, 7-4-8-3-15=37
Black color, with medium sized beige head. The aroma of roasted malt is quite mild, with hints of liquorice, and herbal Italian digestive. Good body structure, and good chocolate flavor, with a moderate minty/herbal touch.

2013-01-22, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Black color with creamy head, nice lace. Aroma of roasted malts, some wood, some vanilla, some sourness, and a hint of coffee and liquorice. Good body strength, with a good dark chocolate flavor, and a light sour and fruity touch, also some vanilla and very light tobacco; correct bitterness, with some hidden hop qualities; in the final there is a light impression of liquorice.
Very good, fresh, dynamic.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (654) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Four oz sample on a paddle at St. Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. Color is black. Not much head or nose from sample glass. It’s rich, with chocolate and coffee notes, but I’m a bit skeptical of the four oz pour being a good sample.

Okay, second go here, in a side by side comparison with one of my all-time faves, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. The XXIV is sweeter and has a fruity dimension not found in BBBCS.

I love them both. Vive la difference!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Huge roast punch in the face, but settles down and behaves nicely. Alcohol not shy though. Chocolatey and malty, the fruit sweetness lingers. Finishes smooth as smooth can be. An imperial porter in a class by itself.


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