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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle at Freakin’ Frog. Dark brownish-black pour with a medium foamy khaki head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. Full-bodied with a burnt malt character and notes of figs, dark chocolate and subtle booze. The finish is rich with a dark malty and oaky aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours deep jet Black and Tan head. Chocolate and cocoa dances on the nose and mouth. Slight brown sugar and stone fruit on the finish. At times feels a bit muddled or confused. Body is full and a strong sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6988) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a tiny tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses, brown sugar and chocolate flavor with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1239) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Aroma is molasses and vanilla. Color is dark black color. With not much of an off white head. Taste is Brown sugar and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pleasant aroma with lots of chocolate, molasses, a little raisin.. quite creamy, coats the palate, velvety, rich & warming, leans rather sweet. Finishes very sweetly. Lush & enjoyable, good, tasty, but lacked the top-tier complexity I hoped for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9140) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
A thick black pour. Black bodied with lots of lace. Chocolate, smooth with the figs, dates, complex,stouty, some coconut. Not as boozy as expected, bourbon taste being well integrated and not obtrusive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6398) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft at sb. Pours black with a dense and.creamy dark tan head. Huge sweet bourbony nose--caramel, vanilla, oak, peaches, chocolate. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Chocolate, roast, a little vodka, coffee, caramel, and peaches on the mid palate. Long roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
2012 Sammy Grey Cup tasting. Very dark brown. Light brown head. Great aroma of booze and dark fruit. Beer gives you a spirit like breath. Body is so delicate. Flavour of delicate tobacco, molasses, booze and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Beermongers. Split 4 ways. A: Pure black with some broken light on the edges. Thin off-creme lacing. Nice legs. N: Sweet alcoholic chocolate. Lots of raisins and figs. Prune and malted milk. Very dense. Pronounced ethanol in the mixture. Dates are also prominent. T: The nose knows. Chocolate, fudge, malted milk. Lots of fig, prune, raisin, and date. This is a much better mixture than last year. Cinnamon and allspice. Graham cracker. This is nicely complex. M: Medium heavy. Not as thick as I’d like, and enough alcohol to detract. O: This is one of the best vintages, if you like dark fruits and chocolate. Highly recommended, especially if you’ve never had XX.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22oz bottle $12. I thought this went up another dollar but apparently I paid $13 for the BBXXIII. Black Butte XX was $9 or $10 and that was fair, this is a rip off. I thought last year’s was a little more interesting than this one. I don;t think they’re putting coffee in this anymore because I can’t taste any. The figs give a weird flavor, sort of sweet but odd followed by a strong porter. I really wish this was more viscous and more chocolate. Its sort of thin and doesn’t really impress. Hopefully I’m smart enough to not but this next year, I’d rather spend an extra buck or two and get something from Firestone Walker that isn’t just partially barrel aged. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-25-2012 02:13:51

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