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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
XXIV. 24 years after Black Butte Porterís debut, our potent, layered, imperial tribute returns. As usual, itís a jazz riff, guided by the brewerís 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, youíll be the judge of that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuff_Links (40) - - JAN 5, 2013
On draft. Pours a deep black color with beige head. Dark chocolate, roasty, sweet, fig aromas. Lots and lots of alcohol, and I personally do not like the taste of alcohol in my beer. Not bad, but not one of my favorite imperial porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for the bottle. Pours a black color with a small beige head. Dark chocolate, roasty, sweet, fig aromas. Thick chocolate syrup, molasses flavors with a touch of alcohol. Not bad, but not one of my favorite imperial porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Almost stout like. Pours ruby black without froth, but not as syrupy as a stout. Sweetness pervades flavor, with some fruit discernible. ABV fairly but not completely hidden. Good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle shared at Chadís birthday. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, and plums. Taste is alcohol, more molasses, chocolate, and baking spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stizz19 (64) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Smells very good on the nose, taste is potent. The figs and dates are apparent. Bought 2 of these so Ican age one for a year. Love this stuff... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2012
22 oz black waxed bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass. Best after: 07/23/13. Thanks Steimie! A - Pours a pitch black body. Just a slight bit of light makes it through the edges to show a dark brown color. Short lasting two fingers of khaki foam. Decent lacing and retention. S - Super smokey malts. Burnt caramel, savory black peppercorns, herbal licorice, sweet dark chocolate and loads of figs and dates. Its like a fig newton was dropped into a smoked porter. Insanely complex and unique. T - Roasted malts lead into an interesting plethora of flavors that weave in and out of savory and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, peat, black pepper, dark chocolate and rich figs. Aftertaste of char. Taste is phenomenal and just all over the place. M - Alcohol heat is present but welcome. Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. O - A bit confusing and overwhelming but very tasty and unique. Would certainly be interested in seeing how it turns out after the "Best After" date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Had this one aging for awhile but was unable to resist drinking it early for Christmas. Has a strong aroma of chocolate and sweet fruits with a boozy undertone that is well hidden by the taste. Taste follows the aroma with sweet fruit being the dominant flavor, but really has some complexity to it that adds an element to this beer not often found. I may buy another of this to give it the proper aging and edit my review, but even without being fully aged this beer is pretty damn good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours an ultra dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. Flavors of sweet black coffee, prune juice, and light cocoa powder. Maybe a lttlle herbal. Sweet and juicy. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2466) - Odense S, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown body with a large offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, roast, coffee notes. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, roast. I think it gets better aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Pours on the blacker side of brown, with a thin tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet dark malts and hints of fig. Taste is slightly sweet/toasty malt and rich caramel. Finish is a dry combination of stone fruit and earthy bitterness.

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