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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: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (900) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
ON TAP at St. Augustine’s Vancouver. Sweet malty milf, I almost dropped a load hearing I could have this on tap here. Absolute blackest brown with a sad skiff of what might’ve been a good "cum dumpster, fake tan" cap. Aroma of over ripe dark fruit and chocolate, spruce. Taste is similar, but more alcohol forward. Not in a bad way though. As much as this is a sipper, its exactly what you’d expect from it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of tan bubbles. Nose is fig, caramel, chocolate, dates and vanilla. Rich and silky medium body with a buzz. Taste features that wonderful fig and date combo, the chocolate adds a bitter note to balance the fruit and malt. Slight coffee linger, quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2722) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
On tap @ 38 Degrees Alehouse. Black color. Aroma’s: chocolate, sweet fruit, roast. Flavor: medium sweet, medium bitter, chocolatey. Medium bodied. Finishes strongly roasted & bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks Ed. I love this beer, rich chocolate, roasted malts, fruity, woody, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. The finish is fairly dry(considering the abv) making this a nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Flavor is lots of sweet malt, very rich. Lots of chcoolate, roast malt, some licorice, dark fruit, anise, lingering woody notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Sample pour of deep dark, thin liquid with a super thin head. Nose is sweet and smooth, caramel and light roasted malt. Flavor is exactly opposite, with sharp warming alcohol, full roasted malt. Lightly sweetened with caramel and toffee. Really a nice transition. Smooth medium body, and quite drinkable, but the alcohol isn’t hidden. Nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5078) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, frothy tan head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malts, dates, raisins, and some spice. Flavor is roast malt, floral hops, coffee, chocolate, raisins, and light woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

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