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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 309   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6701) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2012
650 ml thanks to Ed. Pours a dark black color with a medium beige head. A big roasted nose with dark fruit and oranges. Certainly a balanced big beer with oranges, cocoa, dark fruit, earthy figs, light vanilla. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2012
65cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with dates and figs, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Porter, sweet/roasted and slightly fruity/spicy, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours thick and black with a big tan head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, boozey, wood chips and almonds. Taste is sweet mostly with enough bitter to make the taste extraordinary. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (703) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Chocolate, caramel, sweet aroma. Can smell a little alcohol. Sweet chocolate, roasted flavor; beneath that is some nice flavor from the dates, and substantial hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (388) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Hugely complex and harmonious blend of ingredients. Great musty, chocolaty, medium dry flavor with dark fruit notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Black with good (barrel-aged), creamy brown head / Rich, complex nose of whiskey barrel, chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice / Full body, chewy, some sweetness but hoppy, with excellent balance and a little heat on the bitter finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon barrel, licorice, fig, and date / Small deduction for the booze, but just superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malts, cocoa, figs. The taste is creamy, smooth, velvety, chocolate, molasses, syrupy, and somewhat alcoholic. I like this edition, but It doesn’t seem to push any boundaries, I wish it was a little more experimental. Body is full and coats the mouth with syrupy chocolate milk, carbonation is moderately low. Overall I think I already said it, very good, but a little basic, and overly syrupy, I was hoping for it to be more unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
651mL thanks to the Dfromson crew. Clear sepia pour. Weak head. Nose is meaty, herbal, sage, rendered fat. Taste is sharply herbal, black pepper, small orange and grapefruit juice bitterness. Very delicious- almost Black IPA. Lighter, hop forward. So sticky sweetness. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1312) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Thanks to Dixonian for this one. Aroma is dry, earthy chocolate, some roast, fudge, a touch of bourbon, citrus hops. Pour is dark brown with an off-white head. Flavor matches the aroma with a bitter quality to it. Tons of chocolate and roast, some citrus hops, dark fruits. Good stuff but I want to try it again in 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Appearance - Deep cloudy brown, soft lacing
Aroma - Smoke, cherries, hops, chocolate, oak
Taste - Hoppy, dry, fruity, earthy, roasted malts, mellow vanilla and oak

Shared by the oh-so-generous OmegaX - thanks friend. This year’s version has a rich porter character, and the oak helps the smooth dry body. Overall pretty fresh and roasty, perhaps aging would mellow this one out a bit.

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