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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Courtesy of Vendomebh1 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy chocolate, lighter roast, and a touch of smoke. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with a chocolate and caramel. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, coconut, and a touch of whiskey. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Dark fruit, dark chocolate, alcohol, a little bitterness. Molassess and brown sugar as well. Black pour, brown head, nice staying power. Flavors of dark fruit up front, molassess, dark chocolate, a little aerthy bitterness. Smooth with good residual sugar and body. Alcohol notes show through as well. Pleasant drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavors of sweet figs, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Not nearly as good as the XXI or XXIII. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Tap: Dark brown with a small tan head. Choco-malt, alcohol, and mild nuts. Sweet flavors of bitter chocolate and definitely alcohol. Thin body but it leaves a thick film on the tongue. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sjohnny (512) - - OCT 12, 2012
Molasses aroma. Espresso black with tan head and lacing for days. The first sip is a flavor explosion of coffee, chocolate, molasses, honey. Very slight bitterness at the finish. This is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9569) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle, bomber, thanks to rhialistic! Sampled on October 8, 2012
Black color, tan head. Sweet, chocolate scent. Roasted, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
symmetric (71) - - OCT 9, 2012
Cherry, dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and slight hint of cream soda on the nose. Thick black pour, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The figs really come through on the pallette, with a rich, sweet onset, which blends into a chocolatey bitter finish. As it warms up to room temperature, the bitter, chocolate flavours come to the fore. Satisfying pallette, very slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, an incredible beer, easily the best porter I have yet tasted, and on a par with the best dark beers around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5431) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2012
On tap. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. Very warming. Excellent sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Pours nearly opaque black with a one-ish finger brown head that dissipated pretty quickly and left thin, whispy lacing. Nose is dark bakerís chocolate, figs, plums, burnt and roasted malts, a little earthiness. Tastes like a RIS more so than a porter, at least to me. Tons of cocoa and unsweetened dark bakerís chocolate. Not very much sweetness at all. Fruity flavors, all dark, figs, dates, prunes, and maybe some molasses and brown sugar. Very strong burnt and roasted malt flavors. Perhaps a little bit of burn from the alcohol, reminiscent of bourbon. Hop bitterness on the finish is more than expected. Body is very thick and chewy, followed by a warming and a burnt malt, syrupy molasses finish. Carbonation is pretty light. Very complex and delicious. Not something Iíd like to drink everyday, but good for an afternoon of chilling out on an unseasonably cold October day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6723) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Tap. Pours opaque dark brown with a medium brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor about the same, plus kahlua, molasses, and dried fruit. Medium sweet, lightly bitter and quite alcoholic in the warming finish. Full bodied and creamy. Complexity and nuances come out as it warms.

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