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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 300   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BHeart (72) - - SEP 2, 2012
Delicious. Dark, notes of booze, bourbon, raisin, brandy?, toffee. Strong, rich, thick, ideal as an imperial porter. Prob the only "porter" to rival the victory at sea. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Black color with a tall head. Aroma of figs, booze and wood. The flavor is very heavy on figs, dates, and raisins, with licorice and alcohol closely following. Chocolate comes out a bit after warming. Very full bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours a viscous black with tan edges.

Aroma: Roast, alcohol, ripe dark fruit. Cough syrup.

Taste: Dark fruit, alcohol, char, burnt roast.

Mouthfeel: Thick with soft carbonation.

Overall: I’ve enjoyed previous years “jazz riffs” more than this beer. I simply didn’t enjoy this. I never look for literal balance in a bourbon barrel aged strong dark beer, but for me it was just too much dark fruit and over the top char. Perhaps this is a candidate for cellaring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1857) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
August 30, 2012 bottle that I shared at BVery’s tasting. Dark brown pour with limited head. Chocolate and dark fruit were the highlights in the aroma and taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (891) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Really digging this, nice aroma and taste of dark fruits, very thick for a porter but it works well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (587) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is sour and chocolate. Dark fruit, fig, prune, dates, molasses, dark chocolate (big cocco). Would be great with ice cream. Thanks RyanFolty!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber. Reddish brown pour. Smaller head. Aroma of anise, fig, and chocolate. Taste is rich fig, raisin, licorice. Bold finish, slick palate. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3722) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Medium thin, black beer with a molasses and barley aroma and a small dirty head. Tastes like oat, caramel dominated by hops and awesomeness. The only thing left to say about this beer is a question... why aren’t you drinking it right now?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Rich malt and light bourbon aroma. Chocolate and light roast flavor with bourbon. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and bourbon linger with light roast and light vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (711) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
On tap @ Über. Pours inky brown with thick mocha head. Aroma is Belgian chocolate and dark roasty malts. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, rich fig and raisin flavors, and floral hop bitterness to balance things out. I don’t taste much dates. I’m missing the orange from XXIII and definitely the barrel aging of the previous versions... doesn’t sound or taste like this had any time in the barrel. Either way, this deserves aging for a proper evaluation.


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