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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 302   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2250) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Very pretty too look at- a deep, deep black with a dark khaki head. Nose of burnt malt. Surprisingly smooth palate. Alcohol well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1969) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Dark brown pour... Aroma is chocolate malts and caramel... Flavor is absurdly good, hint of hops upfront but mouthfeel is thick and layered with dark chocolates, figs, dates, caramel, bourbon oak... Delicious

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (777) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Wax dipped bomber. Pours black with a half-inch of light brown foam and bubbles. The nose is strong on the roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and bourbon along with notes of candied dates, brown sugar and licorice. The flavor starts out with a heavy dose of dark chocolate mocha, figs and roast malt in addition to some vanilla bean, coffee and black cherry. Also a subtle dessert spice blend of anise, cardamom and ginger lurking in the background. The hefty alcohol presence manages to hold all the complex flavors together without numbing the palate too much. The body is suitably thick and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish delivers more bourbon, dark fruits and caramelized sugars. It’s a bit sweet and syrupy fresh but will definitely age well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Natai (96) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Pours a deep, dark brown with a small tan head. Scents of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and a touch of smoke. Flavors of caramel, coffee and port, with a smooth rich finish and just a hint of alcohol. Potent enough to give most stouts a run for their money. Great all around.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Surprised by the subtle aroma because this one’s a beast. Brownie batter, fudge, dark bitter chocolate, graham cracker crust, marshmallow, cinnamon, smoke and dark fruit. This is as close to a S’mores as a brew can get. Onyx pour that only shows mahogany around its edges. Small latte head that turns into a wispy film that, like a cloud, floats above the body. Rich, solid mouthfeel...sweet without being cloying. The spiciness makes this one interesting and encourages me to continue to lift the glass. Liked this one much better than XXIII...looking forward to XXV!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
I have never been uber-impressed by this beer but #24 was really good. On an extremely hot day no less. Big chocolate notes and a subtle almost pie like spice. Really mellow and a bit slick too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
On tap at Chuck’s. Black with a finger tan head. Smell coco and fruit. Taste fruity, full bodied, ashy on the tail, very rich, some espresso. Not as good as 21, but better than 23.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2200) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
lot of date, some fig, some vanilla, touch of smoke, bits of fat, good mouthfeel -- heft, slightly creamy, nothing vinous or like spirits, big but not overbearing even at 11. very well constructed. those sharp, clear malts lacking the tarnish of oxidation are a much appreciated deschutes trait. While I’m not a fan of big beers generally, I love this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (712) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Pours very black. Roasty chocolate nose. Up front spicey dark chocolate taste. The date and fig combo makes for a licorice flavor, with a lite bite of peppery spice. A nice bitter sweet milk chocolate taste. Finishes dry, but not as smooth or silky as I would prefer, and again still with some spicyness. This lacks any notifiable barrel age characteristics. Will see if aging will make any difference. Aug. 17, 2012. Rerate. Still the same flavors, but it is getting smoother, and better blended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
pours jet black with a small khaki head and some lacing. smell is of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. taste is thick, dark chocolate, espresso, woody, and some dark fruits. ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.


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