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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 340   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2817) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Small tan head thats short lived. Black/brown color, seems murky. Nose of dark fruits, light roast and chocolate, sorta musty. Full bodied, coating on the palate, a bit much so, lil chewy with a soft carbonation. Over loaded with the plums and figs, needs more whisky though i think the fruits helped to douse those flavors. Sweet malts, syrupy somewhat acrid notes. A bit of a mess imo. Bomber from jhogan4, thanks man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Black pour with a cream head. Nose is wood, roasted malts, syrup, and light alcohol. Chewy palate, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Initial rating: 9/7/12. Wax-dipped bomber, stamped "Best After 7/23/13." Rating this right after re-rating a 14-month old Black Butte XXIII. Pours inky black with a fairly small tan head that falls after a couple minutes; leaves a ring of big-bubbly foam and a little lace. I smell some kind of cinnamon-like spice in the nose, although thereís no mention of that on the label. I also get chocolate milk and some licorice. Taste is bittersweet; itís more fruity than the XXIII. The chocolate seems more pronounced (I let it sit in the glass for 15-20 minutes before the chocolate even presented itself). Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation average. Has a long-lingering bitter finish that leaves the mouth dry. Although I prefer last yearís version, both fresh and aged 14 months, hereís to hoping this one improves with some age. Thereís no denying this is still really good, though. Letís see what it does after a year or so. 8,3,8,5,17=4.1

7/28/13 re-rate. Wax-dipped bomber pours opaque black with a one-finger mocha head that dissipates after a minute or two. Aroma consists of licorice, coffee, cinnamon, raisins (dates and/or figs, I presume). Flavor starts out sweet with chocolate and licorice notes before becoming a little sour with a lingering bitterness. Quite alcoholic, but itís not boozy. Roasty, a little vegetal, lightly spicy; some mild smoke character comes out after it sits in the glass awhile. Oily texture, average carbonation, full body. Overall, I donít seem to be as impressed as I was the first go-round. I was hoping this would age better. Itís not bad, but it should be better. 7,3,7,5,16=3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Pours dark brown-black with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, raisins, bourbon, figs, vanilla, and earth. Flavor is equally multi-faceted with dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, lots of raisin, fig, wood and earthy bitterness. Finishes slightly drying and more bitter but thereís still plenty of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Full bodied, nicely carbonated and low heat presence make this a joy to drink. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Bottle pours black with thin but form brown head. Aroma mainly dark fruits. Taste dark malts, caramel, with dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and a touch of roast. Flavor changes with warming, still very nice. Kind of reminds me of Baltic Porters. Finish a little roast and prolongation of the taste. Alcohol well disguised. Palate a little syrupy but not in a bad way. I thought the palate fit extremely well.

Overall very good. I have another bottle Iíll cellar but this is good right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with a medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, vegetal, sweet caramel and some spicy fennel. Flavor is rich chocolate and caramel, dark fruit, spice, warming alcohol and some oak. Full body with a thick mouth feel. Not my favorite Black Butte anniversary but still good. Pretty hot and some weird spicy qualities, weíll see how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Big roasted aroma, with dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Pours an opaque black, with a finger of tan head. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a lot of dark chocolate notes in the beer. The dark fruit is there, a bit subdued, and the beer doesnít have quite the roasted notes you expect in a porter. The finish is long, with bitter notes blending with a touch of roast. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable. This is one I would be tempted to cellar for a couple of years, and see how it holds up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Poured from bottle from bottle very dark with tan head. taste sweet with chocolate, roasty malt and fruity. hints of figs and some raisins. Good smooth taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Poured into snifter. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, oaky. Flavour is similar, so chocolatey! The abv is UN noticeable. Palate is sticky and kind of sweet. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (582) - Elk Grove, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor.

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