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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: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (531) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
On tap in Bend. Pours dark brown. Chocolate, fig and date smell and flavor. Complex and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2012
22oz bottle. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours black with a small light brown head that fades to a tiny ring and leaves a few thin lines of lacing behind.

Complex aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs, bourbon, vanilla, oak, anise, everything is balanced very nicely with no one aspect ever overshadowing the others. Very good strength.

Flavor kicks up the chocolate notes, nice dark roasted malts, dark fruits, the figs and dates feature well, anise, some sweet bourbon and vanilla come through particularly well at the finish. For being so fresh for a beer with a best-after date, the 11% alcohol is very well hidden...itís there, but minor.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty sticky, low-ish carbonation.

Ultra-complex and very tasty. The bourbon plays well with the dates, figs and chocolate. A real treat. Gonna keep at least one bottle for the cellar, if not two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2667) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2012
On tap at PDX Brewery & Public House. Wow! Big nose of anise, dark chocolate, berries, and alc. fumes. Pitch black, great lacing. Wonderful dark chocolate cake flavors,with cherries and hints of strong roasted coffee beans. Also, a bit of phenolic burnt rubber taste. Smooth complex aftertaste. Heavy body, a bit of tickling carbonation. Creamy, brilliant complex flavors. The aftertaste goes on and on. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla ice cream, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, figs, dates, and burnt toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Beer pours very dark in the glass with a nice head. First thing to notice in the aroma is the sweetness. Probably from the figs they used. There is also some raisins. Taste is big. There is a uniqueness in the taste almost like a cough syrup but sweeter. Roasted fruits linger in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle shared with friends. Black creamy pour with low but good carbonation. Aroma has sweet hints of chocolate malt and cocoa nibs. Flavor is semi sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Not as complex as the previous batches but itís still pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - AUG 25, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a stem glass, it pours black in color with a tan head, aroma is chocolate, malt and a fruity sweetness, the taste is chocolate, sweet, roasty malt and fruity palate is smooth, this is just a a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1236) - Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours black with a tan foam that dies down to just lacings on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, and figs. This has a big dark fruit taste with a definite black malt bitterness. Full bodied with an unsweetened aftertaste. Alcohol does not dry the palate but compliments that flavor profile. Donít know if this is the best edition yet, but Iíll keep a bottle for next year and see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has figs, dates, chocolate, some hebal/vegetal notes. Taste is semi-sweet and quite bitter with more vegetal notes. Iím not digginí this but I would like to see how it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1018) - Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Deep obsidian black. Carmel cream head. Amazing nose rich in coffee, chocolate, plum. Smooth lusish mouth feel, light on the tongue, easy to drink. Yumm.

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