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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 303   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour, small tan head. Brown sugar, sweetness, heavy fig and date, oatmeal cookie, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, probably cellar a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Tap @ Deschutes’ Portland Pub... Poured jet black with a thick, frothy, eggy/off-white head. Nose had cocoa and a hint of roast. Thick body, actually a really nice mouthfeel. Probably the best thing about this beer is how it felt on the palate. Super fruity. Probably the fruitiest one from this series. With noticeable dates and other dark fruits. Even a hint of manderin-like tones. Some spice and heat in the middle of the flavor profile, but after swallowing this was resolved by clean malt and cocoa tones. Also some roast was there, but not too dominant. Some toasted sweetness too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5707) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Portland, Or - on tap at the Deschutes Portland Public House. Ink black pour, thick, sticky khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and marshmallows. Flavor has an abundance of licorice, black coffee and creosote. Thick, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent dessert.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
bottle. first whiff is "what is this orange oil floor wax stuff doing in my porter?" huge dose of waxy black licorice spice and sharp dark chocolate as well. full-bodied, chewy, syrupy texture. strong dark chocolate and black patent char with a touch of wood oil and lemon / orange oils. char-heavy astringent finish. brutish chocolate and molasses sweetness thoughout; the fig / date actually do show up quite well, but I don’t think they’re in place in this beer. would love to try an unadulterated version to be sure of what we have here. certainly bold and powerful, but everything is loosely integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1956) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown black and shows a tight creamy khaki head that fades to a creamy looking film. Aroma has good roasted malt some dry fig scents and spice like cardamon. Taste is rich creamy malt and spice with hints of coco and notes of cardamon and some peat or smokiness pretty nice. Palate is full and somewhat chewy with a chalky warming finish. I really like this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
smaynard6000 (659) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours jet black with small brown head. Aroma is mostly chocolate. Rich sweet malty flavor with chocolate notes. Just a hint of booziness. Full bodied with a creamy texture that coats the mouth and throat and leaves a bit of chocolate in the finish. Very enjoyable. Going to grab another bottle of this to store for a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Dark pour with adequate lacing, which is an off white color. Aromas of fig, bourbon, smoke, and chocolate. Complex concoction, with a kick from the ABV. Warming in the tummy, but not harsh, which is a positive. Flavors of bourbon, fig, and soy are presented. As with most beers in this group, this is much better served at a warmer temperature. A good beer to sip by a fire in the dead of winter, even though I happen to be enjoying it now in the middle of August.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting dark brown head and an aroma of boubony dates and chocolate. Flavor is creamy rich leather, vegetal figs, a little soy/smoke and a nice rounded finish of slightly warming bourbon. Nice beer all around and well priced. Not my favorite of the series though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
The pour is black in color with a big tan head. The nose starts off with a heavy roasted malt component, a touch of ash, and some coffee and chocolate. There is a fair amount of anise, mild dates, and a pretty heavy dose of figs. The flavor is quite heavy on the anise, dates, and figs, as well as the strong roasted malt. Some acrid coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, light bourbon and alcohol as well. This is probably my least favorite of the series thus far.

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