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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1984) - 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 (10914) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap. Pours with a black hued body with a medium sized off-white to tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, spices, tangerine, cacao, toasted malt, dates, figs, vanilla, roasted. Some Black Patent like ashy character. Flavors are vanilla, ashy, campfire. Rich leather notes, alcohol, vanilla, vinous, dark fruits, dates and tobacco. Lots of chocolate. Medium to low carbonation, rich, low tannin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Smells of chocolate, gingerbread, and a dash of black licorice. Pours very dark brown with a lingering tan head. Very slick, sweet, and viscous texture. Flavors of chocolate, rye, caramel, gingerbread, smoke, and oak. Very delicious. Iím going to cellar another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1373) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a thinnish tan head. Aroma is heavy on the "dark frutis" which the label identifies as fig and dates and there is a clear chocolate presence with underlying roasted malt and a prominent bourbon smell into the finish (no vanilla and slightly thin). Wow! Taste is a dense melange of the dark, heavy fruit flavors with thick chocolate, roasted malt, some hop bitterness, and semi-hot bourbon through the finish. Mouthfeel is airy up front and coating into the finish. Well, that settles it; I need one more for the cellar. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Dark brown pour with a tan, frothy head. Good retention. Aroma is candied dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol, hint of coffee, hint of dark chocolate, hint of marshmallow. Starts off sweet with very soft carbonation, mid-palate is bittersweet and oily, finish is long and bittersweet. Full body, moderate alcohol warmth. Delicious! Definitely going to try to find a few more bottles for aging, as I think this will be remarkable in a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Pours black with thin disappearing head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of fruit, chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, and more--about as nice as it gets. Taste is lighter and less complex than the aroma would suggest. Consists of roasted malt, raisins, figs, licorice, cherries, bourbon, wood, and a little alcohol bite, but it is all pretty subtle and nothing dominates. Mouth feel is relatively light, but not thin, and not sweet. A bit more stout than porter, but no problem there. Finishes slightly bitter, and more than I would prefer, but not bad at all. This is a nice beer, and I would only wish for a little more complexity and depth, but itís very good. It might age well, my only concern would be losing the barrel notes, and thinning out when I do not think it needs either. Update: aged one year in cellar. Holds up great. Still complex and interesting and tasty. Finish has less bitterness to it, which works for me. Still very balanced, but getting a focus of more malt, and has an overall sweeter flavor. Good stuff, maybe not interesting enough to age it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Mayfair in Denver. Hazy, black appearance with a dark brown head and moderate lacing. Rich cacao bean, light espresso, thick dark chocolate, mild vanilla, plum/date fruity, chewy/syrupy aroma. Somewhat spicy (peppers?), thick dark chocolate, somewhat syrupy, plum, fig, light leather, mild coffee, woody flavor. Thick mouth feel and a sweet, syrupy aftertaste. Fairly smooth for 11% but itís a bit overly thick, syrupy, and sweet. Seems a little overdone with the added elements. Originally gave this a 3.6 but based on drinking the whole bottle and generally how smooth it is, I think itís probably closer to a 3.7-3.8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft at a Deschutes event at The Foundry, served in a snifter. Pours a deep, opaque coffee brown with a finger of tan head that we had to wait for a minute to settle. Aroma of dark chocolate, a surprising amount of dark fruit (fig, raisin, dates), coffee, vanilla, and some earthy, citrusy hops. Those show up in the flavor, too, along with dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and root beer. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Another nice, big anniversary Black Butte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3552) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a dark amber with a small creamy tan head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and vanilla. Medoum mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate and light roast with lingering light dry finish. Hides the alcohol very well, a very impressive Imperial porter from Deschutes.

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