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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2012
This was absolutely fantastic. Dark and thick and chewy and without the coffee notes of the other versions. Definitely my favorite. Had on tap at Khoury’s. Will probably have to go buy a full bottle. The figs and dates, though not distinguishable individually to me, made for a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Dark, dark pour w/ thin brown head. Big aromas of prunes, figs, coffee & creamy chocolate. Sweet flavors upfront of figs, brown sugar & dark cherries, followed closely by bitter espresso, dark chocolate & roast. The sweet & bitter notes inter-mingle wonderfully! Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
(22oz bomber) clear espresso brown, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats, graham cracker, fairly Rich and creamy. Light alcohol. Taste of alcohol, light chocolate, light roast, a bit too sweet perhaps but good in general. Needs a bit of time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle at Papago. Man this years is great! Nearly black pour with a brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, some sweet cherry notes, vanilla, licorice, toasted marshmallow and roast. Flavor is sweet and rich, full bodies, some serious roasted marshmallow and dark bitter chocolate..now wheres the graham cracker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2334) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2300) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (799) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Natai (115) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - 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!

   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.

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