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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: 334   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9405) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber. Reddish brown pour. Smaller head. Aroma of anise, fig, and chocolate. Taste is rich fig, raisin, licorice. Bold finish, slick palate. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (4572) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Medium thin, black beer with a molasses and barley aroma and a small dirty head. Tastes like oat, caramel dominated by hops and awesomeness. The only thing left to say about this beer is a question... why arenít you drinking it right now?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Rich malt and light bourbon aroma. Chocolate and light roast flavor with bourbon. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and bourbon linger with light roast and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
On tap @ ‹ber. Pours inky brown with thick mocha head. Aroma is Belgian chocolate and dark roasty malts. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, rich fig and raisin flavors, and floral hop bitterness to balance things out. I donít taste much dates. Iím missing the orange from XXIII and definitely the barrel aging of the previous versions... doesnít sound or taste like this had any time in the barrel. Either way, this deserves aging for a proper evaluation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Black pour with a tan head. Dark chcoolate and sweet and roasty. Some dark fruits and figs are present as well. Taste is creamy and rich with some nice vanilla and a nice spicey bite. Loving this stuff!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Black. Tan head. Big chocolate and roasted malt, molasses, mostly sweet, very (very) full body, with some coffee. This is really nice. Nearly perfect for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (151) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
I have got to weigh in on this one, because, to me, it didnít have the pleasing chaaractistics of last yearís anniversary ale. While this had dried fruits, a bit of coffee, and a dark appearance, it had an upfront booziness that masked the character. Last yearís had a sense of smoothness of the palate, and the chocolate was complimentary in the lingering finish. Alas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Black with beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roast and sweetened fruit. Some date and fig in the flavour, but mostly full bodied malt. Great malty finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (572) - 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.

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