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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: 318   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 15/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival 3/1/14. Pitch black with dark tan head. Aroma of dates, plums, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is similar to aroma but with cocoa nib, toffee, and bourbon notes as well. For such a big beer, it finishes very smooth, with a wonderful multilayered dessert-like aftertaste. On draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Portland, for their 26th Anniversary 6/27/14. Potent bourbon, dark chocolate, and date notes. Amazingly complex yet balanced at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at lucky lab big beer festival - pours dark brown with sustaining medium tan head. Nose of brown sugar, caramel, and malt. Complex taste of plums, malt, sweet caramel, and yeast. Very nice dessert beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22oz bottle thanks to dbuckingham, thanks! Pours pitch black with a two finger brown head and lacing in the glass, aroma is very roasty, lots of roasted malt with a ton of chocolate and sweetness, a little bit of booze comes through, the flavor has a ton of dark chocolate on the front end with a kick of booze and caramel in the finish, a little bit of burn and it for sure warms the belly up, nice for a cold night in Wisconsin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1. Date on label reads best after 7/23/2013. If you sampled this before that, you served this brew an in justice. Deep black with real thin tan head. No lace. Nose is lighter than the bold flavor. Dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor shows anise, burnt malts, dark chocolate, figs, burnt sugar. I also get traces of cinnamon. The other 4 people drinking thought I was off on that but… some type of sweet spice. Even some sort of bitterness to help off-set all the sweetness. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth texture. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft at Fiddler’s Inn a few weeks back. Pours black as night. Thick tan head, dense and creamy. Lacing galore. Aroma: chocolate, chili (?!), cherry, dark fruit. Is this really 24, or is it 25? Smells almost astringent - 8 oz thank goodness. Also, glad I walked. Taste: follows nose. Booze apparent. Am I a heretic to prefer regular Black Butte to this? (Side note: my phone autocorrects BB to "BBomb," which I’m happy to see). Lingering chocolate, but astringent roast flavor I don’t like in beers like The 1st Nail and Huna. Full body, rich and sorta one dimensional. Do I expect this to improve with age? Not really. Do I want to drink my bottles now? Not really. Sigh. Screw you and your "best after" bullshit, Deschutes. Going to think twice before buying bottles with a best after date from you folks again. Full body, thick, chewy texture. Sweet, but not cloying. Bitterness eventually at end. I don’t really care for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Black pour. Chocolate malty aroma with licorice and a spicy cardamom-like flavor. Taste rich and moderately sweet with a noted bitterness to balance. Medium mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leveejr (109) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Amazing nose, super smooth taste and mouthfeel. What's not to love? Would definitely have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebrymanosu (39) - - JAN 2, 2014
Great aroma beautifully black pour. Great beer all around. It did have very apparent alcohol. This was by far the oldest beer I’ve consumed. It was on New Year’s eve and was a great way to bring in the new year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2283) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Pour is pitch black and is covered by a tiny offwhite rim of foam. This foam leaves fair lacing. Aroma of booze, licorice and cassonade. Taste is sweet and spicy, licorice being the main offender. Some alcohol heat. Flavors of chocolate and dark fruits. Body is full, mouthfeel creamy. Decadent, Boozy and roasty finish. Really drinkable for such a beast. If I could I would just tone down the licorice a little, otherwise it is a great (and festive) drink! Happy New Year! Bonne année!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Darkest black with a neat greay tan head that disappears once your back is turned. Sweet prune and figgy rich wholesome nose, lightly charred and a smudge of booziness. Silky as you’d expect for the mouthfeel, leading an initial taste of tarred chocholate and sprigs of sweetness with strumming roast - thread of booze tang throughout. Finish of chewed liquorice drippings and neat bitter roast but a bit of an over-sweet boozy linger.

Bottle, Cheers Paul!, November in December Tasting

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