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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1160) - , Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2014
900th rat!!! bottle from trade with budznsudz. this was not nearly as good as xx1 and xxv imo. nice brown black pour. aroma was still a little too much alchold (best by date was AFTER 2013). Taste was too much alcohol and astringent and over roasted. best part of beer was after taste. damn milestone ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (574) - - APR 27, 2014
Thanks huhzubendah for sharing! Pours an opaque black with fading bone white head. Lacing is spotty. Aroma is massive: figs, chocolate, cherries, cinnamon, and a slight citrus note. Flavor is same with coconut and spicy complexity. Great all around, but I’m really nonplussed with the "natural flavors added".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Cumming GA Tasting. Group trade bottle. Spicy cinnamon, anise, dark chocolate, some dark fruits, thick molasses. This was a nice brew, but the hint of anise and overwhelming cinnamon were a bit too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Forsyth County Bumble Tasting. Pours darkest brown with thin tan head. Cinnamon, molasses, and maybe a little chocolate. Sweet and spicy throughout. Thick(ish) and bubbly. Bottle - Shared at Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4986) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a warm, deep sable with a yellowish tan head. Strong aroma has roast malt, caramel and toffee notes. Flavor delights with caramel, coffee and fruity notes, no doubt from the figs and dates. Thick, heavy and fairly fizzy texture leaves a sweet, caramel and fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1034) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Black wax covered bomber purchased 18 months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($16.99). Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of light brown foam. AROMA of complex stewed dark fruits, cocoa powder, burnt malts, and some fresh-brewed vanilla coffee. FLAVOR of hard roasted dark malts, smoky dark artisan chocolate, sticky dark fruit (perhaps figs and/or dates), some quality coffee, vanilla, and anise. Very roasty with only a hint of sweetness, and finishing with a good amount of roasty-bitterness. Surprisingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The high ABV is impressively hidden here. Quite nice and somehow fitting on a rainy and "chilly" San Diego evening. (279, 847)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - 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 (2880) - 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 (5975) - 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.

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