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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1860) - 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 (620) - 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 (3133) - 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 (2147) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle: dark ruby & deep brown body with a khaki colored head that leaves mild lacing behind. Aroma is bursting with dried dark fruits; figs, dates, bruised prunes. Lots of sweetness & booziness is apparent with mild cocoa in the back end. Heavy alcohol aroma - much heavier than expected. Taste is also quite boozy & very raisin/fig heavy. Occasional roasted malt & cocoa, but mostly booze soaked figs, raisins, dates, various dark fruit. Slight hint of burnt sugar mouth coating. I don’t love this like everyone else... Too much dark fruit & surprisingly boozy (even at 11% ABV, you can expect some alcohol, but this had an unpleasant whiskey burn).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Great nose, fruits, figs, dates and plums, then the taste of dark chocolate a touch of coffee and bourbon. Also i got toast, no butter and jam but just toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Aromas of liquorice and chocolate. Smooth and creamy with warming alcohol. Flavours of dark chocolate and liquorice, toasted malts. Good piney hop balance and some dark fruits as well. really great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (9040) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, dried fruits, rich and inviting. Taste is more dark chocolate and roasted bitterness and dark fruit sweet. Full bodied, creamy texture, long finish. Lovely stuff.

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