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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pleasant aroma with lots of chocolate, molasses, a little raisin.. quite creamy, coats the palate, velvety, rich & warming, leans rather sweet. Finishes very sweetly. Lush & enjoyable, good, tasty, but lacked the top-tier complexity I hoped for.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1538) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (634) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (2993) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (856) - 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)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1029) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pdx76 (509) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2722) - 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 butÖ 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft at Fiddlerís 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 Iím happy to see). Lingering chocolate, but astringent roast flavor I donít 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 donít really care for this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (237) - 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.


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