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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 340   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a thick, viscous, dirty motor-oil black with a small tan head on top. Fair retention of the foam. Some light sticky globs hang around after each sip. Rich flavorful aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, bourbon - all enveloped in a sweet scent of fruit. There’s something about these big bold stouts/porters when they mix in fruit character that I really dig. Amazing feel as this viscous beer wraps up the palate in a wash of velvety goodness. Subtle carbonation, heavy feel. This is a sipper for sure. A wonderful treat to close out the night with. Big flavors of dark fruit - plum, fig, raisin. Sweetness pulls through with notes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Mild roasted quality helps bring this one around and prevents this from becoming a total sweet bomb. This was a really great beer, and a reminder why this is one of my most anticipated releases each year. Wasn’t a fan of the XXIII, so this was a pleasant treat. A wonderful marriage of dark fruits and dark chocolate in the form of a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9514) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
Bottle shared at the pre GBBF chriso’s tasting day 2 07/08/2016. Many thanks to the Wingman. A pitch black opaque coloured pour with a lasting thin loose dark tan head. Aroma is is big brown sugars, liquorice, coconut. Flavour is composed of sweet sticky toffee, liquorice, some jammy fruits, strawberry, black sugars, . Palate is sweet and sweet, sugary, lowish carbonation, sticky. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4911) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2016
(Deschutes Black Butte XXIV) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11%. Bottled on 23/7/13 Black coloured body, tall and thick brown head on top, with pretty good retention. Aroma has light soy sauce by now, some spices, nice chocolate notes, dark fruits, plums. Taste is sweet with lots of dark fruits, plums especially, dates, figs, light alcohol, chocolate notes, some spices like cardamon, fudge, liquorice, walnuts. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
Bottle share at Chriso’s Sunday Shindig. Thanks! As ’Deschutes Black Butte XXIV’, black wax, 11%. Opaque black, foamy brown head. Aroma is all After Eight mints up front, cocoa, bready, mint. Big After Eights vibe. Body is smooth, oily, low carbonation. Taste is toasted coconut, spicy, molasses, cinnamon, woody, some booze showing up. Pretty decent. An interesting big beer. (3.8)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6777) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has roast malts, taste has bourbon, dark fruits, some roast, chocolate, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2873) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF Shindig, 2016 (Sunday sesh.). Black pour with a beige head. Raisin, chocolate, licorice, cocoa aroma. Flavours of raisin, toffee, walnut, caramel, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. Smoky-sweet finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (17255) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2016
Pre-gbbf-shinding. Dunkel orange braunes Bier mit mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach minze, dunkles malz, Lakritze, wenig schokoladig. Geschmack süß Röstmalzig, minze, viel Lakritze, schokoladig, gut!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4719) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Uber Tavern, Seattle. February 2013 keg. Heavy brown, not quite black, small soapy tan foam. Sweet, boozy, raisin and fig aroma. Sweet and robust, cherry, chocolate, ruddy malt. Rich age, balanced alcohol, still fairly sharp. Tasty, rich beer. Nicely aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2827) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2016
On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA. Opaque, near black with atanh excellent lacing. Aroma of figs, dates, prunes, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, molasses, licorice, chocolate and toffee. Taste of molasses, licorice, dates, prunes, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, figs, cinnamon and whiskey. Medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1868) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Draught at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto as part of SF Beer Week and an aged beer special. Beautiful deep brown with massive deep brown, oily head. Anise and dark fruit. Slight funk and a little medicine. Very nice after 4 years of aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 23, 2016
Bomber sample- appearance is typical dark porter , small beige head. Nose- meaty figs are predominant. taste- again a meaty earthy mix of burnt sugars, dark fruits, mineral, chocolate and anise. Finish is where the barrel notes come out, with a dryer wood note to level off the weight of the dark fruits and sugars.

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