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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Bend, Oregon USA
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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


ACHops' rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
On tap @ Über. Pours inky brown with thick mocha head. Aroma is Belgian chocolate and dark roasty malts. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, rich fig and raisin flavors, and floral hop bitterness to balance things out. I don’t taste much dates. I’m missing the orange from XXIII and definitely the barrel aging of the previous versions... doesn’t sound or taste like this had any time in the barrel. Either way, this deserves aging for a proper evaluation.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Waxed bottle from Ales Unlimited San Francisco, purchased August 2012, drank with my wife on the evening of our twin boys funeral, 15/06/15. Glossy and black as wax with a fat beige mousse subsiding but lacing ornately. Nose of creamy fig, burnt cinder toffee, carob and soy sauce drizzled on a battered English chip shop sausage. Silken black Belgian tar feel slick with dark sugars, dates, fruit loaf, molasses, fig and vanilla. Alcohol not discernible. Treacle condition. Liquorice afters. Very little bitterness or roast for a beefy US imperial. Not that I’m complaining. A glimpse of beauty on a sad, sad day.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bomber shared at a tasting, 3/30/15. Clear dark red, thin fizzy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of sugared dates, cinnamon, roasted malt, chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, dates. Medium bodied, low carbonation, boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of dark fruits, cream, vanilla, chocolate, soy sauce, mild oak and smooth roast. It has a full rich body with a bit of bite and mild carbonation. The flavor starts with roast, cocoa nibs, cream, dates, alcohol, molasses and some heat. The finish has heavy dates/figs, more heavily bitter roast, grapefruit zest and cacao nib intensity. Nice big porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4008) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. Very rich and complex. Dark chocolate, licorice, coconut, and dark fruit. Outstanding flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (980) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours dark brown almost black , thin tan head . Aromas of dried dark fruit , cocoa and a hint of all spice . Taste brings the same , nice mild bitter finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (589) - - APR 3, 2015
Deep black, with no hint of light anywhere. An inch of sandy tan head is sticky and rocky. Tangled spatters of lace. Lots of licorice in the nose. Behind is softer, sweeter cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oak and bourbony vanilla, caramel and coconut. Nice and sweet. Licorice and some smoke up front, savory. As soon as you swallow, sweet dates, chocolate syrup, toasted oak. A hefty burnt bitterness settles in to the sides of the tongue after each sip. Vanilla bean, dates, chocolate syrup, a splash of bourbon with accompanying heat. Much better as it warms and sweetens. Thick, velvety body. Viscous. Medium-full with mild, electric carbonation. A meal. As it warms, there are perhaps a little too much dark fruits. Almost tangy. Very good before the swallow, if that makes sense. Letting it sit in the mourh brings out the best parts: the smoke, the bourbon. Time will improve it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours black with a medium sized frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, figs, dates, dark fruit character and light coffee. One word to describe the flavor is BIG. This has decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, roasted malt, mellow bourbon and oak, figs, some dark fruit, cocoa, and flashes of the 11% as it warms. For all of that, the balance is surprising. Full creamy body. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/27/15] Draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma is a bit spicy, with lots of dates and some chocolate. Sweet flavor with dark fruits, chocolate, and a spicy and slightly alcoholic finish. Quite full-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2015
does being broke and dragging a beer from the cellar give rating boost? I bow to you experts, critics and such. Damn! I enjoyed this. I have another one left that I hope is as excellent. The poetic comments of others? I double down on verbiage for the win.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1673) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from trade with xscottyp, cheers buddy! Pitch black, brown head. Aroma: dried fruit, toffee, licorice. Taste: salty licorice, toffee, fruity, some kind of cookie, caramel, light spice, light roast, dried fruit, mochaccino. Full-bodied.


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