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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (1092) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1534) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (434) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thin beige head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is fig, dates, molasses and roasted malts with just a hint of char. The char is much more pronounced in the flavor. There’s also some slightly burnt chocolate with a bitter finish. Medium/full body with nice carbonation. Pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2781) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 January 16, 2016. Bottle, shared by tkrjukoff, thanks!
Black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is dark rye bread, toffee, dated, prunes, hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet malty, bready, roasted bitter. Finish is bitter roasted chocolate on top on a sweet dates, caramel and vanilla notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (369) - SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
A: Pitch black with a fast dissapearing head. N: Coffee, apricot, Rye whisky, liqourice T: Coffee, cinnamon, plum O: Very nice balanced beer! I love it!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours jet black with a great brown head. Aroma is fruity slightly sweet figs spicy astringent. Flavor is as aroma velvety plenty of fruits, kind if rye drivers, nicely bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ryan while we waited at ABC for ADWTD release: Poured a motor oil black with a creamy brown head. Aroma was coco and malts. Taste was a complex mix of dark fruit, coco, and robust malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (9823) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Sweet dark sugars, dates, chocolate and a nice roasty note. Deep jet black with a nice brown head. Dark roasty chocolate, dates, dark fruit and a nice long rich finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pitch black and opaque without a trace of lighter color even when held to a light source. One finger beige head that vey slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Great retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing. Slightly boozy aroma with prominent bourbon barrel character integrated into the notes of the base beer. Dry, earthy oak, vanilla bean, marshmallow and spicy bourbon but the barrel and booze don’t interfere with the complex malt bill. Slightly smokey with lots of robust, roasted malt and subtle desert-like sweetness. Hints of coffee bean, oatmeal, toast and dark. chocolate followed by caramel and toffee sweetness. Also picking up some candi sugar, licorice and vinous dark fruit. Slightly viscous full body with a strong boozy bourbon barrel presence up front with spicy spirit, heat and lots of dry, earthy oak. A touch of vanilla and toasted coconut but the spicy alcohol bite and charred wood overpower a bit. Underneath, there is prominent roasted dark malt countered by subtle chocolate sweetness. Also some vinous wine and dark fruit esters along with delicate spice and licorice. Bourbon soaked oak chips with some coffee bean, charcoal, charred toast, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. Also some sweet bakers chocolate and subtle hints of fudge/chocolate cake. Vinous dark fruit notes buried in there with some date, plum, fig and raisin. Pretty complex but the bourbon and heavy roast quickly begin to dominate the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4605) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft pour at Snallygaster shared by solidfunk, thanks! Black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, chocolate. Similar notes in the taste. Full body with a dry finish.


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