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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: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
bottle, great beer, dark pour, full mouthfeel. big flavors of chocolate, dsrk fruits, figs, dates, multiple flavor levels that meld together smoothly. very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (812) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle [best after 07/23/2013]. Jet black with beige head. Wood and licorice with mild chocolate and roast malt. Medium body, a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7230) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (707) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1043) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1259) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
From notes. On tap at Bellís Funvitational on September 12. The pour is dark brown with hints of ruby poking through and a thin film of khaki head with no lace. The aroma is heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg with a lot of malt, good brown sugar, and a little vanilla. There is no real great barrel character, aside from a little char, which is surprising, since it spent 3 years in the barrels. The flavors are good. Chocolate, roast malt lots of oak. Good cinnamon and nutmeg. No real bourbon but a lot of charred oak and light vanilla. Mouth feel is thin but missing the carbonation. The finish is lingeringly woody and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (3759) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft at a Deschutes event at The Foundry, served in a snifter. Pours a deep, opaque coffee brown with a finger of tan head that we had to wait for a minute to settle. Aroma of dark chocolate, a surprising amount of dark fruit (fig, raisin, dates), coffee, vanilla, and some earthy, citrusy hops. Those show up in the flavor, too, along with dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and root beer. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Another nice, big anniversary Black Butte.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (643) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Pours black with thin disappearing head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of fruit, chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, and more--about as nice as it gets. Taste is lighter and less complex than the aroma would suggest. Consists of roasted malt, raisins, figs, licorice, cherries, bourbon, wood, and a little alcohol bite, but it is all pretty subtle and nothing dominates. Mouth feel is relatively light, but not thin, and not sweet. A bit more stout than porter, but no problem there. Finishes slightly bitter, and more than I would prefer, but not bad at all. This is a nice beer, and I would only wish for a little more complexity and depth, but itís very good. It might age well, my only concern would be losing the barrel notes, and thinning out when I do not think it needs either. Update: aged one year in cellar. Holds up great. Still complex and interesting and tasty. Finish has less bitterness to it, which works for me. Still very balanced, but getting a focus of more malt, and has an overall sweeter flavor. Good stuff, maybe not interesting enough to age it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1244) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Dark pour with adequate lacing, which is an off white color. Aromas of fig, bourbon, smoke, and chocolate. Complex concoction, with a kick from the ABV. Warming in the tummy, but not harsh, which is a positive. Flavors of bourbon, fig, and soy are presented. As with most beers in this group, this is much better served at a warmer temperature. A good beer to sip by a fire in the dead of winter, even though I happen to be enjoying it now in the middle of August.

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