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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: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (803) - 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
PartyFowle (668) - - 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 (1002) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2012
On tap and the Bend brewpub. Black with a modest dark tan head. Traces of wispy lacing. Dark sweet roasted flavors and a busy flavor profile. The chocolate is there but not pomonant, the dates and figs round things out nicely. Trying my best to let this warm up a bit. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7643) - 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 (638) - 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 it’s 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting dark brown head and an aroma of boubony dates and chocolate. Flavor is creamy rich leather, vegetal figs, a little soy/smoke and a nice rounded finish of slightly warming bourbon. Nice beer all around and well priced. Not my favorite of the series though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1230) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Tap @ Deschutes’ Portland Pub... Poured jet black with a thick, frothy, eggy/off-white head. Nose had cocoa and a hint of roast. Thick body, actually a really nice mouthfeel. Probably the best thing about this beer is how it felt on the palate. Super fruity. Probably the fruitiest one from this series. With noticeable dates and other dark fruits. Even a hint of manderin-like tones. Some spice and heat in the middle of the flavor profile, but after swallowing this was resolved by clean malt and cocoa tones. Also some roast was there, but not too dominant. Some toasted sweetness too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
pours jet black with a small khaki head and some lacing. smell is of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. taste is thick, dark chocolate, espresso, woody, and some dark fruits. ends somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

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