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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: 332   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle:   Black, sandy head, large and foamy, nice lacing.   Nose of cocoa, dark chocolate, graham cracker, oak, sherry, and some minor dark pitted fruit.   Smells inviting!   Similar on the on the tongue, albeit the dark pitted fruit and sherry are softer.   The 11% ABV is noticeable.   Its got some heat on it.   Not quite as thick as I was hoping either, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A little dry on the backside, lingering cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol.   As is its rather enjoyable, a little hot right now, but with time should fair better.   Only wished the dark pitted fruit and sherry were a little more pronounced.   Otherwise a very very fine Imperial Porter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4639) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, tannish head. The smell is baking chocolate, figs, burnt, toffee, malts, coffee, lots of coffee, and alcohol. The taste is malts, burnt, roast, fruits, real roast, alcohol, and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5543) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Tap. Pours opaque dark brown with a medium brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor about the same, plus kahlua, molasses, and dried fruit. Medium sweet, lightly bitter and quite alcoholic in the warming finish. Full bodied and creamy. Complexity and nuances come out as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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 (842) - 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 (7735) - 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 (791) - - 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 (1082) - 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 (1489) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
From notes. On tap at Bell’s 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 (4563) - 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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