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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

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RATINGS: 308   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Taster at Standard Market. Dang, I missed the fact that Standard was having a Deschutes tap takeover Monday, But I just happened to walk in and find this retired beauty on tap, which I got to side-by-side with the XXV. This one has a heady smell of cocoa and stewed figs. Looks solid black, but then you notice the faint brown highlights along the sides. Taste is dark and a bit grainy, but not highly roasted. Has a slight bourbon note, even though I believe this is not BBA. Carries a light fizz that makes it a great alcohol delivery system. Picks up a little more Kahlua note toward the end.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1420) - 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 (1637) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
This was the big beer stout that I was expecting. Has a hint of autolysis, old hops, bitter. Chocolate syrup. Bitter malts in the flavor. More chocolate syrup in flavor again. Maybe I get some light spices coming out. After this one I stopped rating, they were way more similar than different.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dslam (81) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from a 6 oz bottle. Dark to the pour with a lot of beige head. Aroma of liquorice and malts. Beautifully balanced taste of liquorice, bitterness of alcohol and chocolate malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (700) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (306) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Finally getting to this. Thought I’d do it as a vertical, but Christmas Eve is good too. Bottle, black and thick, skiff of foam, decent lacing. Aroma is raisin, molasses, roasted malt and chocolate, cherries, a bit of alcohol. I could just huff this all day. Taste is raisin and plumb, dates, molases, cherries, anise, angelica, cinnamon, coffee. Long, dry finish of citrus rind. Palate is thick, but not as syrupy as many in this class, carbonation subdued. Extraordinary!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6537) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2438) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, light lacing. Aroma is of bananas, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Flavour is of chocolate, burnt malts, roasty, dark fruits, smoke. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, roasty, sweet and quite warming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
From Let’s Pour R.I.P. Black pour with a fleeting tan head. Aroma of molasses and cocoa. The flavor is slightly sweet with bitter roast malts balancing out the sweetness. Smooth cocoa throughout. Nice sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (968) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Aroma is chocolate forward with a background roast and faint smokiness. Just a hint of peat with moderate spice character. Moderate dark fruit and fig character with some raisin. Medium light alcohol spice and light oak character. Spice character seems to be cinnamon, anise and clove. Pours black with a small, thick mocha head that recedes to a small wisp of foam in the center of the glass. No lacing and moderately long, viscous legs. Flavor is similar to the aroma with sweet, rich chocolate upfront. Some medium light roast, faint smoke and light tobacco follow along with some moderate fruit notes, mostly fig but also prune and raisin. A light leather character. Spice comes through in the finish with lingering chocolate, roast and and leather. Spice seems to be cinnamon, clove and anise like in the aroma. Some faint oak notes and medium light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and slightly oily with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but the finish doesn’t quite work for me. The spice character doesn’t work with the alcohol and lingering roast character. Nice fruit notes.


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