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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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


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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Dates, figs and chocolate. Black currants, barrel-aged in bourbon casks. The result is an Imperial Porter with a tart berry and chocolate aroma with luscious layers of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. A fitting tribute to the 25th Anniversary of our flagship beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Doug! Opaque, completely black body with rustic, dark brown edges. Darker than last year’s edition. Slowly rising, light tan head that falls rather quickly. Aroma is comprised of roasted malts, light cocoa sweetness, heavy cola, molasses, & some dried dark fruit (figs, dates). Very mild woody aspect in the tail end is the only sign of barrel aging. Taste is more dark fruit forward with big notes of raisins & currants. Other flavors include light cocoa nib sweetness, tame bourbon, molasses, & some oak. Finish is somewhat astringent with a big tannic oak character & cola flavor. Better than the last anniversary beer (XXIV) but still not a home run... Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Black waxed 22oz bomber pours with a deep dark looking body that supports a light mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up thick sweet malts and a wafer thin dash of prune to blueberry to date like dark fruity esters. It then gets into dark roasted malts mixed with caramel, chocolate and sweet molasses covered charred wood. Alrighty. The taste is typical Black Butte with rich goodness starting with thickly malt sweetened dark roasted malts and then chocolate mixed with molasses, a thin layer of dates and brown sugar dredged prunes. To midway bourbon muscles onto the scene with a firm warming feel and a slightly harsh booziness. Just your typical greatness here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Thanks for the share, OmegaX. This year’s batch is pretty complex, offering lots of chocolatey and berry-like flavors. The finish is full of dry cherry, oak and ripe fig. I really appreciate the smooth malty character that sweetens as it decants in the ol’ snifter. Cheers!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a smallish tan head that disappears quickly. Nose has a decent amount of bourbon in it, but you can get some dark fruit and roasting underneath there, if you pry hard enough. You can get a little sweetness from the fruit in the taste up front, with darker roasting afterwards, and definite oakiness throughout. Smooth and satisfying...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1512) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Nice, similar to the XXIV not quite as fruity. Same figs, dates, nuts and bourbon feel to the beer for me not quite as nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sjohnny (521) - - DEC 13, 2013
Whiskey and toffee with some dates and vanilla. Black with a quickly fading dark tan head. Tons of lacing. Slightly effervescent, some coffee and cocoa bitterness. Dark fruit, coffee, booze, licorice. Just a hint of spice at the finish and a lingering boozy warmth in the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (9546) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is more dark chocolate, dark sugars, whisky and berries at the end. Sweet. thinner than the 24, quite a sticky texture though. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle, thanks Mike. Black with tan head. Aroma os slightly elusive, roasty chocolate and slightly tangy. Taste of rich roasty chocolate, touch of whisky. Licorice, molasses. Sweet and bitter with a slightly sticky finish. Nice but preferred the xxiv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft roast ... chocolate roast nose ... dark roast ... bitter roast .. soft bourbon ... bourbon is thining the body ... lovely berry finish ... .. soft mellow roast... mellow roast ... dark malts ... bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a dark black color with no head. Aroma is woody and bourbon with dark chocolate. The taste is smooth. Sweet, sour, and bitter. This beer has a lot going on. Rich chocolate filed by sweet and sour berries and a lightly bitter burnt malt aftertaste. Perfect beer for a cold winter night by the fire.

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