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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle at Theis LA-box tasting. Pours an opaque black with a small beige head. Sweet and peppery with aromas of vanilla and hints of band aid.Notes of coco nut with hints of banana. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3322) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Draft sample at Papago. Jet black pour, pretty silky with not much of a head. Aroma was pretty boozy but also some roasted malt and dark fruit. The flavor brings in some wood, vanilla, brown sugar and burnt malt. Good with a lot going on.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (836) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle pours reddish black with soapy tan head. Chocolate, roast, vanilla, coffee. Moderately bitter and sweet. Medium bodied.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mililani (24) - - NOV 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Wow. I was never a fan of the Black Butte Porter. I thought many regular stouts I buy, such as TJ Oatmeal Stout, have a much more complex taste for the same ABV. This, on the other hand, knocked my socks off. Soooo delicious. You can taste the complexity of flavors: the chocolate, the dates and figs, the bourbon from the aged barrels. Simply awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maley1 (870) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
On draft. Black pour with small frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and ripe fruit. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, black currants and slight tart cherry. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, and perfectly balanced. Absolutely brilliant beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (935) - - NOV 19, 2013
Pitch black pour with very little head. Aroma of dark fruits, some bourbon, dark chocolate. Barrel is well integrated here, allowing Black currant, blueberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, time to shine. Plum and a bit of booze in the finish. Medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3446) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Large format bottle with black wax thanks to errl. Pours a darker brown to black with a beige head of foam. Fruity, blackcurrant, wet wood, some soggy toast. Toasty sweet in the taste. Bigger beer. This is one tasty, complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wordsworth (135) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours pitch black with very little white head that dissipates into a collar. Spotty lacing. Aroma is bourbon, currant, dark fruit, malt, light coffee on the tail. Flavor is notable bourbon, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit. I was apprehensive about this, but it’s quite delicious. I’d love to age one for a year or so.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Pours thick and hazy dark oily jet black color with minimal off-white head. Nose is roasty malt, cacao, plum, vanilla, oak. Tastes malty, very rich and complex, with notes of plum, blackberry, cacao, vanilla, assertive and well integrated oak, and a delicious finish. This one is stellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2429) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Rich chocolate, dark fruits, burnt sugar. This is a rich, dark stone fruit treat. This finishes dry enough to be very drinkable. The alcohol can be noticeable but not out of balance.


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