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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3970) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a very dark brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong cocoa, dark fruits, currants. Medium mouth, nice roast, dark chocolate, cocoa, lingering dryness. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1348) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
bottle in a trade, shared with a friend. poured a dark brown black colour with a nice mocha head. chocolate, oak, vanilla, liqorice, figs, bourbon, sweet red fruits, figs covered in chocolate, caramel, pretty complex mouthfeel. only "bad" part is that there is a small unpleasant finish in the back in the aftertaste, maybe of some used fruit. earth, but really delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2605) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Draft at Slaters 50/50. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head and lots of lacing. Tastes like raisin, prunes, dark fruit, malt, and alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin, earthy, boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2481) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Une explosion étouffée de petits fruits rouge cause des dommages collatéraux chocolatés. Des tannins délicats se joignent à l’amertume pour donner une sécheresse contrastant la décadence du corps. Buvabilité ana’’corps’’nique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2903) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best after 6/10/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, light smoke/nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Barrel aged blended imperial porter! All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (930) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Aroma is fairly chocolate forward with a balanced roast note in the background. Nice berry and cherry character with some prunes, raisins and figs as well. Some light oak and bourbon notes with medium light alcohol spice. Hints of anise. Pours black with a bit of dark brown highlights on the edges and a medium sized, moderately thick, dark tan head with average retention. Medium light lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with moderate chocolate and light roast character. Quite a bit of berry and dark fruit character including cherries, currants, figs, prunes and plums. The fruitiness adds a bit of sweetness mid palate. Some more light roast notes with light tobacco and leather. Moderate bitterness with light oak and medium light bourbon. Light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a bit of a slick, oily character and medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice imperial porter with a ton of chocolate character and nice nice dark fruit and berry notes. Nice complexity with light bourbon and oak notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2342) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap. Heavy malt notes of toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee, light herbs and earth for the hops and yeast, with dark dried fruits, wood, vanilla and milk. Head is small, wispy, tan with no lacing but good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown yet still clear. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. Great tasting and nice feeling Strong Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"I’ve really liked past incarnations of this brew, but like abyss, thought the tweaks they’ve started to make were not for the better. This year, though, i was excited that they upped the bourbon barreling to 50% of the blend. I was simultaneously worried about the addition of more fruit, especially the black currants (12.5% of the blend, slighltly soured too I read somewhere)...and I was right to be. The extra bourbon is completely covered up by the fruit and the tartness clashes with instead of compliments the decadence of the base beer and the bourbon. Not that it doesn’t work some. It’s delicious, but it’s also my least favorite BB Anniversary blend since they started bottling these 5 years ago."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2621) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co, as a rare acquisition from the distributor. Dispensed to a snifter with a darkest brown color that showed mahogany highlighting at the base, a modest layer of tan head foam that produced a persistent ring & film, and clingy spots of lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with cocoa, some barrel induced vanilla, ready alcohol, but mainly dark fruit as cherry & prune. These notes were similar in the flavor, as the alcohol expressed it’s bourbony nature, the dark fruit remained dominant, some tannic astringency was present, and the texture was silky on the tongue. Medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation. Very smooth and sipable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
sampled at a bottle share. pretty decent imperial porter, though i found it a bit thin.

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