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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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


on tap


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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.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1376) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2013
On tap @ Deschutes PDX. Pours super blackish brown with thin mocha head. Aroma is boozy chocolate, figs, raisins, and sweet rich roasty malt. Taste is huge slightly charred dark roasted malt with big cocoa and espresso on the finish. Notes of fig, jammy raisin, oak, port, and chocolate syrup. A bit hot, you easily notice the 11+% abv. Fair though, this beer is fresh and needs some age on it. Only a bit of barrel-aged notes come through. Deschutes has really cranked this up recently, they should be careful as they’re getting close to Abyss with this. On the other hand, maybe they have to keep cranking up Abyss to keep pace... one can only hope. Without tasting them side-by-side, this is an improvement on XXIV. Time for a vertical??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2708) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Poured black in color with tan head. Moderately thin body with light mouthfeel. Roast dominance with dry fruit shinning through and moderately sweet, but the roast really lingers. Sweet roasted aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Got this is a trade quite awhile ago. Lost track of it. No matter, it still is really great. Aroma of weak bourbon on top of figs, sugar coated currents, raisins, and oak.

No oxidation is found which is very impressive. The bourbon portion of the blend preserved it nicely. Mild roasted backbone, oak, chocolate, vanilla hints, plenty of dark fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Tasted on 9/22/16 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle purchased some time ago. Pours clear, deep brown, with a very thick brown head that slowly recedes to average, uneven lace. The nose is brown sugar, molasses, dates, figs, vanilla cola, some charred oak, coffee, fudge brownie, maple, with some alcoholic heat. The flavor is even more fruity fig, black currant, date, along with plenty of vanilla cola, maple, caramelized brown sugar, fudge brownie, and coffee bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation, and a long fruity, chocolatey, bourbon, and somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from Moscow Wine Shop. Stored 3 years in basement. Aroma: Dark chocolate, tempered bourbon and vanilla, dark berry, dark cocoa and Italian roast coffee. Palate: Full-bodied that has lost most of it’s baby fat. Flavor: Much like the nose. Comment: Rich yet the berries seem to lighten the body and adds interest so that it is not just a chocolate and coffee bomb. One of the best imperial porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle to tulip Consummation: Creme brule, toasted malt, booze, dark fruits, Adjunct: Strong caramel, rye, dark fruit, creme brule; thick, oily, and sticky; nicely done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of coca powder. The flavor has bitter chocolate and roast malt. A bit of tartness with the sweetness reserved for the finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Dark beer with a big aroma of dried fruit and chocolate covered cherries. This is a big, complex beer with lots of chocolate, dried cherries, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, and a warming cherry cordial finish. The ABV sneaks up on you. Very nice, full flavored dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, fruit, oak, and chocolate. Medium body. Nice, fairly long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
Black with small head. Leathery aroma, chocolate, plastic, roasted malts. Lightly sweet with bitter aftertaste, liquor, lastig warm aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
Pitch black body in the glass. Good sized head. Roasted malts, pretty good brew for sure.

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