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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


charule's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
On tap at Three Aces. Poured black with light tan foam, decent lace. Light roasted malt aroma, some molasses and soy. Quite smooth oily feel thats lightly bitter and hangs around.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - 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."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2424) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1666) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
sampled at a bottle share. pretty decent imperial porter, though i found it a bit thin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a good bit of light brown head. Nose has a bit of licorice, medium roast, sugary berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Taste is roasty mid palate, heavy berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Mild acidity and an extremely full creamy body.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (1330) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/4/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Black with a finger of tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of tart fruit, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, coconut. Tastes of nice bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruit and berries.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (534) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Black Butte 25 was consumed in Late August 2014, a few months after the ’best after’ date. Pours thick and black, with a rich tan head. Aroma is complex, of malts, chocolate, currant, and dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, oak, vanilla with a bit of chocolate. Very good and balanced, complex but drinkable. Thumbs way up here. This is a great imperial porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle, shared at RBAG by heavyleavy, and enjoyed again more recently. Hearty near black pour, ruby depths. Heaps of bitter chocolate, soft dark fruits, black cherry, oaky vanilla. Rich and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle with about a year on it, with the XXIV. Some red wine character on the nose from the currants, and some brooding dark fruit/red wine on the finish too. Much leaner in mouthfeel and richness than the XXIV at this point with still pretty heavy bitter hop character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1754) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
August Ale Alpharetta. Poured close to blackout. Aroma was dark fruits, cocoa, light bourbon and some booze. Taste is similar with the barrel aging not as prominent. Booze is there but nice, dark chocolate and dark fruits all over.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11842) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle in Vegas, baby! Hotel tasting. Pretty much black, dark brown head. Aroma of rich vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is Italian espresso soda with mokka. Nice.


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