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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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

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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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.


fidelis83's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bomber, bottle say best after04.16.2014, which I didnít notice until I opened it, oh well. Near black pour with a 1 finger, soapy orange-tan head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark fruit, chocolate, some coffee, a decent bit of oaky and grainy bourbon, roast, dark toffee, roasted nuts and some berry notes. Flavor is loaded with dates, rum and chocolate up front, then comes in some coffee, oaky, grainy bourbon, toffee, light, tart berry notes and some nice, chocolate, roast and light resinous hops to the finish. Medium to heavy body, with a creamy, entry, leading to a slightly dry, chewy finish with a light, though slightly sharp carbonation. Pretty awesome stuff overall, lots of intense roasty malt, bourbon and sweet dark fruit stuff going on, but that little hint of tartness really sort of wakes up the taste buds after a few sips and keeps this big beer from being too palate fatiguing. I will definitely try to grab a bottle and try it after itís "Best After" date. Interesting and delicious.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4736) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, dates, figs, raisins and smooth roast. It has a medium / full body with some roughness and mild carbonation. The flavor starts with molasses, dates, figs, raisins, roast, cream and warming alcohol. The finish has alcohol warmth, chocolate and bourbon. Pretty nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1038) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with Spencer. The pour is a dark brown/medium black with a thin ring of light tan head and no real lace. The aroma is strong on dark fruits. There is a lot of fig and dates. A little currant and lots of bourbon. The booze is really heavy. Roasty and fruity on the back end once the booze passed. The flavor is surprisingly full of dark fruits. It's actually really good. There is a good cocoa to work with a nice bourbon heat. The currants and figs come through on the back end nicely. The mouth feel is a little thin but the barrel works well. There is a nice carbonation but it does fall off quickly. Aftertaste is lingeringly dark fruits and a light roast. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1427) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle; Pour is dark brown - fine bubbled khaki - its quite modest, with average retention - spotting presence here as well - The nose slowly reveals fine layers of dark fruit - there are roasted malts present, cocoa, with feint vanilla as well - The flavor profile is initial currants, more roasted notes, with layers of earthy oak - more vanilla - and very feint booze - Smoke and cocoa rounds this one out - This might be bourbon barrel aged but Itís hard to pinpoint. Thereís a lingering bitter - mild sweet - while the body is a touch thin - Itís nice, overall

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4156) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown beer with an lasting beige head. Malty roasted chocolate cherries licorice dark fruits caramell aroma with vanilla and oaky notes. Roasted chocolate caramell licorice coffee, oak vanilla dark fruits flavour with some vinous notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2015
At loganís alley in tulip. Black large light brown head. Intense brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, some spices. Sweet, mild bitterness, full body, soft carbonation. Good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. I donít think Iíve ever noted lacing in a review before, but this has exceptional lacing. Beer geek status now official. Anyhow, huge malt, tart berry, chocolate. Complex and awesome. Outstanding beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1002) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours super dark brown thin tan head . Faint dark berry aroma .mild cocoa and nice tart berry flavor . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GriffDaddy (93) - - MAY 10, 2015
This was about two years on the shelf. Powerful tart fruit aroma, heavy chocolate and some wood. Even more powerful tartness at first sip, as if the malty bready goodness receded a bit over time. Became more balanced as it warmed, with strong fruit, wood, vanilla, chocolate flavors alongside a restrained and very welcome alcohol burn. This is a huge beer, beautifully balanced, just enough of the barrel and a delicious blast of everything else. Just beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2495) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2015
I liked some of the earlier versions better. Some of these fruit flavors along with the bourbon and the bitter clash a bit both in taste and in the body. Still a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
Draft at the bridge. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves a shitload of lacing in the glass. Lots of roasted malt on the nose. A fair amount of malt on the tongus with a bit of grapefruit on the finish. Interesting.


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