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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

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RATINGS: 269   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.


fidelis83's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bomber, bottle say best after04.16.2014, which I didn’t 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 it’s "Best After" date. Interesting and delicious.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reconqvista (189) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
Deep black colored beer with a light brown head. Aroma is smoky and includes liquorice and chocolate. Flavor is sweet, with ash reminders and hops. Body is slightly watery and carbonation is balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (279) - - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. The darkest shade of brown, capped with a head like ground cinnamon. The aroma is lovely -- cocoa, peanuts, maple, vanilla, blackberry, smoke. It’s rich and complex without being busy. More fruitiness shows up in the flavor as plums and black currant lead the way, followed by a rich chocolate syrup and espresso middle before a slightly smoky, burnt-malt-and-whiskey finish. The fruits are just a bit more pronounced than the barley and barrels, lending a soft tanginess to the proceedings. A sweet, dessert-like brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
22 oz. bottle shared by?. Pours black with a medium sized frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, figs, dates, dark fruit and berry character and light coffee. One word to describe the flavor is BIG. This has decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, roasted malt, mellow bourbon and oak, figs, some dark fruit and berries, cocoa, and flashes of the alcohol as it warms. For all of that, the balance is surprising. Full creamy body. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1035) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Black, small tan head. Aroma is a tart almost tannic fruityness. Flavor is much less tart. Roast forward with some dark fruits and some berry tartness in the finish. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Tap at Churchill’s Pub. Pours nearly opaque black with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, lactose, prunes and figs. Flavor is sweet dark malt and fruits, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (565) - GREECE - FEB 24, 2015
650ml bottle, trade by Bob, shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Thanks Bob! Dark brown almost black color with beige head. Malty aroma, light roasted, bready, caramel, light buttery and soy sauce in the beginning before it gets warmer, later the dominant aromas are chocolate, wood, fruity. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma, roasted malt, dark fruity chocolate, light alcoholic. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (356) - Marysville, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Fig and slight fruit aroma come from this thick black brew with a small cream brown head. Molasses fig chocolate come up front in a full bodied beer with a slightoak flavor in the aftertaste followed even later by chocolate. This is a thick low carb. Beer and worth a try.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Good retention. The nose is complex, but I can’t really nail down any of the components or adjuncts listed on the bottle. I do, however, pick up notes of mocha and caramel once warm. Full-bodied and as flat as a pancake. The flavor is boozy, burnt and far too bitter for my palate. There’s light acidity in the bitter, acrid, scorched finish. This isn’t talking to me. Not my thing. Mikkeller-like imperial porter/stout – basically an Imperial Black IPA. I have to go against the grain with this one. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (615) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a tan head. Tons of dates and dark fruit in the aroma, malty chocolate and vanilla, some dark berries. Flavour is much the same, but with some roasty notes on top. Sweet with a bit of bitterness to balance. Quite nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (214) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Dark black. Thick beige head. Molasses, dark fruits. Heavy & thick on the palate. Complexity is off the charts. This is a great beer.


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