SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours black as sin with small brown fizz. Smells of cocoa, bourbon and vanilla notes, roastiness, and a touch of spicy peppers. Tastes like cocoa nibs, sweet oranges, a touch of chili peppers, vanilla and bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Deschutes Black Butte XXIII finishes with a touch of cocoa dryness and alcohol burn. phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
23rd Birth Day Reserve. Ok; besides the fack it’s like breaking into fort knox to open the beer, I’m not going to hold it against the folks at Deschutes!. Pours dark and lightly frothy. Roasty, coco flavors hint of something special is about to happen. WOW...WOW! this is the shizznit! I’m floored, this is without any hesitation, this is the best Porter I’ve ever sampled! An absolutely wonderful beer of epic recognition. WOW!...I’m just floored, could be the best be I’ve ever sampled! next vacation...Bend Oregon!... Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Aroma of Cocoa and Orange. Nice smooth cocoa taste, but Orange is defnitely present. Bourbon after taste thanks to the barrel aging. Drinkability is high, not as aromatic as I’d hoped though. I can’t wait to try my second bottle next June tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
A buddy got a bottle for me when Deschutes was in town for San Diego beer week. Has best after: 6/15/12 on the side of the bottle. Pours a dark brown with a single finger of light brown/tan head. Nose/taste of roasted malt and oak/bourbon. Very smooth with a moderate bitterness and a nice alcohol finish. Amazingly complex, so glad I was able to give it a try! onceblind (10124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Aged ~1yr, on 6/11/2012. Black with a sticky beige head that recedes a little fast. Amazing aroma of chocolate, boozy wood, light vanilla, a dose of orange and dark roasty plum notes. Lovely mouthfeel with just the right carbonation and a big body, but not so big as to be abrasive. Flavor notes of chocolate and bourbon oak play wonderfully with some dark roasty caramel sweetness, a touch of vanilla, and a very present note of orange zest. Ends with a chocolaty orange tone with a light touch of oak and light booze. Plainly wonderful.
rougeau13 (3138) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2012
I’ve been waiting for this one. Nearly black with a nice brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, licorice, wood, and bourbon. Delicious. Bourbon barrel, chocolate, fruit and roast taste. Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and a touch boozy. Nearly perfect. alexdagrate (1) - USA - JUN 27, 2011 does not count
22 ounce bottle, served in a Duvel® tulip glass.
Expecting a small head on a 10.8%ABV, I poured this rather high, it produced a big, beige head. I stuck my nose right into the foam and caught whiffs of the chocolate and oranges, the bourbon was way in the back, but noticeable.
First sip was basically foam, but delicious foam.
The spice of the chiles was so subtle, it was a vague tingle. I can’t think of a beer that pulled chiles off better than this. If you mixed chiles, oranges, chocolate, and bourbon into a bowl, I would probably gag. However, all of these tastes are perfectly balanced in this beer.
I can’t wait to try this again in a year after cellaring. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Jet black with a foamy tan head. Lacing up the glass. The cocoa and orange are manifested on the aromatics. Light carbonation. Dark, bitter chocolate and espresso. Full bodied and a bit bitter on the finish. Will age my other bottles. Delicious porter. DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bought a 22oz bottle of this from Texas Liquor in Carlsbad, CA for $15.99. Poured from the Black Waxed top & Grey/Black labeled bottle into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has BEST AFTER: 6/15/12 on the side of the bottle.
Aroma- Huge fruit and especially orange aroma hits the nose hard. Strong and malt dominant like it should be. A nice roast and burnt malt aroma finishes this one off. VERY complexed!
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, dark brown head that has average retention for the style. Has a deep brown colored body with quite a bit of depth (and opaque of course). Leaves light suds behind.
Flavor- Tons of bourbon and deep sweetness comes across as the main flavors. Fruit is only in the background and tough to find. Very complexed in here as well and finishes with a medium bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and has a perfect boozy finish. Not too much alcohol but more complexed with orange and bourbon included.
Overall Impression- I’m glad I waited almost half a year to enjoy this one! It definitely has became more complexed in the bottle. If there are bottles still around St. Louis, I’m going to be seeking to purchase more of this! Enjoy! bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Best AFTER June 15, 2012, so I assume it was bottled on June 15, 2011.
Appearance: Dark mahogany that appears near black when the glass is full. Frothy tan head and pretty good lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt aroma of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Light citrus and a mild chili pepper spiciness. Oh yeah, and a huge blast of booze.
Taste: Cocoa driven roasted malts with accents of coffee, molasses and a light fruitiness. Some nice oak characteristics as well. Finishes with orange (which provides a nice crispness), spicy hops and a lingering, but mild and nuanced, chili pepper taste and burn.
Palate: Full-bodied with low carbonation and a very smooth body. The beer is a little too hot right now (bottled a little over a week ago), and the chilies may be adding to that impression. I like the light chili pepper burn on the finish, versus my experience with Great Divide Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti where the cayenne was a major distraction for me.
Overall: Just fantastic. A notch below Black Butte XXI at this point, but I had that beer with a year on it. I would not be surprised if I like this one a little better after a year, as this may have more complexity. Cheers to retrying in one year!