Bill Becker (1011) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - AUG 9, 2013
I bought a Howler of this at Liquor Shed for $11.99. Thatís 2 true pints for $6 a piece. Nice.
A- it pours black, no light shines through. Small head of foam, yeah, but swirling the beer in my glass brings a decent head of foam and also some lacing. It looks both potent and delicious.
S- big Bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, dark fruits....so good of a nose.
T- all sorts of complex flavours going on here. Big but not overpowering Bourbon with tasty vanilla and chocolate, dark fruits of the fig kind, dark fruit of the black currant kind that adds just a wee bit of tartness. I was a little feared when I first tried the XXV in a bottle when I read the label and saw the mention of black currants...that and after reading about it on a post on BA. But man, I should never have doubted Deschutesí brewing skills. This is killer good and ready to drink now!
M- just a tad under full bodied, or is it? Great medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is super and so is the fact that I no longer see the word mouthfeel underlined in red. Itís a real word now.
O- I admit, Iíve been a bit miserly about giving beers a perfect 5 when, perhaps, I should have. This is a perfect 5 for me though the bottles, I think, need more time as per Deschutesí putting a best after date. Cheers!
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Simply the best Black Butte to date...incredible complexity (the black currents add just the right amount of tartness to the chocolate, caramel, and brown fruitiness of this beauty). The body is a bit more full than in past editions, and thereís a much softer, smoother lack of heat, right off the bat.
Kudos, once again, Deschutes! mililani (26) - - NOV 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Wow. I was never a fan of the Black Butte Porter. I thought many regular stouts I buy, such as TJ Oatmeal Stout, have a much more complex taste for the same ABV. This, on the other hand, knocked my socks off. Soooo delicious. You can taste the complexity of flavors: the chocolate, the dates and figs, the bourbon from the aged barrels. Simply awesome. Terminizzle (9) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013 does not count
Can?t beat this... might be too good for me lol.. . Probably top 10 beers all time in my book mlehman1 (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
Unbelievable! Dates, Figs, Bourbon Barrels, I'm a proud 25 year vet! Thank You for this!!
Rojum55 (12) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Served from bottle to Stone IRS Glass.
Aroma: Dates, dark fruits, some chocolate, a bit of bourbon.
Taste: Some tart fruits, bits of vanilla, some coffee; more dryer foreign coffee.
Overall: A very well made beer an impressive offering from Deschutes and something Iím glad I got to try! dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
This is excellent. Lots of thick chocolate. A bit sweet but with some licorice and deates. A nice beer that in the end actually finishes lighter than youíd expect. Sticky toffee there as well. Great stuff. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2013
The color of this beer is a clear black color with a small tan head, and the aroma is a glorious combination of cocoa nibs, roasted malts, booze, and caramel malts. Once sipped, the taste blows you away with the fusion of the heavy umami, the mild sweetness, and the touch of bitterness. The palate is also very, very nice with the oily texture, soft carbonation, medium body, and a long malty finish. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Draft at a sampling event. From notes. Loads of coffee and chocolate with nice oak and berry notes. Very awesome. Wish I could have snagged a bottle. onceblind (9442) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Slightly clear black pour, under a thin light khaki foamy head, great lacing. Nose is like chocolate covered dates/figs with deep cocoa and sweet syrupy bourbon. Very plum-raisin flavor with lots of dark chocolate and bourbony oak. A wee touch of earthy vanilla under a brown sugar booziness. A sweet raisin tone on the warming deep chocolate bourbon finish. Quite wonderful.