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: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (3047) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Taster at Standard Market during a Monday Deschutes Tap Takeover. I got to compare this to a XXIV, rare opportunity for anniversary beers for me. This one looked just a little lighter. Nose of sherry and vanilla over dark roasted malt. The taste has a pronounced cherry cola note absent in the XXIV, but it cuts across the dark roast malts. Besides the sherry notes, this tips a bit to a red wine taste, too. So much stuff going on here that I didnt catch the bourbon notes I usually find in a BBA beer. Probably that is helping to bring up more of the fruity character from the dates and figs.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2813) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Poured black in color with tan head. Moderately thin body with light mouthfeel. Roast dominance with dry fruit shinning through and moderately sweet, but the roast really lingers. Sweet roasted aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6609) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Got this is a trade quite awhile ago. Lost track of it. No matter, it still is really great. Aroma of weak bourbon on top of figs, sugar coated currents, raisins, and oak.

No oxidation is found which is very impressive. The bourbon portion of the blend preserved it nicely. Mild roasted backbone, oak, chocolate, vanilla hints, plenty of dark fruit. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Tasted on 9/22/16 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle purchased some time ago. Pours clear, deep brown, with a very thick brown head that slowly recedes to average, uneven lace. The nose is brown sugar, molasses, dates, figs, vanilla cola, some charred oak, coffee, fudge brownie, maple, with some alcoholic heat. The flavor is even more fruity fig, black currant, date, along with plenty of vanilla cola, maple, caramelized brown sugar, fudge brownie, and coffee bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation, and a long fruity, chocolatey, bourbon, and somewhat bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (622) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from Moscow Wine Shop. Stored 3 years in basement. Aroma: Dark chocolate, tempered bourbon and vanilla, dark berry, dark cocoa and Italian roast coffee. Palate: Full-bodied that has lost most of its baby fat. Flavor: Much like the nose. Comment: Rich yet the berries seem to lighten the body and adds interest so that it is not just a chocolate and coffee bomb. One of the best imperial porters.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1897) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle to tulip Consummation: Creme brule, toasted malt, booze, dark fruits, Adjunct: Strong caramel, rye, dark fruit, creme brule; thick, oily, and sticky; nicely done

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of coca powder. The flavor has bitter chocolate and roast malt. A bit of tartness with the sweetness reserved for the finish. Smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4273) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Dark beer with a big aroma of dried fruit and chocolate covered cherries. This is a big, complex beer with lots of chocolate, dried cherries, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, and a warming cherry cordial finish. The ABV sneaks up on you. Very nice, full flavored dessert beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1769) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, fruit, oak, and chocolate. Medium body. Nice, fairly long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
Black with small head. Leathery aroma, chocolate, plastic, roasted malts. Lightly sweet with bitter aftertaste, liquor, lastig warm aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
Pitch black body in the glass. Good sized head. Roasted malts, pretty good brew for sure.


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