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Black Butte XXVI - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI

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BA SCORE
92
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673 Ratings
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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 51
Gots: 396 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 06-05-2014

Our 26th anniversary Imperial Porter was aged in bourbon barrels (50% for 6 months) and dry spiced with Theo Chocolate's cocoa nibs, revealing hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pomegranate molasses and Oregon cranberries complement the robust flavor with a hint of fruit and just enough tart to make you smile.
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Photo of InspectorBob
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greengumby
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Initially looks delicious. It pours thick and dark, but once the beer settles, it is clear that there are large chunks of sediment. The head is, however impressive. It rises after the pour and is thick, fine, and a reddish brown.

The smell is indicative of the taste, which is helpful, but not necessarily good. Once in a glass, the beer has notes of molasses and dark cherry.

The taste starts of pleasantly soft and a touch bitter, but quickly becomes sweet. You begin to taste the cranberry that the label notes, but then the flavor of the cocoa nibs mixes in and there is an unpleasant almost blue cheese taste.

Each sip has a pleasant mouthfeel, and is surprisingly light given the flavor.

I do not think that I would buy it again, but that may be more a reflection on my own tastes than the quality of the beer itself.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzlyo
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is chocolate, mocha, earth and dark malts. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate/cocoa, raspberries, mocha/coffee and a long and very acidic/tart finish.

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at hunger and thirst, Lancaster, PA. Served in a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a khaki head that rests atop with adequate retaining power. As the cap fades, it leaves patchy lace.

The smell contains plenty of chocolate blending to oak which is mostly raw and woody feeling with some vanilla and dark fruited aspects. The taste is pleasantly woody with some fruitiness almost like currant or raisons. The aftertaste boasts vanilla and caramel.

Im familiar with the past several years of the black butte reserve line and know that each year they do something a little different. While drinking this you could certainly tell there was a fruit addition to it. To only be reading it now, after the fact, makes a lot of sense. A nice one off that is worth trying if you get the chance (especially if its $6 a snifter on tap verse the typical $20 pricetag the bombers cost.)

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncan2223
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jemarent
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soupyman10
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks perfect. Deep brown, almost black, with some amber highlights and a nice thin head with excellent lacing. Nose is surprisingly subtle, sweet caramel, roastiness, some coffee. Flavor is excellent. Smooth, almost no sign of alcohol besides a little warmth. A nice, full, flavor, for a porter. Sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some dried fruit, like prunes or raisins. Really a nice beer - full, delicious, excellent for even a single person to put back. Full body, warming, lovely. Overall a really excellent beer. Not worth the price in DC ($17.50), but would love it if someone else paid!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark brown, nearly opaque with deep ruby highlights when held to light. Some messy mocha head and lacing. Gorgeous.
smell: Nose is a bit subdued though i confess i haven't let this warm enough out of the fridge. Couldn't wait any longer. Wonderful bourbon vanilla richness. As it warms it gets better and better.
taste: No need to wait for warming here. Just an amazing array of flavors and blended perfectly. Chocolate and vanilla, bourbon, a bit of fruit.
overall: I'm thinking this

Photo of Harrgain1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wattoclone
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black brown with moderate head which persists. Pleasant fruity, chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet chocolate with a fruity midrange followed by a roasted malt finish. Very complex and enjoyable. The high ABV was not evident but clearly puts this brew in the Imperial Porter style.

Photo of BigRedDog
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Slight bourbon (pretty weak), dark fruits, a hint of cocoa, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon, dark fruits, and a little anise.

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dogleg
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smaxy
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark with lots of sediment. Smells boozy and a little sweet. Has a strong bourbon flavor with pomegranate, vanilla, and molasses notes. Medium body. Overall very enjoyable!

Photo of Wasatch
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Cap/Wax
Best After: 06/14/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy tan head, a very nice medium size island and some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of dark stuff, vanilla, very slight bourbon note, fruity. The taste is pretty nice, malty, fruity, chocolate notes, sweet/vanilla, some bourbon. Medium body, with a very slight dry finish. Overall a very tasty brew. Been awhile since I've had another BB, nice to see it in the SLS here in Utah.

Photo of bsp77
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Continues the trend of this beer getting sweeter each year (molasses, cocoa), and now they added cranberries. I appreciate the oak and vanilla notes from the Bourbon barrels, but wish it went back to the old coffee formula.

Photo of TWStandley
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradStokley
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.