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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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734 Ratings
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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 59
Gots: 467 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 734 | Reviews: 101
Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, with a hefty light brown head that eventually faded to wisps.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, a little ethanol.

Taste: Very rich chocolate up front, into a sweet malt backbone, very little bitterness, some booze at the end, although not as much as I was expecting at 10+ % ABV.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very thick.

Overall: Excellent imperial porter (not that I've ever had any others). Chocolate is up front, but not overpowering. Definitely a sipper - it took me about 30 minutes to go through 8 oz.

Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a two finger khaki head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt, Bourbon, and vanilla.

Has a sweet falvor, which is balance by some bitterness, and a little tartness. There is chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt, Bourbon, vanilla, cranberries, and I can taste the pomegranate molasses too. The cranberry and pomegranate molasses tastes are both subtle, which I appreciate.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Leaves a lightly sticky feeling in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.8 % abv beer. Glad I had a chance to try this, and that I picked up some extra bottles as well.

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

Photo of bman13
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.74/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A deep dark brown that wants to be black but never makes it. Head is a straight khaki. Loose bubble structure with minimal retention. Leaves a small collar with wisps of a cap. Tiny splotches of lacing. Slightly creamy pour with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruit. Loaded with plum. Some raisin and fig as well. Some toffee and molasses. Malty. Brown bread covered with some kind of fruit spread. A touch earthy. Alcohol as well. Sweet. Runs the gamut of caramelized sugars. Caramel, toffee, and lots of it. Building raisin sweetness. Some spicy esters. Raisin cake. Sweet and boozy.

Taste: Crazy sweet. Deeply cooked and caramelized sugars. Toffee pushes hard before giving way to a dark slightly brint caramel. Raisin and plum in abundance with some fig thrown in for good measure. Something almost woody. A touch of earth. Oxidized. Deeply metallic. Some dark chocolate is in there but it's hard to find over the crazy sweet malt backbone. Deeply bready. Brown bread. Burnt bread crust. Deep hits of molasses and char.

Mouthfeel: Medium almost full body with a touch of creaminess. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Why would you do this to bread?

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Two40addict
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbattey
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Desimoaj
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miller9410
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JSBILK
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shehateme
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fremont897
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of user785335
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nazzz
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, rich chocolatey brown with similar colored head that faded almost immediately. No collar or wisps or lacing but good legs. Aroma is big on the chocolate, deeply roasted malt, molasses, and earthy from the barrels. Taste is chocolate up front, tart pomegranate and a deep wet earthy malt base. Great full body and clings the the sides of your mouth and tongue and very low carbonation.

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjmiller718
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.