Black Butte XXVI - Deschutes Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
In twenty-six years of playing with porter, imagination and creativity run amuck as elements of pomegranate and cranberry add tangy balance and curriosity to its imperial toasted taste.
Just off of black, its onyx austere is capped with a whipped mocha froth that sturdily holds onto the snifter during the patient session. With strong coffee, chocolate and burnt toast hovering above, the tangy berry-like scent is highlighted by the tingle of booze.
Its full and deeply penetrating taste is of wonderfully burnt sugars, leading with molasses, cocoa and latte. With earthen elements of coffee, soil, smoldering embers and burnt bread seeping into the mouth; the brilliant vibrancy of cranberry, pomegranate and seemingly cherry bounce off the tongue with its acidic balance.
Bittered with earthy coffee and campfire, a burnt pinecone taste pulls from the ash and achieves a slight semblance of dryness with spicy curracao liquor and spiced rum to finish and echoes of chocolate covered cherries to return in aftertaste.
08-20-2014 17:30:22 | More by BEERchitect
4.47/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best after 06/16/15.
Appearance: Pours midnight black with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head which settle into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.
Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, dark roast coffee, cream, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Some black licorice hints. Fruit hints of pomegranate and cranberry along with dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, dates, and prune. Slight hints of citrus as well. Hops are pretty light. A really complex and good aroma.
Taste: Like its smells, a very rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven taste with a big presence of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, dark roast coffee beans, cream, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and some anise black licorice. Big presence of fruit with some notes of cranberry, pomegranate, and slight citrus along with some dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, dates, dark cherry, and prune. Hops are very light. A very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very rich, slick, and creamy. Booze heat is fairly smooth considering the ABV.
Overall: Another great imperial version of one of the better Porters out there. Nicely complex and rich mix of dark malt, bourbon, and fruit notes.
08-17-2014 06:47:00 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Black Butte 26 on tap at Anodyne in Albuquerque, NM, July 2014.
A- pitch black liquid with a minimal head but good lace and retention. 4
S- licorice, oak barrels, dark malt, sweet malt, caramel, bourbon 4
T- bourbony, hint of berries, booze, caramel, vanilla. More chocolatey as it warms. 4
M- more booze than I'd like, thinner body than I'd expect, probably due to the booze, but it smooths out with some warmth. 4
Overall, this beer seems a bit under matured. I imagine with some age the booze will dissipate and it will drink more smoothly. I'm curious to see how the berry-flavors develop and what becomes of the chocolate that is somewhat faint now. 4
07-21-2014 02:20:11 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Had on tap @ Final Gravity in Roseville, CA
Appearance - Pours near black with ruby brown highlights where light can penetrate. Served in 10oz glass w/ half finger head. Leaves a nice coat of lacing on the side of the glass. 4
Smell - Hot on the nose, with chocolate and cocoa notes backing a whiskey-like aroma. Backing notes of dark berries. 3.75
Taste- Follows the nose. Chocolate, berry and citrus with plenty of alcohol flavor in the mix. Finishes much the same, with milk chocolate backed by notes of orange and light alcohol heat. 4
Mouthfeel - Close to full in body with low carbonation, delivering a somewhat syrupy feel. Goes down decent enough with a drying alcohol finish. 3.75
Overall - Good, but not 'blow your socks' off amazing. Reminiscent of those sweet chocolate liqueur candies that somehow end up in stockings come Christmas; the Gran Marnier flavor comes to mind. A bit hot for my tastes as is, but it should age nicely; thankfully I found this on tap so I can save my bottle for a year or two. 4
08-18-2014 02:37:09 | More by TheSixthRing
4.11/5 rDev -0.7%
Dark brown, thin appearance with active carbonation. Tons of floaters.
Great smell. Berries, woody, lots of cocoa. Earthy.
Chocolatey and slight tartness. Oaky, vanilla. Licorice.
Thin with high carbonation. Sticky.
Great smell and taste. The downside is the unsightly appearance and thin prickly body.
08-02-2014 19:47:44 | More by Vonerichs
Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.