Black Butte XXVI - Deschutes Brewery
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4.41/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A very smooth taste. Bourbon comes in with a nice spice. I get very little beery flavor. I even get a slight bubble gum flavor coming through. I think this beer will age well. This is a huge chocolate flavored porter. It gains a better character as the beer warms.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 05:59:25 | More by Celtics17
4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 02:20:11 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.29/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of pillowy lacing. Delicious aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, light fruit, vanilla, a hint of bourbon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, light fruit with cranberry tartness, vanilla, hints of dark dried fruit, bourbon, chocolate. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess, nice mouth feel. I have to say that I was on a roller coaster ride with this one. The aroma is fantastic and the initial taste of malt, fruit and vanilla is very nice, then the cranberry comes in to add a bit a tartness and part of me wants to wallow in dark malt for a while without the tartness, but when the finish rolls around, there is a great aftertaste of sweet vanilla toasted malt and pure, fresh cranberry that is quite satisfying. In general I'm not a fan of tartness in porters and stouts unless it is carefully restrained. XXVI skates to the edge of that flavor preference and pulls it out in the finish. Complex, interesting and as always, one of the great beers produced in our hemisphere. I'm going to take the chance that this will not become too tart in the future and will cellar a few to try again.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 03:54:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.