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Black Butte XX - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 232
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Porter brewed with chocolate beans and coffee added with 20% aged in bourbon barrels

Released in June 2008.

(Beer added by: josiahschlender on 05-23-2008)
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a brandy snifter this black beer looked and smelled like coffee with a nice full malt sweetness.

Good carbonation but not overly gassy.

Had a nice roasted malt sweetness reminiscent of coffeee but not astrigent or bitter.

Flavor was a nice malt sweetness with chocolate and some coffee notes but none of the coffee bitterness or astringency.

Full bodied with with a slight alcohol burn.

hop bitterness was evident but malt sweetness predominates.

Dangerous beer to drink. Drinks very smooth for the high alcohol content.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6-26-11
Poured in a XX, XXI, and XXIII vert. Pours pitch black with amber edges; aroma is chocolate and tootsie rolls, beets. Tastes of subdued chocolate yet heavy on the tootsie roll, muted coffee, raisins. Mouthfeel still has grip, beginning to thin compared to the newer versions. Carbonation is medium, sweetness has mellowed.

4-10-11
Pours black with reddish mahogany edges, tan head about two fingers, falls to a nice cap of lacing. Smell is chocolate and coffee, raisins, licorice, and all sorts of goodness. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roast malt and char, slight soy, black coffee again. As it warms and my palate adjusts I pick up more chocolate, oak char, and licorice. Mouthfeel is on the light side, which is appropriate for a porter style. Carbonation is medium yet prickly, flavors coat the back of the mouth. Pretty drinkable for an imperial, Deschutes always comes through for me on their Reserve Series. Another win for this one!

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4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a killer brew! The pour was pitch black with a great 1/4 inch dark brown head. This is a very inviting beer in that the smell was full of dark chocolate and smokiness with a slight hint of alcohol in the background. Flavor was great, especially once the beer reached room temp. Dark chocolate and bitterness hit you right off the bat followed by a slight sweetness and dry aftertaste make you reach for that next sip very fast! Recommended for sure!

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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged a little over 7 months.

A- pours thick and very dark with about an inch and a half dark brown head that leaves a thin film on top.

S- smell is of coffee and vanilla, which makes it smell like sweet coffee. something a flavored coffee from starbucks might smell like.

T- vanilla and coffee, just as the smell suggested. a lingering chocolate bitterness at the end. a hint of whiskey also at the end. simply fantastic! the alcohol is noticeable but not overly so.

M- full-bodied. very, very smooth. easy on the palate.

D- i wish i had more of these. the lingering taste causes you to constantly be reaching for more. i could probably drink two more 22oz bottles of this in a night.

overall, im not a big fan of porters because, for the most part, they taste like watered-down stouts to me. this, however, is an exception... very full-flavored, and for all intents and purposes i would call it the abyss' little brother. simply fantastic. highly, highly recommended.

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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back with me from a recent trip to Portland and having now had the pleasure of drinking it, I'm very glad I did.

I'm not a coffee drinker and was glad to find the coffee to be well hidden within this smooth and delicious brew. The smell was of chocolate and sweet malts. The taste backs this up, but with caramel and some slight hint of the barrel aging. Perfectly carbonated and went down way too easy for a beer of its (hidden) strength.

I desperately need more of this. The best US beer I've ever had.

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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Traded a Bottle of my Homebrew for a bottle of this...

A: Deep Dark No light could fight its way through even at the edge of my glass. Poured thick with a very very small about of chocolate brown head, that retreated quickly.

S: Spicy and Sweet. Stronger on the Coffee than the Chocolate.

T: Rich and Complex, Great mix of the dark Chocolate coming out heavier than the smell would lead you to believe. Wondering how much of the bourbon barrel aging affected the flavor. Being aged a couple of years would add some alcohol too. Wish I would have reviewed the bottle I drank off the shelf.

F: Not as thick as I was expecting. Wonderful feel though to round out all the intense flavor.

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4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Onslow for this

this brew pours up a jet black color with an amazing chocolate head. the nose is bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark malts, nice. the taste is bourbon, chocolate, slight alcohol spice, chocolate malts. Such a full bodied beer this little bugger is!

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4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got talked into this by the local wine/beer buyer at Haggens. It was between seasons on The Abyss, and he said it was pretty special. I owe you one Gabrial. Pretty much forgot I even had it, but then broke it out on Saturday night near the end of a long session of tastings. Let's be clear, tasting followed by swallowings. A lesser beer could have gotten lost in all that preceded it, but not this beauty.

I'm not a fan of regular Black Butte, not bad, but not particularly interesting. This is a very different beast.

It looks beatiful poured in a glass mug, and gives off a dreamy scent of sweet dark chocolate, coffee press, and wood. The mouthfeel, as befits a porter is thinner than most imperial stouts, which helps bring out the higher end flavors that can get lost in cough syrup thickness. The coffee flavor is out front, as is the chocolate, but it taste like very good coffee and chocolate; they aren't just there as place markers for your tongue. This is way high on the yummy factor. Flavors stack up, and come and go: chocolate, brew coffee, molasses/sorghum, pine pitch, oak and cedar. The scent and taste follow each other consistently. The finish is almost too long in a black licorice way. We broke that up twice with the trick of taking a bite of apple, which clears the palate and lets you experience this beauty with a fresh sip.

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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Grad. Had some at the new Pub House in Portland too.

A - Dark black, little mocha head, which dissipates slowly.

S - Dark cherries, medium roast coffee, flowery hops, and slight alcohol in nose.

T - Dark cherries, medium roast coffee, flower hops, and no alcohol in flavor. That's a big plus.

M - Very well-balanced, hops do not dominate. Very warming too, but not from fusel.

D - At $3 a pint at the Grad, this beer will not last. Excellent. I love seeing brewers go after the high end of the market.

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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark brown/black with a nice size fluffy mocha colored head.

S: Wow. Nice and complex nose. Sweet cocoa, molasses, and chocolate. Really makes a nice bouquet!

T: Very nice tastes goin on as well. Chocolate and cocoa are what stands out the most. Slight molasses come out as well.

M: Awesome! Big full bodied and and fluffy. Slight hop character left in this brew.

D: Goddamn good for 11%! I have one more bottle that I will probably sit down and make sweet sweet love to for a few hours! Worth the price of admission!

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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Poured flat for a few seconds and suddenly a nice 1/4 inch dark beige head appeared and subsided to a ring with beautiful isles.

S: Innitail pour: alchohol has cognac caracteristics under roasted coffee and cocoa. Later sniffs bring this much closer to something close to Gonzo Porter.
T: Chocolate, wood and roasted coffee. Alchohol at back of throat and some tart lingers on tongue.
M: Thin, sticky syrup. Body matches taste and strength perfectly.

D: Very similar to Gonzo Porter and just as drinkable.

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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to dgb3 for the bottle. You are the man!

22oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half a finger dark tan head. It fades pretty quickly to the edges, but leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Very chocolatey, bourbon, oak, and almost a dark cherry scent.

T - The chocolate hits you first, then some strong coffee, and a nice bourbon finish.

D - Nice carbonation and body. Smooth, with a slight burn at the finish.

O - So nice, I am glad I was able to finally try this one. It really is top notch.

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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Antilogic for sending this beer my way!... The beer was lightly chilled and served in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The pour of the beer is blacker than black. The head was about a finger and the color of espresso foam. The head resolves into a light film on the beers surface.

Smell: Dark roasted espresso, dark bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, a boozey bourbon aroma.

Taste: The beers flavors are centralized around dark roasted, chared and burnt maltyness. Dark roasted espresso, bitter sweet chocolate, big time bourbon alcohol hotness. The bourbon hotness is actually desireable in the flavor. I cant think of a way for the flavor to be improved.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is full. The carbonation is low. The flavors last a really long time. The beer seems to be viscous and thick. This is what I was craving in a big porter. For some people this would be a sipping beer. Sadly the beer disappeared from glass rapidly.

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Black Butte XX from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.