Black Butte XX - Deschutes Brewery
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4.29/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz. bomber poured into an oversize (25 oz.) crystal brandy snifter. Served at 50F
A: Black as tar. Even held up to direct light, only the faintest ruby red-tawny brown highlights show at the edges of this beer. Thick mocha brown head approximately 1" high is well carbonated with large bubbles. Rich, but dissipates quickly to a thin cover on the surface of the beer. Gentle swirling revives e head to about half height. Light lacing rings the glass.
S: Bourbon, chocolate and molasses dominate with notes of brewer's licorice, caramel, coffee and malt. Hints of residual hop bitterness underlie this aroma bomb.
T: Healthy doses of licorice and chocolate integrated with bourbon and vanialla from the barrel. Caramel edging towards the burnt sugar on creme brulee and some mild hop bitterness on the back end...surprising for a bottle nearly six years old. Although the flavors are well integrated, notes of soft alcoholic heat linger on the finish.
M: Still well carbonated, this has a surprisingly medium heavy body. It's rich, but not overly so. No residual slickness, this bee coates he palate ever so lightly for the style. Sweetness fades quickly to avoid a sense of cloying. Slight astringency keeps the tongue animated.
O: A ral style bender. The base Back Butte Porter is nearly unrecognizable, but then again, I think that was the goal. While I can't speak tp how this beer was fresh, it has aged well...no hints pf oxidation and a bounty of flavors that fans of Deschutes and barrel aged beers will love.
06-26-2014 03:35:11 | More by F2brewers
Black Butte XX from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.