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Black Butte XX - Deschutes Brewery

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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 235
Gots: 34 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-03-2012 00:31:23 | More by piclee
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New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -77%

02-22-2012 00:09:58 | More by jrae2424
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours black with a wispy head. Nose is a pretty richly integrated dark roast and barrel, not overly sugary or fruity, perhaps a touch of umami. Mouth is pretty dry at first, a sharp barrel quality with some dark fruits and anise swirls in. Very nice flavor profile. Body is thin and highly carbonated. First comparison is Birth of Tragedy. This blows away the other Black Butte I've had, can't remember which one.

02-21-2012 02:49:12 | More by JAXSON
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-20-2012 18:16:31 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

Bottle obtained in a trade with JohnGalt1 a few years ago.

Pours out a deep, impenetrable black with a light brown head.

Aroma-wise, charred malt is most apparent along with some woody bourbon and slight smokeyness. I believe that soy sauce as a descriptor is overused, but in this case, it’s very fitting. As it really opens up, the bourbon and alcohol combination gives off sort of a minty aroma.

Flavor is heavy on sweet molasses with a prominent smokeyness, bitter coffee and a bit of chocolate. Bourbon is still noticeable and mouth drying tannins are very apparent in the finish, which includes a slight alcoholic bite. Contrary to expectations based on the label, the bourbon barrel aging is much more apparent than cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with soft, slow carbonation.

A good beer that’s maintained plenty of complexity over its 4+ years. But not as good as the XIII, in my opinion. The high level of char and bitterness clashed a bit too much with the sweetness for me. Could possibly have been much better when the cocoa was still present. Still glad to have the chance to compare to the more recent versions. Thanks again Toby!

02-16-2012 03:54:05 | More by GeezLynn
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-06-2012 22:40:28 | More by jp110099
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-21-2012 21:19:13 | More by poppyjohn
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

01-12-2012 04:35:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

01-10-2012 14:08:20 | More by Stoffel
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-03-2012 07:48:14 | More by drewone
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-02-2012 03:38:52 | More by Centennial
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-31-2011 17:33:39 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-30-2011 19:30:54 | More by bespin15
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-27-2011 09:43:01 | More by Kirch
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2011 02:33:27 | More by brydog22
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3.95/5  rDev -9%

22oz bottle into NB snifter. Thanks a ton for sending me this bottle, kingkong!

A: Pours a very very dark brown, almost black, with raisin highlights. A very thin head surfaced then receded into a lasting collar that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: The nose is full of spicy bourbon and vanilla followed by rich dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Not as vibrant as I imagine it once was, but this smells like its aged gracefully.
T: Woodier than the nose suggested, very roasted. Not super sweet at this point. I get flavors of coco nibs, caramel, vanilla and coffee. The coffee is all but faded at this point but it still adds a subtle depth to the flavor. Bourbon brings up the finish and is still lightly warm and lingering. Spice barrel notes come through in the aftertaste as well.
M: Slick and a bit thin on the mouthfeel front. The body is medium-full though and goes down clean.
O: This beer isn’t getting any better but it’s still extremely drinkable. Thanks again for hooking it up Patrick.

12-18-2011 02:42:44 | More by scottfrie
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2011 18:42:44 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Split w/ bbb099 and scottfrie. THANKS!!!

A: The suspense builds, starting with the epic bottle cap. Pours an inky near-black with absolutely no head. Looks flat, but absolutely no light comes through.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and malt. The malt comes across as a bit subdued, but its very smooth and well-rounded. Only a hint of the booze that had to have been there three years ago. No trace of hops left whatsoever.

T: Chocolate dominates, as the coffee is mild and the bourbon has faded a bit. The booze that didn't come through with the nose hits pretty good here. Smooth, delicious, but as scottfrie says "you can taste the age". This beer has likely sat for a little bit too long, but that's only a minor complaint.

M: Thick and chewy, but not quite as CRAZY thick as I was initially expecting. After thinking about it though, it fits the style well. Definitely not flat as the carb is pretty solid.

O: Deschutes shits gold. I approve. I would have loved to have this beer a year ago, but I'm so thankful to have it now. I approve whole-heartedly.

12-17-2011 02:04:27 | More by mjyoung
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-17-2011 01:50:48 | More by TasteTester
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Thanks scotfrie for this one! Reviewed on 12/16/2011

A - Almost completely black color with wispy and web-like mocha-colored head.

S - Substantial amount of roasted cocoa aroma accompanied by some coffee.

T - Roasted cocoa comes in first followed by some bourbon booziness. A little coffee taste and molasses come through.

M - A little flat, which was expected. Full bodied and relatively creamy, viscous.

O - Probably the best porter I have ever had. Great look, aroma and taste with the addition of high alcohol content.

12-17-2011 01:46:22 | More by bbb099
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-13-2011 01:41:30 | More by Beertracker
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-08-2011 14:58:52 | More by SpillyBeers
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-03-2011 23:06:32 | More by THECPJ
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-29-2011 03:19:58 | More by brandoman63
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-28-2011 03:36:09 | More by stevefinny
Black Butte XX from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.