Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
3.95/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice tan head that retains pretty well and leaves ok lacing.
Nose is full of chocolate and some roasted malt. A twinge of coffee makes its presence known but certainly doesn't dominate or overcome other flavors. Almost a tootsie rollish aroma.
Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Chocolatey, roasted malt, coffee presence. Still pretty hot, seems hotter than last years, but for the most part it is pretty damn similar. Some vanilla and minimal wood. Maybe a touch more coffee here, but still really not a dominant aspect of the profile.
Mouthfeel is quite nice here. A good solid viscosity lends good body to a big thick flavorful brew.
Drinkability, at this time, is good but struggles a bit. This beer is still pretty hot. I realize this is a partly barrel aged brew, but still seems like it is hotter fresh than last years was.
Overall this is really pretty damn similar to last years offering. A fine imperial porter, and one that certainly has an interesting cast of ingredients. I see some real promise in this when it gets some more age on it (as the original seems to be aging well), and loses some of that heat. Again though, certainly a good beer, and great example of the style. Glad to see deschutes cranking out some more good ones in the reserve series.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2009 05:39:03 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours black with a one finger creamy tan head. Sheets of lace with each sip.
S: Big and roasty with tons of dark chocolate, powdery cocoa and some faint barrel. Barrel notes emerge more as it warms.
T: Tons of velvety dark chocolate, dark berry notes and dark roasted malt. Some syrupy espresso as well. Finishes with a bare touch of char. Smooth as hell. Really well done.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 20:04:43 | More by notchucknorris
Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.