Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I had this along with 2010 The Abyss. What a night...
The Black Butte is indeed black, completely opaque. The head forms creamy and tannish. She looks tasty.
This is one of those beers that you can smell across the room if it's opened. Dominant are the aromas of dark fruits like prunes and raisin that gives it a wine-like smell. Oakiness is also pretty strong, booze makes its case, and cocoa and roasted coffee make for a tantalizing smell.
The taste is very complex. It's insanely complex. It's not nearly as boozy as it smells. Like in the smell, the dark fruits are strongest and bring a sweetness along with molasses. It definitely has a bourbon flavor to it. Bitter and roasted coffee and cocoa round the taste out. Fantastic flavors. You want to drink more and more.
It's pretty slick because of the sweetness but the carbonation breaks it up a bit to make it creamy. It's not watery at all and for me that's a huge plus because for my preferences, I generally prefer stouts over porters pretty much every time because porters usually have less flavor and feel too light to me. With the Black Butte this is not the case at all. It's full-bodied but is a very drinkable beer.
Without a doubt, this is the best porter I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2011 05:09:00 | More by BeardedRiker
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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
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