Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I had Black Butte XX with about the same amount of age on it, which means it was about a year ago. In all honesty, this beer seemed like a carbon copy to me. Side by side I'm sure I would have picked up some differences, but with the passing time I cannot. That's a good thing though, especially because this bottle cost me 18 bucks in a bar (seemed like a fair price to me actually).
The aroma has loads of coffee and a good bit of chocolate. Roasted malts are in there also, with just a hint of whiskey.
Coffee is the strongest flavor in XXI, with loads of what tastes like genuine coffee beans. Next comes quite a bit of cocoa. These are the two strongest flavors, and both are tasty and genuine. Those flavors mix with roasted malt, caramel, oak and whiskey. The oak and whiskey are really used as accents here, providing complexity and depth for the beer. I like this. I really feel that barrel characteristics shouldn't completely overshadow the base beer. The finish has mostly chocolate with a little bit of warming to it.
The mouthfeel is ample and after a year and a half still has very good carbonation.
I'm sad to hear that XXII won't be bottled. Both XX and XXI are among my favorite beers. Big beers that are this subtle and easy to drink are hard to come by. I also don't find many beers that I still love with a little age on them, and this is one of them.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2011 03:53:44 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.24/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Beer Hive in Salt Lake City, UT. Really nice to see a five year vintage on the bottle list in SLC.
A- Bomber poured to two snifters with a motor oil pitch black body. A dark brown head rises atop the beer to about a finger with a frothy silky consistency. The cap falls to a small ring and lacing is just spotty but it is a vintage, high alcohol BA brew.
S- Smoothed out by noticeable age but plenty of strong aromas come off the top still. Age brings some oxidation and Old Ale caramel raisin feel with notes of dark roast grains, bourbon whiskey, cocoa and some coffee.
T- The age is a bit more secondary here as more seems to open up. The barrel influence feels greater with a medium strength whiskey and toasted oak feel, slight vanilla sweetness. Roast grains, dark cocoa powder, old coffee, cereal grain, caramel, oxidized raisin feel, vinous fruit and toast all come in strong to form a melded base. Coffee lingers especially in the after taste.
MF- Semi-thick bodied but it has definitely lost some texture with age but retains some creaminess. Carbonation is still at a silky medium-low level and it all hits the palate smoothly. Finishes with some alcohol warmth.
For being a couple years old it holds up quite well with some notes of age and oxidation overshadowed by a big Porter and some nice barrel influence. This was an all time want and I got it a few years late but this has held up to age as well as any dark nonsours I have had.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 00:04:01 | More by cbutova
Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.