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Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIBlack Butte XXI

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BA SCORE
97
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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 143 | FT: 7
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.

Released June 2009.

Similar recipe and strength to Black Butte XX (2008), "enhanced by adding some Theo's Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopping it with 100 pounds of Bellatazza's locally roasted coffee, and then aging a portion of it in Stranahan's Colorado whiskey barrels."

(Beer added by: squaremile on 07-03-2009)
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a "snifter" at the Portland Brewpub on 5/26/10

Dark crimson brown in color. One finger of foam thins to a smidgen more than a skim. No head retention or lace.

Dang, this smells awesome. Lots of prevalent roasted dark malts. Notes of coffee & dry cocoa; hints of caramel, molasses & brown sugar. A touch of booze. Overtones of vanilla, oak. Appreciable hops.

Tastes a heck of a lot livelier than expected. Instead of what I presumed would be mellow smoothness, Black Butte XXI opts for packing a punch. Piney hops hit upfront, leading into a quite dry, roasted malt profile. Molasses & brown sugar. Coffee notes. Bourbon makes for a pointed attack. Vanilla & undertones of charred oak.

Full bodied with carbonation that is a little high for the style, in my opinion. Still, it works on account of the biting qualities. Hot, hot, hot. The whole flavor profile lingers on.

Despite being so bold, this is a great drinking beer. I'm no longer bummed that they ran out of Jubel 2010 on tap before I could try some. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 02:40:49 | More by Ryan011235
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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.