Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Schmittymack:
4.83/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Deschute's has hit one out of the park with this one (along with their Abyss, of course). This is my second one of these by my lonesome, after sharing another bottle with some friends. Let's see if I can do justice to it.
A: Black. Definitely won't be reading any newspapers through your glass with this one. Kept small lacing on my glass; head was pretty minimal.
S: COFFEE! Almost like the aroma of brewing coffee in the morning after it starts to warm. Could pick up other scents but since my smeller is not real good these days, wasn't sure what it was/is.
T: Wonderful! Chocolate and coffee; great combo. I could do these over and over if it weren't for the higher alcohol content. Definitely a malt and coffee bomb, in my opinion. Definitely get some sweetness but not overly so.
Drinkability? Hell YES. This stuff is great now; I know it'll only get better since the label on bottle says best AFTER Oct of 2010. I feel as though the alcohol is fairly well hidden; kinda sneaks up on ya. Get this beer to drink now AND to age a year or more.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2009 05:12:48 | More by Schmittymack
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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.