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Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIBlack Butte XXI

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97
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
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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abfraser

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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back on the wagon.

A: Poured into a tulip glass. As dark as dark can be. There isn't much head on the pour but after it settles a bit a nice light brown cap.

S: Wonderful vanilla, sweet, bourbon-y dark chocolate. Pretty hefty roasted coffee aromas. Dark roasted malts in the background.

T/M: Delicious. Roasted, sweet malts hit first giving way to great dark chocolate flavor. The coffee is less pronounced than on the nose, which I like (like my coffee flavors to be more background than star). Lips are sticky from the high sugar content. Despite its intensity and richness, this one doesn't weigh on the palate at all.

D: Hides it's alcohol unbelievably well. Not heavy at all on the palate, which is truly remarkable for a beer like this.

Special cheers to Deschutes for finding a way to make a beer this utterly delicious and sell it in bombers for less than $0.50 an ounce. Buy several if you can--this stuff will surely age well too if any of Deschutes' other specialty beers are any indication.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:06:53 | More by abfraser
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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.