Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.55/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best after October 17th, 2010 (can't believe I waited this long!).
Bistre body, thoroughly opaque with a finger of sand (colored) foam which is dense and fluffy, receding slowly to a burbling skin. Even delicate lacing leaves a few arcs behind. No real legs which is surprising given the ABV.
The aromatics come bursting out of the bottle the moment you break the seal. Wave after wave of vanilla, tobacco, caramel, fresh vienna roast coffee, bubblegum, chocolate, bourbon...lush and promising.
Bittersweet chocolate, mildly astringent roast malt, light fruiy esters, coffee, chocolate malt, mild citrus-y malt lead into a deeper merging of bourbon barrel and the base porter elements. Coconut, tobacco, demerara rum, hazlenuts, and rich roasted malt compete at first, then synergize into an experience that transcends the individual flavors. The finish is a slow fade of all that came before, with faint char from the bourbon barrels bringing things to a conclusion by offsetting the moderate sweetness.
Velvety, full bodied, with perfect carbonation.
A stunning dessert beer, expertly matured to take on the best elements of bourbon barrels without overwhelming the base (which itself is possibly my favorite version of the style). Some may find it on the sweet side, but I wish I'd bought a case.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2010 03:34:02 | More by augustgarage
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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.