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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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
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