Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by beagle75:
4/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Best After date of 10/17/10
A: Opaque, black color to the edges of the full glass with over one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. A few specks of lacing remain on the glass.
S: Slightly smoky roasted malt with acidic coffee grounds, cocoa, sunflower seeds, and restrained bourbon.
T: Begins sweet, featuring dark fruit and deeply roasted malt that includes, but goes beyond, simple toffee notes. Dark chocolate emerges later and is contrasted by muted alcohol. The entire sensory experience is surrounded in a fume of bourbon, but it never asserts itself as a featured flavor. Bitterness is very light--it never really enters the equation, even in the brief, nutty finish. If great pains were taken to separate the coffee flavors from the typical coffee bitterness, then the effort paid off.
M: Thick viscosity, velvety and palate-coating, with very light carbonation. Unfortunately alcohol leaves the palate feeling slightly scorched.
D: Surprisingly appealing as either a sipper, or a versatile partner with food--savory or sweet--this beer is a joy to share from the bottle. The presence of alcohol fatigues the palate somewhat, ensuring its reputation as a strong imperial porter that is best when shared, although other favorable sensory qualities found here go a long way toward camouflaging the booziness.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 02:27:34 | More by beagle75
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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.