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Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIBlack Butte XXI

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%


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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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

aquired in a trade with kdub87. I have been anticipating having this beer again, since Dark Lord Day 2010. Its been long awaited for sure, I remember this being an awesome beer. This beer is 2 years old this month!

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Black as midnight. Medium brown head about 2 fingers head. Sticky lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Big coffee note and some whiskey. Malts smell roasty, burnt and even a little sweet probably from the chocolate. Mild astrigency from the oxidation of ageing the beer, i am guessing. Great smelling beer!

Taste: This beer is as good as I remember it. It starts with big roasty coffee flavor which is balanced by the whiskey. The coffee flavor is not bitter and very flavorful, just like a premium coffee. I am amazed at how much coffee flavor is still left in this beer; makes me wonder just how this beer would have tasted fresh. As the beer warms, it goes from coffee forward to a more balanced whiskey flavor with the coffee. The beer also has sweeter taste and the slight hint of an alcohol burn is noticed. Other flavors imparted from the barrell mild vanilla, oak or woody character that is deep, but seems linger in the background. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. This beer has a lot of carbonation left for a beer thats 2 years old. Its a sipper for sure!

Overall: Wonderful beer by Deschutes! Just wish i could have tried it fresh for comparison. This beers is aging very, very well. One of the best barrel aged porter i have had, the only thing that came close has been barrel aged Killer Kapowski by Flossmoor Station. Deschutes is a top notch brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 00:22:31 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, very slick, tan head. Aroma was chocolate, whiskey.

Got a strange aftertaste reininiscient of dog food from one of the two bottles I've had. I dunno, still have one left, but massive bottle variation seems to be my experience here.

Coffee flavor may be responsible, it tasted like it had disappeared or mutated from previous pours of this. Thought the alcohol was too pronounced. Bitter. Needs more cocao, chocolate, less whiskey.

I'll come back and adjust this one after having the 3rd bottle, but at this point, this one is so far below XX and XXII.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 18:14:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best after 10/17/10. Can't wait to try this! Almost exactly 2 years old.

A: Dark pour with a light brown head. The dark brown head I'm accustomed to seeing with big dark Bourbon/Chocolate/Coffee beers is not present and is missed. The retention and lacing are lacking a little.

S: Certainly not a Bourbon bomb here. With that said, the smell isn't very impressive. Chocolate and Bourbon mostly, but sort of musty almost. It does, however, improve as it warms. The Bourbon and chocolate really come out a lot more. I was originally going to rate this at 3.5, but after it warms I went with a 4.

T: This is where the beer shines. Wow. Extremely complex and well balanced. Lots of flavors going on, but very mellow. The taste starts with chocolate, very light to begin with. The Bourbon comes up next, not dominating, just popping up to say hello. At this point the beer is sweet, but not quite Dark Lord sweet. Roasted malts and a slight booziness (and I mean slight, it's only slightly noticeable) end the beer. Far after the beer has been consumed, the coffee comes back in a big way. It could not be any more on the backend, but is welcomed immensely. As was noted by my drinking partner, the complexity evolves and strengthens as the beer warms. It seems to coat the tongue in a way that negates the booziness that was previously noted.

MF: Medium bodied. What I keep reminding myself is that it's a porter not an imperial stout. The carbonation might be a tad low, but it certainly isn't off-putting.

O: Really a wonderful treat. This beer is aging very well. I wish I could have had it fresh to compare, but I can't imagine it being better.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:24:58 | More by russwbeck
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benclimbs

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as the moonless night had on tap at toronado

smell is just so stoutlike, tons of chocolate and coffee and deep baking goods nose

taste - incredible, so rich, so bitter - cacao nibs, espresso grinds, and harsh licorice, maybe some persimmon on the finish.

overall this is a bomb example of a huge ridiculous porter that just oozes bitter black character and pounds your tastebuds but does it respectfully!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 05:43:06 | More by benclimbs
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JoshVandy

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Renny (Diomede) for this bottle.

650mL black waxed bottle into a Deschutes snifter. Best after date of 10/17/10.

A- Pours dark brown, almost black with about a 1 finger light tan colored head. Good retention, and minimal lacing.

S- Big chocolate and roasted malts, with integrated coffee tones and nice light bourbon notes. A very well integrated and full nose on this one.

T- More chocolate coffee comes through with fantastic oak bourbon undertones. Smooth vanilla notes and roasted malts also appear once in warms. Heat from the barrel is there in the finish, but there is absolutely no trance of alcohol. This is a great tasting beer.

M- Very creamy, smooth and viscous, with light carbonation. Coats the mouth with a velvety texture that warms the throat as it goes down.

O- Completely impressed with this beer, and lived up to what I thought it would be. Flavors have melded very well in the bottle and I love the subtle barrel components, as most -bal beers tend to be overshadowed by them and little of the base beer remains. I definitely wish I had another bottle of this, and I'm looking forward to this year's release of XXIII.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:34:06 | More by JoshVandy
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dubinsky

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Crate & Barrel snifter. Best after date 10/17/10

A - Pours pitch black, with a one finger khaki color head that recedes very quickly. The remainder of the head resigns it self to the edges of the glass with very minimal lacing.

S - Rich, roasted coffee and bourbon dominate the nose. Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla round out the remainder of the profile.

T - I cant believe this beer doesn't garner as much hype as the BA stouts. This beer has many of those stouts trumped. Tons of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and masterfully balanced and blended, oaked bourbon. I'm also picking up some molasses and cinnamon. All of the ingredients compliment each other amazingly.

M - Fairly light carbonation and medium mouth feel, even though the beer is fairly viscous. Finishes dry, roasty, and slightly hoppy. Finishes with a warming effect that can only be the 11%ABV that is only apparent because of the warming.

O - Like i said earlier, this is an amazing BA that should be as desirable as the rarest BA stouts. All of the elements of this beer are so balanced and harmonious. Its very rich and decadent yet is incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:52:49 | More by dubinsky
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claspada

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: Was lucky to find a 2nd bottle, sampled 2/3/12. Much roastier and bitter than I remember, where are the dark fruits that I got in the first bottle, who knows, maybe that was an off bottle.

Huge shoutout to TheViceBlog for trading me his last bottle. Promised him a review so here it is.
Pours dark as night into a Belgian style tulip glass. Gorgeous cream 1 finger head with nice lacing.
Wow, I can smell it from here. Dark roasted malts are fairly evident but the dark cherry fruitiness is the nice subtle surprise. Dark bittersweet chocolate and ample amounts of baker's dutch cocoa powder as well. As is warms I can get some toffee and espresso and dark caramel maltiness as well.
The taste is WOW period. It begins with waves of both dark and milk chocolate flavors with supporting contributions of sweet toffee and lesser amounts of freshly ground espresso. As it warms you get the dark fruits (black cherry and red wine vinous grapes) that I detected on the nose which I have detected in aged dark malt dominant beers before. If I had to use only one flavor descriptor I would say it tastes like a liquid cherry cordial candy.
Mouthfeel is full and luscious as expected with adequate carbonation throughout to help balance the sweet flavors and high ABV. Oh yeah 11% ABV are you serious, wow no way. Not a hint of booziness or alcohol heat.
Overall wow, just wow. The only downside I can mention is I don't detect any barrel flavors; maybe that is a good thing and I am just used to "bad" barrel aged beers. I am surprised by the minimal amount of coffee/bitterness that others describe but maybe that is the age factor. Reminds me slightly of a Brooklyn Black Chocolate multiplied by 5 obviously though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:02:12 | More by claspada
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Portland Brewpub. Severed in a Deschutes Snifter.

A - A dark, deep brown, not quite black. Very thin, dark tan head that clings to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, toffee, very slight booze.

T - Chocolate is the dominate flavor here, some coffee tones, molasses, bourbon.

D - This is where most Big Beers can fail, but not this one. Smooth, balanced, flavors are bouncing around in your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 04:29:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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inthebeeraisle

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at the Deschutes Brewery pub in Portland as part of American Craft Beer week. Served in a snifter.

A: A really dark color with a very small amount of head that dissipates pretty quick.

S: Aromas of alcohol, licorice, and molasses.

T: A licorice taste as well. Boozy, but balanced.

M: The mouthfeel has a molasses stay with you feeling, but the beer is thinner then expected.

O: Pumped they had this on, surprised it was XXI and not XXII. I'm more of an Abyss guy it seems.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 23:35:03 | More by inthebeeraisle
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Florida9

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, but appears black in the glass. Forms a large, big bubbled dark tan head that reduces down to a faint surface coating. Very little lacing.

S: The complex aroma of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Starts with a blend of lightly sweet and bitter coffee that fades to a soft chocolate. Mild bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a slight syrupy or oily mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A nice, complex porter; easy drinking and toroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:53:30 | More by Florida9
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sendsilk

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Forgetfu at a recent tasting. Thanks Bill!

A- Nice and dark, nice head mocha colored.

S- Pretty sweet, malts and bourbon smell, Daddy like!

T- Very good, a little hot but not nearly as hot as Black Butte XX. It was amazing how I liked this one better than the XX in a side by side tasting. But you could definitely taste the alcohol in both.

M- Solid, good, boozy and fairly rich for a porter.

O- Now that I've had it I can retire this one from my wants. A good porter but for the quest of it there are plenty of other great beers that are far easier for me to come by.

M-

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:04:06 | More by sendsilk
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small tasting glass, the first of many beers brought from home and popped open at Dark Lord Day 2011.

Espresso brown in color and mostly opaque, save some amber highlights. A frothy, sticky, one-finger head the color of cocoa powder remains in place for a long while.

Hints of bourbon and vanilla in the nose, along with tangy dark chocolate and too-old coffee, which may be a result of the beer’s age (close to two years now). A bit of Sourdough tang pops up. Interesting amounts of piney hops remain.

When cold, Black Butte tastes like a mouthful of bottlecaps — it’s heavily metallic. Warm is much, much better, exhibiting espresso mingled with sweet cocoa powder and more bitter dark chocolate, as well as a bit of Sourdough bread and some pine. Smooth blend.

Extremely light carbonation is all that remains. Silky, creamy, slightly chalky medium body. Alcohol in the nose.

Coffee forward porters aren’t usually the most graceful cellar beers, but Black Butte XXI is still pretty awesome after all this time.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:42:43 | More by Phelps
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jethrodium

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark brown with a small light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge dark, bitter chocolate. There is also some licorice and molasses as well as a bit of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with dark chocolate going into some licorice and molasses. A little graham cracker as well. The finish is on the sweet side with a light bitterness and a decent amount of alcohol. Lightly astringent. Medium body. Low carbonation. The chocolate dominates almost all other flavors in this beer. The alcohol was also quite prominent considering the age on this beer. It was a solid beer, but I was expecting a little bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 08:32:59 | More by jethrodium
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JayQue

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as enjoyable in its own way as The Abyss. A very flavorful (Imperial?) Porter. Pours a dense black color with only a hint of light coming through at the bottom of the glass. A hard pour gives you a 2-3 inch tan head with great retention for an 11% beer. Good thick lacing on the glass.

Smell is great as well. roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of oak. There is a floral/light perfume quality about the aroma, Not your typical malt/coffee porter.

Great taste too! An expert blend of coffee, sweet chocolate and malt with some oak flavoring as part of the gently balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. No hint of the 11% abv. An easy drinking, rich and flavorful Porter.

This is another outstanding beer from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:10:20 | More by JayQue
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with no light coming through. One and a half finger thick creamy tan head.

Smell: I'm picking up a ton of roast. Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and mild vanilla.

Taste: Again, there is a lot of smokey roast. The coffee flavor is very mild. I'm also picking up dark chocolate, dark fruit, and bourbon. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body, but definitely not as thick as I thought it would be. The carbonation is smooth and creamy and the finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This beer was a bit different than I thought it would be, but not in a bad way. The roast flavors dominated the sweetness. The flavors blend together well, and I really enjoyed the mild bourbon taste. I'd definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 17:45:44 | More by oline73
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NorCalYeti

California

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- nestle toll house semi-sweet chocolate, bitter citrus hoppiness, roasted coffee

color- deep chestnut/brown

clarity- pours clear but opaque in the glass

smell- wood smoke, dark chocolate, molasses, red wine, leather, alcohol, sweet malt, biscuits

body- tightly-wound, smooth, hop bite at the front of the mouth, bitter hop/sweet malt finish, oily mouthfeel, medium weight and length finish, bitter roasted coffee character in the finish

appearance- thin coffee-colored head that disappears quickly, oily appearance to the beer, little to no lace but carbonation is present when the beer is agitated.

overall impression- above average barrel aged porter, nice interpretation of the style

notes and comments- bottle states best after 10/17/10

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, 2010, 22oz

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:39:05 | More by NorCalYeti
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, bottle best after 10/17/10. Lots of chocolate, and coffe on the nose, hints of bourbon. The flavor is lots like the nose, very chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Everythin is in excellent balance. The beer has a wonderfull, lingering finish. The beer is creamy, full bodied, well carbonated. A great beer, top notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:19:09 | More by bonkers
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from the tap on the night of Deschutes Base Camp Week at Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, April 8th.

Dark as night. Smooth, mellow, and strong roasted malt with barely any alcohol presence. Consistent and one of the better Porters that I've had. I've had this same beer out of the bottle without any aging. This definitely improves upon that with the aging and come from a keg. Such a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 21:44:42 | More by Gatch
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a rather modest head that declines to a ringlet and archipelago; spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and more chocolate; underneath there are hints of licorice, dark fruit and bourbon/vanilla

Taste: Opens with a twinge of hopleaf and then the chocolate overwhelms, builing through mid-palate when the licorice and and citrusy hops are reintroduced; after the swallow, the dark fruit and licorice add depth with the vanilla/bourbon adding complexity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice beer with a delightful chocolate taste that somehow falls slightly short of the standard I would expect for an anniversary ale - I might rate it higher in a different presentation

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:04:17 | More by brentk56
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nataku00

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a very dark brown, opaque and bordering on black, with a half a finger of light brown mocha colored foamy and creamy head. Held up to a light, edges allow a bit of lighter brown color show through, and a bit of carbonation seen slowly rising from the bottom of the glass. Light lacing that slides easily back into the glass, and a bit of alcohol feed greasing the way for it.

Taking a sniff from the glass, lots of chocolate, semisweet and rich, some dark roasted malts on the lighter side of the roast, and smooth fruity coffee. A bit of molasses and light vanilla sweetness as well. Very fragrant and well balanced aroma.

For a porter, this is bordering on an imperial stout in robust flavor on the tongue. An explosion of milk chocolate sweetness and fruitier and complex dark chocolate flavor hits the tongue, a touch of roasted malt bitterness to help keep the sweetness in check, and some nice mild roasted coffee as well. Mid tongue, there is a bit of the barrel presence in vanilla and light oak, but the chocolate is immense. Nice lingering fruity chocolate on the tongue after each sip.

Very fine carbonation combined with a medium body for a creamy mouth feel. Smooth and luxurious, like a well made hot chocolate, served cool. Not much alcohol burn in the flavor, masked by the excellent chocolate notes, but there is a bit of warmth in the throat after each sip to remind you this is a big beer. I wish I can still find bottles of this excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 20:11:26 | More by nataku00
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

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

Celebrating my 2 year BA Anniversary. Bottle with a Best By Date of 10/2010 poured into a Victory snifter...

A - Poured a deep dark black with a nice tan head about 1.5 fingers thick. Nice retention and lacing as well.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, some licorice and some nice vanilla undertones. Dark fruits are also evident in the nose. Nose lacks the barrel ageing qualities I was expecting, but you can tell that there is some there.

T - Roasted malts and coffee along with a nice amount of chocolate right at the forefront. Barrel aging that I was missing in the nose comes next; vanilla sweetness and some slight bourbon flavors. Everything mixes very nicely and complements. REALLY get the coffee as this one warms.

M - Rich, creamy, thick and smooth. Really adecadent feeling to this one. Absolutely the best part of the beer in my opinion and the type of feel that was unexpected from a Porter.

O - Really awesome beer. Favors complement each other quite nicely and this was a really enjoyable beer. Wish I had just one more to hold on to.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 00:20:02 | More by KAP1356
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a best after date of 10/17/10. Pours a black opaque color with a small tan foam. Modest lacing and retention.

Nose runs the full gamut of porter aromas: coffee, chocolate, leafy hops, licorice and dark berries. Barrel aging I am not getting much of, plenty of alcohol though.

Some sweet roastiness up front. Coffee and hop bitterness coupled with some dark fruit on the back end and dried out by some alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is very viscous and rich, probably my favorite part of the beer. Light touch of vanilla and wood adds a nice layer of complexity. Very smooth for an 11%er. Deschutes makes some fine brew, that much is certain.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 15:42:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours ink black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and some dulled coffee. Of all the flavors the malt really dominates with the others in more of a supporting role. Pretty good.

T - Flavors are quite similar to the nose with some more coffee coming thru. The malt is a little less prevalent allowing the rest of the rich roasty flavors to come thru. A nice vanilla/oak sweetness comes thru as it warms up to room temperature. Very nice stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice full feel with a mix of dark roast and dulled sweetness in the finish.

D - Very good. I am not sure I could drink a few of these bad boys but I really enjoyed this one. Wish I had a few more of these for down the road.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:29:17 | More by orangesol
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coconut.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark and lighter chocolate flavors. Slight amounts of vanilla come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was expecting more than I got from this beer, but to be fair I was expecting a lot. A bit more body would go a long way. Still, a very good beer that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:31:11 | More by glid02
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for the generosity, been on my wants for a while...

A--Dark reddish black with nice beige/almond head...

S--Nice mix of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate on the nose. Exceptional smell to this guy.

T--Lots going on, the coffee is the dominant flavor to me, you get some bourbon for sure and a touch of chocolate to finish it. Tasty.

M--Smooth mouthfeel, good.

D--I think due to the strong Abv and coffee presence it might be tough to drink much of this, but I was being selfish tonight, and will finish the bomber myself, easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:10:48 | More by garbercury
Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.