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Black Butte XXI - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIBlack Butte XXI

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 217
Gots: 142 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 08:29:23 | More by jakecattleco
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at Uber, pour is black with a small tan head.

Smell is roasty, with a lot of chocolate and a bit of booze.

Taste is creamy chocolate, fig, raisin, and a bit of coffee.

Maybe it’s the age or maybe it was just a better batch, but this blows XXIII out of the water.

07-20-2013 17:34:14 | More by Smurf2055
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.89/5  rDev -11.4%

22oz, Best After 10/17/10. Drank on 7/3/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown color. Reddish hues around the edges of the glass and down in there. Sticky lacing. Still good carbonation after all these years.

S: Dark cherry. Light tobacco. Roast. Dark chocolate. Not getting a ton of barrel, but usually don't on their anniversary brews because of the blends being so minimal.

T: Dark chocolate. Tobacco. Dark cherry. Oxidation. Still good but it must have lost a bit. I was a touch disappointed in the flavors on this one. Don't know if it was me or the bottle being in a valley currently. Still very good beer.

M: Big medium.

07-08-2013 18:49:46 | More by inlimbo77
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-07-2013 07:11:12 | More by Grant35
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-07-2013 05:33:02 | More by Zbeetleman
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

07-06-2013 06:00:07 | More by VictoriaAnne
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2013 02:48:10 | More by JRod1969
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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

06-28-2013 16:13:13 | More by anteater
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California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-27-2013 17:51:21 | More by bird22
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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California

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

I wanted another bottle of XX but I settled for this. Once open, I realize that nothing about this bottle is settling.

This poured to a dark, near black color with hints of mahogany and minimal head. Lace is next to nothing. It looks decent, but the awesome comes with the taste and smell.

Light enough in body to stay drinkable, the cocoa and coffee oozes from this beer in large quantity. The finish brings vanilla that grows more significant as the finish lingers. Barely enough residual sugar to remind me of dark fruits, while a blended boozy hot serves to remind one of the content without getting in the way.

Fantastic.

05-24-2013 06:06:17 | More by watermelonman
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California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-12-2013 21:38:56 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

$11.96 for a bomber.

A: near opaque, some deep copper hues but very dark with tan head that dissipated quickly
S: roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, medium nose, bourbon just the right amount
T: deep rich, nice bourbon finish with good roasted/chocolate malt up front, well-balanced bitter hop finish, not as rich as I expected but very good, not overpowering with bourbon
M: well-balanced, not too cloying, some heat in finish

05-12-2013 03:39:02 | More by wisrarebeer
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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Washington

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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Washington

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Washington

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.