Black Butte XXII - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was able to have multiple tastings of this during Boise Base Camp week. It happened to coincide with Deschutes' 23rd anniversary, and they were offering side-by-side tastings of the XXII and XXIII at several venues around town.
Depending on which part of the bottle you're pouring from, the appearance seems to be drastically different. The first pour I had was right off the top of a freshly opened bottle and was filled with brown "floaties". These were the particles of undissolved chocolate that precluded the release of the bottles. Initially, I had appearance rated at a 1 in my notes, but subsequent pours from lower in the bottle looked absolutely gorgeous with no floaties to be seen. I assume that if you poured a whole bottle (or more realistically, half a bottle), then the appearance wouldn't be so bad. Therefore, I just gave it an average score. That said, here's the rest of a "normal" review.
It pours a murky brown color out of the bottle that becomes a deep black in the glass. About 3/4 inch tan head develops with good retention and a solid amount of sticky lacing. It smells of sweet sugar, chocolate, caramel, faint roasted malts, orange, and a little chili. The taste brings out a bit more of this chili flavor, though it is the orange and chocolate that really shine. Faint caramel, and an almost potato-like starch flavor finish it off. Mouth is smooth, rich, amply carbonated, and has a sticky, dry finish. Overall, a solid beer save for the odd appearance. I'm very pleased I was able to try this, and would recommend anyone make the effort to do so if possible.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2011 02:17:19 | More by eclipse54
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2.4/5 rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Had on tap 2/7/13 at Beer Revolution
A: Pours a very dark brown with minimal light brown head. Recedes quickly.
S: Aroma is strong on this one. Yeasty and musty, not in a good way. The sweetness is apparent, mixed with some stale coffee. Chocolate and BA character struggle to make their presence known.
T: Overly sickly sweet, BA quality has faded quite a bit. Dark bitter chocolate notes, fig, and vanilla are also coming in.
M: Medium to full bodied, no carbonation which isn't surprising considering the BA and the age in general on this one.
O: Time was not kind to this beer. I just recently had XXIII on tap and it was wonderful. Aroma on this was off and not pleasant. Taste was overly sickly sweet (in a dark fruit way), that just lingered and over powered the rest of the beer.
Serving type: on-tap
02-08-2013 11:51:34 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.