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Black Butte XXII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIBlack Butte XXII

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 79
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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 2010, Draft-only, after a problem with bottles detailed here:  http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/bl ... ncelation/ 

Imperial "Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, orange and natural flavors added, with 25% aged in Bourbon Barrels"

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-17-2010)
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Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deschutes Public House Bend OR 7.14.2010, poured into snifter.

Dark brown almost opaque body, no visible carbonation due to dark hue. Minimal amount of head, more light brown than tan, ultra quick dissipation for the little head there was, resulting in a very thin ring around parameter of glass. Nose is one big frickin chocolate hit, bitter, I pick up a bit of the orange zest as it warms, minimal hop note, more floral than bitter in the nose. Taste features bittersweet chocolate up front, the chiles are a bit more pronounced than the orange but both are very subtle and subsumed by the chocolate profile. Very complex taste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too sticky despite sweetness, not too much effervescence. Incredibly drinkable, you'd never guess this was a 10+% ABV beer. It's incredibly sad that the bottling of this beer went south, IMO this is better than XXI (or XX for that matter). This is an very very tasty beer. Worth going to the Public House in Bend or PDX to enjoy. Very highly recommended.

jdense, Jul 16, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at red cow. 3+ yrs old. Haven't tried before so no reference point for a fresh version.
A-Served in a teku glass with a finger of rocky sticky tan head. Looks black as hell.
S-aromas of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, and a little vanilley bourbon.
T-sweet dark malts. Some back end bourbon bite. Not getting much of the fresh barrel wood/vanilla character.
M-not as thick as the previous 2 yrs of this anniversary porter. A tad cloying with just a bit of burn but the sweetness cuts it.
O-fun to try. Has gotten a bit cloying but still quite a bit of roasted malt character and some bourbon character.

deebo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Sour Fest 2012
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Thanks for the pour!

(Aged for 2 years)

A very dark, muddied brown, bordering on black with a very, very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, and this leaves the glass oily with residue.

As expected, and as hoped, there's lots of chocolate aromas here along with just a hint of orange peel. The wood is minimal, as the chocolate and roast elements dominate. Nice, though not nearly barrel-forward as some others in the class.

The flavor, too, is very rich with chocolate, roast, and mild citrus notes, with only minimal barrel. Moderate bitterness and the alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink a lot of this stuff, and quickly.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Good, though I don't know how much the barrel influenced this beer.

ehammond1, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black and to a lesser degree, brown pour. Wow, great tan head, retained for eternity. Not thick and viscous like many beers of this color, but not anywhere near thin either.

Aroma, everything possible to list: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, pepper, peppers, licorice, even hops and citrus.

Taste, whoa, every sip was different, faint tinge of spicy pepper, then vanilla, then hops and citrus again, chocolate and coffee, so lush and rich, hiding the alcohol throughout, no flavor dominating at any time, but being more than just a nuance. It coated my system. I wanted to steal the keg of it, knowing I would not be obtaining a bottle. Despite the claim that the chocolate got screwed up to prevent it in the bottle, it definitely came through on tap, for sure. Not super drinkable, because its not super obtainable. You gotta go to them, it won't be coming to you.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of JulianB
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JulianB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of hughesm4
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Deschutes in Portland poured into a snifter.
a-Poured a very dark, nearly black with a thin ring of light brown head.
s-Very, very sweet. A dominant chocolate smell with a hint of orange and roasted coffee.
t-Very strong chocolate with a slight hint of orange peels along with a very slight coffee bean taste. Very well balanced, delicious, and extremely sweet.
m/d-Very full taste that leaves your mouth coated with chocolate. It goes down rather smooth and I disappointed that they cancelled the bottled release.

hughesm4, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jh1982, Feb 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

emilylee, Feb 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to Arbitrator I believe.

Looks nasty in the growler, but not bad at all in the glass. Near pitch black in color with a small tannish head that has average retention.

The smell is very interesting. Roasted malt, chocolate, anise, and orange peel.

Flavor is good as usual for the Black Butte series. Dark chocolate, coffee, hops, slightly tart orange peel (which I initially suspected was infection), and chili peppers, but not much chili heat.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and soft carbonation.

Solid stuff overall. Beat expectations. Still not sold on the claim that this wasn't infected, but I'll admit it's possible. This is great and flavorful for a porter, but at 11% ABV I put it more in the Imperial Porter/Stout category.

nickd717, Jul 08, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brew pub with my wife for lunch today after walking around the Oregon Beer Fest for a while. With most of the more interesting offerings at the OBF already gone, it was a treat to enjoy this gem.

BBXXII arrived to our table in a pair of Deschutes snifters (I'm going to have to purchase a couple of those one of these days) with a thin wispy froth ring atop its dark brown body with cola tan edges. No lacing showed up throughout the drink.

Aroma was all about the alcohol. Sweet cherries and toasted almonds with a hint of milk chocolate lended themselves to the olfactory, but were mostly bullied by the alcohol. It was a sign of the treat to come.

Taste showed off the strong Ghana semi-sweet chocolate (with an emphasis on the sweet) that kept the beer from being bottled. Too bad because this was sure tasty. As hard as I tried I was unable to discern the chilies or orange peeled that was used but that could be because my palate just was incapable of doing so.

Mouthfeel was thin and lightly sticky. It really helped add to the drinkability of this 11% ABV beer and make it disappear fast.

It's a shame this wasn't bottled due to the visual appearance. After not much liking the BBXXI, I found this to be a big improvement for my taste. If the opportunity presents itself, get a hold of some of this while you still can. It probably won't be around for much longer.

hopsbreath, Jul 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

GRG1313, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

reddfrogg, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of badboyrsl84
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with no head at all

Smell - get some hint of dark chocolate and a little alcohol

Taste - i wasn't blown away since this is a special released, it has a distinct deschutes taste and almost tastes a little like the abyss in the beginning. It has some chocolate a little licorice and a nice hint of alcohol. As it got warmer the chocolate and alcohol became more prominent making it more enjoyable.

Its didn't blow me away but it was pretty solid.

badboyrsl84, Mar 09, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Inflatablechair by the way of seanthornton152... Big appreciation to Sam and Sean. Reviewed from good notes... had this one a long while back.

Fairly thick dark tan head... nice lacing and cap atop a pretty black brew.

Nose shows everything expected but seems a bit of a letdown at least in my mind's nose when compared to it's 2 older brothers. Roasty with definite chocolate.. a bit spicy... roasted malts seems to be one of the biggest players knocking the needed cocoa and malty sweetness out of the top spot.

Flavor mirrors the nose... roasty ... not enough sweetness to help carry the chocolate up and forward... citrus zest is an odd man out toward the end of the sip... meh... all seems to sorta fall flat and certainly never meshes.

I really wanted to like this one, but it just isn't hitting on all cylinders.

Thanks again to Sam and Sean.... I never would have tried to score a growler (EXPENSIVE growler) of this one.. but you guys are cool cats.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

2378GCGTG, May 09, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from an unnamed good friend, thank you bud

Huge dark beer here, black as night as it pours out. A big cascading brown head comes up and over the top and then settles down into a half inch layer that hung around for the entire rest of the session. The aroma was vanilla, huge vanilla beer and light cafe like coffee notes. Some hints of roasted malts, but vanilla in a beer like I have never come across before. Not terribly sweet and fake, this was like whiffing good vanilla ice cream. As I take the first sip, wow. This beer is suprising the crap out of me. First off where is my 11 percent? This is soo smooth I really got caught off guard by my second glass. The vanilla explosion followed through on the taste, rich and creamy with light and sweet coffee notes following through on them as well. Really tight flavor here, smooth with a long drawn out finish that was sweet, delicate and drying

mikesgroove, Sep 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

IdrinkGas, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chswimmer shared a growler of this one a while back. Thanks, Craig.

Opaque dark brown with two fingers of dark foam. The head retains solidly for a while before ultimately settling to a collar.

Big sweet orange and chocolate aroma. Further inspection brings out a hint of whiskey, rich roasted malts, licorice, just a trace of chili pepper. This smells nice, but the sweet orange aroma is excessive.

Very chocolatey on the tongue, bittersweet and darkly roasted. It's followed by orange juice sweetness, faint bourbon and black licorice. Medium to full body, fairly easy to drink at first until the orange flavor becomes a bit cloying. Bitter toasty finish with lingering orange and chocolate, only a faint heat from the chilies. Less orange and a little more pepper would have made this much better, but it's an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

largadeer, Jul 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

HungarianCount, Aug 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

cestlavie, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

HoudiniRN, Apr 28, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Deschutes Public House in Portland

a - pours a deep dark brown color just short of pitch black, half-inch mocha head with light retention and lacing

s - dark chocolate, dark fruit, charred oak, light hints of the orange peel and some licorice, some boozy notes as well, I don't notice the chile

t - big semisweet chocolate flavor up front, plum and black cherry, dark roast coffee mixes with the chocolate and light orange peel on the midpalate, finish reveals a light oak barrel character with some vanilla and cream mixing with the dark chocolate and very light hints of the chile, well-balanced finish that's not very boozy at all, there is a brightness to the taste that I haven't noticed in the prior vintages

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, very creamy in the mouth, well-balanced finish, decent alcohol warming without tasting boozy

d - pretty good for a big 11% barrel-aged porter, the booze was fairly well hidden and the flavors were complex and interesting, not too harsh on the palate

I was pleasantly surprised by this after hearing about the issues with the batch. Not as impressive as the XXI, in my opinion, but very good beer nonetheless.

WeisGuy, Jul 14, 2010
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 06, 2011
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Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.