Black Butte XXII - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by theCoder:
4.23/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this yesterday at a local bottle shop as a part of Deschutes Base Camp Week. They were pouring XXI, XXII and XXIII.
This is a review of XXII but being XXII and XXIII are basically identical according to the brewer who was at this tasting. I can confirm they are pretty close but obviously with the age on XXII it was a bit more mellow, however I didn't realize the bottle issues they noted beforehand and when I looked at it and tasted it I knew there was something off compared to XXIII and I talked to the brewer and he informed me of that. If you have them side by side you can notice it but if you do not you'll likely never know.
The bottle issues do NOT take away from this beer, wow it was wonderful.
Poured a very dark brown with a tiny chocolate colored head. The chocolate was there in the nose quite heavily with ever so slight bits of vanilla.
Taste was wonderful, it was like liquid dark chocolate with roasty caramely notes in the end. I didn't notice any of the peppers, and I tried oh boy did I try.
Mouthfeel was silky smooth.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with the opportunity to try it. It was fun to do a 3 year vertical to see how much it changed from the XXI to XXII and XXIII recipes.
In XXI you get a lot of coffee and chocolate on the nose and taste, XXII and XXIII the coffee is barely present and basically not at all in XXII.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2012 19:50:51 | More by theCoder
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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.