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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

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.06%
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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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-15-2011 18:00:48 | More by kkrez
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DarthKostrizer

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-06-2011 07:31:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
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riverrunt421

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-03-2012 21:55:15 | More by riverrunt421
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aliving1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-03-2012 06:06:00 | More by aliving1
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-16-2012 04:37:17 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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Hopstout

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-15-2012 02:33:38 | More by Hopstout
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-15-2011 16:44:48 | More by millelacsmark
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SirWilliam666

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-26-2011 17:58:22 | More by SirWilliam666
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piclee

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-03-2012 00:31:57 | More by piclee
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this beer at the Portland location out of a snifter.

Appearance - extremely dark but a little lighter than Black Butte XXI iif I remember correctly. Not much of a head to speak of, more like a tiny ring of lacing that did not feel like dissipating.

Smell - Very friendly on the nose. I picked up orange, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste - Incredible! Easily one of my favorite beers, it's too bad that Deschutes destroyed all of the bottles that they were going to release. Instead of a coffee taste followed by orange, I got both notes at the same time, making me think of a Boresha instead of a mocha. On the finish you get a great wave of dark chocolate followed by the tiny burn of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Very good, but i would expect a beer like this to be a little heavier and viscous.

Drinkability - I could session this beer without any hesitation. Unfortunately, due to the 11% alcohol, this could get dangerous fast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 11:02:56 | More by Shmeal
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gwguest

Kansas

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at City Beer in SF. What a nice little surprise since the online draft list made no mention of this one. I have a Black Butte XXI at home, but haven't tried one yet. I have no real expectations in mind.

Opaque body with a rich dark brown foam. Foam is thin and gone quickly. Looks good for what it is, enticing, but a little more foam would have taken it up a notch for me.

The aroma is heavenly. Deep aromas of chocolate, hints of roast, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak and toasty grains just sing together. This is one of those beers that I could just smell all day. I wish that I were some sort of Olympic calibre swimmer so that I could take deeper whiffs. Hopefully the taste follows suit.

The flavor is right in line with the aroma. It's a very intense flavor that leans a little more on the bourbon than the aroma, but this is quite the exercise in balanced flavors. The tinge of orange is a nice touch that keeps things fresh. I don't detect any other spices that are mentioned. To that, they are melded perfectly into the overall flavor of the beer.

Overall, wow. This is a beer that really moves my needle, and few do that these days. It's sad that this never made it to the bottle. It's a fantastic beer that has all the right levels and depth of flavor without being messy. I love it. There are few beers that I would choose over it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:24:14 | More by gwguest
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yuriruley

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice and dark with a good head and lacing. Looks awesome.

Smell - Smells like chocolate!

Taste - Nice roasted flavor and the chocolate is intense, I get a little of the orange, but I wasn't getting the chile. I mean I am sure it is in there I just wasn't picking it up.

Mouthfeel - Good body, nice and smooth. This stuff is pretty thick.

Drink - hardly noticed the 11%, could have drank a couple, but I wanted to try some other beers.

Definitely good, sad it won't be bottle. Would like to try this with some age on it, though I am sure they will have it at the pub again in a couple months.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 08:12:04 | More by yuriruley
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Portland pub.
A- Very black and no head. Thin ring of foam around the edge.

S- Excellent smell. Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted burnt malts yet they are mellow and smooth smelling, smells great. This just has a great aroma.

T- This beer is excellent! No issues here chocolate has a great taste mixing with the roasted malts. This is semi chocolate milk tasting, with a great vanilla chocolate taste. This is a solid brew that I wish I had more of, shame. Seems quite balanced and just sexy.

M- Thick and yet the little carbination helps. I'm glad to have a thicker porter, some porters are too thin.

D- Hell Yes! Just hook me up to the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 00:43:41 | More by Wetpaperbag
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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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HoudiniRN

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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JayS2629

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-12-2012 20:16:28 | More by JayS2629
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SgunnarW

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-27-2012 04:11:37 | More by SgunnarW
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-27-2013 19:42:58 | More by Soneast
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Elendinn

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Deschutes' 22nd Birthday Bash in Bend, served in tulip snifter.

A - pitch black, one and a half fingers of tan, brown-sugar head.  Thick lacing that lingers throughout.  Perfect.

S - espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, lots of chili, undercurrent of fruit, orange peel, hints of bourbon.

T - coffee and dark chocolate up front, orange and chili come through to provide balance; finishes semi-sweet with hints of chili, chocolate, and bourbon.  Coffee and chocolate flavors peak again and linger with retro-olfaction.  The chili and bourbon become slightly more noticeable as the glass progresses -- magnified by aeration.  The chili is very interesting and works very well -- not spicy, per se, more like a mole sauce.

M - smooth, frothy, subdued carbonation, but not flat!

D - exceptionally drinkable.  The 11% is hardly perceptable.  More complex than last year's, but slightly less sweet.  A worthy successor to an already excellent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 19:41:15 | More by Elendinn
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gregbechtel21

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick Khaki Colored Head with tight bubbles, dissipated quicker than I prefer. Beautiful black color, saw nothing but reflection in glass.

Smell: Chocolate, tons of it. Orange peel, vanilla, oak wood, no chile pepper that I could tell. one of the best beer aromas I've ever encountered.

Taste: Brewed with Theo's chocolate from Seattle. Everything in the aroma translated perfectly. Very balanced for the style.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick but not too heavy. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable for the style. The 11% is dangerously well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 23:22:15 | More by gregbechtel21
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 23:20:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Tad


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had quite a tasting on 4-10 at Stiengarten LA, this on tap, as well as Black Butte XXIII(bottle), Abyss 2011, Stoic, and Chainbreaker White IPA.

I will have to agree on prior reviews of this, a top notch porter indeed. Toasted oak chocolate and a medium mouthfeel profile its well rounded flavor. Has been aged a bit although its my first taste of XXII, side by side a bit mellowed to XXIII. A must have.... if found or cellar'd..Cheers Deschutes!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 16:25:36 | More by Tad
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cavedave

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oregonskibum gets huge thanks for this superb sipper.

The nice, cloudy dark chestnut look of this begs the question what could possibly have been wrong with the bottles? Not a beauty winner, but... A merest skim of light brown foam rides the thick brew.

The nose what can I say? It is a rich composite, full of chocolate, coffee, dark ripe fruits, rounded of by a luscious bitter, not quite citrus, not quite herbal, slight tart yeasty notes really send this bouquet to the moon. My saliva glands are squirting convulsively as I inhale.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Words fail here. The flavors of the nose... forget it, can't break it down. This beer is fucking art. The balance in the front of the sip transitions through an epic blessing of wonderful flavors that form such a perfect amalgam, then transition through another range of equally fine flavors, that this review will now lapse into something less than clinical, more purely subjective. This beer is a rhapsody of complexity, balance, composure, all contained in so superbly crafted a brew that were these words to equal their art, they would need the composition skills of a Shakespeare. Beyond delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied, full in the mouth, drinks like a much lighter beer, very low carb (but it had a long, hot trip) stays so clean on the palate there is virtually no diminution of flavor between sips, and an epic finish that walks the line between juicy and dry.

Drinkability is completely off the scale. Were I too have an unlimited supply of this epic brew I am certain the county coroner at some point would be interested to know.

Impression: That's it, I'm moving to Oregon, somewhere between Bend and Eugene. Get this if you can, one of the best.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2010 19:08:37 | More by cavedave
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Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.