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Black Butte XXII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIBlack Butte XXII

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.03%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

GRG1313, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a muddled black color with a tan head. Chocolate is the predominant aroma here with a decent roastiness, a hint of citrus, and some vanilla and whiskey in the background. The flavor is also heavy on the dark chocolate with a bit more roast and whiskey (and just booze in general). Some coffee, mild vanilla, and citrus notes, maybe a touch of the chile in there somewhere.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a mild white head, light lace.

S: Mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, malt, bit chalky.

T: Chocolate dominates, the sweetness is akin to an imperial oatmeal stout. Some moderate notes of vanilla which makes it quite distinct from its predecessors. Good flavour, but not as robust as the XX and XXI.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, chalky.

D: Nice beer, but not up to the level of the previous incarnations for me, but worth a try.

Halcyondays, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.65/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Finally got a chance to try this one!

Pours a dark brown, kind of murky. A tan ring of head.

Aroma: A lot of chocolate and cocoa. A light roast. The orange peel shows a lot. A little caramel and vanilla. Hardly any oak shows.

Taste: All fruit. Huge orange flavor. It reminds me of the chocolate oranges. It is very sharp. No oak at all.

Mouthfeel: Too sharp. Creamy. Cloying. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this beer very much. I like the other versions a lot better. Way too much orange peel and not enough oak flavors. This wasn't for me.

mothman, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Am so glad I was able to sample this beauty before heading back East to Baltimore tomorrow. Sampled at the brewpub today (at 11:30 in the morning, with everyone else in attendance drinking the same thing).

XXII pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this porter is rather sensational, showing dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light licorise. I get more of the same on the palate, coupled with some interesting flavors of pepper, coffee grounds and considerable hoppy bitterness. At least for now, I felt the beer was dominated by the sweet licorise and significant hoppy bitterness, though I think that would subside and blend in with the rest of the flavor profile over time. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, bitter, licorise dominated finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the obvious high alcohol, bitter finish and prominent sweet licorise detract just a bit from the beer's drinkability. Otherwise, the alcohol seems to be prety well integrated into the flavor profile.

Couple of thoughts. This is an impressive, sizeable imperial porter, one that is brimming with flavor. Frankly, I think a year or two of aging would do wonders for this beer, and so I think it a shame that none of this was bottled. Nevertheless, this is still a very impressive beer, and IMHO, quite different from the XX and XXI. Another solid effort from the folks at Deschutes.

John_M, Jul 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
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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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from my Pub visit on 2.2.11. Not sure how I missed this one.

Served in a Deschutes Snifter

A - Dark deep brown with a thin tan head. Lingers for a moment, then fades to a thin film.

S - Chocolate and more chocolate, then some booze tones.

T - Again I am overpowered by the chocolate, then some cherry like flavors, coffee.

D - A slight creamy-like feeling in the mouth, then oily.

O - With this much chocolate taste, it makes it easy to see why they had issues with the bottles. I am glad I got to try it on tap.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 17, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip at the Bond Street Pub in Bend. The beer poured black with a tall, dark tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma started out with a strong roasted scent that smoothed out to a mellow, rich malt aroma. There was a certain spicy sharpness on the back. Over the tongue, the roasted malt dominated the front, with a chocolatey smoothness in the middle and just a hint of spicy hotness on the finish. There also notes of orange playing hide-n-seek throughout the glass.

The body was very good, full, smooth and rich. The beer coated the tongue nicely, yet wasn't overly sticky. Drinkability was also very good, smooth and easy, and the beer hid it's alcohol very well. There is a bit of pepper hotness on the finish, but it is very complimentary, not distracting.

Overall, a very good beer. Better than the BBXXI and the equal of BBXX. I hope Deschutes can see it's way clear to actually release this brew on a wider scale than they are currently planning on. A must try, even if you have to drive to Bend to get it.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown, bordering black, light tan head leaves a finger of light tan head, good retention... awesome nose, tons of orange with a touch of chocolate, chocolate covered oranges... lots of chocolate but a touch light and devoid of taste, not bursting with the flavor I was hoping for... solid, but no xxi

jrallen34, Jul 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

eawolff99, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served (2x) to a .3l snifter, a bit above the fill line each time, at the Portland Pub.

A: What a great start - an Abyss-ian blackness topped with a full finger of sudsy mocha cream. Head drops to a fine sheen interrupted by clustered bubbles, a sticky film/lace hanging around as a slim ring. Look away and the lacing wanes then vanishes altogether.

S: Dark chocolate and a veiled soot, ripened fruit and sweeter booze. Sounds pretty great but really doesn't leap from the glass; it takes a deep inhalation to grasp this, yet it really doesn't entice as much as it should. Hard to call a 'disappointment', but aroma isn't the strong suit here...

T: ...but flavor is. Oh lord, how tasty; dark fudgy chocolate, brazen earthiness, blatant fruits (orange + fat blackberry and blueberry). Sweet coffee and a building darkness with enough sugar to offset a lurking tartness. Woody, syrupy, a glazed brown sugar ham crust - vanilla and oak notes, too. Opens as it warms, delicious.

M: Wonderful feel - creamy and smooth with a subtle warming. Not too heavy in the mouth, a tongue-numbing glow and stealthy cheek draw. Medium-full body, some sticky malts glue my lips together, if only a little...

D: Not too hot now, but I'll bet this could improve with a few more months of age. Oh, what a tragedy that bottles will never see the shelves (something to do with chunky, coagulating chocolate/butter fat ruining the appearance); this is as fine as any of the Reserve brews Deschutes has produced. I will have more...

msubulldog25, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -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
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Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.