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Black Butte XXII - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 80
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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Photo of theCoder
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

theCoder, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ellswrth
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ellswrth, Jul 24, 2012
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
Photo of JayS2629
4.75/5  rDev +12%

JayS2629, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured inside a Russian River glass.

The deepest brown, with a very thin head of light tan that remains as a silky top layer for a while. There were multiple pours among all the people at this tasting, and nobody really got a pour I thought was below par in appearance. Maybe some white chunks, but I wouldn’t think much of it if I bought this off the shelf. Not sure what Deschutes was so worried about.

In the nose: tangy dark chocolate, lots of orange, lots of coffee. A hint of vanilla and bourbon in the background, but it’s mostly just tangy chocolate and fruits.

The flavor expands on the aroma in the best way. Tons of orange juice, orange peel, orange zest. Dark chocolate here is more bitter and roasty, less tangy. After the swallow, smooth vanilla and oak roll in. Not even a hint of the alcohol.

Body is maybe a touch under medium. Gentle, poking carbonation and a good amount of fizz.

Very glad I got to try this. It’s not the best-looking beer, but it’s tasty.

Phelps, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Tad
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!

Tad, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4.75/5  rDev +12%

SgunnarW, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of piclee
5/5  rDev +17.9%

piclee, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
5/5  rDev +17.9%

PaulStoneAnchor, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jh1982, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Birdlegs, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

doucmehu, Jan 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

riverrunt421, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of aliving1
5/5  rDev +17.9%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

SirWilliam666, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jag21, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jbakajust1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ 16 Tons Union Cafe for Base Camp for Beer Fanatics into a Deschutes Tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark black w/ 2 finger brown head that fades slow to an oil slick and leaves legs and some lacing.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, and cherries

T - Deep flavors of dark chocolate, light coffee, cherries, oak, vanilla, coconut, and tobacco.

M - Full body, sweet with a bitter finish that lingers.

O - Amazing beer. Oak character presents itself, but doesn't dominate, lots of chocolate, slight roastiness, and a bitter sweet finish. Very glad I was able to enjoy this.

jbakajust1, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +17.9%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.