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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

725 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 725
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 152
Gots: 487 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

XXIII. So where to next? What's 2011's rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn't it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can.

55 IBU

Info from brewery: "475 barrels were produced. 275 were bottled and the remaining 200 were put into kegs."

(Beer added by: jdense on 06-17-2011)
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CooperEllis

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received an unexpected bottle of this in a BIF Box from canadianghetto so decided to pop one well in advance of the 6/15/2012 best after date.

Age doesn't matter. Yeah, it's a touch hot, and yes, some of the tastes may be a touch pronounced and individual but, damn, this is still one excellent beer.

The bottle actually provides nice tasting notes, I'm presuming for farther on down the road because everything is right up in your face with this. Again, its easy to pick apart the pieces in the nose, and the taste but they blend nicely at this young age and even more with a few minutes to warm in the glass.

The chillies are present in the aroma with an eye opening/nose tingling note and the orange is clearly there at the end when the bitter pith cuts through and lingering bitterness. There are coffee, chocolate, wood and malt fighting across the palate and a bite that could be booze or capsaicin.

The bourbon is there, this is boozy, more so than the other variations/years of this I've had. This is the first time I've had a Black Butte in advance of it's best before date and I wouldn't hesitate to acquire a case of this, drinking 1/2 now and setting the other half aside to try throughout the years. It's nicely carb'd now as well.

(157th)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:42:18 | More by CooperEllis
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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.