Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter, Black Butte XXIII looks uncomplicated -- a flat, inky ebony topped with dense khaki froth -- but layers of complexity lie beneath. The first whiff finds espresso, burnt toast and smoky brisket from charred malt; the next curacao, lent by zest from the peels of Spanish Seville oranges. A quarter of the final blend has spent time in bourbon barrels, and the aroma makes this apparent with notes of wood-fired oak and whiskey.
Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa powder permeate XXIII's flavor, provided by cocoa nibs from Theo Chocolate in Seattle. Allow the beer to warm and the sweet stuff emerges: vanilla, caramel, mocha. The ﬁnish is a tea composed of smoked oak and dried orange peel, and a bitter char lingers between sips.
XXIII's wild side materializes in the form of a burly 10.8 percent ABV and added Pasilla Negro chiles. The heat of the peppers complement the burn of the alcohol, setting the mouth aglow as you sip the velvet-smooth brew.
The brewery suggests opening this bottle a year from now, which you should do. You should also pick up a second bottle to drink today. And a third for tomorrow. And a fourth for your birthday. When you pop the bottle and enjoy the best porter you'll have all year, you'll be glad for the excess.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2011 22:43:56 | More by Phelps
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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
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