Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Wax bottle from the 23rd Anniversary vintage (2011), cracked and poured into CCB snifters to share with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.
Aroma: A nice, intense and hot nose overall. Picking it apart gives me some orange peel, a bit of coffee, lots of dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Basically I can tell its been aged in the barrel in the nose but I don't smell the bourbon directly. (4.25)
Colour: Looks great. Pours a dark, viscous black body with a thin tan head that disappears very quickly into a thin collar. Not much lacing to speak of. It just sits there looking all black and foreboding. (4)
Flavour: I really liked this beer's flavour profile. It starts out with a good dose of chocolate and molasses, accentuated by citrus rinds, vanilla and oak. There is traces of bourbon throughout. I'm not sure about the very end- its actually a little spicy, like as if chili peppers were added. Comes together well and is a pleasure to sip on. It's malty roast sweet up front with a bitter citrus coming in with a vanilla+oak kick at the end, but the citrus is more of the orange peel rather than a hop bitterness if that makes sense. (4.5)
Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium body with fair carbonation. Drinks smoothly and can't detect much ABV. Aftertaste is nice oaked-up spicy orange peel. Very interesting. Its to be enjoyed as a sipper for sure. (4)
Overall: Tasty beer, very complex, great flavour profile and overall enjoyable to drink as a birthday beer. Would drink again. (4.25)
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2013 08:34:53 | More by Stevedore
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