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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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BA SCORE
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730 Ratings
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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 153
Gots: 487 | FT: 16
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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Stevedore

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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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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.