Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from bottle at Deschutes Portland. Bought 6 to go. Tasted with consistent results.
Poured a deep brown, mahogany hue with black undertones. Very lovely oatmeal hued head dissipates leaving a good amount of lace. Decent carbonation.
Aromatically this is about as good as it gets. Massive explosion of chocolate, coffee, spice, and gobs of black cherry, currants, cassis, and smoke.
On the palate you really get the peppers working with the orange. It's a nice contrast. It really reminds me of the Green and Black dark chocolate infused with orange peel. Really good, bitter, dark chocolate, toast, raisins, is this really a porter?
Texture is perfect. Not too blowsy like a trumped up imperial stout, instead the alcohol works into the body well with a nice streak of acidity to cut the texture up into enjoyable pieces. Really good grip, insanely long finish. I think my first response was "hummmanaaahhh".
Impeccable balance and texture make this a winner. This is the best vintage black butte I have tasted in recent years. Masterful!
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2011 19:04:12 | More by cbarrett4
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