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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 153
Gots: 488 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.8%

A real treat. Sweeter than expected with the addition of the bourbon, it was very drinkable. Thick black appearance, soapy lasting head retained about an inch. Very smooth mouthfeel, with well integrated chocolate and bourbon in the secondary. From trade.

04-01-2012 03:09:16 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-19-2012 23:47:56 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Best after 6/15/12 but I can't wait that long.

Pours an opaque black with dark brown colors around the edges and a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some citrus zest. Taste is dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, citrus zest, and some alcohol flavors. There is a somewhat assertive roasty and citrus zest bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer now but I think it needs more time to come into its full potential. The smells are somewhat muted but the taste is very good. I wish I could find one more of these to age until the best after date.

11-05-2011 04:03:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-24-2011 01:18:44 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%

Ordered this bottle online. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip at a recent tasting. Reviewed from tasting sheet notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a moderate light tan head and a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light orange zest and chocolate plus a fair amount of roast and some light coffee. Light almost chile-like character there. Flavor is so-so and not up to par with the XX and XXI versions, which is a big disappointment, as I had really been looking forward to this recipe when XXII was announced. Light orange and chocolate with heavy roast. Medium body and a dry finish. Very roasty. Nothing really melded in this one.

07-17-2011 19:52:32 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 22:42:51 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

dark pour here with a rich dark brown color that no light could penetrate. This was a monster looking porter I have to say with a menacing two inches of foam on the top of it that cascaded down the sides. The aroma was of light vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, and hints of molasses and caramel. As it warmed some nice roasted notes start coming off of it. The flavor was as rich as the aroma with lots of sweet malts, hints of roasted notes and a nice bit of caramel and molasses. Light vanilla, not as much as I would have hoped for peaking through. A nice full bodied porter

07-22-2011 02:02:53 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-31-2011 17:34:19 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

Thanks to Richard for bringing this beer to share.

A: The pour is (not surprisingly) black in color with a finger of dark tan head.

S: As with all the previous iterations of this beer, the roast character is intense. Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The orange peel comes through, which is sort of amazing given all of the intense aromas.

T: The orange peel flavor cuts through all the way and is sort of candied and sweet. Lots of chocolate, roast, and some coffee. A bit of ash as well as some light barrel characteristics.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Much different than the previous versions, but still quite tasty.

07-13-2011 03:45:27 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-02-2011 22:08:21 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-21-2014 06:31:22 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2011 03:21:37 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-12-2011 16:05:37 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

07-16-2014 03:21:55 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Served in a stemless wine snifter.

Thanks to TheFlern for this bottle!

Never thought I'd have the opportunity to try a third vintage of this. What a country! (Imagine that last bit spoken with a foreign-style rolled R...) Anyway, it pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises oak, very light whiskey, roasted malts, and toasted cashews. The taste brings in more of the same, though with slightly more roast than before. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew as usual. 'Nuff said.

11-29-2011 01:09:10 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

11-14-2011 19:49:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-25-2011 20:15:17 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, dark roasty chocolate, vanilla and a touch of orange.

T - Great blend of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, bourbon and burnt molasses. There are hints of oak and smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is fantastic. May have to get more before its gone.

01-27-2012 02:03:56 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Bomber into a pint glass. Dark brown body, not quite opaque. Pours with half an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin film pretty quickly.

Quite a bit of roast and tar on the nose, with a little caramel from the barrel. Bourbon comes through pretty well in the blend, while orange and chocolate are rather subtle. Pepper doesn't come through much at all. This leans much more toward roasted malt and bourbon than BBXII, despite being more or less the same recipe.

The palate, much like the aroma, is pretty damn charred, bordering on burnt. Dark chocolate, sweet whiskey and faint orange zest follow the dark malt. I'd never have guessed there were peppers in here if I hadn't read it on the label, it's quite subtle. The body isn't overly big, but it's a rather intense beer due to the heavily charred malt flavor. Finishes pretty bitter and tannic, narrowly avoiding tasting harsh.

Pretty decent, but not nearly as good as the initial 2 Black Butte anniversary beers, and very different from last year's despite containing the same ingredients more or less.

07-18-2011 05:38:50 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

A generous half-snifter at the Bend Brewpub - I couldn't help coming back to this place!

This beer appears a solid black, no light from the waning Bond Street patio sun able to poke through, with one finger of thick soapy beige head, which leaves some random, skewed lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sour, bitter black fruit, cigarette ash, day-old coffee, dry chocolate, and subtle pepper oil. The taste is sweet roasted chocolate caramel malt, mild cold black coffee, some woody vanilla, soft citrus, and a subtle, growing vegetal heat. The carbonation is quite mellow, the body full and smooth. It finishes with a bit of hop/booze astringency and some semi-sweet chili-tinged dark chocolate.

Well, this is a whole lot of something, that's for sure. Nothing really stands out, especially the elevated ABV, but that's ok, the curious complexity is fine by me.

07-18-2011 21:17:04 | More by biboergosum
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-02-2014 13:02:32 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice beer. Thicker coffee and malt tones than I would have expected. The liquid body on this one is not really all that thick. It's kind of hard for me not to compare this beer to other Black Buttes I have had. When doing that it seems to fall short. It's a nice beer, but I was hoping for a bit more body, character, and intensity.Still quite nice though.

08-30-2012 17:02:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -7%

Bottle shared by spycow. Thanks Chris! Served in a snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin collar and tiny specks of lace. Very dark brown body with some ruby-brown glints at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting note of orange peel that differentiates this from other beers of the series. Plenty of dark chocolate, biscuit, coffee cake, light vanilla , and perhaps a bit of age showing. Not much in the way of alcohol, and fairly understated barrel-aging.

T - Taste has more dark fruit sweetness mingling with the dark chocolate, coffee, and biscuit flavors. The age has probably dialed up some of the fruitiness, but this has a bit of Baltic Porter vibe to it even though I'm certain it uses ale yeast. Barrel notes are faint, with the chocolate and biscuit combo dominating the palate. Not much orange peel in the taste either.

M - Medium body, with surprisingly active moderate carbonation. Chewy texture, and a lightly dry and oaky finish. Again, not much heat or booze to it.

D - A solid beer, but nothing mind-blowing. I have another bottle and I'm going to get to it pretty soon as I don't think further age is beneficial. I still think the XX is the best of the bunch though.

03-25-2013 01:41:01 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Bend, OR) on 9/1/11. Served in a balloon goblet.

Pours a straight black in the glass, topped with a finger of mocha head (which has some light burnt looking textures going on with it as well). This retains with a smooth and robust looking ½ finger of richness, which throws up a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and leaves back some spotty lace and light brown oils. The aroma smells of bourbon, cocoa, oak, green citrus, vanilla, warm spice, and I’m definitely getting some of that as advertised orange zest as well. There is quite a robust fullness here to the nose, with flavors nicely melding with each other and the wood oak and citrus flavors adding an airiness to this that helps waft the flavors up the nostrils.

The taste is thick with chocolate, molasses, and vanilla sweetness, with the burnt and woody sharpness of the bourbon hanging on the edges. There is a flush of dark roast across the back of the profile, while the finish sees notes of zesty orange peel and some light lingering warmth from the chilies. The mouthfeel is full bodied and SHARP in the mouth, with a firm prickly creaminess that blows up and expands out in the mouth. The high ABV is nicely hid for the most part but it plus the warmth from the bourbon flavors does start to catch up with you after a bit.

Another Deschutes anniversary down, another well done anniversary reserve here that delivers. My only complaints with this were that the taste wasn’t as smooth and well integrated as the nose was and the body could have used a bit more chewiness to it. Other than that though, I really liked how the addition of the orange and chili flavors nicely supported the thick sweetness here and this was overall quite the robust and full flavored sipper. This was some really tasty stuff.

09-21-2011 16:56:43 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%

Bottle shared by Dan. Thanks! At the time of this review #15 on the top American Porter list on beeradvocate.com. Beer is brown to black with a nice head of tan bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is odd, a little spicy? Chili peppers? Odd. Sweet, mild roast, some chocolate.

Beer is medium to light in body. It is mildly body with a mild chili flavor and some mild chocolate. It tastes fine but not as good as the XX or the XXI in my opinion. I think this is very similar to XXII but I don't know that for sure. I have another bottle and I will drink it one night. It was fine.

07-11-2011 14:09:57 | More by drabmuh
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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.