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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 152
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-01-2013 16:24:47 | More by damngoode
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mdcrouser

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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had to peel the wax from around of the neck to get to the lid. It adds to the 'fancy,' but is an annoyance.

That's deep black - maybe the deepest of blacks. Very thin head.

Brilliant nose, as you get the roastiness of the porter, but with another layer of bitter citrus, chiles and some cocoa. That's a wicked whiff.

Intense - that's on a whole different level. Like a malty chocolate, chile, orange rind Whopper of a beer. Hot, bitter, warming.

Prickly on the tongue, whether from the chiles or the carbonation, or a combination of the two.

Damn tasty and unique - I'm a bigger fan of porters that are a little more straight-forward, but this one offers a defiantly different perspective.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:48:47 | More by mdcrouser
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Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Liam.

Deep brown colour, near black, one finger of tan head with a couple spots of lace. Smell is well roasted malt, chocolate and black liquorice, cocao powder and a bit of vanilla. Taste is roasty with a powdered cocao/bakers chocolate, still get a bit of the chilli and orange peel flavours but they are faded, a touch of liquorice and vanilla, roasted finish. Lightly carbonated, medium-full feel. Good stuff here but probably would have been a bit better fresh as I would have liked some more chilli flavour as well.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber that was poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. While pouring, it looks like a cola color brown when coming out of the bottle but gets darker as it settles in the glass. Pretty dark brown to black in color with maybe some slightly lighter but not much. Light tan colored head with small bubbles. Comes up pretty big with some decent lacing.

Smell is good, lots of semi-sweet chocolate, plenty of vanilla, and very subtle hints of chocolate. Some subtle orange peele and possibly even some slight hints of pepper, some slight woody tones too.

Taste is really good. All of the best parts of the classic barrel aged beers that you'd want. Some nice vanilla whiskey bourbon tones. The orange is a tone more dominant in the flavor than the aroma. Really nice blend sor to f a natural sweet orange but not at all acidic, a nice blend for sure.

Mouthfeel is really good, full bodied with a great carbonation level. Super smooth and has a nice dry finish. Not too dry though, I expected it to be really dry since there's an orange peel flavor. Super drinkable, smooth and a nice slightly bitter dry finish. No bite from the alcohol at ell, I wouldn't have expected the high alcohol content at all. Nice work Deschutes, PLEASE start distributing to MA!!! Thanks Geoff for sending this one!

Serving type: bottle

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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.