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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 154
Gots: 489 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

gueuzegossage, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Black with almost no head, just a few brown bubbles.

S: Licorice and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruit, blackberries, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: Pretty much exactly what I wanted them to do with their porter. Better than XXIV.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

vcoggins, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

BAsbill, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mnphish, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%

A bottle picked up a few years ago and aged since then. Bottled in 2011. Black wax covers the top.

A - Pitch black, blacker than night at the North Pole. Then head and not much lace left on the glass

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, sweet, citrus, chocolate. There is so much going on here its almost overwhelming. You can get a different aroma every time you breathe in. Awesome

T - Chocolate, spicy chili peppers, oranges, coffee, and some piny hops for good measure. Damn tasty

M - Highly carbonated and sizzles down your throat. Slightly spicky from the chili pepper maybe?

O - An incredible imperial porter, with some nice additions of chili peppers, chocolate, and oranges. Well done!

BeerDawgs, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DrewZ926, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

shelby415, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

atone315, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

lunarbrew, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

myuncle, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

stealth, Nov 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

wchasse222, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

StevenSpringer, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Dactrius, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

damngoode, Nov 01, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

mdcrouser, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

deadliest, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

velcrogrip, Oct 28, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

peensteen, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

falcon1, Oct 18, 2013
Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.