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Black Butte XXIII - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 152
Gots: 493 | FT: 17
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 10-oz. glass
From: Post Street Ale House in Spokane, Wash.
Price: $6
Purchased: March 18, 2014
Consumed: March 18, 2014
Misc.: The board on the wall said it was the XIII, but I'm pretty sure that was wrong. I even took a photo of it.

Poured a dark brown color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Sporadic uneven lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled caramel, toffee, Rolos, butterscotch, dry-hopped, bourbon, chocolate and faint vanilla.

Tasted caramel, toffee, light bourbon, chocolate, cherry, dry-hopped and slight butterscotch. So good.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish.

This beer was just so good. I only wish I would have gone back to try some more another night.

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Appearance- Received with about two fingers' worth of fluffy head which has okay retention. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that shows hints of ruby and burgundy when held up to the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Notes of chocolate that is very Tootsie Roll. Good amount of caramel and toffee. Even suggests a little bit of coconut and vanilla. Very warm and inviting. Some candy hints that range from suggestions of licorice to jelly beans to bubblegum. Usually, this would be a bad sign for me but it really works in this aroma. Huge vanilla notes start to peak out.

Taste- Very dominated by the candy notes expressed on the nose. Not quite as inviting as those of the nose but still quite enjoyable. Some vanilla, some chocolate, a bit more cocoa but they pale in comparison to the candy aspects. Almost like a generic lollipop with chocolate, cocoa, and roasted notes on the finish. Don't get much in the way of dark fruits or cherry. Some woodiness on the finish as well, maybe a little bit of oak. Not exactly my favorite notes for a flavor profile but it works for this beer for some reason. Not nearly as impressive as its rating would suggest put a pretty good to really good beer nonetheless. As I read the description on BA, the chiles used start to pop out in a major way. They might be mild to some but they have a bit of a zing for me. Seems to solidify the licorice tastes that I get from this beer. I even start to perceive some of the orange and a little bit of the cherry but the chile heat is starting to take over. Candied fruits are huge with lots of cocoa that almost taste plastic or like clay. Very complex with wonderful balance and integration. My biggest criticism is that the flavor notes that work so well aren't really favorites of mine. Still pretty much a really good beer. I think for chile lovers, this beer just might be great. Slight cola notes. Shows more coffee as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with light carbonation that still manages some zing (or is that the chiles? It's hard to tell). Fairly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Would be really easygoing but the chiles do make for a bit of a speed bump for me. Still pretty smooth sailing nonetheless. 4 bucks a glass is a pretty good price as I think this retails for more in the bottle. And it's aged!

Overall- Solid, good beer to really good beer, closer to really good. This is definitely not a boring beer. Surprisingly enjoyable for a beer that hits so many notes that I generally dislike. That means this might be an absolutely fantastic beer to a different palate. I would definitely give this a try; especially if you see it for this cheap on tap.

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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.