Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ESPNman:
4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.
A - It pours a deep, dark brown. I was expecting it to be closer to a motor-oil black given that it's a big 11% porter. It produces an inch or so of leather-brown head. Solid retention leaving beautiful lacing behind on the rim of the glass.
S - The added figs come through here strongly. I'm not getting a lot of the dates on the nose, but if you really think about it, you can just barely find them in there. Other than that, it's very representative of the style. Lots of chocolate and deep roasted malts. Some candied fruit and a bit of sweetness round out the nose.
T - This is either the first or second "5" I've ever given in a category, and this beer deserves it. It really nails all of the notes that are supposed to be there in an Imperial Porter. It has some candied sweet fruits, dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and almost bourbon-like notes. It does run a little on the boozy side, but it was designed to be set down for a year or so... I'm just too impatient. This beer should age beautifully.
M - Wonderfully carbonated for the style. Just enough to keep it from being a motor-oil sludge, not so much as to distract from the beer itself. It's a little thinner than I was expecting, and definitely has noticeable alcohol. Sweet finish, doesn't linger too long.
O - It's a fantastic beer. It's a wonderful compliment to The Abyss in Deschute's lineup. Amazing roasted quality, yet balanced with a noticeable fruity sweetness. It's lacking a little in bitterness, and has very little hop quality (which is fine for the style). Big, boozy, and it'll benefit from a little aging.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2012 03:36:27 | More by ESPNman
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4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and good lacing
S-dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, bourbon, earthy
T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, figs, bourbon, coffee, light char, molasses
F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy
O-great range of flavors and well-balanced, a tad on the sweet side for me, but a terrific Imperial Porter nonetheless
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 12:44:01 | More by MDDMD
4.63/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip styel glass. Coming out of the bottle it's a cola brown but gets a dark brown and even black in the center with deep autumn brown highlights. Tan head with mostly small bubbles, great lacing, frothy and thick.
Smell is great. Dark slightly over roasted dark, sweet glazed grains; not quite charred, but like a slightly over done marshmallow. Dark dehydrated fruits like figs, raisins, dates, and maybe even some white grapes (yeah still raisins, whatever). In addition there's the classic fudgey chocolate notes and some slight spices.
Taste is slightly spicy sweeter than I expected, but is freaking amazing! Lots of deep, dark dehydrated fruits like mentioned above in addition to the slightest hints of coffee masked by the sweet fudgey chocolate. There's a slight nuttiness hidden in the fruit as well, really a lot of natural, earthy, pure sweetness. Great spicy notes as mentioned earlier, I think cinnamon and nutmeg, but not in a Christmas sort of way, like a mulled wine sort of way that wasn't intended just for cold weather, there's some tropical fruit like pineapple and tangerine in there.
Moutfeel is down right awesome. Full bodied with a lingering flavor and a nice moderate carbonation level. Not overly, but adequately smooth with a nice natural sweetness to a spicy dry finish. Crazy drinkability. I like all of the anniversary/birthday Black Butte beer I've had so far, but to my recollection, this one is the most drinkable, pretty dangerously drinkable actually. Great beer, great brewery, thanks Geoff!
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2014 01:27:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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