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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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738 Ratings
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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 109
Gots: 427 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-25-2012)
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 4 of these...especially after realizing what a beautiful beer the XXIII was once it became what it is now opposed to when fresh.

A - Not quite jet black, but deep dark brown, reaching black...1 and 1/2 inch head that keeps it's retention throughout, and active in the 13oz tulip. Impressive.

S - A bit heavy on the dark fruit side when cold...when warms up the chocolate, oak and bourbon compliment nicely. The bottle doesn't mention any portion of the blend being barrel aged, but unless I'm just crazy, it's there.

T - All the same as the nose BUT when this beer warms, for me it's the best so far of the vintages. The bourbon and chocolate are equal parts dark fruit opposed to when cold, it was too prune juicy. Vanilla decides to make an appearance when warms also but still for me just a bit too heavy on the dates and figs. I would rather them be there as an afterthought. to each their own...

M - Smooth on the palate, maybe it's the new fruit ingredients but again, this is smooth but not yet creamy on the palate with a nice dry finish. not overwhelming or cloying by any means. Sweet, without taking over the brew and not syrupy. Best mouthfeel of all the past vintages this fresh.

O - I mean, let this beer warm up and it's pretty phenominal now. If age makes this better BOOYA!

Tune up the bourbon slightly so, and tune down the Daglet dates and Mission figs a wee bit, and this is a flawless beer. Keeping fingers crossed that age might do exactly this but not likely.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:38:06 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.