Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery
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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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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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