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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 440 | FT: 35
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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Reviews by rlee1390:
Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

A-Deep black in the glass, brown when pouring, two finger off white head.

S-Chocolate coffee, oak, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla.

T-Good deal of chocolate, coffee as well. Roasted notes, vanilla, dark chocolate, mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.

O-Not as good as last years but still a tasty brew.

rlee1390, Oct 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DanGeo, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%

Thanks to tokenjobberoffense (reddit) for this one, the first of the Deschutes BB Anniversary beers I'll have had. Elegant ruby and deep, deep brown on the pour, not quite absent of enough color to be called black. A slightly darker-than-khaki head forms and leaves some mild lacing along the sides of the glass; decent retention for an 11% ABV porter.

The first sniff brings forth a deep-ish, booze-laden, roasted malt structure that is slightly unlike any other that I've come across. Certainly lots of heavy, dark fruits crowding all sides; figs, dates, bruised prunes - hefty doses of sweetness and booziness clash constantly and battle for king of the hill. I can definitely say that it's a little more heavy on the alcohol than I was expecting. There's a mild cocoa aroma hidden underneath the roast and the booze, but most of the sweetness still seems to be coming in the form of fruits.

Black Butte XXIV is just a bit booze and raisin-heavy on the palate. Don't get me wrong, I like booze and I like raisins, but after the first few sips, this beer seems to be a little overpowering and one-track minded to say the least. Definitely more sweet and more boozy than I would have guessed, although I can't say for sure where my initial opinions had come from.

There isn't much roast to this at all, save for the faint hint of roasted malt that occasionally peaks through the vapid sea of alcohol and sweetness. Light soy in the aftertaste, just a touch, as the beer warms up. Cocoa starts to finally come through as well. The aftertaste is still riding the heavy booze wave, and actually finishes quite dry. Medium-heavy body, lightly creamy and smooth.

I definitely suggest letting this warm up before consumption. More flavors seemed to come out as it approached warmer temps; right out of the gate, it was almost nothing but boozy, sweet raisins. Even once it opened up a bit, it was still fairly underwhelming given my relatively high expectations. Still not a bad beer, but it doesn't fulfill the large shoes that some people have granted it.

tectactoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: Oil black. This is DARK beer. I can only see a few bubbles of carbonation on the outer edges because it's so dark. An aggressive pour gave me a lackluster 1/2 inch of a creamy tan head. Retention is not that great as the head dissipates quickly. Regardless of the head retention, this beer looks warm and inviting.

Smell: Strong notes of figs and dates. Very slight roasted coffee smell. The malts used in this beer smell sweet

Taste: VERY strong taste of figs and dates. Again a slight bit of roasted coffee. Slight biscuity taste. This beer is very sweet and rich. The bittering hops used in this beer were likely very clean and neutral, which allows for the fig and date flavors to come shining through the beer and dominate the mouth. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is moderate-low to moderate-medium. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with some nice warmth in my cheeks coming from the alcohol. It finishes very wet in the mouth and keeps me coming back for more. I find it hard to put this down.

Overall: Overall I'm very impressed by this beer. Sweet beers are usually not my thing, but this would pair very nicely with similar sweet things. At 11% ABV, this beer is definitely a slow sipper meant to be enjoyed for a special occasion. Perfect all the way around.

Clonies720, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

SanFranJake, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Mariela
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Mariela, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

NWer, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

warnerry, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Beerswag, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of codysjb
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
A: Black and Brown. Pours no head just some foam. Lacing isn’t great.
S: Pete, roasted malt and figs
T: Chocolate and fruity notes. Medium body. Not heavy feeling but a very nice “dark” feel.
M: Lots of carbonation and lots of fruit flavors.
O: Reminds me more of a quad but its good. Heavy flavor, medium body. Overall a good beer but something I’d rather have 12oz of not 22.

codysjb, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%

A: Big light brown head quickly dissipates into the black liquid from which it came.

S: Mostly molasses. Healthy barrel with caramel, chocolate, raisins, and slight booze.

T: Really sweet caramel with coco notes. Background is booze and vanilla.

M: Medium/light body, I typically prefer a bigger body but with how sweet this is if it was any bigger it would take on the basic properties of a syrup.

O: I was looking forward to this and even waited till after the recommended date on the bottle, but this is too sweet for me, maybe fresher the roasted qualities would shine through more, hope abyss is better!

mctizzz, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ryancl, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with tan head that mostly recedes, leaving some wispies behind.

Smell: Plum, figs and molasses mostly. Light chocolate and oak. Somewhat boozy.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with definite plums and figs. Overripe fruitiness, borderline sickly. Finish has notes of oak, burnt mix of chocolate and molasses, and more figs.

Feel: Medium to full body that is certainly lighter than an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. Smooth overall, but not quite as creamy as desired.

Overall: Great beer even if it does not stand up to past iterations. Just too fruity and sweet.

bsp77, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Altenor, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jaminjohnson, Jul 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -6.8%

bpfrush, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark brown, but not quite black, in color with a thin dark brown head, eventually leaving spotted lacing down the glass. Not nearly as thick and viscous as some other barrel-aged stouts/porters, but an appropriately pretty beer.

Expressive aroma of roast, mild bourbon-barrel character, earthy and sweet molasses, and dark fruits. Complete and very enjoyable.

The flavor is incredibly well integrated and the alcohol is hidden very well for the beer's strength. Definite molasses and dark fruit character, along with mild roast and barrel. A sweeter, fruitier iteration of the Black Butte series; very good.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, and this one will probably age quite nicely.

ehammond1, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says best after 07/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of creamy beige head that recedes and settles into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: A quite complex aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark bread, chocolate nibs, coffee, burnt caramel, and toffee. Also some hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak chips, anise, and molasses. A fairly big scent of dark fruits with hints of fig, raisin, dates, dark cherry, and prune. Quite an interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: As complex and tasty as it smells. Sweet dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate nibs, dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and coffee. Some notes of vanilla, oak, wood, and bourbon that are fairly subtle. A good amount of molasses and anise spice. Midway the dark fruits really shine. Notes of fig, dates, raisin, prunes, grape, and dark cherry. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A quite unique and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. A little alcohol heat is felt at 11%, although this is still fairly smooth.

Overall: An interesting and tasty take on their base Black Butte Porter. The dark fruit flavors are really nice. It will be interesting to see how this ages as I still have another couple bottles.

MattyG85, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Cynic-ale, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%

Brown and black pour, kind of a disappointing head formation and lack of lacing. Color is cool though. And its barrel aged, so you have to tame your expectations for such a thing.

Roast aroma, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon is less existant than in previous years. Deschutes seems to be doing less and less bourbon barrel aging every year in this beer and the Abyss.

Taste is solid as usual, my only complaint is the lack of more bourbon character and the dark fruit notes. Taste has too much dark fruit that comes through. A little bit goes a long way, but it seems to make for a less thick beer, and accentuates flavors that detract from better ones (chocolate, bourbon, wood, 2 row). Instead, I get a lot of licorice, fig, plum type of things that cause me to not like BSDAs as much as other styles.

Its still a really good beer, and hopefully aging will tame some of the new adjuncts they are using to skimp on the percentage of the beer that is aged in the bourbon barrels. Cherry bark for Abyss, figs for Black Butte = meh. Just get back to making a massive porter/stout with lots of chocolate + chocolate malt and bourbon barrels. Still hides the alcohol well, but not as good as in previous years.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

valkyre65, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev -6.8%

JohnLynch, Aug 26, 2012
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.