Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 104
Gots: 429 | FT: 30
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs.
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Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious appearance with enormous head of silky tan bubbles. So sexy. Nose has a deep nougat-sweet chocolatey roasty malt quality to it that is seductive, and much more assertive as it warms (so be patient). On the palate there's a dark butterscotch component, roasty flavors, hearty malt, and rounds out nicely with the hops. Finish is bitter chocolatey and long. High abv is apparent but does not perceive to be anywhere near 11 percent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Clonies720
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of codysjb
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mctizzz
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Very dark black body, a deep mocha head that settled quickly into a thin cap, I noticed some uniformed carbonation sticking to the side of the tulip, but very minimal.

S- Wow. Very forward with roasted malt, dark chocolate, figs/raisin and some nuttiness. Kinda had a "oaked or bourbon" aroma going on that complimented the alcohol content. I could only imagine the nose on the enjoy after date.

T- Very aggressive on the first sip. I highly suggest letting this porter open up before you just dig in. Lots of dark bitter chocolate, dark fruit (fig mostly), nut/oak, and black cherry. The alcohol is very subtle on the finish, but the more it opens, the more it is there.

MF- Medium body, light carbonation, some "ethanol" bite due to the alcohol content, but nothing overwhelming, just slightly warming.

O- An incredibly complex and bold porter. This is something you really need an acquired palate for. I did enjoy this a lot the more as it settled and opened up, but wow... Deschutes can really surprise the living hell out of you sometimes! If you want a unique flavor from a porter this is a green light, go grab and try!!

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.3/5  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.

Photo of joeseppy
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got on a special tap takeover @ Standard Market, Westmont. Now I give appearance a 5 due to the fact that after my pour, the Deschutes camera woman loved the way it fell into the waning 6 o'clock sunset and made it picture worthy-it was a thang of beauty. Even in the sunset it twas pitch imperial black.

Aroma was a mellifluous potpourri of chocolate, coffee, and a confiture of dark fruits of raisins, dates and figs.

I say take your time with this young man-dark chocolate nibs, sweet cream and definite figs. Hot dam-I even get some Redman tobacco sweetness! This is really a complexity that one needs to experience than put into words.

Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky and semi-sweet. Could swear I see a brownish oily residue from the cocoa on the glass. Spectacular!!

Had the pleasure of meeting the brewer who guided the lure of the exotic ingredients into this craft. One of a kind never to be duplicated--maybe. A mother hubbard of a porter. This should be named 'Call Me a Cab'.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Deschutes. Review from notes.

A: BB24 was black with a one finger tan head on top. Decent retention, slowly reducing to thin cap on top. Streaky lacing formed down the sides.

S: Lots of roast mixed with some milk chocolate, brown sugar, and some dark fruit, mostly raisin on the aroma.

T: Not as exciting as I was hoping for. Some roasted malt, but overly sweet with chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit, but really not as much as I was expecting.

M: Medium-full bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Easily my least favorite of the series thus-far, but then again, had the others with some age on them and out of the bottle. Would be interested to try it again in a year or so.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Final Gravity Taproom in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served black as midnight, full to the brim with no head, only a fine row of soapy bubbles clinging to the lip of the glass.

Smell - The fruit in this beer can be smelled from a mile away! Strong date and fig presence, almost producing a funky wine aroma. Vanilla, anise and/or clove hit on the nose as well. Really complex, intriguing aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty closely: hits hard on the fruity date and fig character, while vanilla and anise flavors aren't far behind. Lesser notes of clove and/or nutmeg. Slightly numbing on the tongue. Touches briefly on chocolate. Finishes sweet, along with faint, roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and with active carbonation. Sticks to the lips. Nice smoothness and quite drinkable.

Overall - I didn't care much for last year's XXIII; I thought it came across as a bit of a boozy mess. This year's is tits! Complex, without confusion; the multitude of flavors blend with a seamless cohesion. If this were more affordable, and more widely available, It'd certainly merit another purchase.

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served slightly chilled in a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with good clarity. The head is thin and creamy but short-lived. It leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is really pleasant with elements of vanilla, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Flavor is quite special too with notes of anise, cherries, and the vanilla and chocolate I noticed in the nose.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a nice low level of carbonation.

Overall a very good anniversary beer from Deschutes. I'll have to pick up a couple more and see how they do after a year in the cellar.

Photo of dowen17
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a big milk chocolate head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Smells of dark roasted malts. Dark fruits. Dates and raisins. Figs. A hint of alcohol. Big dark chocolate.

Taste mirrors the nose. Very toasty up front with tons of dark fruit. Sweet raisins settle towards the middle. Some booze on the finish.

Big mouthfeel. Not quite chewy stout but bigger than your average porter. Mild carbonation. Sticky.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick black pour. Black bodied with lots of lace. Chocolate, smooth with the figs, dates, complex,stouty, some coconut. Not as boozy as expected, bourbon taste being well integrated and not obtrusive. Nicely drinkable. Presario's bottle from recent trip.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black with a nice mocha head. Lacing is nice. Retention is pretty good. I had let it sit a while to warm up.

Smell - Big dark fruit aromas. Presumably that's the figs and such, but it registers as plums to me. Roasty malts, a touch of alcohol, and a little bourbon.

Taste - Much more bourbon here. Vanilla. Fruits are lighter but the chocolate and roasted malts come through a lot more. The finish is surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Not terribly heavy for its size. The lingering flavor is hops, which is strange and a little unpleasant.

Overall - The flavors are really nice, but the finish lets me down. Good, could be better. Could improve with age, also. Maybe those hops die down.

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to find this at Macaddodle in Jane, MO...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with several shades of brown head finally settling into a lovely tan head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bourbon, boozeynes & steel

T: Vanilla laced Bourbon, dryness, carob & herbal & woody hops up front, some figs & cherry notes as well. Some coffee, a touch of caramel as this warms along with roastyness, more vanilla & some woody notes. A touch too dry for perfection to me. Finishes dry, woody, somewhat boozey with coffee & some hazelnut notes, slight booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, slight but pleasant carbonation, some stickyness

Very nice itteration, this will probably age great, but its very tasty right now, drinks easy for the ABV, much to like/love here...

Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is really heavy. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, grapes, dates, roasted malts, alcohol and coffee. Taste is just as big and heavy. Roasted malts, coffee, dates, raisins, alcohol, chocolate, a bit more coffee and just a hint of a lighter fruitiness like cherries. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and robust but still pretty heavily carbonated for this type of beer. Its awesome and I think the one I have aging will do so very well. The alcohol and heat should get muted a bit and the roasty, chocolate notes should come out a bit more. The only improvement I could really ask for here is less heat though.

This is definitely more like an imperial stout that any kind of porter I have ever had.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black color. Light brown head with good retention.

Aromas are roasted malt, dates, cocoa, and anise.

Robust flavors of roast, cocoa, and dates. Slightly boozy with and earthy maduro leaf finish.

Full mouthfeel that's cut with a moderate-high carbonation.

A fantastic beer with a wide range of flavors. Heavier than most porters with a nice boozy kick.

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown. Appears black but when held up to the light you can see through the outer edges. Modest beige head which dissipated slowly to a surface film. Nothing to change here for the style.

Smell: Coffee/roasted malt aromas, mild fruit and bready notes.

Taste: The dark roast notes are the star with some dark fruit notes closely following. Finishes dry with the roast notes and mild hops. Good tasting beer but I don't get the complexity of XXI or XXIII.

Mouth-feel: Good body with modest carbonation.

O: Good beer but I think this presents the simplest taste profile of the recent iterations. I can't really pick out the dates or figs individually, but I think they contribute to the fruit notes in the taste profile.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09/01/13
Opened a second bottle after the best after date. Things seemed to mellowed and melded together nicely after a year. Much more fruit in the aroma and taste and the chocolate and alcohol has faded and mellowed a bit. Much more balanced and complex. I am increasing the smell, taste, and overall scores from 3.50 to a solid 4.00s.

Pours dark and mysterious with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is a little one dimensional with chocolate being the biggest player. The faintest hint of dark malt and fruit. Alcohol is there but well concealed.

The alcohol that was barely noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. It is quite hot right now with strong flavor dominating the finish. Nice notes of chocolate and hints of vanilla and earth.

Superbly carbonated. Very smooth texture. The body could be a little larger considering the ABV.

A little raw right now. I have another bottle that I will drink sometime after the Best After date of 07/23/13. I have a feeling it will be very good then.

Photo of bum732
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Loads of dark fruits, fresh figs, dates, sweet chocolate, sweet caramel, touch of vanilla, slight roast as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, close to black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Dark fruits with a deep chocolate flavor, quite sweet up front. Low bitterness with a big, rich dry chocolate with a sweet date and fig taste. Finishes slightly ashy with additional cocoa.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Rich, but not too heavy on the palate.

Great beer, big bold flavors without being overbearing. Nose followed the taste nicely. Another classic from Deschutes.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a half-finger of light mocha head. I have to mention the lacing, which sticks around nicely and also thick and bubbly. The aroma naturally has lots of dark fruit (notably figs) and bourbon, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste has more of a balance between it all - the dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate all come through very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with decent carbonation. The ABV is relatively well hidden. Even with all of the complexity, it still maintains that "thinness" which kind of separates this porter from being a stout.

Another nice entry in the BB Birthday series from Deschutes, I'll have to age a couple to see how they do.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.