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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%


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: johnmichaelsen on 07-25-2012)
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Clonies720

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:05:14 | More by Clonies720
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beergoot

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body with a very thick, creamy tan head. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, prunes, figs, and raisins aromas. Rich, creamy mouthfeel; very smooth texture. Alcohol warmth combines nicely with bitter chocolate notes and hop bitterness.

Wow! A well-done big beer. Wonderful complexity across the board with good balance all-around. The dark grains and malts mix well with the dates and figs used in the brewing of this dark monster. Search it out, grab a few bottles (or pints if you find it on tap) and savor it while it lasts. Should age well in the bottle over the years.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:55:47 | More by beergoot
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 06:14:07 | More by DonDirkA
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Arbitrator

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Jason.

A: Pours a pitch black body. It's nearly still; despite a vigorous pour, a thin film barely covers the beer, and the bubbles quickly fall into a thin collar. Very odd. I'm chalking that up to have been in my sub-arctic fridge for such a long time. EDIT: The second pour of the bottle, which had been sitting outside for an hour, yielded a finger of dense, long-lasting mocha-colored head. Exquisite.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit (dates), grape jelly (!), and, of all things, peanut butter. I'm really surprised, and very intrigued. A touch of coffee and some oak round out the aroma. Top-notch.

T: As usual, I drank this without reading the label and tried to guess what went into it. Cocoa nibs, obviously. There's a dark fruit presences (dates again); when the beer is cold, it also has a spicy coffee kick that reminds me of the oxidized aftertaste of Black Butte XXI. Nuts, black cherries. The finish is surprisingly bitter, revealing a substantial hop component that isn't evident earlier in the taste. If there's any barrel-aging involved here, it's subtle and accentuating. I can't pick it out.

So in reading the label, I realized I missed figs -- and even armed with that knowledge, I can't taste them. The dates are too prominent. No mention of coffee, so that must be the roasty grain contribution. I got the dates and cocoa nibs, but they're so forward that it's impossible to miss them.

M: I'm not a fan of the pronounced bitterness in the finish, but I admit it does contrast against what could be a pretty one-dimensional experience. Despite the sweet flavors, the beer is well-attenuated -- I wouldn't say dry, but it's not as oily and heavy as some other barrel-aged beers du jour, either -- and that makes it easy to drink. It does have some burn in the finish, not to be confused with that spicy kick I picked up at times and attributed to oxidized coffee.

O: The advertising says it's "the best one yet." I wanted to laugh at the boast, but I have to agree. It's phenomenal. I was actually going to skip BB XXIV this year based on early comments, and because I didn't care for XXIII (not to mention the numerous other misses in Deschutes' recent limited series: The Stoic, Dissident, Mirror Mirror, Collage). Jason pressed this upon me and insisted I try it. I am really grateful he did. This is top-notch. I genuinely regret not buying more.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 04:00:39 | More by Arbitrator
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep black-brown with 3 fingers of espresso crema coloured head which quickly disipated to a scant microfilm along the surface. Clumps of lacing linger along the sides of the glass.

S: Dark dried fruit of predominantly dried black cherry followed by raisons, plums and prunes. Strong notes of acrid coffee together with cocoa powder. Sweet undertones of buckwheat honey and black strap molasses.

T: Immediately the cocoa notes come through which is quickly followed by the dark fruit, again noticably the black cherries and prunes. The alcohol esters are apparent which lend a pleasant warmth and notes of bourbon and vanilla. Increadibly smooth on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily and thick.

O: The combination of dark cherries and cocoa when combined with the velvety mouthfeel make this an extreamly sophisticated beer. We combined it with a roasted chicken on Christmas, but it would also pair excelently with dried fruits and cheeses or just on its own as a nightcap sipper. One of the best beers I've had in a while - hard to see how they could make this any better.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:45:14 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Longhorn22

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had the Black Butte XXI a few years back, and on a trip back to Portland Oregon, I decided to drop by Deschutes and try the XXIV.

A - They poured the beer into a tulip glass that had a very sharp curve towards the top. The beer was dark brown, mostly opaque, and had a light head that slowly dissipated.

S - This beer doesn't have an overwhelming scent, but it smells much more of nut and vanilla than the XXI and less like coffee, which for me, is good.

T - This beer has to be just about my favorite tasting beer I have ever had. It has magnificent nutty and earthy flavors, along with chocolate and vanilla. This is the first porter I have had that allows the vanilla to shine through so brightly without toning down the chocolate flavors. I sipped this beer slowly so I could enjoy it as long as possible.

M/D - It was a bit heavy to drink this beer, which made it great for sipping! It would be tough to drink this beer quickly or in large quantities, but thanks to its high ABV and fantastic flavor, it lends its self better to a slow session.

Bottom Line: Great beer, great flavor, continued Deschutes success. You can pick up the Black Butte XXV right now in stores and at the Deschutes public house, and they rotate the Black Butte XXIV as a reserve at the public house.

~Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 14:19:47 | More by Longhorn22
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videofrog

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.

A: Dark, opaque black. Thin beige head that settled quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee-like malts.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa. Figs come out more clearly. Roasted malts give espresso-like flavor. Slight hop bitterness appears as well. Alcohol bite is noticeable.

M: Thick, creamy, and viscous.

O: As I was unable to only buy 1 bottle, I was really glad to be able to sample this fresh on tap. I'm really looking forward to see what a year of cellaring does to this one. Extremely enjoyable fresh, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 03:53:34 | More by videofrog
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DovaliHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black (very dark color) with a large, light tan head that takes some time to go down. Scent is absolutely fantastic. The figs and dates really come through strong in the nose. I've never had an imperial porter/stout have this much fig aroma... very inviting. Fresh figs with some vanilla and molasses. A hint of burnt sugar with some dark chocolate. Very nice smelling beer. Taste is initially fig/date forward. Great chocolate flavors...not too much dark chocolate, which I was worried about. Sweet dark fruits dance on the palate as you taste the burnt malt and sugary flavors. A hint of nutmeg in the flavor, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes chocolatey with a hint of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and elegant. Drinkability is surprisingly high for such high ABV. Hardly any alcohol burn. Overall, such a fantastic beer. With a release like this, it blows my mind that people don't rave over this like they do for Kate the Great. This beer is MUCH better IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 07:16:00 | More by DovaliHops
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. glass.

A: Pours a half-finger opaque dark brown head with some lacing.

S: Roasted beans, chocolate, bourbon notes are what came to mind promising a great tasting beer. The smell was phenomenal.

T: Hard to detect the 11% alcohol due to a very flavorful. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa seem to be present in the strongest form. It is also mildy sweet with roast notes.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, alcohol can be detected on the palate but it is not overpowering

O: Very good porter like the reset of the Black Butte anniversary releases. Highly recommend this beer or other variants of Black Butte.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 13:32:16 | More by jarrgal
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jdhowe

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on 8 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown with 1 finger of light tan head with moderate lacing. Head dissipates rather quickly. Opaque beer... minimal light through the edges reveals a deep brown color with tinges of ruby.

S: I swear... all I smell are things I'd expect from a barrel, molasses, and dark fruits, but it smells fantastic. Dark fruits along the lines of dates, figs, and plums give the nose the quality of a very subdued quad, while vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, chocolate, and coconut predominate. I can smell a little alcohol, but it isn't overwhelming.

T/M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a medium to low level of carbonation. Just the perfect amount of carbonation so that this beer doesn't feel flat and is interesting to sip. Perfect mouthfeel for its style -- I can't imagine it being better. The taste is sweet with the fruits from the nose, finish is delicious and dominated by the barrel-like characteristics, while the molasses sweetens the body through the entire sip. A lingering roastiness and coffee bitterness on the finish.

O: Really a fantastic beer. When I had this on draft in February I was unimpressed, but something was wrong with the smell for one reason or another and it was almost off-putting. That imperfection was not evident at all in the bottle, and it was quite delicious. I wish the bad draft experience hadn't put me off from picking up more of this, because it's really a great beer and it's drinking wonderfully right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:14:25 | More by jdhowe
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland brew pub. Served in a Descutes snifter.

Devilishly dark brown-black body. Thick cap of creamy, dense, bright sandy brown head. Great lacing. Big malty aromas of dark chocolate, figs, raisins, plums, and licorice. Some roasted coffee bitterness.

Rich chocolate and cocoa nib malt up front. Caramel and molasses sweetness swell, with notes of figs, dates, and raisins. Roasted coffee tempers the big maltiness a little. Mocha finish, with lingering dark fruits. Full-bodied, with a super creamy, soft, smooth feel. Amazing. Happy 24th!

Serving type: cask

08-11-2012 05:55:49 | More by alexgash
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ESPNman

California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
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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sirtomtom

California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two pint glass. Inky black, let in very little light. A nice thick head, that dissipated slowly

Served with a bowl of homemade tri-tip and vegetable chili, and cornbread.

Huge body to this beer, as expected of their anniversary beers. The figs and dates pop out almost immediately and are held on as the sweetness of the beer combined with body stay awhile in your mouth.

The finish was very good, but could have been better. It was smooth, but the alcohol popped out a bit strong at the end. I figure this will smooth out a bit with age.

Overall an excellent new release for Deschutes' Anniversary series and one of the best they've concocted.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:10:06 | More by sirtomtom
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer! Pulled it out of the cellar to celebrate my brand new baby daughter. Appearance is rather pedestrian. The aromas are outstanding. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Plums -- all dark fruits. Really nice vanilla notes, too. Taste is more of the same with nice roasty flavors and a tobacco aftertaste that really works here. Super smooth and creamy -- full body -- the mouthfeel is one of the best features of this brew. The main criticism is that it's boozy. It is slightly hot, but the complex flavors balance out the booze flawlessly. It's not an issue -- the booze in RuinTen and W00t Stout are much more noticeable. Huge fan of this beer. Cheers to anybody that has a bottle left.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 16:33:36 | More by C20Percent
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Black Butte 24

Poured into a 4oz tasting glass at iTap Soulard.

Pours black and bold with a nice cream colored quarter inch head. (4.0)

Aroma of coca nibs and some nice bitter dark coca notes are very intense. Slight licorice notes and some dark sweet fruits. Slightly roasted. (4.5)

Flavor is nice and roasty with some nice rich and deep dark chocolate notes. Very chocolaty and yummy. The roasted notes and dark malt notes blend very well with the cocoa. There is some nice vanilla and cinnamon notes mixed in with great coffee roast and the awesomeness of the cocoa. Full bodied with some nice creamy notes and a good roast finish. (5.0)(4.0)

Overall. Well crafted and delicious porter. Great chocolate notes with some mild but yummy roast. (4.0)

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 23:34:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best After: 07/23/13.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before soon dropping to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light swirly surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving a sheer ring behind it.

S- Sweet and boozy with a surprising minty quality. The dark roasted malt comes in bringing some notes of chocolate, raisin and char. Can't get over how minty this smells.

T- The taste sort of follows suit with the aroma but it's more of a tingle that comes through rather than straight up mint. It's mostly a dark chocolate flavor that's apparent and creates a super smooth drinkability. This is dangerous stuff.

M- There's the aforementioned tingle and a wonderfully soft creaminess that complements it. Medium-low carbonation and a chewy body.

O- I've never had the base beer but can certainly attest to this complex variant.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:48:46 | More by Immortale25
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty good head for an aged goodie! Pours out as black as before, with dark brown around the very edge. No lace, not surprised.

The smell intoxicates! Dark fruit, rich chocolate, slight roasted malts and earth to finish.

The taste is far richer than the smell! Thick chocolate, dried fruit, earth, more chocolate... Almost as good as XXI! Thick and smooth going down.

If you find one, cellar it for another year. I'm on the hunt.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:50:59 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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HardTarget

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought fresh and aged in darkness for about a year.

Appearance: Almost opaque black glass lets just a soft glow of ruby red light sneak through, dark enough to look like smoked glass. A short halo of tan foam holds but doesn't lace.

Smell: Rich malted grain, roasted, black molasses sweetness, rum raisin, chocolate malt, all carried on a heady alcoholic vapor. There's a bit of malt extract overload that doesn't show any bitterness to cover, save a light vanilla coffee that doesn't seem up to the task of keeping this sugar bomb drinkable.

Taste: It all works out somehow. I can't find a hop note, but I'm ok with the malt bomb. I peeked at the webpage for a hop listed, didn't get one but "Artisanal dark chocolate nibs. Deglet dates. Mission figs" Ok, wow. I think the heady sugar is coming partly from the figs, going a bit more cider like, which doesn't need the hops to cover as much. There is a bit of soy sauce, Sam Adams Triple Bock malt overload that has just a touch of brown paper bag oxidation that I pick up long after I'm into the bottle. It gives some depth and a bit of leather/tobacco gravitas.

Mouthfeel: Creamy heavy body, mild chew, lasting oily soaked in finish.

Overall: Boom. A celebration of what beer is and has become. Raising a glass to the noble house of Deschutes, my only complaint is you didn't make more. I'll be in line for the next editions.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:48:05 | More by HardTarget
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vfgccp

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened Nov 2013.

A - Muddy black brown body with cola highlights. Light tan head. Ok retention and lace.

S - Caramel, prune, molasses, brown sugar, rye, blackberries, black malt, gingerbread.

T - Caramel, sweet coffee, pumpernickel bread, caramelized onion, soft booze, molasses, warm toast. Definitely get the dates from the label.

M - Thick, chewy body. Smooth, lingering finish.

O - More American strong ale than porter, but great for what it is. The flavor profile is thick and complex, managing to walk a tightrope over a valley of pallet wrecking sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:42:05 | More by vfgccp
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, thin mocha colored head.

S: Birthday cake rich chocolate. Syrupy. Chewy figs. Faint alcohol boozy aroma.

T: Liquid meal. Spectrum of straight forward flavors. Chocolate up front to a chewy english fruit presence to a unique fizzy spiciness on the backend.

M: Subtle carbonation suits all the flavors well. Wakes up the palate without distracting. Chalky dryness lingers.

O: What an imperial porter should be. Smooth body, carbonation bite, tons of complex chocolate, and a little something extra for icing on the cake.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:20:49 | More by One2Remeber
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask tapped at 2012 ABR, what a surprise. Motor oil black/brown with a frothy mocha brown head leaving lacing. Smell of deep chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, slight citrus. Taste is phenomenal conjunction of deeply roasted malt, mild and bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, dark fruit, and and edgy orange grapefruit pith hop. Bitterness intermingles thought complex layers, mouthfeel is creamy, finish is chocolaty but not sweet. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 17:42:55 | More by JackieTH
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Blackwolf


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 12:25:51 | More by Blackwolf
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Samuel906

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second time I've had this, this time aged 1 year and compared with a XXV. Definitely a terrific beer and my favorite so far from Deschutes, and probably my favorite Porter of all time. There are some unique flavors and smells here. BItter bakers chocolate is the main note I get here, rich and heavy, but there are some interesting spices too. Some hints of coriander and orange, as well as some dark fruits and coffee. Perfect amount of carbonation, an amazing sipper and as much fun to sniff as drink. No booze.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 16:40:21 | More by Samuel906
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 22 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep brown but clear, clear at the edges, especially with light behind it. Half finger of light tan head, good retention and really nice lacing.

Smell is like a deep stout, with lots of rich medium-dark chocolate and all kinds of yummy fruit. Figs, plums. Just fantastic.

Taste is layers and layers of variety. Chocolate, then coffee, slightly bitter. Then the next taste brings figs and molasses. So many dark sweet flavors layered on top of each other, it's like peeling back the pieces.

Medium-heavy body, sort of a fizzly carbonation, puffing up and then fading. Moderately lasting flavor.

Oh, how I love the Deschutes anniversary beers. I wish I'd bought more of this when I could. Really tasty. Delicious, deep, complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:19:01 | More by zeledonia
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Four-finger head rises from the black depth. Head settles to a thick, foamy, 1/4 inch crust. Lacing is wonderful.

Weird. Smells like Abyss, but much for mellow. Chocolate, molasses, pine, and fruits.

WOW! wonderful sweetness with perfect bitterness. Carbonation is super light and delightful. Figs and dates are very seasonal and spicy. Milk chocolate along with dark was used too.

Whoa! a very unique brew. It's a mind blower on many accounts. It's very spicy and nicely bitter. A very solid Imperial Porter. Highly recommended for a unique twist on a porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:21:07 | More by chugalug06
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.