1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

795 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 795
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 107
Gots: 446 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 187 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Athabaska
1/5  rDev -76.7%

Athabaska, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Obliquity
1.8/5  rDev -58%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I get it. This is brewed to be aged. I have a few other labels doing just that. Unfortunately, for me, this one is way over the top. I have been up for a couple of hours now with a seriously sour stomach. If it is best after 7/2013, I am not sure it should have been released for consumption before then. Marketing and hype be damned -- I'll not be putting any of this away for the future.

Obliquity, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Yorr
2/5  rDev -53.4%

Yorr, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of nataku00
2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into a snifter. Dark brown bordering on pitch black, with a creamy milk chocolate brown head. Sheets of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is dark fruit, figs and sweeter dates, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Taking a sip, somewhat disappointed with how heavy the roasted malt flavor is on this. Completely overwhelms the initial sweet dark fruits and leaves a lingering ashy almost charcoal like flavor. Tried warming up the beer (it was served almost ice cold) but it didn't improve while sitting on my tongue.

Medium full body, creamy due to a nice carbonation. I enjoyed the aroma, but the taste was disappointing.

nataku00, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -30.1%

JustinQ, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -30.1%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Hugonaut13, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Arsenal0328
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Arsenal0328, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deschutes. The true Beer of Kings. My cellar would be a lot lighter - a ton lighter - if I didn't have so many damn Deschutes bombers weighing down the shelves. Latest in a storied line, 22 oz. waxed bottle split with my wife.

Pour is glossy black. A bit heady. Nose is less full frontal than expected. Roasty, sweet malt, & a different sweetness that I'm going attribute to the figs. But bad, but I'm not drooling (well, at least in anticipation).

Black Butte XXIV is a fig-bomb - words I never thought I'd type or say or think. There's so much fig I'm pretty sure I'm going to have them growing in my intestines within a week. Black fruit. Wickedly sweet; hard on the border of too much sweetness, even for me. Roast manages to punch through, barely. Chocolate, thick enough to be molasses. The mouthfeel is the high. Splitting the bomber is enough to make me want to check my glucose level. Yeesh.

Disappointed. This is pretty decent, but it's a far cry from the glory of past Black Buttes. Going to hold on to the other bottles I bought & hope it improves with age, but with the sweetness, I'm not optimistic.

maximum12, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $12. I thought this went up another dollar but apparently I paid $13 for the BBXXIII. Black Butte XX was $9 or $10 and that was fair, this is a rip off. I thought last year's was a little more interesting than this one. I don;t think they're putting coffee in this anymore because I can't taste any. The figs give a weird flavor, sort of sweet but odd followed by a strong porter. I really wish this was more viscous and more chocolate. Its sort of thin and doesn't really impress. Hopefully I'm smart enough to not but this next year, I'd rather spend an extra buck or two and get something from Firestone Walker that isn't just partially barrel aged.

ArrogantB, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

n2185, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of EB1
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of brydeen
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

brydeen, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, garnet highlights; fast disappearing "soda" head. Exotic sweetness, plenty of licorice in the aroma. While the label mentions dates and figs, I don't get any. Maybe some dates but no figs. This is also surprising because date/fig notes are pretty common in beers even without actual additions.

Anyway, moving on. Taste has a good kick of roast and a very prominent dark chocolate note and aftertaste. I like how this is sweet on the palate but clean in the finish. But whatever they put in it, it seems to be muddled. Also, I don't know if any part of this beer went in any barrels but this sure doesn't taste like that to me.

Mouthfeel is inoffensive. Overall I am divided about this beer. What I CAN say though is that it is not worth its price (in bottled format).

3.5, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3

tewaris, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a big tan head. The nose starts off with a heavy roasted malt component, a touch of ash, and some coffee and chocolate. There is a fair amount of anise, mild dates, and a pretty heavy dose of figs. The flavor is quite heavy on the anise, dates, and figs, as well as the strong roasted malt. Some acrid coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, light bourbon and alcohol as well. This is probably my least favorite of the series thus far.

womencantsail, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bouncepass
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

bouncepass, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

mdillon86, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of uncccegr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

uncccegr, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of KevSal
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

KevSal, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

crobinso, Dec 25, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.