Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 105
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Deschutes for their 27th Anniversary party. Cheers!

Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, no lacing. Smells primarily of whiskey, cocoa and dark fruit. This is straightforward now; the whiskey is a bit stronger with oak, vanilla and smoke, and the dark fruit seems to have receded a bit. Flavour is impressively loaded with whiskey, cocoa nibs and vanilla, oak. Very nice and smooth; it has done well with 3 years of age on it. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, lower carbonation, smooth with a mild heat to it. Overall, this one took the cake in the XXIV-XXVII vertical and would recommend drinking this now if you have it still.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice head that takes a while to dissipate. The head is a creamy tan color and the look is creamy. The beer itself is a nice black but with little bits of yeast floating in it. The beer has some pretty heavy lacing on it.

The beer smell is very good and nice for an imperial porter. The beer has strong chocolate notes and some faint cocoa ones. The beer smell also has a strong pomegranate smell to it and a bit of molasses sweetness as well. The alcohol and a bit of vanilla also make an appearance in the beer.

The beer taste is very unique and impeccable for an imperial porter. In addition to the strong chocolate notes and cocoa nibs, the beer has strong vanilla and bourbon notes from the barrel aging. However, the best part is how the cranberries and pomegranate notes come out and mix with those other notes. The tartness of the fruits make a nice contrast with the chocolate but blend smoothly with the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly good. Instead of a thick and heavy beer, the feel is a bit thinner and goes down smoothly. The beer it still heavy bodied and has decent carbonation, but it doesn't make it feel any lighter than it should be.

Overall, a fantastic beer and, if you can find one, worth getting two in order to see them aged for a bit.

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up last summer in Colorado. Full notes taken last night while drinking this aged beauty.

A- Pitch black pour from the bomber shared to a few glasses. Light tan head rises over a finger with a frothy texture. A few huge webs lead to spotty lacing.

S- Dark dried fruits and big dusty cocoa nibs reminding me of Southern CA date farms and chocolate truffles. Age shows a bit but the oxidation blends into the dark fruitiness.

T- Dates and figs are the most prominent thing for me with the age adding more dark fruit like cherry, currant and raisin notes. Providing a base is earthy cocoa nib, dark but not burnt grains, toasted nuts, caramelized sugars, oxidation and a slight fruity tartness.

MF- Medium bodied perhaps a bit thinned put by father time with an oily slick texture. Carbonation level is fairly low adding to the thickness. Bitter cocoa feel.

Another Black Butte and another great iteration. Massive figs and dates smoothly integrated with the aged caramel, roast malts and cocoa nibs.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Best after 7/23/13.
A: Pours a very dark brown with 3/4 inch light tan head with decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Molasses, dark chocolate, dark dried fruit (figs and dates), with hints of leather and dark sweet tobacco. Very nice.
T: Deep dark chocolate, dark dried fruit (figs and dates), molasses, oaky vanilla, chewy leather, dark tobacco, and a hint of spice (cinnamon).
M: Medium-heavy feel. Darkly sweet with a slightly oily feel. Moderate boozy burn in the finish...actually a bit less than I expected given the ABV. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate. With warming, this becomes the definition of silky smooth.
D: What a tremendous sipper. I like the thought process and structure. The nibs, figs, and dates all play well together. Well done, Deschutes!

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.14/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I did not like this beer

Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MIght have past prime. Pours very dark, very small head leaves fast. Some big bubbled lace. Smell of soy, tar, heavy malt and vanilla. Pleasant taste, good malt, held up well, not cloying. Hot. Mouth is heavy, balance is to hot bitter in the end, but as I said, probably over peak. Glad I finally tried it... been cellaring for some time.

Photo of Harvest06
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar-ed 2 years and 2 months (released July 2012, consumed Sept 2014). Tasty, smooth, bourbon is still very noticeable but oak has faded. Past its peak because of this in my opinion.

Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a formerly waxed 22 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter

Pours a dense opaque black capped by a medium beige two finger head. Exceptional retention, tons of splotchy lacing. Anise, dark chocolate, dark fruit notes, and booze on the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate and black licorice upfront. Dark fruit notes follow prunes and figs flanked by some dates accents and just a hint of cola. Finishes with a bit of roastiness and bittering hops, continued dark chocolate notes, and underlying brooding booziness. Light to moderate full body, low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky, with creamy highlights. Every brew in the Black Butte Anniversary Series is excellent and XXIV is no exception.

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

best after 07/23/13. bomber into tulip.

A: pours a very, very dark brown. head is a shade of brown and frothy. can almost see the legs on this thing. good lacing.

S: licorice and a lot of wood. oak. dark fruits. maybe a little bit of coconut? I think I am getting that from the oak and the sweet sugars more than an actual coconut.

T: a lot of chocolate. a shitload of oak. a little bit of booze, but a pleasant amount. not too hot. figs in chocolate. or maybe just figs. some dark and sweet fruit. a little bit tangy. a lot of tobacco. wondering how I didn't notice that the first time. bitter dark chocolate reigns into the finish.

M: incredibly smooth. a silken mouthfeel. fucking full bodied to the max.

D: never had the pleasure of having this fresh, but approaching the 1 year after the best after date I would say this is drinking mighty fine right now with plenty of complexity and no flaws. very rich, a dessert amongst beers.

Photo of Seanniek91
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a Smutty big beer tulip. Cellar temps.

Appearance- Pitch black with big two finger off-white head that lasted long and left great lacing.

Smell- Sweet porter aromas, definantly date and figs (those dried fruits are very prominant), heavy malt backbone, some light vanilla and mild chocolate. No real hop presence here.

Taste- Dark cocoa, with a resounding bitterness, dark stone fruits and dried fruits, no real alcohol presence here, heavy chocolate malts and no hops. I flip flop back and forth with whether I like it or not. But I think it's because of the mouthfeel...

Mouthfeel- Wayyy too carbonated. Everyones reviews say that its creamy and smooth. Mine is not. If it was, I'd probably like this beer more. Sharp carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Overall- If this were flat, it would be better than it is now. Too much carbonation for such a strong porter.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). Best after 7/23/13, released in 2012. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a near-black dark brown with a little more than two fingers of pale tan head. Maintains a thin haze across the top and leaves nice sized clumps of lace.

Smells sugary sweet with figs, caramel, dates, chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavors are an interesting blend of roasty ant sweet. A healthy dose of dark fruits like plum, date and fig with roasty malts, chocolate, currants, raisin bread, creamed coffee and a soft nip of alcohol. A nice fruit forward mix.

Creamy, smooth, medium full body with mild carbonation. Chocolate and dark fruit aftertaste.

A flavorful amped-up Black Butte. The added fruits and additional malts make for a flavorful experiece.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, basically black with a mocha ring of head.

S: Berries, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, a bit tart, some oak and vanilla.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: This version is quite a bit fruitier and has a lighter barrel character than the previous years, and I personally prefer the bourbony barrel aged imperial stouts.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Pours the color of cola with a loose head that dissipates towards the shoulders. Nose expresses roast, medicinal notes (tussin), cocoa nibs and tobacco. Taste reveals chalky chocolate, dark fruits, roast and more of the medicinal character expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation. Overall, an interesting flavor profile, but this beer doesn't really come together for me.

Photo of leaddog
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500th review!

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with two fingers of bubbly tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts, black currents, red wine, figs, cocoa.

Taste - Roasted malts and dark fruits (figs, black currents) up front, along with red wine and cocoa. Excellent blend of flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a warming sensation.

Overall - A decadent blend of rich flavours in this porter. I was pleasantly surprised by the red wine character to this brew, which adds a unique dimension to the style.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with copper highlights and steady beige film with feet.
Giant dark dried fruit sweetness on the nose with maybe a touch of smoke - alluring.
Black grape, plum, some roasty bite, raisins, a fleck of metallic/blood, and a rugelach ending.
Fig Newton finish and tart tannic linger.
Full, well chewy, smooth with no heat.

Supremely sweet and mellow. Time did well to meld this and take off any burn. Almost like a quad with added roast. Deep, complex, and lovely.

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

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Thanks again for the awesome exchange man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best after 23 July 2013

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium-thick, fluffy looking, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear dark brown body with lower levels of carbonation. Head eventually fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some good lacing down the glass. Good looking porter for sure.

SMELL: Dark malts, chocolate, caramel and some dark fruits. Quite bold. Bourbon, oak and vanilla with some caramel over the base beer. Good stuff.

TASTE: Dark malts with caramel and dark fruits up front, then some bourbon and oak at the swallow. Bolder finish of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, oak and creamy caramel sweetness. Milk chocolate and vanilla linger as well. Very nice.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight, silky smooth, thick and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes sticky on the palate. No heat either. Great feel.

OVERALL: Really nice, and definitely something I'd be glad to drink again. In fact, this entire series has been great so far. Big feel and very full flavored with a well-measured barrel aging character as well. Perhaps not as impressive as the XXV I had the night before, but still top class. Cheers again Rutager. Highly recommended.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed: 12/24/13
A-Pours very dark with a khaki colored head that slowly dissipates.

S-Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of roasted malt and coconut (slightly reminded me of a barrel aged beer)

T-Very similar to the nose: dark fruits standing out the most, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, and hints of roasted malt and coffee. It is very delicious and smooth.

M-Nice mouthfeel-its creamy but balanced with the right amount of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable given its great flavor and complexity.

Overall, this is one of the best porters I've ever drank-a true surprise and treat shared with me by my brother in law in Christmas Eve.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, John.

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The head is so dense! The nose leans heavily on dark fruit and cocoa, with figs and dates, yeah, but raisins as well. Cocoa, chicory, dark caramel and a little licorice are noticeable. Milk chocolate and milk duds are also present. Yum.

The palate opens vinous and fruity, with a blend of an intensely fruity red wine, some vanilla and bourbon, and a light, milk chocolate note. Dates and figs are present, bit there's some characteristics that remind me of a fruity pinot noir, specifically the lightness and airiness of the flavors. The mid palate has chocolate chips, buckwheat honey, dark caramel and a little burnt sugar. Cocoa lingers on into the finish, and there are flavors of fruit, a little bit of vanilla and some milk duds that are also present. Medium in body and moderately carbonates, this is an enjoyable riff of the Black Butte anniversary series; the figs really enhance the vinous flavors. Recommended.

Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into oversized snifter. Best after date: 7/23/2013.

A: Pours thick and black with a finger of deep dark chocolate brown head that faded into a thin bubbly film and faint collar. Specs of spotty lace were left down the glass.
S: Rich notes of deep dark chocolate and lightly sweet figs. Dates, caramel, roasted malts, and mild bourbon come through as well, but the dark chocolate nibs and figs really shine.
T: Very smooth and integrated flavors of rich chocolate, bourbon barrel, figs, caramel, vanilla, candied dates, brown sugar, and spicy oak barrel. The finish is full of bourbon and lightly bitter chocolate, and the aftertaste is sweet and very smooth with hints of dark fruits, caramel and toffee.
M: Full body, thick, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Booze has all but mellowed out and only a slight warming remains. Carbonation is soft and slippery. Sips very well.
O: Another complex and decadent beer. One of the best I can remember in recent years. Dark fruits work extremely well. I bet this continues to get better and better for the next couple of years.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.