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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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joeseppy

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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'.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 00:58:07 | More by joeseppy
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 05:16:33 | More by mdaschaf
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TheSixthRing

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 22:52:47 | More by TheSixthRing
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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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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with dark chocolate notes. I think I could detect the figs and dates.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with toffee and dark chocolate. There was a touch of dried fruit flavor. Again, couldn't distinguish the dates from the figs.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied porter.

O - This is fantastic. I love having the opportunity to drink this on tap at Sycamore.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 21:08:08 | More by zeff80
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Ford

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Boondoggle's in Clear Lake, Texas

What a GREAT beer. I love porter's. This is easily one of the best I've ever had. Everything about it is big and great. All the usual porteriness is there, but with more alcohol in the end as it's a double.

I wish this one was year round. I have a bottle to store of this, but I'm going to go and pick up two or three more because this stuff is great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 14:19:53 | More by Ford
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

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

Served on tap into a nonic glass at Sixteen Tons Cafe

A- Poured black with a nice frothy chocolate milk colored head that left lots of chunky lace. Exactly what a big stout should like like

S- Well this is interesting. It smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, crust and all. Toasted coconut, cocoa, and vanilla notes are present too

T- Lots of milk chocolate, ginger, jammy dark fruits, vanilla, some light toasted coconut, raisins, and cinnamon. Some alcohol taste. Really complex and well balanced stout

M-Very smooth and creamy, silky mouthfeel, slightly chewy, finishes dry, lots of warming. Drinks like a big warming stout should

O- This is an outstanding and complex imperial porter with lots of Christmas Ale spices. Not sure if this is barrel aged but it tastes like it has lots of barrel character with the coconut and vanilla notes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 04:47:44 | More by Hoptometrist
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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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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at World of Beer.

Deep black, with no hint of light anywhere. An inch of sandy tan head is sticky and rocky. Tangled spatters of lace.

Lots of licorice in the nose. Behind is softer, sweeter cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oak and bourbony vanilla, caramel and coconut.

Nice and sweet. Licorice and some smoke up front, savory. As soon as you swallow, sweet dates, chocolate syrup, toasted oak. A hefty burnt bitterness settles in to the sides of the tongue after each sip. Vanilla bean, dates, chocolate syrup, a splash of bourbon with accompanying heat. Much better as it warms and sweetens.

Thick, velvety body. Viscous. Medium-full with mild, electric carbonation. A meal.

As it warms, there are perhaps a little too much dark fruits. Almost tangy. Very good before the swallow, if that makes sense. Letting it sit in the mourh brings out the best parts: the smoke, the bourbon. Time will improve it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 16:59:13 | More by Phelps
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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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beertunes

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had a few of these when they were released earlier this year, I never got a review in. Thankfully, a local establishment put a keg on during the recent Bellingham Beer Week. Thanks Elizabeth Station!

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly translucent black, with just a very thin cap of dark tan head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma featured a good amount of roast, some alcohol, some fruity sweetness and a bit of a spice tang. The flavors were the same, just bolder and more well defined.

The body was pleasantly full and smooth, very even and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, I had 3 goblets and would have had more if ES didn't have a 3 drink maximum. Overall, another very good brew. One my favorite yearly releases. A must try next year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 21:27:41 | More by beertunes
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit and fig aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 06:15:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

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

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:29:06 | More by stoutluvr420
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives black as its name infers; the head is minimal but the ringlet of bubbles makes a lasting impression

Smell: Very roasty, with burnt dark bread, chocolate and dark fruit elements

Taste: A surprising amount of dark fruit launches the flavor profile, with fig and date flavors dominant; chocolate and charred bread are underneath but the fruit remains dominant throughout; a bit of citrusy hops appears in the middle, adding another element; there is also some molasses that makes an appearance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodies with low to moderate carbonation and a hint of heat; drinks very easily for the ABV

Overall: Deschutes has hit it out of the park with his year's Black Butte; really enjoy the fruity elements, in particular, that make this more of a Baltic Porter

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 01:17:17 | More by brentk56
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia Cafe.

Solid black with a tab head of foam with lots of lacing.

Figs, dates, black coffee, black licorice, cola.

Matches up very well with the nose. Syrupy black licorice, coffee and sticky sweet dates and fig. Roasty and sweet.

Syrupy slick and smooth. Full body.

A very nice beer that is nicely drinkable. Lots of flavor and well crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 21:25:19 | More by jera1350
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grittybrews

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600!

Poured almost-black with a half-finger of dark mocha head. Hot, sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with lots of caramel, molasses, and chocolate with vanilla, light oak, and more dark fruit sweetness on the tail end mixed with hints of roast.

Big and bold, but this needs some time to mellow out a bit. On first impression, I prefer BB XXIII and XXI. Looking forward to my bottle in the basement.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 21:52:00 | More by grittybrews
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ butcher and the boar

A- served in a 10oz goblet it was thick black with a 1.5 black cherry head tons of lacing

S- dark chocolate,fruit,roasted malts and coffee

T- follows the nose rich dark chocolate with coffee nice delicious roasted malts mix with dark fruit some heat in the back

M-this is a thick and chewy porter its a sipper but as it warms coffee/chocolate and fruit meld together for a unique porter, alcohol heat is present but not over done

O- great on tap1 serving was good for the evening but would have this on any given night

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 20:46:42 | More by gatornation
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium light tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Gorgeous vanilla, black fruit and molasses.

T: Has a heavy vanilla shot initially, dark fruit, lots of fig. Some significant ethanol making the beer a bit hot. Full-flavoured, interesting, reminded me a lot of a young Firestone 14 or 15.

M: Full-bodied, rich, creamy, has that slug of ethanol that I'm hoping will dissapate with time.

O: This is a good beer, but it's the worst young of the Black Butte XX et al. collection. The nose is great, but the ethanol is heavy and needs to die down. Could be real good in a couple years.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 03:23:05 | More by Halcyondays
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Bittercreek Boise ID. Served in an oversized tulip.

A: Dark black body with a mocha-colored head with tight bubbles...spotty lacing leaves a khaki film on the glass.

S: Strong roast and chocolate presence, with layers of spirit and oaky sweetness...hints of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, rich milk chocolates, hints of a sweet alcohol and darker fruits.

T: Coffee and espresso-like bitterness, dark cacao chocolate, dark fruit stickiness, raisins and dates, hints of bourbon and booze, caramel, milk chocolate. Great roasted malt backbone, with just enough barrel character and plenty of sweetness. Nice balance.

MF: Slight burn on the back but this beer is quite drinkable already...moderate to full bodied, lighter carbonation, with coffee-like dry finish that has a good amount of roasted bitterness. A bit clingy and viscous as well.

O: This may be my favorite out of any of Deschutes birthday beers. I wasn't sure how the dates/figs would assimilate with the base beer and barrels but this is a complex, balanced, well produced beer. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:02:40 | More by Scotchboy
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stlunatic15

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, thin off-white head, beautiful lacing

S - Chocolate, bark, booze

T - Boozy, super chocolaty and some spice notes

M - Thick, little kick of heat as it goes down. Very strong characteristics

O - A very powerful beer. Surprised at the amount of alcohol taste. Strictly a sipping beer, almost as if you're sipping cognac. Took me a while to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 00:26:17 | More by stlunatic15
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nataku00

California

2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 18:11:07 | More by nataku00
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an expected dark brown with a hint of red around the outside. Chocolate, malty smell with dark fruit and prominent booze on the nose. Really unique. The fruitiness comes through stronger than the chocolate on the tongue. The alcohol starts to become more obvious as it warms. It's pleasantly complex and another great addition to the series. This is definitely one to try before it goes, but it's not one that makes sense to be brewed and consumed year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 16:31:34 | More by TheRealBigC
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 04:24:06 | More by womencantsail
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.