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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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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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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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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:59:24 | More by Jimmys
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 19:13:06 | More by Seanniek91
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:06:03 | More by ThickNStout
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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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BierJager89

California

4.31/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:20:49 | More by BierJager89
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 17:22:47 | More by Jwale73
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 04:39:50 | More by leaddog
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StJamesGate

New York

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 18:31:26 | More by StJamesGate
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:49:54 | More by Jeffo
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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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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:35:13 | More by thegodfather2701
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:31:47 | More by DefenCorps
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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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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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scottfrie

California

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:58:51 | More by scottfrie
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Kendo

New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best after 07/23/13. Consumed on 11/10/13.

A: Poured from the waxed bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is black, with a dense, 1.5-finger tannish/light brown head on top. Settles pretty quickly but leaves behind good sticky lace.

S: Immediately upon popping the cork I smelled chocolate and roasty malt. That doesn't change when it's poured, only becoming stronger in the chocolate department. Touch of vanilla, bourbon and anise is noted as well.

T: Chocolatey malt, vanilla, cocoa with some bourbon and oak present as well. Starts out chocolatey, with the vanilla/bourbon arriving mid-sip, along with anise or licorice and some dark fruits. Alcohol is noted as warmth at the back end and in the belly, but it doesn't overwhelm on the palate. There is a bit of bitterness on the finish, which provides a bit of balance to the overall sweet/malty/chocolatey experience.

M: Full in body and heft; this does not feel like your typical porter - it's more like a Double/Imperial Stout in both heft and feel, which is somewhat slick and definitely chewy. Carbonation is modest.

O: This is good stuff. Curious as to what it tasted like fresh, but since I only had one bottle, I wasn't going to ignore those instructions and bust it open early. . . . My first Deschutes beer, but hopefully not my last.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:42:58 | More by Kendo
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this may have been from Josh as well? Or someone in CA? Served in a snifter at the West Lakeview block party.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Very dark brown body that its a tiny bit lighter at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of anise and roast, with some vegetal cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, and dark fruit flavors for good measure. Well attenuated, with low sweetness and mild notes of oak and bourbon rounding things out.

T - The taste has a bit more malt sweetness to it, with a biscuit and vanilla character in addition to the aforementioned cocoa and dark fruits. A touch of oak, but fairly low spirit character. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Medium-full body, with a fairy toasty, chewy texture. Unobtrusive carbonation, with not much heat to it.

D - Enjoyable stuff, and a definite improvement over the XXIII and on par with XXV, but still short of the highs set by the earliest offerings in this series. Holding up well at over a year, but I don't anticipate any improvement.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:23:44 | More by MasterSki
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, best after date of 7/23/13, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- Lots of dark fruit, especially figs, along with vanilla, chocolate and dark bread. Smells delicious.

T- Sweet with lots of figs, chocolate and a bit of vanilla and molasses. I wasn't expecting the dark fruit to be so prominent, but it is damn tasty and avoids becoming sweet.

M- Full-bodied, moderate to low carb with a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- A really, really tasty beer. The fruitiness especially was a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:57:19 | More by WillCarrera
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dowen17

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:58:28 | More by dowen17
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:51:41 | More by Vonerichs
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an opaque black with a thick, tan head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

S- Smells of sweet dark fruits (dates especially), dark chocolate, plus a bit of roasty coffee. Some cinnamon, toffee, and vinous aroma as well. It's almost overly sweet smelling, but that cinnamon helps a bit.

T- The flavor follows the nose quite well, with dark chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and toffee playing big roles. There's a good bit of honey here that was not detected in the nose. The sweet dark fruits become more prevalent as it warms. As suspected from the nose, it is borderline cloyingly sweet. It's ok because it has a lot of complexity, but it could use more roast to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is more stout-like, thick and viscous. Slight boozy warmth, and a bit of dryness from the cinnamon.

O- Overall this is a very good, complex imperial porter. Slightly cloying, but not overly so as to make it hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 05:50:09 | More by SadMachine
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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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griffinn

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep near-black, like Deschute's regular Black Butte. Looks pretty. Doesn't glow in the dark or anything.

S: Wow. As soon as I cracked the wax seal on the cap and smelled the mind-bogglingly rich aroma, I knew this would become an instant favorite. I was right. Definite fruity, sweet aromas, reminding me of figs, dates, raisins, and cocoa.

T: Porters and stouts don't get better than this. Reminds me of Deschute's regular Black Butte but vastly expanded, including rich dark fruit flavors uncoiling between layers of toasty malts and chocolate. Definitely a masterpiece.

M: Creamy and satisfying, just the right amount of carbonation and alcoholic bite to balance the seductive flavors. This is a very high ABV beer and it's proud of it.

O: I spent all my extra cash on these. Wish I had more. Would be worth buying several of and saving for special occasions.

Side note: Drink this with the best vanilla ice cream you can buy. Excellent pairing.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:21:27 | More by griffinn
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arizcards

Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the BevMo Happy Valley back last August for $12.99. Best after 7/23/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind in my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Nose is a wonderful blend of dark fruits, chocolate, and mocha.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose; dark chocolate, dark fruits, and mocha. The amount of hopping keeps the huge malt base sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this rates up there with BBXXI which was clearly my favorite of the renditions i have had. I have a 2nd bomber in the wine fridge which i will have to try a year from now...can't wait!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:53:53 | More by arizcards
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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