Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 849
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 106
Gots: 429 | FT: 31
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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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick black pour. Black bodied with lots of lace. Chocolate, smooth with the figs, dates, complex,stouty, some coconut. Not as boozy as expected, bourbon taste being well integrated and not obtrusive. Nicely drinkable. Presario's bottle from recent trip. (256 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (800 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate notes with some light liquor notes with some dried fruits notes as well. Taste is also a mix between some dark black chocolate notes with some dried fruits notes and some light liquor notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice drink though a bit too much of the dried fruits notes. (477 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black body topped by a finger of tan head. Heavy adjuncts on the nose, and they work pretty well here. Dates and cocoa nibs come through strongly, with a touch of earthy fig in the background. The base beer is quite sweet, bringing to mind molasses and licorice. The palate is similar, very date and cocoa heavy, with a sweet molasses note coming from the malt. There's a bit of char and licorice that balance things out, but this leans toward the sweet side. The body is viscous and alcohol is hidden. Quite good, this is the best Black Butte anniversary beer since XXI. (578 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to find this at Macaddodle in Jane, MO...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with several shades of brown head finally settling into a lovely tan head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bourbon, boozeynes & steel

T: Vanilla laced Bourbon, dryness, carob & herbal & woody hops up front, some figs & cherry notes as well. Some coffee, a touch of caramel as this warms along with roastyness, more vanilla & some woody notes. A touch too dry for perfection to me. Finishes dry, woody, somewhat boozey with coffee & some hazelnut notes, slight booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, slight but pleasant carbonation, some stickyness

Very nice itteration, this will probably age great, but its very tasty right now, drinks easy for the ABV, much to like/love here... (782 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after 07/23/13. 11.00%. Brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. I quite like the original Black Butte Porter. And I recall enjoyed last year's Black Butte XXIII.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous three finger rich khaki-tan head of beautiful smooth cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. The head just sits there in its frothy delight, not reducing hardly at all. Heavy mocha cream. Wow. Colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Near perfect for a porter.

Sm: Luxurious date and fig notes. The dark fruit is wonderful here. Roast. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Caramel. A delightfully subtle aroma. Some raisin and yeasty notes. Even biscuit malt and a hint of spice. Very evocative and intriguing. A light aroma.

T: Smooth cream on the open gives way to a marvelous caramalt body with touches of dark fruit including luscious fig and dates. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, and other dark malts all make an appearance. Little to no roast, unfortunately. A raisiney chocolatey climax rewards the palate, followed by a smooth dark fruit finish. Burnt bread emerges as an undertone. I definitely get the chocolate nibs, and they're very well used here. What I don't get all is any sort of coffee or roast. It certainly doesn't lack body. The notes work well together, subtly complementing each other to build an impressive balance. That's tasty. I quite like it. Hardly any alcohol comes through. The aftertaste leaves you with sweet malts, creamy chocolate, and dark fruit. A lovely build for a porter. Bravo, deschutes. It does feel a bit too sweet at times, but I imagine this would mellow out with age.

Mf: Velvety. Delightfully creamy and smooth. Good thickness, supporting the complex subtle flavours adequately. Ideal carbonation. Good presence on the palate. It's a bit viscous and syrupy just before the climax, which is the one problem I have with the beer as a whole.

Dr: Another great offering from Deschutes. I'm glad I bought two. As far as Porters go, this is one of the best offerings out there. I'd love to try this on nitro-draught. Very drinkable. Hides its ABV very well. This one could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Best enjoyed with a good book, sipping fairly slowly.

A fantastic candidate for aging. I'll be aging me second bottle.

Would pair well with rich chocolate, plums, dates, and figs.

B+ (2,750 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a tulip. Beer is black with a tan head, low retention but moderate carbonation.

Aroma is roast and oranges, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and bitter on the finish with some nice orange notes, ultimately the fruitiness sort of gets in the way of everything else in this beer. Just make a chocolate stout, maybe some coffee in there please. Still a decent fun beer to try. (397 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the last pour of the first keg tapped. At muddy waters.

Color is jet black with a creamy tan head. Lots of lace and good retention.

A lot of creamy chocolate and cocoa nibs. The dates and figs show. Definitely had a licorice and molasses flavor. A light roast and some coffee flavor. A little oak. Was this bourbon aged. Some vanilla shows.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing crazy. I would have liked to see more barrel flavors. (507 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" head that slowly falls which is rare for a higher alcohol beer.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and chocolate tones come through. Some alcohol is noticeable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile. Loads of dark chocolates, dark ripe fruits, molasses, and bitterness is hearty enough to bring the sweetness into check. Alcohol is very noticeable and provides some warmth.

Mouthfeel:heavy in body. Smooth throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting chocolate-focused aftertaste.

Overall: this beer has some qualities you would find in a good RIS, but it still remains a porter at heart. Easy to quaff despite high alcohol. Really good beer. (684 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black with a nice mocha head. Lacing is nice. Retention is pretty good. I had let it sit a while to warm up.

Smell - Big dark fruit aromas. Presumably that's the figs and such, but it registers as plums to me. Roasty malts, a touch of alcohol, and a little bourbon.

Taste - Much more bourbon here. Vanilla. Fruits are lighter but the chocolate and roasted malts come through a lot more. The finish is surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Not terribly heavy for its size. The lingering flavor is hops, which is strange and a little unpleasant.

Overall - The flavors are really nice, but the finish lets me down. Good, could be better. Could improve with age, also. Maybe those hops die down. (764 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Annoying wax sealed bomber, to slick to get a bottle opener on the cap. A few stabbings later I'm able to get to the actual cap.

Clear brown colored beer with a momentary small brown head.

Smells sweet with a fruity chocolate aroma. Scents of musty sugar, fig and prune with a fainter vanilla scent. Faint whiskey scent but can't decide if it is bourbon barrel or just oak. Some spice mainly cinnamon and ginger.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of cocoa powder after taste. A bit boozy and thick with a strong chocolate taste. Alcohol warms the stomach. I might should have eaten dinner first but I wanted my taste buds absolutely fresh for this tasting and review.. Fig and prune taste with some charred malt taste. Vanilla and oak in the taste but no whiskey or caramel.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thick as hell.

Overall a damn big beer that you should share with friends. (878 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, rich brown nearly black with a small tannish cap which quickly fades into a ring around the glass

S: Big roastiness, figs and chocolate with light vanilla and coffee notes

T: Nice big roastiness upfront which transitions into a chocolatey, fig, coffee with light vanilla and wood notes with a lingering bitterness, light booze and cocoa. Finish is dry, bitter and lingering and a tad astringent

M: Medium to big bodied, well carbonated and creamy. No complaints and spot on! Tasty.

O: My favorite of this serries so far. Well done. (553 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on release day at the Deschutes pub in the Pearl (Portland).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the licorice dominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, though the beer wasn't as rich and intensely flavored as I was expecting. I think this beer will improve over time, as at present I would describe the flavor profile as a bit closed and somewhat backwards. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and despite the licorice flavor I pick up the finish, I don't get any heat from the 11% abv.

Tried this side by side at the pub with the XXI, XXII and the XXIII. The XXI was the best of the bunch IMHO, and was the beer that was least dominated by the licorice flavor. The XXIV was probably my second favorite, for all that I think it will benefit from some time in bottle or keg to show its very best.

Another impressive beer from Deschutes.

Sampled on tap at the Apex on 11/14. This beer was great young, but after a couple of years, it's now a stunner. There is toffee, butterscotch and malt balls in this soft, mouthfiling, decadently rich beer. Tried side by side with the 2011 Abyss, and there just was no comparison. i liked the 2011 Abyss, but this was CLEARLY the superior beer. Very, very impressive (and delicious). (1,435 characters)

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

Best AFTER 7/23/13. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black. Half a finger of mocha coloured head formed on the pour and reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Roast and cocoa aromas up front accompany a fairly big sweetness. Some caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and fig notes present as well.

T - Very sweet, as the nose indicated. The roast profile is fairly robust and is complimented by dark caramel, cocoa, dates, figs and raisin flavours. The bark roasted malts return in the finish with a touch of char that lingers on the tongue. The dates and figs add more sweetness than flavour.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - Very good, on the cusp of being great. Maybe waiting until the best after date will produce an even better beer. (803 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and mild bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor follows with toasted malt, dried dark fruit, chocolate, plums. Finishes somewhat dry and bit boozy, with pleasant toasted malt and dark fruit overtones. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess. Still a bit hot, but definitely cellar worthy. A great porter to revisit every year. (512 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short mid mocha head on a dark brown body. Collar and spider lacing thing going on.

Sweet roastiness, possible with a little hint of mint? A little woodiness.

Big time roast, chocolate. Dark fruits. Woody, oakiness. Still getting a hint of mint. "well balanced, complex"

Low carbonation, slimy smooth mouthfeel.

Good porter here. I think I preferred the XXIII I had not 2 months ago though. Well worth picking up a few if you can...I can't :( (446 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with nothing allowed around the edges. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam with good retention. A nice lace is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Great.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with a deep and complex character. Black but not bitter roasted and chocolatey aromas combine with dates, plums and wood to create a wonderful bouquet. This type of thing strongly appeals to my palate.

Taste: same rich, complex malt as the aroma with a big wallop of alcohol right up front. This fades into an ashy roastiness with a strong bitterness at the finish. The wood character contributes to dryness, although this is still a very sweet beer. I would say that despite its strength and sweetness, it is remarkably balanced. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I was expecting more silky smoothness here; it is good, but not as great as I feel it could be.

Overall: this is a very good beer, although it is not necessarily the best in its (admittedly outstanding) class. A sipping beer, not a quaffing one, but good nonetheless. Can't wait to try XXV. (1,170 characters)

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.