Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
11-24-2012 23:36:18 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-23-2012 06:15:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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
09-12-2012 01:17:17 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
05-27-2013 01:40:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.35/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
08-13-2012 04:24:06 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-15-2012 21:08:08 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
08-30-2012 21:01:59 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
09-14-2012 01:42:50 | More by russpowell
4.19/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-01-2013 05:23:44 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-12-2012 20:49:24 | More by drabmuh
3.78/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
09-01-2012 03:23:05 | More by Halcyondays
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.