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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 109
Gots: 439 | FT: 35
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: John_M on 07-25-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Sammy, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.8%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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

brentk56, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.8%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -6.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

largadeer, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

zeff80, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

russpowell, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MarkyMOD, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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+

kojevergas, Oct 29, 2012
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.