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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 850
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 105
Gots: 426 | FT: 31
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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

A: poured a dark as night black with brown highlights when held up to the light and a good dark brown foamy head that left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of chocolate and roastiness are apparent on the first whiff but not really any dark fruit to speak of in the aroma but had molasses maple syrup notes. Hints of booze, mild oakiness and maybe a little toffee.

T: plenty of sweetness on the flavor consisting of molasses, maple syrup, and dark chocolate. I had very muted dark fruits which were barely noticeable due to more potent roastiness, vanilla accents, oakiness, booze barrel undertones and a touch of dry coffee notes.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild oaky, slightly dark fruity, muted boozy, and roasty dry finish

O: well I have to say I was not surprised about this beer, this series has been tasty for awhile now. (912 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (934 characters)

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

Best after July 23, 2013.
A black brew with tannish foam, about a finger's worth, and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Strong smell of chocolate, figs and dates, fair amount of booze.

Same goes for the taste...very chocolate forward with big roasted malt, dark fruits: the figs and dates, backing it up to the hilt. The alcohol is quite warming but it's not as there as in the smell. A get a sense of some barrel aging.

Creamy mouthfeel that's a joy to sip on. The carbonation is light but right.

Another excellent entry for the Anniversary series that I reckon I'll be buying more of. Oh and, this isn't my first bottle. ; (629 characters)

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

On tap at the tasting room on 8.2.12.

A - Served a dark brown with a heavy tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Pretty subtle. Lots of chocolate and licorise.

T - Same as the nose. Chocolate, but mild. Licorise, but heavy.

D - Long boozy finish. Lots of booze in the finish. Good carbonation for the style and a medium to heavy body.

O - Yeah. No peppers. Good deep chocolate and licorise stout. Nice beer. (425 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown and black pour, kind of a disappointing head formation and lack of lacing. Color is cool though. And its barrel aged, so you have to tame your expectations for such a thing.

Roast aroma, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon is less existant than in previous years. Deschutes seems to be doing less and less bourbon barrel aging every year in this beer and the Abyss.

Taste is solid as usual, my only complaint is the lack of more bourbon character and the dark fruit notes. Taste has too much dark fruit that comes through. A little bit goes a long way, but it seems to make for a less thick beer, and accentuates flavors that detract from better ones (chocolate, bourbon, wood, 2 row). Instead, I get a lot of licorice, fig, plum type of things that cause me to not like BSDAs as much as other styles.

Its still a really good beer, and hopefully aging will tame some of the new adjuncts they are using to skimp on the percentage of the beer that is aged in the bourbon barrels. Cherry bark for Abyss, figs for Black Butte = meh. Just get back to making a massive porter/stout with lots of chocolate + chocolate malt and bourbon barrels. Still hides the alcohol well, but not as good as in previous years. (1,211 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tokenjobberoffense (reddit) for this one, the first of the Deschutes BB Anniversary beers I'll have had. Elegant ruby and deep, deep brown on the pour, not quite absent of enough color to be called black. A slightly darker-than-khaki head forms and leaves some mild lacing along the sides of the glass; decent retention for an 11% ABV porter.

The first sniff brings forth a deep-ish, booze-laden, roasted malt structure that is slightly unlike any other that I've come across. Certainly lots of heavy, dark fruits crowding all sides; figs, dates, bruised prunes - hefty doses of sweetness and booziness clash constantly and battle for king of the hill. I can definitely say that it's a little more heavy on the alcohol than I was expecting. There's a mild cocoa aroma hidden underneath the roast and the booze, but most of the sweetness still seems to be coming in the form of fruits.

Black Butte XXIV is just a bit booze and raisin-heavy on the palate. Don't get me wrong, I like booze and I like raisins, but after the first few sips, this beer seems to be a little overpowering and one-track minded to say the least. Definitely more sweet and more boozy than I would have guessed, although I can't say for sure where my initial opinions had come from.

There isn't much roast to this at all, save for the faint hint of roasted malt that occasionally peaks through the vapid sea of alcohol and sweetness. Light soy in the aftertaste, just a touch, as the beer warms up. Cocoa starts to finally come through as well. The aftertaste is still riding the heavy booze wave, and actually finishes quite dry. Medium-heavy body, lightly creamy and smooth.

I definitely suggest letting this warm up before consumption. More flavors seemed to come out as it approached warmer temps; right out of the gate, it was almost nothing but boozy, sweet raisins. Even once it opened up a bit, it was still fairly underwhelming given my relatively high expectations. Still not a bad beer, but it doesn't fulfill the large shoes that some people have granted it. (2,058 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours an opaque black color. A one finger beige head forms and sticks around for a minute. Rings of sticky lace are left behind. This is a looker.
S: Up front is an amazing aroma of stone fruits. Cherries, plums, figs. Dark chocolate covered cherries that are slightly tart. Then comes the rest of the porter. Toasted malt, some coffee, baked bread and biscuits. Awesome.
T: Follows the nose with a big stone fruit flavor up front. Cherries, plums, figs. Chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt, toasted bread and biscuit. A bit of solvent alcohol that takes away from the nuances just a bit. Otherwise, very enjoyable.
M/D: A full body and good carbonation. Crisp, but smooth and creamy at the same time. So easy an enjoyable to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, but minor. I can sip on this all day.

I was a bit disappointed with last years version, but this is awesome. Something I really enjoy and recommend. (947 characters)

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

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! thanks elliot!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with a light to medium brown head. lacing coats the beer glass like a curtain.

Smell: dark fruits, cocoa, mild roast notes, and a hiny of wood.

Taste: The dark fruits are definately the showcase. A nice chocolate note and a decent amount of roast. Oak is well represented, but well integrated. Maybe a touch of vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and almost chewy mouthfeel. As always deschutes makes a dark beer with an amazing mouthfeel. Not much booze noted in this one at all; its well hidden.

Overall: This is my least favorite of the Black Butte Anniversary beers I have tried XX, XXI, XXIII. It might get better with some time. Will have to open it up when it gets to the best after date and give it another shot. With all that said; it was still no slouch. Just had higher expectations for this beer since all the other years of this beer that I have tried are phenominal. (1,072 characters)

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