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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 440 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

vfgccp, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dsauter, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of HKUSPC40
5/5  rDev +16.6%

HKUSPC40, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

spark3148857, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DeutschesBier, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

HardTarget, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

IdrinkGas, Nov 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Hopstout, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JSchock7, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

scottfrie, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.46/5  rDev +4%

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.

Kendo, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DanGeo, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

warnerry, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

carteravebrew, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Mealhouse, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

deadliest, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jnardone235, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

lonewolfcry, Oct 30, 2013
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.