Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 849
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.01%
Wants: 106
Gots: 427 | FT: 30
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 keupaloop
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the public house in bend.

came in a sifter, beautiful creamy head that stayed the whole trip to bliss.
tasted full of smooth malts and strong imperial umpff.

great beer for a nitro, have been needing it after almost of month of searching in the local Boise Beer scene, still no luck.

cheers (310 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deschutes. The true Beer of Kings. My cellar would be a lot lighter - a ton lighter - if I didn't have so many damn Deschutes bombers weighing down the shelves. Latest in a storied line, 22 oz. waxed bottle split with my wife.

Pour is glossy black. A bit heady. Nose is less full frontal than expected. Roasty, sweet malt, & a different sweetness that I'm going attribute to the figs. But bad, but I'm not drooling (well, at least in anticipation).

Black Butte XXIV is a fig-bomb - words I never thought I'd type or say or think. There's so much fig I'm pretty sure I'm going to have them growing in my intestines within a week. Black fruit. Wickedly sweet; hard on the border of too much sweetness, even for me. Roast manages to punch through, barely. Chocolate, thick enough to be molasses. The mouthfeel is the high. Splitting the bomber is enough to make me want to check my glucose level. Yeesh.

Disappointed. This is pretty decent, but it's a far cry from the glory of past Black Buttes. Going to hold on to the other bottles I bought & hope it improves with age, but with the sweetness, I'm not optimistic. (1,119 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best After 7/23/13

A= Pours a deep black color with a super thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. The head is a nice light brown color and the beer is totally opaque.

S= The smell is a deep roasty malt character and I actually think I can smell quite a bit of oak in this. I haven't got this much oak from the black butte's yet. The fig and date comes through but not as much as some Belgian beers. A little alcohol comes through as well.

T= The taste is wonderful. Actually among the best of the black butte's I've had so far. The oak and base porter come through very well and the fig and dates sort of take a back seat role. They are a nice addition because they do not take over as one of the main characters but play a nice supporting role if you search for them. Fun flavors.

M= A nice heavy feel.

O= This is among my favorite of the Black Buttes so far. The flavors here are relatively "safe" yet still complex and a great. This works and tastes great. The BB series has spoken for itself. (1,054 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body with a very thick, creamy tan head. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, prunes, figs, and raisins aromas. Rich, creamy mouthfeel; very smooth texture. Alcohol warmth combines nicely with bitter chocolate notes and hop bitterness.

Wow! A well-done big beer. Wonderful complexity across the board with good balance all-around. The dark grains and malts mix well with the dates and figs used in the brewing of this dark monster. Search it out, grab a few bottles (or pints if you find it on tap) and savor it while it lasts. Should age well in the bottle over the years. (579 characters)

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor. (541 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask tapped at 2012 ABR, what a surprise. Motor oil black/brown with a frothy mocha brown head leaving lacing. Smell of deep chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, slight citrus. Taste is phenomenal conjunction of deeply roasted malt, mild and bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, dark fruit, and and edgy orange grapefruit pith hop. Bitterness intermingles thought complex layers, mouthfeel is creamy, finish is chocolaty but not sweet. Very good. (446 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a half-finger of light mocha head. I have to mention the lacing, which sticks around nicely and also thick and bubbly. The aroma naturally has lots of dark fruit (notably figs) and bourbon, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste has more of a balance between it all - the dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate all come through very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with decent carbonation. The ABV is relatively well hidden. Even with all of the complexity, it still maintains that "thinness" which kind of separates this porter from being a stout.

Another nice entry in the BB Birthday series from Deschutes, I'll have to age a couple to see how they do. (743 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle open on 9/14/12 with a buddy.

A: Very black with a little head that didn't stick around.

S: One word... ROASTY! It smells great.

T: The first taste to come to my pallet are dark fruits. You can definitely taste the dates and figs. Followed up by dark chocolate and lots of roasty malt.

M: Medium to full body with low carbonation.

O: I'm definitely a fan and glad I bought more than one. I can't wait to age one and taste it in a year. (447 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 yemenmocha
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious appearance with enormous head of silky tan bubbles. So sexy. Nose has a deep nougat-sweet chocolatey roasty malt quality to it that is seductive, and much more assertive as it warms (so be patient). On the palate there's a dark butterscotch component, roasty flavors, hearty malt, and rounds out nicely with the hops. Finish is bitter chocolatey and long. High abv is apparent but does not perceive to be anywhere near 11 percent. (439 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  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 (800 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with tan head that mostly recedes, leaving some wispies behind.

Smell: Plum, figs and molasses mostly. Light chocolate and oak. Somewhat boozy.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with definite plums and figs. Overripe fruitiness, borderline sickly. Finish has notes of oak, burnt mix of chocolate and molasses, and more figs.

Feel: Medium to full body that is certainly lighter than an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. Smooth overall, but not quite as creamy as desired.

Overall: Great beer even if it does not stand up to past iterations. Just too fruity and sweet. (637 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia Cafe.

Solid black with a tab head of foam with lots of lacing.

Figs, dates, black coffee, black licorice, cola.

Matches up very well with the nose. Syrupy black licorice, coffee and sticky sweet dates and fig. Roasty and sweet.

Syrupy slick and smooth. Full body.

A very nice beer that is nicely drinkable. Lots of flavor and well crafted. (366 characters)

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown. Appears black but when held up to the light you can see through the outer edges. Modest beige head which dissipated slowly to a surface film. Nothing to change here for the style.

Smell: Coffee/roasted malt aromas, mild fruit and bready notes.

Taste: The dark roast notes are the star with some dark fruit notes closely following. Finishes dry with the roast notes and mild hops. Good tasting beer but I don't get the complexity of XXI or XXIII.

Mouth-feel: Good body with modest carbonation.

O: Good beer but I think this presents the simplest taste profile of the recent iterations. I can't really pick out the dates or figs individually, but I think they contribute to the fruit notes in the taste profile. (743 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600!

Poured almost-black with a half-finger of dark mocha head. Hot, sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with lots of caramel, molasses, and chocolate with vanilla, light oak, and more dark fruit sweetness on the tail end mixed with hints of roast.

Big and bold, but this needs some time to mellow out a bit. On first impression, I prefer BB XXIII and XXI. Looking forward to my bottle in the basement. (510 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split 2 ways into tulips. Big thanks to BA KevSal for including this as an extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a huge tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick wall of lacing. Pours black.

Smell: Subtle dark fruit aromas. Opens up with time, gets with more chocolate and booziness enriching the dark fruit.

Taste: Chewy date and fig flavors, then a big hit of dark chocolate that resolves gracefully into nutty roasted malt. Not as hot as 11% ABV would have you expect, but still a bit hot. This actually works really well along with the roasted malt bitterness to keep the rich dark fruit flavors balanced.

Like the aroma, the taste gets better and better with time and warmth. The complexity goes out, some subtle oak flavors start mixing in with the date/fig. Raisiny malt flavor blends perfectly with the fig and date additions. Great recipe, great execution.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Pretty hot. Moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sticky or sugary.

Overall: I liked year old Black Butte XXIII a little bit more, but this is an awesome beer. The fig / date / dark chocolate additions make themselves known and benefit the beer. (1,198 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ butcher and the boar

A- served in a 10oz goblet it was thick black with a 1.5 black cherry head tons of lacing

S- dark chocolate,fruit,roasted malts and coffee

T- follows the nose rich dark chocolate with coffee nice delicious roasted malts mix with dark fruit some heat in the back

M-this is a thick and chewy porter its a sipper but as it warms coffee/chocolate and fruit meld together for a unique porter, alcohol heat is present but not over done

O- great on tap1 serving was good for the evening but would have this on any given night (555 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with 2 finger head with lots of lacing

S: I am not sure what I am smelling but very unique. It's like a sweet candy. I also note some chocolate and dark fruits

T: It follows the nose. The base beer (which I love) is somewhat not as detectible but I get the chocolate nibs and fig (as noted on the bottle) and it's a lot sweeter than the regular BB. I also taste some mint towards the end? some herb I cannot identify. It's unique in a good way.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: It's very nice. I can say I have never had anything like it before. It kind of tastes like some candy... maybe cinnamon candy? It's a tad bit too sweet for me, but it works very nicely to balance out the alcohol. I recommend it to try, but I wouldn't be buying again. (782 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet with a small, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and roasted notes of mostly cocoa.

Tastes of the roasted notes upfront with a layering of the dark fruits. Roasted malts lead off with cocoa, coffee, and a bit of tobacco. Touches of vanilla come through that lead into the dark fruits. Figs are mostly noticeable with some of the dates as well, along with dark cherries. Molasses type notes at the end. Comes through a bit hot.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty, but some aging would take care of the hotness and meld everything together a bit better. (655 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, thin mocha colored head.

S: Birthday cake rich chocolate. Syrupy. Chewy figs. Faint alcohol boozy aroma.

T: Liquid meal. Spectrum of straight forward flavors. Chocolate up front to a chewy english fruit presence to a unique fizzy spiciness on the backend.

M: Subtle carbonation suits all the flavors well. Wakes up the palate without distracting. Chalky dryness lingers.

O: What an imperial porter should be. Smooth body, carbonation bite, tons of complex chocolate, and a little something extra for icing on the cake. (540 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says best after 07/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of creamy beige head that recedes and settles into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: A quite complex aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark bread, chocolate nibs, coffee, burnt caramel, and toffee. Also some hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak chips, anise, and molasses. A fairly big scent of dark fruits with hints of fig, raisin, dates, dark cherry, and prune. Quite an interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: As complex and tasty as it smells. Sweet dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate nibs, dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and coffee. Some notes of vanilla, oak, wood, and bourbon that are fairly subtle. A good amount of molasses and anise spice. Midway the dark fruits really shine. Notes of fig, dates, raisin, prunes, grape, and dark cherry. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A quite unique and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. A little alcohol heat is felt at 11%, although this is still fairly smooth.

Overall: An interesting and tasty take on their base Black Butte Porter. The dark fruit flavors are really nice. It will be interesting to see how this ages as I still have another couple bottles. (1,441 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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 largadeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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)

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.