Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 849
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 106
Gots: 429 | FT: 31
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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 FondueVoodoo
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep black-brown with 3 fingers of espresso crema coloured head which quickly disipated to a scant microfilm along the surface. Clumps of lacing linger along the sides of the glass.

S: Dark dried fruit of predominantly dried black cherry followed by raisons, plums and prunes. Strong notes of acrid coffee together with cocoa powder. Sweet undertones of buckwheat honey and black strap molasses.

T: Immediately the cocoa notes come through which is quickly followed by the dark fruit, again noticably the black cherries and prunes. The alcohol esters are apparent which lend a pleasant warmth and notes of bourbon and vanilla. Increadibly smooth on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily and thick.

O: The combination of dark cherries and cocoa when combined with the velvety mouthfeel make this an extreamly sophisticated beer. We combined it with a roasted chicken on Christmas, but it would also pair excelently with dried fruits and cheeses or just on its own as a nightcap sipper. One of the best beers I've had in a while - hard to see how they could make this any better. (1,131 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed: 12/24/13
A-Pours very dark with a khaki colored head that slowly dissipates.

S-Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of roasted malt and coconut (slightly reminded me of a barrel aged beer)

T-Very similar to the nose: dark fruits standing out the most, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, and hints of roasted malt and coffee. It is very delicious and smooth.

M-Nice mouthfeel-its creamy but balanced with the right amount of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable given its great flavor and complexity.

Overall, this is one of the best porters I've ever drank-a true surprise and treat shared with me by my brother in law in Christmas Eve. (644 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 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 HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, best after date of 7/23/13, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- Lots of dark fruit, especially figs, along with vanilla, chocolate and dark bread. Smells delicious.

T- Sweet with lots of figs, chocolate and a bit of vanilla and molasses. I wasn't expecting the dark fruit to be so prominent, but it is damn tasty and avoids becoming sweet.

M- Full-bodied, moderate to low carb with a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- A really, really tasty beer. The fruitiness especially was a nice surprise. (538 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a big milk chocolate head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Smells of dark roasted malts. Dark fruits. Dates and raisins. Figs. A hint of alcohol. Big dark chocolate.

Taste mirrors the nose. Very toasty up front with tons of dark fruit. Sweet raisins settle towards the middle. Some booze on the finish.

Big mouthfeel. Not quite chewy stout but bigger than your average porter. Mild carbonation. Sticky. (437 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black color. Light brown head with good retention.

Aromas are roasted malt, dates, cocoa, and anise.

Robust flavors of roast, cocoa, and dates. Slightly boozy with and earthy maduro leaf finish.

Full mouthfeel that's cut with a moderate-high carbonation.

A fantastic beer with a wide range of flavors. Heavier than most porters with a nice boozy kick. (382 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 joeseppy
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got on a special tap takeover @ Standard Market, Westmont. Now I give appearance a 5 due to the fact that after my pour, the Deschutes camera woman loved the way it fell into the waning 6 o'clock sunset and made it picture worthy-it was a thang of beauty. Even in the sunset it twas pitch imperial black.

Aroma was a mellifluous potpourri of chocolate, coffee, and a confiture of dark fruits of raisins, dates and figs.

I say take your time with this young man-dark chocolate nibs, sweet cream and definite figs. Hot dam-I even get some Redman tobacco sweetness! This is really a complexity that one needs to experience than put into words.

Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky and semi-sweet. Could swear I see a brownish oily residue from the cocoa on the glass. Spectacular!!

Had the pleasure of meeting the brewer who guided the lure of the exotic ingredients into this craft. One of a kind never to be duplicated--maybe. A mother hubbard of a porter. This should be named 'Call Me a Cab'. (988 characters)

Photo of griffinn
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep near-black, like Deschute's regular Black Butte. Looks pretty. Doesn't glow in the dark or anything.

S: Wow. As soon as I cracked the wax seal on the cap and smelled the mind-bogglingly rich aroma, I knew this would become an instant favorite. I was right. Definite fruity, sweet aromas, reminding me of figs, dates, raisins, and cocoa.

T: Porters and stouts don't get better than this. Reminds me of Deschute's regular Black Butte but vastly expanded, including rich dark fruit flavors uncoiling between layers of toasty malts and chocolate. Definitely a masterpiece.

M: Creamy and satisfying, just the right amount of carbonation and alcoholic bite to balance the seductive flavors. This is a very high ABV beer and it's proud of it.

O: I spent all my extra cash on these. Wish I had more. Would be worth buying several of and saving for special occasions.

Side note: Drink this with the best vanilla ice cream you can buy. Excellent pairing. (957 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the BevMo Happy Valley back last August for $12.99. Best after 7/23/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind in my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Nose is a wonderful blend of dark fruits, chocolate, and mocha.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose; dark chocolate, dark fruits, and mocha. The amount of hopping keeps the huge malt base sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this rates up there with BBXXI which was clearly my favorite of the renditions i have had. I have a 2nd bomber in the wine fridge which i will have to try a year from now...can't wait! (667 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer! Pulled it out of the cellar to celebrate my brand new baby daughter. Appearance is rather pedestrian. The aromas are outstanding. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Plums -- all dark fruits. Really nice vanilla notes, too. Taste is more of the same with nice roasty flavors and a tobacco aftertaste that really works here. Super smooth and creamy -- full body -- the mouthfeel is one of the best features of this brew. The main criticism is that it's boozy. It is slightly hot, but the complex flavors balance out the booze flawlessly. It's not an issue -- the booze in RuinTen and W00t Stout are much more noticeable. Huge fan of this beer. Cheers to anybody that has a bottle left. (685 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second time I've had this, this time aged 1 year and compared with a XXV. Definitely a terrific beer and my favorite so far from Deschutes, and probably my favorite Porter of all time. There are some unique flavors and smells here. BItter bakers chocolate is the main note I get here, rich and heavy, but there are some interesting spices too. Some hints of coriander and orange, as well as some dark fruits and coffee. Perfect amount of carbonation, an amazing sipper and as much fun to sniff as drink. No booze. (513 characters)

Photo of Longhorn22
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had the Black Butte XXI a few years back, and on a trip back to Portland Oregon, I decided to drop by Deschutes and try the XXIV.

A - They poured the beer into a tulip glass that had a very sharp curve towards the top. The beer was dark brown, mostly opaque, and had a light head that slowly dissipated.

S - This beer doesn't have an overwhelming scent, but it smells much more of nut and vanilla than the XXI and less like coffee, which for me, is good.

T - This beer has to be just about my favorite tasting beer I have ever had. It has magnificent nutty and earthy flavors, along with chocolate and vanilla. This is the first porter I have had that allows the vanilla to shine through so brightly without toning down the chocolate flavors. I sipped this beer slowly so I could enjoy it as long as possible.

M/D - It was a bit heavy to drink this beer, which made it great for sipping! It would be tough to drink this beer quickly or in large quantities, but thanks to its high ABV and fantastic flavor, it lends its self better to a slow session.

Bottom Line: Great beer, great flavor, continued Deschutes success. You can pick up the Black Butte XXV right now in stores and at the Deschutes public house, and they rotate the Black Butte XXIV as a reserve at the public house.

~Cheers (1,299 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter straight from the cellar. Best after date of 7/23/13.

A- Pours very cola-like, a dark brown, nearly black color. A half finger's worth of khaki colored head fades to the sides of the glass fairly quickly. Some nice lacing is also apparent.

S- Smell consists of dark fruits and booze. Maybe some caramel notes too, not much else here.

T- Nice stuff. Upon the first sip I get notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruits are noted on additional sips too. The alcohol is apparent and leaves a nice warming after each sip.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, drinks hot, nice warming from the alcohol as noted above.

Very nice beer, I've been waiting to open it until after the ridiculous "best after" date. It was worth the wait, wish I had another to age longer. (799 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Mostly opaque dark ruby. Some cola highlights around the edges. Nice thick tan head and lacing.
smell: Very nice, layered nose with lots going on. Something reminiscent of cola or a mild black licorice I suppose is a combination of the dates and figs. Cocoa is just behind. A really amazing nose.
taste: The taste lags behind the nose in complexity but makes up for it. It's rich balanced and cohesive. All the notes in the nose merge nicely. There's a hint of spicy heat in the finish.
overall: Aged this for a year and thankfully have a few more to enjoy in the future. Kudos Deschutes. (601 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. A year old at this point.

A - Black with a dark brown tinge on edge of glass. Light mocha head that sticks around a little while. Minimal lacing.

S - Brown sugar, figs, milk chocolate.

T - Sweet fig and brown sugar upfront, milk chocolate in the middle. Dries out a little in the finish. Has a Belgian yeast flavor on the finish. Alcohol has really toned down from the fresh version.

M - A little light for this style. I would like to have more body. The only real downside.

O - Great flavor. Really smooth (alcohol wise) for the fresh version. Just wish the mouthfeel was fuller. Have another bottle that I will save for next year. I don't think the mouthfeel will get better:-( (754 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taking the lazy approach with this review, but it's been in my cellar for almost a year and i've really been looking forward to it. Best after date of 7/23/13 - 22oz bomber served into a snifter.

Loads of chocolate on the nose with extreme complexity. Some figs, dates, cocoa, vanilla, smoke, licorice, and even some root beer. Big rich roasted flavors of dark and milk chocolate assault my palate. There is a bitterness there possibly from an addition of coffee?

Very heavy, could fit the description of a stout. Great with some age and the booze is hidden well. Extremely impressed. (587 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drank 7/27/13

a: almost pitch black. dark purple ruby red towards the bottom

s: wow the smells freaking amazing. chocolaty roasted malts, vanilla, oak, sweet plums, figs, raisins, very slight hint of black licorice. there is a hint of sweet toffee malt as well. this smells harmonized and delicious

t: sweet. sweet malt and sweet dark fruit are the initial flavors. vanilla, oak, sweet cherries smoothly follow. there is some alcohol in the flavor, but the sweetness hides it well - though you can feel the heat. back end has the roasty toasty malt flavors. the is a big, complex, smooth beer. and at 11% its dangerous in a good way

m: medium, with a silky smooth feel. carbonation is there, but not dominant

o: ok this is quite a big beer here. its complex and a little bit boozy, you will need to sip this one. more sweet than roasty, this is a great beer to end your night one. good stuff (896 characters)

Photo of mctizzz
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Big light brown head quickly dissipates into the black liquid from which it came.

S: Mostly molasses. Healthy barrel with caramel, chocolate, raisins, and slight booze.

T: Really sweet caramel with coco notes. Background is booze and vanilla.

M: Medium/light body, I typically prefer a bigger body but with how sweet this is if it was any bigger it would take on the basic properties of a syrup.

O: I was looking forward to this and even waited till after the recommended date on the bottle, but this is too sweet for me, maybe fresher the roasted qualities would shine through more, hope abyss is better! (612 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Says "Best after" today. Eh... today will work.

Black with a light beige lacing of a head.

Smoked notes compliment a pungent vanilla.

The vanilla's on the palette too and it's nearly perfect, doesn't have much of the weird over-done burn. No beans listed on the label, so that's the bourbon I bet. The back end does have just a tinge of sweet that I'll blame on the dates and figs. The chocolate does come off dark but hardly that 70% cacao bitter. All this is to say it's terribly well balanced.

Heavy but not tough to sift through--or sip through. More stout than porter if that means anything. The back end is rough but ever so slightly. (644 characters)

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