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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%


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: johnmichaelsen on 07-25-2012)
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Samuel906

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 16:40:21 | More by Samuel906
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Longhorn22

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 14:19:47 | More by Longhorn22
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vic21234

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:29:35 | More by vic21234
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 22:06:12 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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jeff1973

California

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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:-(

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 06:26:34 | More by jeff1973
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 04:19:28 | More by mnphish
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hopsputin

California

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 06:46:02 | More by hopsputin
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mctizzz

California

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:47:12 | More by mctizzz
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pants678

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:57:14 | More by pants678
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jdhowe

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on 8 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown with 1 finger of light tan head with moderate lacing. Head dissipates rather quickly. Opaque beer... minimal light through the edges reveals a deep brown color with tinges of ruby.

S: I swear... all I smell are things I'd expect from a barrel, molasses, and dark fruits, but it smells fantastic. Dark fruits along the lines of dates, figs, and plums give the nose the quality of a very subdued quad, while vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, chocolate, and coconut predominate. I can smell a little alcohol, but it isn't overwhelming.

T/M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a medium to low level of carbonation. Just the perfect amount of carbonation so that this beer doesn't feel flat and is interesting to sip. Perfect mouthfeel for its style -- I can't imagine it being better. The taste is sweet with the fruits from the nose, finish is delicious and dominated by the barrel-like characteristics, while the molasses sweetens the body through the entire sip. A lingering roastiness and coffee bitterness on the finish.

O: Really a fantastic beer. When I had this on draft in February I was unimpressed, but something was wrong with the smell for one reason or another and it was almost off-putting. That imperfection was not evident at all in the bottle, and it was quite delicious. I wish the bad draft experience hadn't put me off from picking up more of this, because it's really a great beer and it's drinking wonderfully right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:14:25 | More by jdhowe
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up with a great trade with Mike! Dark brown, nearly black pour with a caramel-colored one finger head with nice retention and crazy lacing. The nose is complex, sweet, and spicy with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and dark fruits. The taste is rich and flavorful with hints of molasses, mocha, leather, dates, figs, licorice, soy sauce, oak, roasted coffee, and a touch of black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and mouth-coating with a subtly sweet, smooth as silk finish. Great body for a Porter. Overall, this is an amazing beer! Rich, complex, and unique. Will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 20:27:18 | More by beerdrifter
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best After: 07/23/13.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before soon dropping to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light swirly surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving a sheer ring behind it.

S- Sweet and boozy with a surprising minty quality. The dark roasted malt comes in bringing some notes of chocolate, raisin and char. Can't get over how minty this smells.

T- The taste sort of follows suit with the aroma but it's more of a tingle that comes through rather than straight up mint. It's mostly a dark chocolate flavor that's apparent and creates a super smooth drinkability. This is dangerous stuff.

M- There's the aforementioned tingle and a wonderfully soft creaminess that complements it. Medium-low carbonation and a chewy body.

O- I've never had the base beer but can certainly attest to this complex variant.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:48:46 | More by Immortale25
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:40:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, dates, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, date, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a sweet, warming, and a bit bitter.

D - Fantastic imperial porter. Great balance and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:22:07 | More by ngeunit1
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 22 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep brown but clear, clear at the edges, especially with light behind it. Half finger of light tan head, good retention and really nice lacing.

Smell is like a deep stout, with lots of rich medium-dark chocolate and all kinds of yummy fruit. Figs, plums. Just fantastic.

Taste is layers and layers of variety. Chocolate, then coffee, slightly bitter. Then the next taste brings figs and molasses. So many dark sweet flavors layered on top of each other, it's like peeling back the pieces.

Medium-heavy body, sort of a fizzly carbonation, puffing up and then fading. Moderately lasting flavor.

Oh, how I love the Deschutes anniversary beers. I wish I'd bought more of this when I could. Really tasty. Delicious, deep, complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:19:01 | More by zeledonia
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly viscous deep mahogany/brown pour with a small off-white head. Slightly syrupy body that coats the mouth with raisins, dates, figs, prunes, rummy notes, deep, dark chocolate, and a finish that is quite bittersweet. Flirts with cloying, at times, but avoids it. Another Excellent effort from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:28:40 | More by Impfan
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a 3 Floyds Teku Glass. Best after date is 07/23/13 which is 4 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black with a medium tan head. An attractive looking porter.

Smell: Chocolate is definitely the main smell coming from this one. Cocoa powder, figs, raisins, plums as well as a hint of smoke.

Taste: Matches the smell: chocolate, figs, plums, dates, raisins, some plastic & finishes with some alcohol but not too much.

Mouth-feel: Medium to heavy bodied and velvety smooth. Not much carbonation. Really nice feel to it.

Overall: Definitely a quality porter. I don't mind the lack of coffee flavor - the chocolate fits this one nicely. The alcohol is noticeable but not too strong, and the velvet feel of this one is definitely appealing. A quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 05:32:38 | More by Resuin
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 16:27:41 | More by tectactoe
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AltBock

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. black wax sealed bomber bottle with a dirt simple dark chocolate label with the name of the beer in big bold faded gold letters. To the right of the name in small print is a description of the beer. To the left of the name is the mandatory government warning, an inked ABV of 11%, and a best after date. This is the current vintage. My bottle is best AFTER 7/23/13. A little early. Poured into a Big Eddy (don't laugh) snifter.

The beer coming out of the bottle looked like it was a dark cherry wood color. When the beer reached the glass, it was more of a onyx black color. It was as black as the wax that was covering the cap. I held it up to the light to see what the true color of the beer was, but it was so dark that light bounced off it. No help there. On top of this dark brew was a small 1/4 of an inch tan almost coffee colored head of foam. This head of foam had somewhere to be so it didn't bother to stick around. It only managed to leave behind a faint sting of rings and a few tiny spots around the glass.

It was sweet, roasted, malty, and fruity all at the same time. It started off sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The second part of the aroma contained the dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a little oak. This part lasts for a few seconds before it gave way to the dark fruits. The dark fruit part contained figs, dates, and rum raisins. It's the type of aroma you would want to find in a beer like this.

While the sweet flavors kicked off the aroma, it was the dark roasted malts that kicked off the taste. Directly behind the roasted malts was the dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a few sticks of black licorice, a drop of oak, and a pinch of roasted hops. After the hops added their subtle bitterness, in comes all the dark fruits. This dark fruit punch contained figs, dates, raisins, and a speck of black cherry. When the beer really warms up, some sweet flavors like the brown sugar will emerge from the background. Not a candy sweetness. It was a subtle sweetness. I would have like the sweets to come out more to counter all the roasted flavors. Can't win them all.

Thick mouthfeel with a thick roasted aftertaste. There was no sweetness in the aftertaste to counter or add something to extra to the aftertaste. The aftertaste was thick with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, roasted coffee beans, dates, figs, and raisins. This beer didn't bother to mask the 11% ABV. I think it wanted to show you who's boss.

I wish I could say that I had the previous 23 years of Black Butte, but unfortunately this is my first one. So I can't compare this vintage with another one. As for the beer itself, it was a nice bold dark fruit heavy Porter. More sweetness to counter the roasted elements would have been nice. As is, I would like to see what age will do to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 19:32:32 | More by AltBock
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a blackish color with brown highlights. A light khaki head. Recedes to a thin cap. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Oaky with some light roasty malts. C hocolate withe some figs and dark fruit flavors. Light boozy notes.

T: Even more oaky than the nose suggests. Dark chocolate with a some roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Raisins and figs. Boozy sweetness on the backend, but not too hot.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and roasty finish.

O: This was too oaky at this point. Hopefully some time will blend the beer together a little better.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 14:07:35 | More by Treebs
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 17:55:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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codysjb

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
A: Black and Brown. Pours no head just some foam. Lacing isn’t great.
S: Pete, roasted malt and figs
T: Chocolate and fruity notes. Medium body. Not heavy feeling but a very nice “dark” feel.
M: Lots of carbonation and lots of fruit flavors.
O: Reminds me more of a quad but its good. Heavy flavor, medium body. Overall a good beer but something I’d rather have 12oz of not 22.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:32:55 | More by codysjb
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEER REVIEW #400!!

Reviewing a vertical of Black Butte XX, Black Butte XXI, Black Butte XXIII and Black Butte XXIV from the Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon to commemorate my 400th written review (per BeerAdvocate)! A major thanks and shout out to Edgar Chavez for making this vertical tasting possible. Each vintage of the Barrel Aged Black Butte release is a different formulation.

Black Butte XXIV is Deschutes' Black Butte porter brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs, and partially aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Black Butte XIV Score: 90

2012 vintage bottle served side-by-side with the 2008, 2010 and 2011 vintages and enjoyed on 02/10/13 with a few friends.

Appearance: The appearance is strikingly similar on all vintages -- this brew is similar to a dark molasses in appearance/color. The XXIII pour is a little lighter, faintly orange-ish in color in comparison to the other three. Each vintage pours a thin layer of light mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass on all of them. Average lacing and retention using the worst glassware possible. 4/5

Smell: Fig, hops, chocolate and a little soy. More dark fruit forward than the other vintages, which is unsurprising. There is a little bit of a "red wine"-ish scent to this vintage. The XIV's nose kind of reminds me of the 2011 Darkness a little bit. There was something also vaguely "herbal" about the XIV nose. There's definitely a little maple present too. 4/5

Taste: Dark fruit, less chocolate than the nose and a touch of soy too. There is a touch of spice on the back of the tongue and a little heat from alcohol. Additionally, there is a bit of port-like sweetness that reminds me a little of the Haymarket Acrimonious. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Each of the vintages' mouthfeels are a little heavier than medium bodied, but far from full bodied (and not quite medium-full bodied either). Low carbonation as well. Each of the vintages has a real nice, drinkable balance (none is too sweet or acidic (well the XXI has a little acidity, but in a good way) or whatever). Oily slick feel on the tongue. Only the freshest vintage (XIV) has a little "alcohol heat" to it. 4/5

Overall: I feel like verticals are often "reserved" for rarer and bigger beers like Dark Lord and Bourbon County (Brand) Stout, or even barleywines dating back to the 90's (i.e., Bigfoot), but this was a really fun vertical to do. Nothing was really can't miss here, but nothing had "fallen off," and nothing here was undrinkable by any stretch of the imagination. My favorite vintage in the end was the XXI, but each vintage struck me in a unique way at different points in the vertical as it warmed up. Cold, the XX and XXIII were my favorite.

Cost: $12.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle that can cost as much as $19.99.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:29:29 | More by jegross2
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1722nd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Shared at Herbies Birthday

App- This was much darker than I wouldve thought for a porter. A more inky black color with a huge dense center and no color loss on the edges. The head was a major let down for me. The head was almost no where to be found except for a small 1/8" bubble ring around the edges. No cling or lace.

Smell- The beer gets better with the nose. A bit more chocolate and malt comes out with the addition of the earthy figs. It was slightly dry with a bit of grains behind it, but didnt tie everything together on the aroma.

Taste- The flavors of this one were better than the 1st two parts of the beer. It had more smooth and rich malts with a good amount of chocolate and roast flavors. Slightly bitter and earthy due to the use of the figs. A good amount of flavors combined to be better than the parts.

Mouth- A semi-medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A bit more smoothness that I was thinking due to the flavors and the nose but still good none the less. A lot of fig remained on the finish for me.

Drink- I will rate this as a 4. Solid but not what I was hoping when I shelled out the $$ for this one. I might have to track another bottle down to sit on to see if it comes together like the others I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:15:43 | More by FosterJM
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 05:16:33 | More by mdaschaf
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