Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery
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4.26/5 rDev -0.7%
A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and good lacing
S-dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, bourbon, earthy
T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, figs, bourbon, coffee, light char, molasses
F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy
O-great range of flavors and well-balanced, a tad on the sweet side for me, but a terrific Imperial Porter nonetheless
05-11-2014 12:44:01 | More by MDDMD
4.63/5 rDev +7.9%
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip styel glass. Coming out of the bottle it's a cola brown but gets a dark brown and even black in the center with deep autumn brown highlights. Tan head with mostly small bubbles, great lacing, frothy and thick.
Smell is great. Dark slightly over roasted dark, sweet glazed grains; not quite charred, but like a slightly over done marshmallow. Dark dehydrated fruits like figs, raisins, dates, and maybe even some white grapes (yeah still raisins, whatever). In addition there's the classic fudgey chocolate notes and some slight spices.
Taste is slightly spicy sweeter than I expected, but is freaking amazing! Lots of deep, dark dehydrated fruits like mentioned above in addition to the slightest hints of coffee masked by the sweet fudgey chocolate. There's a slight nuttiness hidden in the fruit as well, really a lot of natural, earthy, pure sweetness. Great spicy notes as mentioned earlier, I think cinnamon and nutmeg, but not in a Christmas sort of way, like a mulled wine sort of way that wasn't intended just for cold weather, there's some tropical fruit like pineapple and tangerine in there.
Moutfeel is down right awesome. Full bodied with a lingering flavor and a nice moderate carbonation level. Not overly, but adequately smooth with a nice natural sweetness to a spicy dry finish. Crazy drinkability. I like all of the anniversary/birthday Black Butte beer I've had so far, but to my recollection, this one is the most drinkable, pretty dangerously drinkable actually. Great beer, great brewery, thanks Geoff!
05-08-2014 01:27:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.