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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 105
Gots: 435 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.