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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 440 | FT: 35
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: John_M on 07-25-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

MrVonzipper, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SpdKilz, Jan 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

theminutemen, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: Oil black. This is DARK beer. I can only see a few bubbles of carbonation on the outer edges because it's so dark. An aggressive pour gave me a lackluster 1/2 inch of a creamy tan head. Retention is not that great as the head dissipates quickly. Regardless of the head retention, this beer looks warm and inviting.

Smell: Strong notes of figs and dates. Very slight roasted coffee smell. The malts used in this beer smell sweet

Taste: VERY strong taste of figs and dates. Again a slight bit of roasted coffee. Slight biscuity taste. This beer is very sweet and rich. The bittering hops used in this beer were likely very clean and neutral, which allows for the fig and date flavors to come shining through the beer and dominate the mouth. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is moderate-low to moderate-medium. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with some nice warmth in my cheeks coming from the alcohol. It finishes very wet in the mouth and keeps me coming back for more. I find it hard to put this down.

Overall: Overall I'm very impressed by this beer. Sweet beers are usually not my thing, but this would pair very nicely with similar sweet things. At 11% ABV, this beer is definitely a slow sipper meant to be enjoyed for a special occasion. Perfect all the way around.

Clonies720, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

stampfler07, Jan 13, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +4%

Pours a deep dark black with a milk chocolate head. Has a nice roast smell with hints of cherry and chocolate.

Black and mild smoothness. The chocolate and cherry are definitely there with the roast malt in the background. Finish is so smooth with nice hints of sweetness. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this one made me a believer!

Wish I had bought another bottle.

Archimedes, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

MrT1979, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

starrdogg, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Big thanks to YumYumGumGum for this bottle in a trade awhile back!

Bottle split and shared with a couple friends during the Packers game on Saturday. Poured my allotment into my Hardywood snifter (also thanks to YumYumGumGum).

Pours a thick, viscous, dirty motor-oil black with a small tan head on top. Fair retention of the foam. Some light sticky globs hang around after each sip. Rich flavorful aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, bourbon - all enveloped in a sweet scent of fruit. There's something about these big bold stouts/porters when they mix in fruit character that I really dig.

Amazing feel as this viscous beer wraps up the palate in a wash of velvety goodness. Subtle carbonation, heavy feel. This is a sipper for sure. A wonderful treat to close out the night with. Big flavors of dark fruit - plum, fig, raisin. Sweetness pulls through with notes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Mild roasted quality helps bring this one around and prevents this from becoming a total sweet bomb.

This was a really great beer, and a reminder why this is one of my most anticipated releases each year. Wasn't a fan of the XXIII, so this was a pleasant treat. A wonderful marriage of dark fruits and dark chocolate in the form of a fantastic beer.

Onenote81, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Cjtytler, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Bobheed, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pjmjr22, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ThirdEyePA, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

pirmannt1, Jan 05, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%

This porter pours more black than a lot of stouts. No light gets through, even at the edges. Milk chocolate head that sticks around a while.

Smell is roast, chocolate and dark fruits. Really nice smelling beer.

Tastes great. Chocolate, deep flavors of dark fruits. There is a bit of the barrel and bourbon in there as well. A bit too much fruity sweetness on the finish to be a 4.5. So I am giving it four. Really good taste though.

Full, thick feel.

Outstanding all around.

Powderhornphil, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

bigd03, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mixed_master7, Jan 03, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours jet black with a finger of creamy tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Big licorice and dark chocolate notes in the aroma. A bit of dark fruit as well.

Lots of dark chocolate flavor up front along with licorice. Similar to the nose. I get a lot of raisin in the back end as well.

Very creamy appropriate carbonation. Mouthfeel really brings everything together.

Very nice. Perfect mouthfeel ramps up all the individual components. I'm sometimes sensetive to licorice flavors in my stouts, but this one has it beautifully integrated.

jmarsh123, Jan 03, 2013
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.