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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 109
Gots: 427 | FT: 34
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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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Black Butte 24

Poured into a 4oz tasting glass at iTap Soulard.

Pours black and bold with a nice cream colored quarter inch head. (4.0)

Aroma of coca nibs and some nice bitter dark coca notes are very intense. Slight licorice notes and some dark sweet fruits. Slightly roasted. (4.5)

Flavor is nice and roasty with some nice rich and deep dark chocolate notes. Very chocolaty and yummy. The roasted notes and dark malt notes blend very well with the cocoa. There is some nice vanilla and cinnamon notes mixed in with great coffee roast and the awesomeness of the cocoa. Full bodied with some nice creamy notes and a good roast finish. (5.0)(4.0)

Overall. Well crafted and delicious porter. Great chocolate notes with some mild but yummy roast. (4.0)

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 23:34:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with dark chocolate notes. I think I could detect the figs and dates.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with toffee and dark chocolate. There was a touch of dried fruit flavor. Again, couldn't distinguish the dates from the figs.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied porter.

O - This is fantastic. I love having the opportunity to drink this on tap at Sycamore.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 21:08:08 | More by zeff80
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4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional barrel aged porter. This definitely ranks very high amongst the best porters I've ever had.

Aroma reflects strong barrel character, but not excessive. Just the way I like it.

Sweet and full flavored without being sticky. Well balanced.

Deschutes hit the ball out of the park with this one. It is to Porters what GI BCBS is to Stouts and it does it well.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-15-2012 05:52:32 | More by PrinceDarren
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

A- pour produces a nice 2 finger mocha colored head resting on a very dark brown/near black body. Good retention and lacing 4.5

S- cocoa, dates and figs, vanilla, bourbon, and almost like a coconut smell. 4.5 

T- chocolate, dates and figs, vanilla, black licorice, bourbon. It masks the abv quite well but I think the time will do this well. Looking forward to revisiting this. As it is, it's still excellent. 4  

T- very smooth with a nice medium body. 4

O- an excellent beer. Good drinkability given the abv and richness. 4


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:18:50 | More by t420o
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-14-2012 17:58:22 | More by awdturboiv
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-14-2012 16:54:26 | More by PopnLoads
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Date on bottle says "Best After 07/23/13". Come on guys, I'm not that patient.

A: Black body, medium brown head. Head is nice and dense with very good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Difficult to put my finger on this smell. Probably the aroma of the dark chocolate, but with a slight acidity from the beer, and an herbal quality from the hops.

T: Big chocolate flavor, round a full right up front, as well as some of the herbal quality from the nose. Nice gentle roast with an aggressive hop balance on the finish. Slight warming, but no harshness from the alcohol.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, but a full mouthfeel nonetheless.

O: This one surprised me with the complexity. A powerful, intense experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 04:34:28 | More by 51mmz0rz
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-12-2012 07:11:02 | More by emilylee
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

12-11-2012 06:58:43 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-08-2012 06:00:58 | More by Douvalis
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-08-2012 01:57:00 | More by Keith_R
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-08-2012 01:56:10 | More by Zach136
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-07-2012 05:57:52 | More by OCHoundNBrewGrrl
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-06-2012 22:29:13 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-06-2012 14:46:45 | More by solarbeers
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-06-2012 08:25:35 | More by Irrationalist
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a small tan head that fades quickly.
S: Smells of chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, fruity date and fig aroma plus some alcohol
T: chocolate, caramel and some vanilla on the palate with a bit of figgy and date flavor toward the middle. slight roasty malt flavor at times as well. aftertaste is more chocolate and fruit addition goodness with a bit more caramel. the label doesn't mention it but the flavor hints at spending some time in a barrel.
M: full in the mouth but still feels kinda light. carbonation is adequate and just under prickly.
O: A very tasty beer from Deschutes. Good flavors and complexity and for the level of alcohol it isn't hot or really apparent in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:43:00 | More by SHODriver
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into two snifters. Thanks to Kenye for this one, great trade!

A - pours black, ombre from the edges into the darkness in the middle. Clearly a little thin, but not unimpressive. Mid-range foam from a harsh pour, recedes very quickly, giving away the carbonation level.

S - mmm. Dark fruits, plums, grapes, dates. And booze, lots of booze. It's been a while since I've had a high-ish ABV brew that didn't hide its booze subtly. This should be interesting.

T - big, bitter, dark fruits at the beginning, giving away into alcohol. It's got a boozy finish, which unfortunately masks what I think are the subtler complexities at the back end of the taste. Certainly interesting though. I like beers that give me a clear beginning, middle, and end.

M - the thinness drops this score a little bit. Overly carbonated, too boozy in the mouth, and not even the syrupy flavor that usually accompanies high ABV offerings. The dark fruit flavor clings to the back of the mouth.

O - I like it because it's interesting, readable, and one of the few beers I've had that delivers non-citrus fruits successfully. Some errors brought the score down though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:29:55 | More by JamesShoemaker
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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two pint glass. Inky black, let in very little light. A nice thick head, that dissipated slowly

Served with a bowl of homemade tri-tip and vegetable chili, and cornbread.

Huge body to this beer, as expected of their anniversary beers. The figs and dates pop out almost immediately and are held on as the sweetness of the beer combined with body stay awhile in your mouth.

The finish was very good, but could have been better. It was smooth, but the alcohol popped out a bit strong at the end. I figure this will smooth out a bit with age.

Overall an excellent new release for Deschutes' Anniversary series and one of the best they've concocted.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:10:06 | More by sirtomtom
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-04-2012 07:08:12 | More by jdmandel
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

12-03-2012 04:02:46 | More by metalgdog
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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Loads of dark fruits, fresh figs, dates, sweet chocolate, sweet caramel, touch of vanilla, slight roast as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, close to black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Dark fruits with a deep chocolate flavor, quite sweet up front. Low bitterness with a big, rich dry chocolate with a sweet date and fig taste. Finishes slightly ashy with additional cocoa.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Rich, but not too heavy on the palate.

Great beer, big bold flavors without being overbearing. Nose followed the taste nicely. Another classic from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:46:58 | More by bum732
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with nothing allowed around the edges. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam with good retention. A nice lace is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Great.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with a deep and complex character. Black but not bitter roasted and chocolatey aromas combine with dates, plums and wood to create a wonderful bouquet. This type of thing strongly appeals to my palate.

Taste: same rich, complex malt as the aroma with a big wallop of alcohol right up front. This fades into an ashy roastiness with a strong bitterness at the finish. The wood character contributes to dryness, although this is still a very sweet beer. I would say that despite its strength and sweetness, it is remarkably balanced. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I was expecting more silky smoothness here; it is good, but not as great as I feel it could be.

Overall: this is a very good beer, although it is not necessarily the best in its (admittedly outstanding) class. A sipping beer, not a quaffing one, but good nonetheless. Can't wait to try XXV.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:29:22 | More by flagmantho
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-30-2012 22:29:29 | More by purdueflyguy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Presario

Nearly jet black in colour, ring of tan head, light lace as well. Smell is full on cocoa with lots of dark fruit, some vanilla and oak, roasty, dates, some molasses like characters as well as a faint sweetness. Taste is full on roasted malt followed by dark fruits and chocolate, vanilla and whisky notes, oak, with ma medium bitterness in the finish as well. Lightly carbonated, fairly big full body, good overall feel. Just awesome stuff here, certainly a top shelf porter even way before the "Drink After" date, something worth seeking out in multiples.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 14:21:45 | More by peensteen
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.