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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 441 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

M27, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

JJWIGHT, Oct 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

kirkse, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22ox bottle, wax-over cap - poured into snifter glass.

A - Poured brownish black, with small amount of tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Very complex. I noticed holiday spices, dark fruit, chocolate, and really big sweetness. The figs and dates are very noticeable. This smells incredible!

T - Again, super complex! It is very sugary sweet. Lots of dark fruit. There is a presence of chocolate, molasses, and oak with notes of spice and banana. High on alcohol, but not really boozy. This is much sweeter than I expected, but the finish is relatively bitter. Barrel aging had to be involved (oak perhaps?).

M - Body is smooth and silky. Light on carbonation. Kind of syrupy, which works well.

O - From now on, this beer is what I will think of when I hear the words “imperial porter.” It is really intense! It was one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. Would love to get another bottle to put away. This would do very well with age. In fact, Deschutes recommends drinking after July, 2013. Great now, probably even better later!

brother_kenneth, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

lovelyallen, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after 07/23/13. 11.00%. Brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. I quite like the original Black Butte Porter. And I recall enjoyed last year's Black Butte XXIII.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous three finger rich khaki-tan head of beautiful smooth cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. The head just sits there in its frothy delight, not reducing hardly at all. Heavy mocha cream. Wow. Colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Near perfect for a porter.

Sm: Luxurious date and fig notes. The dark fruit is wonderful here. Roast. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Caramel. A delightfully subtle aroma. Some raisin and yeasty notes. Even biscuit malt and a hint of spice. Very evocative and intriguing. A light aroma.

T: Smooth cream on the open gives way to a marvelous caramalt body with touches of dark fruit including luscious fig and dates. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, and other dark malts all make an appearance. Little to no roast, unfortunately. A raisiney chocolatey climax rewards the palate, followed by a smooth dark fruit finish. Burnt bread emerges as an undertone. I definitely get the chocolate nibs, and they're very well used here. What I don't get all is any sort of coffee or roast. It certainly doesn't lack body. The notes work well together, subtly complementing each other to build an impressive balance. That's tasty. I quite like it. Hardly any alcohol comes through. The aftertaste leaves you with sweet malts, creamy chocolate, and dark fruit. A lovely build for a porter. Bravo, deschutes. It does feel a bit too sweet at times, but I imagine this would mellow out with age.

Mf: Velvety. Delightfully creamy and smooth. Good thickness, supporting the complex subtle flavours adequately. Ideal carbonation. Good presence on the palate. It's a bit viscous and syrupy just before the climax, which is the one problem I have with the beer as a whole.

Dr: Another great offering from Deschutes. I'm glad I bought two. As far as Porters go, this is one of the best offerings out there. I'd love to try this on nitro-draught. Very drinkable. Hides its ABV very well. This one could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Best enjoyed with a good book, sipping fairly slowly.

A fantastic candidate for aging. I'll be aging me second bottle.

Would pair well with rich chocolate, plums, dates, and figs.


kojevergas, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cbcrunch, Oct 27, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best AFTER 7/23/13. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black. Half a finger of mocha coloured head formed on the pour and reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Roast and cocoa aromas up front accompany a fairly big sweetness. Some caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and fig notes present as well.

T - Very sweet, as the nose indicated. The roast profile is fairly robust and is complimented by dark caramel, cocoa, dates, figs and raisin flavours. The bark roasted malts return in the finish with a touch of char that lingers on the tongue. The dates and figs add more sweetness than flavour.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - Very good, on the cusp of being great. Maybe waiting until the best after date will produce an even better beer.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sToTko, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Durb777, Oct 26, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Best after 7/23/13? Nahhhh...

A- Pours a dark brown. Close to black, but not quite there. 1/4 of head sticks around and leaves some great lacing on the glass. Definitely getting some alcohol legs as well. Damn fine looking beer. 4.5

S- HUGE dark fruit notes. Smells like a Fig Newton. Roasted malts (coffee-ish), and a pretty sizable amount of sweetness...sugary malt mostly, but some vanilla as well. Booze really comes out as the beer warms. 4

T- Again, holy date/fig. Waves of dark fruits right at the front followed by big forward chocolate. Mid-palate, malty, vanilla-like sweetness mixes with the roasty notes found in the nose. Echos of sugary dates and chocolate swirl with a bit of alcohol heat/flavor towards the end. Fantastic tasting beer.

M- Surprisingly viscous. I thought I remembered other iterations of this being a bit thin, but this is full on chewy. Light carbonation helps keep it from feeling syrupy. Very well done here. 4.5

O- Well done Deschutes. I was hoping the anniversary series would turn around after the 1st-tee duff that was XXIII. My 2nd favorite behind XXI.

stxSS07, Oct 26, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a 3 finger dark tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, chocolate, dates, and figs. Smells like it should have a good amount of sweetness, balanced by dark roasted malt.

Tastes like chocolate, dark roasted malt, dates, and figs. Sweeter than I expected, with less dark roasted malt, which is a plus. Sometimes dark roasted malt leaves a charred flavor. Thankfully, that is a problem here.

Medium to full bodied with above average carbonation. Creamy, and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not over the top. This is a very nice beer, and I recommend it highly, if you get a chance to try it.

hardy008, Oct 25, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Jason.

A: Pours a pitch black body. It's nearly still; despite a vigorous pour, a thin film barely covers the beer, and the bubbles quickly fall into a thin collar. Very odd. I'm chalking that up to have been in my sub-arctic fridge for such a long time. EDIT: The second pour of the bottle, which had been sitting outside for an hour, yielded a finger of dense, long-lasting mocha-colored head. Exquisite.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit (dates), grape jelly (!), and, of all things, peanut butter. I'm really surprised, and very intrigued. A touch of coffee and some oak round out the aroma. Top-notch.

T: As usual, I drank this without reading the label and tried to guess what went into it. Cocoa nibs, obviously. There's a dark fruit presences (dates again); when the beer is cold, it also has a spicy coffee kick that reminds me of the oxidized aftertaste of Black Butte XXI. Nuts, black cherries. The finish is surprisingly bitter, revealing a substantial hop component that isn't evident earlier in the taste. If there's any barrel-aging involved here, it's subtle and accentuating. I can't pick it out.

So in reading the label, I realized I missed figs -- and even armed with that knowledge, I can't taste them. The dates are too prominent. No mention of coffee, so that must be the roasty grain contribution. I got the dates and cocoa nibs, but they're so forward that it's impossible to miss them.

M: I'm not a fan of the pronounced bitterness in the finish, but I admit it does contrast against what could be a pretty one-dimensional experience. Despite the sweet flavors, the beer is well-attenuated -- I wouldn't say dry, but it's not as oily and heavy as some other barrel-aged beers du jour, either -- and that makes it easy to drink. It does have some burn in the finish, not to be confused with that spicy kick I picked up at times and attributed to oxidized coffee.

O: The advertising says it's "the best one yet." I wanted to laugh at the boast, but I have to agree. It's phenomenal. I was actually going to skip BB XXIV this year based on early comments, and because I didn't care for XXIII (not to mention the numerous other misses in Deschutes' recent limited series: The Stoic, Dissident, Mirror Mirror, Collage). Jason pressed this upon me and insisted I try it. I am really grateful he did. This is top-notch. I genuinely regret not buying more.

Arbitrator, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mattdbh, Oct 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

esiedlecki, Oct 23, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a thin wing of deep amber edge. Few minutes lasting beige fluffy head, beauty of a beer.

S: Milk chocolate, fudgy licorice, big background fruitiness of dates. Brown sugar. Very delicious, some booze.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and spice, booze, black licorice, robust and complex dark fruits.

M: Full bodied with a dry and boozy finish. I think this beer will improve with age, I wish I had saved my bottle for a year or two.

mattsander, Oct 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

BobDole007, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Boondoggle's in Clear Lake, Texas

What a GREAT beer. I love porter's. This is easily one of the best I've ever had. Everything about it is big and great. All the usual porteriness is there, but with more alcohol in the end as it's a double.

I wish this one was year round. I have a bottle to store of this, but I'm going to go and pick up two or three more because this stuff is great.

Ford, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

TicoCali, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at Sixteen Tons Cafe

A- Poured black with a nice frothy chocolate milk colored head that left lots of chunky lace. Exactly what a big stout should like like

S- Well this is interesting. It smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, crust and all. Toasted coconut, cocoa, and vanilla notes are present too

T- Lots of milk chocolate, ginger, jammy dark fruits, vanilla, some light toasted coconut, raisins, and cinnamon. Some alcohol taste. Really complex and well balanced stout

M-Very smooth and creamy, silky mouthfeel, slightly chewy, finishes dry, lots of warming. Drinks like a big warming stout should

O- This is an outstanding and complex imperial porter with lots of Christmas Ale spices. Not sure if this is barrel aged but it tastes like it has lots of barrel character with the coconut and vanilla notes.

Hoptometrist, Oct 20, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with no head.

The aroma has a lot of dark fruit like figs and plumbs with some hints of cocoa in the background. Mostly fruity though. Boozy dark bitter chocolate on the pallet with hints of coffee. A bit toned down on the fruit on the pallet but it lingers in the background.

The body is full and silky with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Pretty unique.

Bendurgin, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Derek! Poured into a tulip. There isn't much of a head; there are a few medium tan bubbles. The body is pitch black.

There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Notes of vanilla are aided by the malt sweetness.

The taste has a lot of roasted barley character in the finish that hint at some coffee flavor. The start of the beer is more fruity and hints at some port-like characteristics. The finish is very bitter and lasts a while. The flavor is strong, and intense.

This is full bodied with sharp carbonation.

This tastes good, but the flavors are a bit harsh in some points. Maybe it is best to listen to that best after date.

andrewinski1, Oct 20, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.

A - It pours a deep, dark brown. I was expecting it to be closer to a motor-oil black given that it's a big 11% porter. It produces an inch or so of leather-brown head. Solid retention leaving beautiful lacing behind on the rim of the glass.

S - The added figs come through here strongly. I'm not getting a lot of the dates on the nose, but if you really think about it, you can just barely find them in there. Other than that, it's very representative of the style. Lots of chocolate and deep roasted malts. Some candied fruit and a bit of sweetness round out the nose.

T - This is either the first or second "5" I've ever given in a category, and this beer deserves it. It really nails all of the notes that are supposed to be there in an Imperial Porter. It has some candied sweet fruits, dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and almost bourbon-like notes. It does run a little on the boozy side, but it was designed to be set down for a year or so... I'm just too impatient. This beer should age beautifully.

M - Wonderfully carbonated for the style. Just enough to keep it from being a motor-oil sludge, not so much as to distract from the beer itself. It's a little thinner than I was expecting, and definitely has noticeable alcohol. Sweet finish, doesn't linger too long.

O - It's a fantastic beer. It's a wonderful compliment to The Abyss in Deschute's lineup. Amazing roasted quality, yet balanced with a noticeable fruity sweetness. It's lacking a little in bitterness, and has very little hop quality (which is fine for the style). Big, boozy, and it'll benefit from a little aging.

ESPNman, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DeezGunz14, Oct 19, 2012
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.