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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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823 Ratings
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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 107
Gots: 444 | FT: 33
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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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2/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Very dark black body, a deep mocha head that settled quickly into a thin cap, I noticed some uniformed carbonation sticking to the side of the tulip, but very minimal.

S- Wow. Very forward with roasted malt, dark chocolate, figs/raisin and some nuttiness. Kinda had a "oaked or bourbon" aroma going on that complimented the alcohol content. I could only imagine the nose on the enjoy after date.

T- Very aggressive on the first sip. I highly suggest letting this porter open up before you just dig in. Lots of dark bitter chocolate, dark fruit (fig mostly), nut/oak, and black cherry. The alcohol is very subtle on the finish, but the more it opens, the more it is there.

MF- Medium body, light carbonation, some "ethanol" bite due to the alcohol content, but nothing overwhelming, just slightly warming.

O- An incredibly complex and bold porter. This is something you really need an acquired palate for. I did enjoy this a lot the more as it settled and opened up, but wow... Deschutes can really surprise the living hell out of you sometimes! If you want a unique flavor from a porter this is a green light, go grab and try!!

Photo of Athabaska
1/5  rDev -76.7%

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Annoying wax sealed bomber, to slick to get a bottle opener on the cap. A few stabbings later I'm able to get to the actual cap.

Clear brown colored beer with a momentary small brown head.

Smells sweet with a fruity chocolate aroma. Scents of musty sugar, fig and prune with a fainter vanilla scent. Faint whiskey scent but can't decide if it is bourbon barrel or just oak. Some spice mainly cinnamon and ginger.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of cocoa powder after taste. A bit boozy and thick with a strong chocolate taste. Alcohol warms the stomach. I might should have eaten dinner first but I wanted my taste buds absolutely fresh for this tasting and review.. Fig and prune taste with some charred malt taste. Vanilla and oak in the taste but no whiskey or caramel.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thick as hell.

Overall a damn big beer that you should share with friends.

Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of videofrog
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.

A: Dark, opaque black. Thin beige head that settled quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee-like malts.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa. Figs come out more clearly. Roasted malts give espresso-like flavor. Slight hop bitterness appears as well. Alcohol bite is noticeable.

M: Thick, creamy, and viscous.

O: As I was unable to only buy 1 bottle, I was really glad to be able to sample this fresh on tap. I'm really looking forward to see what a year of cellaring does to this one. Extremely enjoyable fresh, though.

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Kinephys
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PHSCAPT
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Descheutes Brewery snifter at Bend, OR pizza place. Pours a black espresso including the espresso cremora. No real head. Smell is of sweet fruits, maybe fresh-cut grass. The taste is exquisite - certainly dark fruits of fig and raisins, little on the sweet sede and reminds me very much of a Belgian quad with chocolate and coffee essence. Very light quad-like carbonation also. Event at 10% ABV, it's not overly boozy, being well masked by the complexity of flavors. Overall, this is a great offering.

Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...I wouldn't quite call it black. There was a skimpy milk chocolate colored head that died almost immediately into a thin collar. A touch of lacing was left on the glass.

S-Dark fruit like plums, dates, and raisins. Also a pretty serious dose of chocolate with a slightly nutty character that I couldn't pin down. I also got a hint of black licorice. Alcohol was really well integrated.

T-Lovely chocolate (lighter chocolate, almost milky) up front with lots of dark fruit. Then a nice caramel and molasses flavor takes over through the finish. There was just a hint of hoppy bitterness and, surprisingly, very little heat from the alcohol.

M-This beer was pretty syrupy and definitely on the heavier side of things. There was a small amount of carbonation.

O-A nicely done porter with a concentrated and complex flavor. I really liked how well the alcohol was integrated into the brew. Also, a really nice balance of dark fruit sweetness with roasted chocolatey bitterness.

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at World of Beer.

Deep black, with no hint of light anywhere. An inch of sandy tan head is sticky and rocky. Tangled spatters of lace.

Lots of licorice in the nose. Behind is softer, sweeter cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oak and bourbony vanilla, caramel and coconut.

Nice and sweet. Licorice and some smoke up front, savory. As soon as you swallow, sweet dates, chocolate syrup, toasted oak. A hefty burnt bitterness settles in to the sides of the tongue after each sip. Vanilla bean, dates, chocolate syrup, a splash of bourbon with accompanying heat. Much better as it warms and sweetens.

Thick, velvety body. Viscous. Medium-full with mild, electric carbonation. A meal.

As it warms, there are perhaps a little too much dark fruits. Almost tangy. Very good before the swallow, if that makes sense. Letting it sit in the mourh brings out the best parts: the smoke, the bourbon. Time will improve it.

Photo of jarrgal
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. glass.

A: Pours a half-finger opaque dark brown head with some lacing.

S: Roasted beans, chocolate, bourbon notes are what came to mind promising a great tasting beer. The smell was phenomenal.

T: Hard to detect the 11% alcohol due to a very flavorful. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa seem to be present in the strongest form. It is also mildy sweet with roast notes.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, alcohol can be detected on the palate but it is not overpowering

O: Very good porter like the reset of the Black Butte anniversary releases. Highly recommend this beer or other variants of Black Butte.

Photo of matttttYCE
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yields a 2 finger high, creamy, tan head with sticky lacing, and a murky black-brown colored beer sitting below. Head sticks around for a while. The aroma consists of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), dark chocolate/cocoa, rich roasted malts, coffee notes, and molasses, intermingled on a very light bed of barrel qualities like oak, touch of bourbon spice/heat, and vanilla coconut mixture. Much of the same in the flavor as I sip my way through this. It's like chocolate covered figs, dates, and raisins, mixed with cocoa, toffee, molasses, roasted malts, coffee grounds, butterscotch notes, and maybe the slightest hints of oak, bourbon spice, and vanilla. The body, consistency, and carbonation all lend to keeping this one in the realm of 'porter type mouthfeel' and they are medium, silky smooth, and soft-round respectively. The finish is soft and dry but lengthy and leaves you with lots of figs and dates and airy chocolate.

Overall this is another really interesting take on Black Butte. The figs and dates are very forward/apparent and it's quite a complex brew. Do I feel this is better than 23 with the oranges and chilis? Yes, very much so, though I still enjoyed 23. On the other hand, do I feel this years release could have stood to have much more barrel aged presence? Definitely! In fact, I'm still not positive this was even barrel aged at all as it doesn't say so on the bottle like previous releases have. Either way, Deschutes managed to take Black Butte to a whole other level again with XXIV. I wish them continued success doing so for decades to come. I also wish they'd incorporate some more barrel aging to the anniversary beer each year, but I'll take what I can get.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cooler4life
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Let's get the party started. 2012? Vintage.

A: Poured a half finger mocha head that settled to a thin line of white fluff around the edges. Carbonation is very, very fine and appears to be generous. Color is a midnight inky black...Just like I like it. Lacing is moderate. I would have liked to see a bit more of those legs.

S: Raisons and dates intertwined with a symphony of cocoa nibs and a woody sweetness. Faint assertions of cinnamon dance around the perimeter. Outstanding!

T: Loads of dark fruits- dried figs, dark cherry, and prunes. Second wave is a caramel, coffee, and anise flavor that provides the body. The beer leaves you with a burning bittersweet chocolate rush. The vanilla woody nuances that the barrel aging provides, is icing on the cake.

M: About perfect. Sensual and smooth. The 11% ABV prances around you like a Bengal tiger waiting for the kill. Still maintains a balanced level of thinness that should accompany porters.

O: I was really pleased with the added complexity that the anniversary edition adds to this already impressive Porter. Recommending cellaring to lower the heat of the ABV. Overall, this is what an imperial porter should resemble.

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Reviewed with one year on the bottle - 12/28/13:

A: Poured a frothy half inch mocha colored head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Color is blackest of black. Frothy and bubbly in all the right places. One of the best looking Porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

S: Figs, figs, figs. I've never smelled so much dark fruit in a nose before. Molasses and malt are also present.

T: Taste is dominated by dark fruit. Way too cloying and sweet. Essences of vanilla and bourbon round out the edges, but are just an afterthought. The ABV lurks in the sugar crystal shadows. I cannot detect it.

M: Creamy and smooth. I've got my hat on backward now. Now how do I recline in this office chair?

O: This beer had the makings of something great. I just can't get over how sickly sweet the flavor became. Now where is my glucose monitor....

Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is really heavy. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, grapes, dates, roasted malts, alcohol and coffee. Taste is just as big and heavy. Roasted malts, coffee, dates, raisins, alcohol, chocolate, a bit more coffee and just a hint of a lighter fruitiness like cherries. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and robust but still pretty heavily carbonated for this type of beer. Its awesome and I think the one I have aging will do so very well. The alcohol and heat should get muted a bit and the roasty, chocolate notes should come out a bit more. The only improvement I could really ask for here is less heat though.

This is definitely more like an imperial stout that any kind of porter I have ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.