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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 106
Gots: 445 | 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%

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

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to completely black, appears opaque. Forms a thin tan head with minimal visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, , roasted malts just like the standard Black Butte; but then it's also boozier and dark fruitier (I get plum & fig).

T: Follows the nose, with the cacao getting more forward plus the dark fruits and a booze impression. Sweet beer, but with dry finish.

M: Medium body, more carbonation sensation than expected, alcohol noticeable but adds rather than detracts from the flavor profile. Has a sticky mouthfeel.

O: This is really good. Leaves me with the impression of a Christmas (or at least winter-time) beer. My biggest complaints is as to style - it seems like more stout than porter. But, whatever you call it it's really tasty. Big thumbs up, and highly recommended.

Photo of GreatBloomer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of EzraAtom
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit and fig aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Gamblor14
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of JonDot
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of sliverX
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of keupaloop
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the public house in bend.

came in a sifter, beautiful creamy head that stayed the whole trip to bliss.
tasted full of smooth malts and strong imperial umpff.

great beer for a nitro, have been needing it after almost of month of searching in the local Boise Beer scene, still no luck.

cheers

Photo of JLG193
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deschutes. The true Beer of Kings. My cellar would be a lot lighter - a ton lighter - if I didn't have so many damn Deschutes bombers weighing down the shelves. Latest in a storied line, 22 oz. waxed bottle split with my wife.

Pour is glossy black. A bit heady. Nose is less full frontal than expected. Roasty, sweet malt, & a different sweetness that I'm going attribute to the figs. But bad, but I'm not drooling (well, at least in anticipation).

Black Butte XXIV is a fig-bomb - words I never thought I'd type or say or think. There's so much fig I'm pretty sure I'm going to have them growing in my intestines within a week. Black fruit. Wickedly sweet; hard on the border of too much sweetness, even for me. Roast manages to punch through, barely. Chocolate, thick enough to be molasses. The mouthfeel is the high. Splitting the bomber is enough to make me want to check my glucose level. Yeesh.

Disappointed. This is pretty decent, but it's a far cry from the glory of past Black Buttes. Going to hold on to the other bottles I bought & hope it improves with age, but with the sweetness, I'm not optimistic.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best After 7/23/13

A= Pours a deep black color with a super thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. The head is a nice light brown color and the beer is totally opaque.

S= The smell is a deep roasty malt character and I actually think I can smell quite a bit of oak in this. I haven't got this much oak from the black butte's yet. The fig and date comes through but not as much as some Belgian beers. A little alcohol comes through as well.

T= The taste is wonderful. Actually among the best of the black butte's I've had so far. The oak and base porter come through very well and the fig and dates sort of take a back seat role. They are a nice addition because they do not take over as one of the main characters but play a nice supporting role if you search for them. Fun flavors.

M= A nice heavy feel.

O= This is among my favorite of the Black Buttes so far. The flavors here are relatively "safe" yet still complex and a great. This works and tastes great. The BB series has spoken for itself.

Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body with a very thick, creamy tan head. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, prunes, figs, and raisins aromas. Rich, creamy mouthfeel; very smooth texture. Alcohol warmth combines nicely with bitter chocolate notes and hop bitterness.

Wow! A well-done big beer. Wonderful complexity across the board with good balance all-around. The dark grains and malts mix well with the dates and figs used in the brewing of this dark monster. Search it out, grab a few bottles (or pints if you find it on tap) and savor it while it lasts. Should age well in the bottle over the years.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Jmick28
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Altenor
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of iKrystin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor.

Photo of JackieTH
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask tapped at 2012 ABR, what a surprise. Motor oil black/brown with a frothy mocha brown head leaving lacing. Smell of deep chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, slight citrus. Taste is phenomenal conjunction of deeply roasted malt, mild and bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, dark fruit, and and edgy orange grapefruit pith hop. Bitterness intermingles thought complex layers, mouthfeel is creamy, finish is chocolaty but not sweet. Very good.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a half-finger of light mocha head. I have to mention the lacing, which sticks around nicely and also thick and bubbly. The aroma naturally has lots of dark fruit (notably figs) and bourbon, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste has more of a balance between it all - the dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate all come through very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with decent carbonation. The ABV is relatively well hidden. Even with all of the complexity, it still maintains that "thinness" which kind of separates this porter from being a stout.

Another nice entry in the BB Birthday series from Deschutes, I'll have to age a couple to see how they do.

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.