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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 105
Gots: 441 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says best after 07/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of creamy beige head that recedes and settles into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: A quite complex aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark bread, chocolate nibs, coffee, burnt caramel, and toffee. Also some hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak chips, anise, and molasses. A fairly big scent of dark fruits with hints of fig, raisin, dates, dark cherry, and prune. Quite an interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: As complex and tasty as it smells. Sweet dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate nibs, dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and coffee. Some notes of vanilla, oak, wood, and bourbon that are fairly subtle. A good amount of molasses and anise spice. Midway the dark fruits really shine. Notes of fig, dates, raisin, prunes, grape, and dark cherry. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. A quite unique and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. A little alcohol heat is felt at 11%, although this is still fairly smooth.

Overall: An interesting and tasty take on their base Black Butte Porter. The dark fruit flavors are really nice. It will be interesting to see how this ages as I still have another couple bottles.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium light tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Gorgeous vanilla, black fruit and molasses.

T: Has a heavy vanilla shot initially, dark fruit, lots of fig. Some significant ethanol making the beer a bit hot. Full-flavoured, interesting, reminded me a lot of a young Firestone 14 or 15.

M: Full-bodied, rich, creamy, has that slug of ethanol that I'm hoping will dissapate with time.

O: This is a good beer, but it's the worst young of the Black Butte XX et al. collection. The nose is great, but the ethanol is heavy and needs to die down. Could be real good in a couple years.

Photo of astraker
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of maltmuncher
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black body topped by a finger of tan head. Heavy adjuncts on the nose, and they work pretty well here. Dates and cocoa nibs come through strongly, with a touch of earthy fig in the background. The base beer is quite sweet, bringing to mind molasses and licorice. The palate is similar, very date and cocoa heavy, with a sweet molasses note coming from the malt. There's a bit of char and licorice that balance things out, but this leans toward the sweet side. The body is viscous and alcohol is hidden. Quite good, this is the best Black Butte anniversary beer since XXI.

Photo of majaqua
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and mild bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor follows with toasted malt, dried dark fruit, chocolate, plums. Finishes somewhat dry and bit boozy, with pleasant toasted malt and dark fruit overtones. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess. Still a bit hot, but definitely cellar worthy. A great porter to revisit every year.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from an impressive looking waxed bomber.

A Pours a nice black topped with a off white head.

S Dark chocolate with a bit of fig and something I'm not sure of which might be the dates.

T More chocolate, and a very strong dark fruit note. Also a bit of bourbon is present.

M Medium but full body.

Overall pretty another good addition to the Black Butte Anniversary series. I liked last years better when fresh but I think that this one might be better with age.

Photo of tziggy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours black with a small light brown head that fades to a tiny ring and leaves a few thin lines of lacing behind.

Complex aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs, bourbon, vanilla, oak, anise, everything is balanced very nicely with no one aspect ever overshadowing the others. Very good strength.

Flavor kicks up the chocolate notes, nice dark roasted malts, dark fruits, the figs and dates feature well, anise, some sweet bourbon and vanilla come through particularly well at the finish. For being so fresh for a beer with a best-after date, the 11% alcohol is very well hidden...it’s there, but minor.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty sticky, low-ish carbonation.

Ultra-complex and very tasty. The bourbon plays well with the dates, figs and chocolate. A real treat. Gonna keep at least one bottle for the cellar, if not two.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Bittercreek Boise ID. Served in an oversized tulip.

A: Dark black body with a mocha-colored head with tight bubbles...spotty lacing leaves a khaki film on the glass.

S: Strong roast and chocolate presence, with layers of spirit and oaky sweetness...hints of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, rich milk chocolates, hints of a sweet alcohol and darker fruits.

T: Coffee and espresso-like bitterness, dark cacao chocolate, dark fruit stickiness, raisins and dates, hints of bourbon and booze, caramel, milk chocolate. Great roasted malt backbone, with just enough barrel character and plenty of sweetness. Nice balance.

MF: Slight burn on the back but this beer is quite drinkable already...moderate to full bodied, lighter carbonation, with coffee-like dry finish that has a good amount of roasted bitterness. A bit clingy and viscous as well.

O: This may be my favorite out of any of Deschutes birthday beers. I wasn't sure how the dates/figs would assimilate with the base beer and barrels but this is a complex, balanced, well produced beer. Love it.

Photo of kevwcamp
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Harvey98
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of stlunatic15
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, thin off-white head, beautiful lacing

S - Chocolate, bark, booze

T - Boozy, super chocolaty and some spice notes

M - Thick, little kick of heat as it goes down. Very strong characteristics

O - A very powerful beer. Surprised at the amount of alcohol taste. Strictly a sipping beer, almost as if you're sipping cognac. Took me a while to finish.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened a second bottle after the best after date. Things seemed to mellowed and melded together nicely after a year. Much more fruit in the aroma and taste and the chocolate and alcohol has faded and mellowed a bit. Much more balanced and complex. I am increasing the smell, taste, and overall scores from 3.50 to a solid 4.00s.

Pours dark and mysterious with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is a little one dimensional with chocolate being the biggest player. The faintest hint of dark malt and fruit. Alcohol is there but well concealed.

The alcohol that was barely noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. It is quite hot right now with strong flavor dominating the finish. Nice notes of chocolate and hints of vanilla and earth.

Superbly carbonated. Very smooth texture. The body could be a little larger considering the ABV.

A little raw right now. I have another bottle that I will drink sometime after the Best After date of 07/23/13. I have a feeling it will be very good then.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip:

Appears dark copper as it pours but as it sits in the glass it's a near pitch black. A relatively dense light brown head retains and laces well.

Tons of black malts touch the nose... dark, sweet syrupy fruits, caramel, molasses, mild licorice, brown sugar. This would get pretty massive with some time in a barrel. A touch of booze.

The combination of heat, licorice, molasses and caramel translates to Jagermeister in a tasty kind of way. I can certainly see how this could mellow and just become more approachable all around with a bit of time.

That said, delicious as it is.

Photo of justinlaz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.