Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.
A - Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. A khaki colored one-finger head emerges, with very good retention considering the abv. Lacing is "total" with every inch of the glass coated after each sip.
S - Dark fruits, burnt grains, charcoal, and a good hint of whisky/booze.
T - Lots of sweetness forward. Extremely rich taste of fruit (date, fig, and blackberry), charred grains, burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, bourbon, and wood. Slightest ester of anise. Booziness comes through big time in the finish. Man, is this sucker hot. Would love to sample this in three years.
M - Full-bodied, with low carbonation. Much fuller than most porters.
O - A fine beer with a few flaws. First, with it's sweetness and body, it's much closer to a stout than a porter. And second, the bottle I had was just way too brash and hot. I think this would have been borderline amazing at 8-9% abv instead of 11%.
08-21-2012 05:01:44 | More by TempeBeerMan
3.68/5 rDev -14.2%
22oz waxed bottle into a tulip
A: Pours a dark brown, black in glass, with a big darker tan head that fades to a big ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is actually pretty good on this one. Lots of dark cherries, dates, raisins and other dark fruits along with dark chocolate and touch of vanilla.
T: The taste is not as impressive but still decent. At first all I can taste is bittering hops and some dark fruits. As it warms you get a bit of chocolate, anise, and citrus as well. I wasn't expecting the hops at all and it kind of ruined the rest of the flavors.
M: The feel is really creamy and on the thicker side of medium bodied.
O: After smelling it I was excited to drink this but the flavors were too hoppy. I will be putting the rest of my bottles in deep sleep and hopefully the hops fade and let the other flavors come forward.
On another note...is this aged in barrels? Past versions have said so and I see nothing on this bottle about barrel aging. Seems power of persuasion in most other reviews.
08-21-2012 04:58:45 | More by GregSVT
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
A - Brown, but right to the point of being black. Very dark, with a a soft milk chocolate head. Really sticks to the glass.
S - Roasted malts, smoke, oak and bourbon. Almost like scotch. Very rich with definite chocolate notes.
T - Chocolate! Nice blend of wood and smoke. Slight alcohol bite in the end, but for a brew you're supposed to age for a year, it's amazing.
M - Very easy to drink, but not as chewy as it smells.
O - Amazing beer and I can't wait to buy a few and open them next year.
08-20-2012 01:42:58 | More by ThePaleRider
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
A 22 ounce wax dipped bottle, best after 7/23/2013. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.
A dark brown liquid emerges from the bottle, appearing black in the glass. There is little mocha head formation (not unexpected given the ABV), but generous strandular lacing. A ring of bubbles and scattered patches linger on the surface. Aroma is of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted grains, fig, dark sugary fruits (raisin, date). A bit of ethanol and brown sugar towards the end. Flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and roasted grain. A lot earthen notes, including the fig and some rich dirt. A bit of candied fruits (date, plum, raisin). Again some alcohol and more sugar near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy up front, but becomes velvety towards the middle and dry on the finish. Rich and viscous the whole way through. Overall, this is a great showing. The alcohol comes through a bit more prominently than hoped, but then again, the best after date is still a year out. If this mellows out a bit around that time, it will be an exceptional beer.
08-18-2012 01:23:26 | More by eclipse54
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.