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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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

Pours an expected dark brown with a hint of red around the outside. Chocolate, malty smell with dark fruit and prominent booze on the nose. Really unique. The fruitiness comes through stronger than the chocolate on the tongue. The alcohol starts to become more obvious as it warms. It's pleasantly complex and another great addition to the series. This is definitely one to try before it goes, but it's not one that makes sense to be brewed and consumed year-round.

TheRealBigC, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

gpawned, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle, dated Best After 07/23/13, into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a pretty thick black color, letting just a slight hint of burgundy color shine thru the edges of the glass. Minimal 1/2 finger of brown head. A thin ring is left behind as I sip.

S - Chocolate is definatly in the front, followed by a licorice, oak, and a little vanilla.

T/M - More of a dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor leads this one, followed by the licorice and toasted oak. Hints of bourbon and vanilla are present in the aftertaste. Still kinda warm from the 11%. Medium-thick mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This one, like last years, really drinks more like a stout than a porter. A little hot, but I'm sure it'll round out with age. Another great year of the Butte.

Rizalini, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short mid mocha head on a dark brown body. Collar and spider lacing thing going on.

Sweet roastiness, possible with a little hint of mint? A little woodiness.

Big time roast, chocolate. Dark fruits. Woody, oakiness. Still getting a hint of mint. "well balanced, complex"

Low carbonation, slimy smooth mouthfeel.

Good porter here. I think I preferred the XXIII I had not 2 months ago though. Well worth picking up a few if you can...I can't :(

Duff27, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

mdillon86, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%.

TempeBeerMan, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GregSVT, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of KingStephenR
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

KingStephenR, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThePaleRider, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of roblund
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

roblund, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of will1256
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

will1256, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of carlitos92
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

carlitos92, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of skunk242
4/5  rDev -6.8%

skunk242, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
5/5  rDev +16.6%

3Hops, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
4/5  rDev -6.8%

kyager2000, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of PissWarmChango
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

PissWarmChango, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of CAbeerCAbeerCA
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

CAbeerCAbeerCA, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

eawolff99, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of EtherealArtistry
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

EtherealArtistry, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of eclipse54
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

eclipse54, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bumchilly25, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4/5  rDev -6.8%

H0rnedFr0gs, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BeerHunter76, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

sbricker, Aug 17, 2012
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.