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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 105
Gots: 434 | FT: 31
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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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Ratings: 827 | Reviews: 189
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with tan head that mostly recedes, leaving some wispies behind.

Smell: Plum, figs and molasses mostly. Light chocolate and oak. Somewhat boozy.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with definite plums and figs. Overripe fruitiness, borderline sickly. Finish has notes of oak, burnt mix of chocolate and molasses, and more figs.

Feel: Medium to full body that is certainly lighter than an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. Smooth overall, but not quite as creamy as desired.

Overall: Great beer even if it does not stand up to past iterations. Just too fruity and sweet.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia Cafe.

Solid black with a tab head of foam with lots of lacing.

Figs, dates, black coffee, black licorice, cola.

Matches up very well with the nose. Syrupy black licorice, coffee and sticky sweet dates and fig. Roasty and sweet.

Syrupy slick and smooth. Full body.

A very nice beer that is nicely drinkable. Lots of flavor and well crafted.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Appearance: Very dark brown. Appears black but when held up to the light you can see through the outer edges. Modest beige head which dissipated slowly to a surface film. Nothing to change here for the style.

Smell: Coffee/roasted malt aromas, mild fruit and bready notes.

Taste: The dark roast notes are the star with some dark fruit notes closely following. Finishes dry with the roast notes and mild hops. Good tasting beer but I don't get the complexity of XXI or XXIII.

Mouth-feel: Good body with modest carbonation.

O: Good beer but I think this presents the simplest taste profile of the recent iterations. I can't really pick out the dates or figs individually, but I think they contribute to the fruit notes in the taste profile.

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

Review #600!

Poured almost-black with a half-finger of dark mocha head. Hot, sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with lots of caramel, molasses, and chocolate with vanilla, light oak, and more dark fruit sweetness on the tail end mixed with hints of roast.

Big and bold, but this needs some time to mellow out a bit. On first impression, I prefer BB XXIII and XXI. Looking forward to my bottle in the basement.

Photo of JohnnieQuest
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

22oz bottle split 2 ways into tulips. Big thanks to BA KevSal for including this as an extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a huge tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick wall of lacing. Pours black.

Smell: Subtle dark fruit aromas. Opens up with time, gets with more chocolate and booziness enriching the dark fruit.

Taste: Chewy date and fig flavors, then a big hit of dark chocolate that resolves gracefully into nutty roasted malt. Not as hot as 11% ABV would have you expect, but still a bit hot. This actually works really well along with the roasted malt bitterness to keep the rich dark fruit flavors balanced.

Like the aroma, the taste gets better and better with time and warmth. The complexity goes out, some subtle oak flavors start mixing in with the date/fig. Raisiny malt flavor blends perfectly with the fig and date additions. Great recipe, great execution.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Pretty hot. Moderate carbonation. Neither dry nor sticky or sugary.

Overall: I liked year old Black Butte XXIII a little bit more, but this is an awesome beer. The fig / date / dark chocolate additions make themselves known and benefit the beer.

Photo of craigreno
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ butcher and the boar

A- served in a 10oz goblet it was thick black with a 1.5 black cherry head tons of lacing

S- dark chocolate,fruit,roasted malts and coffee

T- follows the nose rich dark chocolate with coffee nice delicious roasted malts mix with dark fruit some heat in the back

M-this is a thick and chewy porter its a sipper but as it warms coffee/chocolate and fruit meld together for a unique porter, alcohol heat is present but not over done

O- great on tap1 serving was good for the evening but would have this on any given night

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

A: Black with 2 finger head with lots of lacing

S: I am not sure what I am smelling but very unique. It's like a sweet candy. I also note some chocolate and dark fruits

T: It follows the nose. The base beer (which I love) is somewhat not as detectible but I get the chocolate nibs and fig (as noted on the bottle) and it's a lot sweeter than the regular BB. I also taste some mint towards the end? some herb I cannot identify. It's unique in a good way.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: It's very nice. I can say I have never had anything like it before. It kind of tastes like some candy... maybe cinnamon candy? It's a tad bit too sweet for me, but it works very nicely to balance out the alcohol. I recommend it to try, but I wouldn't be buying again.

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet with a small, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and roasted notes of mostly cocoa.

Tastes of the roasted notes upfront with a layering of the dark fruits. Roasted malts lead off with cocoa, coffee, and a bit of tobacco. Touches of vanilla come through that lead into the dark fruits. Figs are mostly noticeable with some of the dates as well, along with dark cherries. Molasses type notes at the end. Comes through a bit hot.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty, but some aging would take care of the hotness and meld everything together a bit better.

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ejw127
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, thin mocha colored head.

S: Birthday cake rich chocolate. Syrupy. Chewy figs. Faint alcohol boozy aroma.

T: Liquid meal. Spectrum of straight forward flavors. Chocolate up front to a chewy english fruit presence to a unique fizzy spiciness on the backend.

M: Subtle carbonation suits all the flavors well. Wakes up the palate without distracting. Chalky dryness lingers.

O: What an imperial porter should be. Smooth body, carbonation bite, tons of complex chocolate, and a little something extra for icing on the cake.

Photo of bmmortale
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Colloby
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of wlivings
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
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%

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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