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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 442 | 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 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.

yamar68, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

justinlaz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ObiWanKushnobi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $12. I thought this went up another dollar but apparently I paid $13 for the BBXXIII. Black Butte XX was $9 or $10 and that was fair, this is a rip off. I thought last year's was a little more interesting than this one. I don;t think they're putting coffee in this anymore because I can't taste any. The figs give a weird flavor, sort of sweet but odd followed by a strong porter. I really wish this was more viscous and more chocolate. Its sort of thin and doesn't really impress. Hopefully I'm smart enough to not but this next year, I'd rather spend an extra buck or two and get something from Firestone Walker that isn't just partially barrel aged.

ArrogantB, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -6.8%

bbadger, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! thanks elliot!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with a light to medium brown head. lacing coats the beer glass like a curtain.

Smell: dark fruits, cocoa, mild roast notes, and a hiny of wood.

Taste: The dark fruits are definately the showcase. A nice chocolate note and a decent amount of roast. Oak is well represented, but well integrated. Maybe a touch of vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and almost chewy mouthfeel. As always deschutes makes a dark beer with an amazing mouthfeel. Not much booze noted in this one at all; its well hidden.

Overall: This is my least favorite of the Black Butte Anniversary beers I have tried XX, XXI, XXIII. It might get better with some time. Will have to open it up when it gets to the best after date and give it another shot. With all that said; it was still no slouch. Just had higher expectations for this beer since all the other years of this beer that I have tried are phenominal.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of nataku00
2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into a snifter. Dark brown bordering on pitch black, with a creamy milk chocolate brown head. Sheets of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is dark fruit, figs and sweeter dates, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Taking a sip, somewhat disappointed with how heavy the roasted malt flavor is on this. Completely overwhelms the initial sweet dark fruits and leaves a lingering ashy almost charcoal like flavor. Tried warming up the beer (it was served almost ice cold) but it didn't improve while sitting on my tongue.

Medium full body, creamy due to a nice carbonation. I enjoyed the aroma, but the taste was disappointing.

nataku00, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Best After 7/23/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues around edges. About a quarter finger tan head. Definitely getting some ABV feet. Not leaving a lot of lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits on the nose, but this is still pretty cold. Pulling those dates and figs. Also getting some mild vanilla hints. As it warms, getting more of that chocolate cocoa.

T: Pulling lots of dark fruits initially. Again this is cold originally. The figs and dates for sure. But as it warms much more dark chocolate from those cocoa nib additions. Also, I do get some of that vanilla for the partial barrel aging that I think the did on this one. It's really pleasant and smooth, with minimal bitterness.

M: Full bodied, but nicely carbonated and easy drinking

inlimbo77, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of AlwaysBreaking
5/5  rDev +16.6%

AlwaysBreaking, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kchannel9, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 4 of these...especially after realizing what a beautiful beer the XXIII was once it became what it is now opposed to when fresh.

A - Not quite jet black, but deep dark brown, reaching black...1 and 1/2 inch head that keeps it's retention throughout, and active in the 13oz tulip. Impressive.

S - A bit heavy on the dark fruit side when cold...when warms up the chocolate, oak and bourbon compliment nicely. The bottle doesn't mention any portion of the blend being barrel aged, but unless I'm just crazy, it's there.

T - All the same as the nose BUT when this beer warms, for me it's the best so far of the vintages. The bourbon and chocolate are equal parts dark fruit opposed to when cold, it was too prune juicy. Vanilla decides to make an appearance when warms also but still for me just a bit too heavy on the dates and figs. I would rather them be there as an afterthought. to each their own...

M - Smooth on the palate, maybe it's the new fruit ingredients but again, this is smooth but not yet creamy on the palate with a nice dry finish. not overwhelming or cloying by any means. Sweet, without taking over the brew and not syrupy. Best mouthfeel of all the past vintages this fresh.

O - I mean, let this beer warm up and it's pretty phenominal now. If age makes this better BOOYA!

Tune up the bourbon slightly so, and tune down the Daglet dates and Mission figs a wee bit, and this is a flawless beer. Keeping fingers crossed that age might do exactly this but not likely.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -6.8%

bpfrush, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ambruns1979, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Cjalbers
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Cjalbers, Aug 23, 2012
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
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.