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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 107
Gots: 446 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

sbricker, Aug 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

mcgwire756, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

C2H5, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

azureoval, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ryancl, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BillHilly, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of climbeer07
5/5  rDev +16.6%

climbeer07, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served slightly chilled in a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with good clarity. The head is thin and creamy but short-lived. It leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is really pleasant with elements of vanilla, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Flavor is quite special too with notes of anise, cherries, and the vanilla and chocolate I noticed in the nose.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a nice low level of carbonation.

Overall a very good anniversary beer from Deschutes. I'll have to pick up a couple more and see how they do after a year in the cellar.

GilGarp, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mostly black with just a bit of dark brown. Thin light khaki head that dies off fairly quick. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of dark malts and dark chocolate. Some dark fruit sweetness. The figs, dates and dark coco nibs really shine through.

T: Again, the dates, figs and dark coco nibs really come through nicely. The sweetness of the figs and dates plays really well with the roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not overly sweet at all, but it is fairly fruity in a good way. Some mild hops near the back end.

M: Just on the fuller side. Average carbonation. Feels pretty creamy.

O: Awesome drinkability. 11% is very well hidden... Wow, tastes like it's 7.5%. Another great Black Butte Porter Anniversary beer from Deschutes

herman77, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jag21, Aug 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Jules11788, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a big tan head. The nose starts off with a heavy roasted malt component, a touch of ash, and some coffee and chocolate. There is a fair amount of anise, mild dates, and a pretty heavy dose of figs. The flavor is quite heavy on the anise, dates, and figs, as well as the strong roasted malt. Some acrid coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, light bourbon and alcohol as well. This is probably my least favorite of the series thus far.

womencantsail, Aug 13, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, rich brown nearly black with a small tannish cap which quickly fades into a ring around the glass

S: Big roastiness, figs and chocolate with light vanilla and coffee notes

T: Nice big roastiness upfront which transitions into a chocolatey, fig, coffee with light vanilla and wood notes with a lingering bitterness, light booze and cocoa. Finish is dry, bitter and lingering and a tad astringent

M: Medium to big bodied, well carbonated and creamy. No complaints and spot on! Tasty.

O: My favorite of this serries so far. Well done.

barleywinefiend, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

leodarko, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of ZachStone625
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My God, what a complex beer.

I tried this on-tap at the Deschutes brewery in Bend, OR, and if not a sipping beer for the alcoholic intensity, it is definitely one for the flavor alone.

The flavors of cocoa, fig, raisin, roasted coffee bean and malt all complement each other in a lingering front that is hard to forget. Finishes a warm, creamy, lip-smacking fullness that's like having a taste of 18-year scotch followed by a shot of heavy whipping cream. Delicious and definitely worth sharing a 22 oz bottle with a friend over, with a nice meal of steak, potatoes, and asparagus or something on par with that. It is a flavor adventure in itself, but I would recommend sharing it with a nice meal to get the full effect.

ZachStone625, Aug 12, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Portland brew pub. Served in a Descutes snifter.

Devilishly dark brown-black body. Thick cap of creamy, dense, bright sandy brown head. Great lacing. Big malty aromas of dark chocolate, figs, raisins, plums, and licorice. Some roasted coffee bitterness.

Rich chocolate and cocoa nib malt up front. Caramel and molasses sweetness swell, with notes of figs, dates, and raisins. Roasted coffee tempers the big maltiness a little. Mocha finish, with lingering dark fruits. Full-bodied, with a super creamy, soft, smooth feel. Amazing. Happy 24th!

alexgash, Aug 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

KevSal, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

whartontallboy, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black (very dark color) with a large, light tan head that takes some time to go down. Scent is absolutely fantastic. The figs and dates really come through strong in the nose. I've never had an imperial porter/stout have this much fig aroma... very inviting. Fresh figs with some vanilla and molasses. A hint of burnt sugar with some dark chocolate. Very nice smelling beer. Taste is initially fig/date forward. Great chocolate flavors...not too much dark chocolate, which I was worried about. Sweet dark fruits dance on the palate as you taste the burnt malt and sugary flavors. A hint of nutmeg in the flavor, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes chocolatey with a hint of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and elegant. Drinkability is surprisingly high for such high ABV. Hardly any alcohol burn. Overall, such a fantastic beer. With a release like this, it blows my mind that people don't rave over this like they do for Kate the Great. This beer is MUCH better IMO.

DovaliHops, Aug 10, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22 ounce bottle.

A: Pours nearly black as night, with a thin, light tan head that settles to a thin film on the surface. While retention isn't great. lacing is very nice.

S: I can't really point out the dates, but the sweet nose of chocolate and figs is very dominant, along with strong espresso notes and a hint of alcohol.

T: Chocolate and some coffee notes, along with dried dark fruits, fig, and what reminds me of German chocolate cake on the mid-palate. Finish is bittersweet, yet drying with a light hop touch.

Notes: Full-bodied, with a thick, although not syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors are immense. Alcohol is hidden for the most part except for the warming feeling. Balanced as all Hell and tasty as ever. This is hands down one of my favorite anniversary releases from Deschutes. While many would kill me for saying this, I actually look forward to this release more so than The Abyss in any given year.

WYVYRN527, Aug 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

stpaulsipper07, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

twelveinches, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The Black Butte XXIV pours a nice dark black body with a thick dark tan head that quickly fades to just a ring around the glass. The beer leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass as you drink it.

S: There is so much going on with the nose of this beer... and its absolutely fantastic. There is a nice amount of alcohol, a strong bit of fig, a slight bit of smokiness and other fruits such as cherries and plums. I have spent like 5 minutes just smelling this beer because its so complex.

T: Now to me, this is the best Porter I have ever tasted. I loved Deschutes 23, but this one just has a nicer fruitiness that I have never really tasted in a porter. The flavors just explode on my palate and creates this coating of flavor that refuses to go away. The fruitiness stays for a while, but then evolves into a slightly roasted chocolate. The flavor is just too hard to describe, because there is so much going on.

M: Just so smooth going down. There is a slight crispness on the back of the tongue and throat as the beer goes down. I was honestly thinking it was going to be like the regular Black Butte, with a stronger amount of crispness.

O: Wow... I am seriously speechless on how great this beer is. I mean it just hits the spot in every category and too me it really couldn't get better.. When I review beers I always try to find flaws, but this one doesn't really have any that I can find... Well maybe the price and the availability, but I am willing to wait and pay the price for this amazing beer.

gtermi, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at PDX pub

Black ale with a transient mocha quilt atop the oil. With swirl the foam makes an appearance. The nose on this bitch does not disappoint: vanilla, cocoa, dates with figs less so, hint of sweet alcohol with whiskey notations - a rich nose. Flavor carries the cocoa as a baseline for me, layered with light cafe, sweet booze (not as hot as the nose), the dates carry through and the finish accents the figs. The body is silky, full and warming. The breath back is full and sensual. I would put this inside me again, and I will.

harrymel, Aug 09, 2012
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.