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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 110
Gots: 441 | FT: 35
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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 champ103
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours an opaque black color. A one finger beige head forms and sticks around for a minute. Rings of sticky lace are left behind. This is a looker.
S: Up front is an amazing aroma of stone fruits. Cherries, plums, figs. Dark chocolate covered cherries that are slightly tart. Then comes the rest of the porter. Toasted malt, some coffee, baked bread and biscuits. Awesome.
T: Follows the nose with a big stone fruit flavor up front. Cherries, plums, figs. Chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt, toasted bread and biscuit. A bit of solvent alcohol that takes away from the nuances just a bit. Otherwise, very enjoyable.
M/D: A full body and good carbonation. Crisp, but smooth and creamy at the same time. So easy an enjoyable to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, but minor. I can sip on this all day.

I was a bit disappointed with last years version, but this is awesome. Something I really enjoy and recommend.

champ103, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Entropy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Entropy, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of marct
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

marct, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick mocha milkshake head and nice lacing. Retention of the head could be slightly better. Smells like dessert; dark fruits ,dark chocolate chips, some roastiness, and some alcohol. Tastes like dessert too and definitely a sipper. A great blend of rich and bitter. This definitely has some heat that immediately shows itself along with some dark chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, and roastiness. Finishes off with a nice chewy milk chocolate. A huge, thick creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice brew by one of my favorite breweries.

denver10, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

CoryR, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Four-finger head rises from the black depth. Head settles to a thick, foamy, 1/4 inch crust. Lacing is wonderful.

Weird. Smells like Abyss, but much for mellow. Chocolate, molasses, pine, and fruits.

WOW! wonderful sweetness with perfect bitterness. Carbonation is super light and delightful. Figs and dates are very seasonal and spicy. Milk chocolate along with dark was used too.

Whoa! a very unique brew. It's a mind blower on many accounts. It's very spicy and nicely bitter. A very solid Imperial Porter. Highly recommended for a unique twist on a porter.

chugalug06, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black with a nice mocha head. Lacing is nice. Retention is pretty good. I had let it sit a while to warm up.

Smell - Big dark fruit aromas. Presumably that's the figs and such, but it registers as plums to me. Roasty malts, a touch of alcohol, and a little bourbon.

Taste - Much more bourbon here. Vanilla. Fruits are lighter but the chocolate and roasted malts come through a lot more. The finish is surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Not terribly heavy for its size. The lingering flavor is hops, which is strange and a little unpleasant.

Overall - The flavors are really nice, but the finish lets me down. Good, could be better. Could improve with age, also. Maybe those hops die down.

Alieniloquium, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

NWer, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

johnnyboy76, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room on 8.2.12.

A - Served a dark brown with a heavy tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Pretty subtle. Lots of chocolate and licorise.

T - Same as the nose. Chocolate, but mild. Licorise, but heavy.

D - Long boozy finish. Lots of booze in the finish. Good carbonation for the style and a medium to heavy body.

O - Yeah. No peppers. Good deep chocolate and licorise stout. Nice beer.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub in Portland last week, bought a few bottles of this while I was there.

Whoa, very spice-forward aroma. Nutmeg? Plenty of roast makes up the majority, but wow these spikes are intense and awesome.

Roasted malts start things off, and green chiles (?!?) aren't far behind. Dates, dark fruit, more roast, spice, tons of coffee. While I still prefer BB23, this is another winner from Deschutes. Cheers!

brystmar, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Kspoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Kspoon, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the Portland pub.

Black, with a long-lasting foamy, creamy tan head, decent lacing.

Predominately cocoa notes in the nose and palate, with some dark fruit from the dates and figs. Light roast notes. No indication of the high ABV.

Medium-full body.

Another very well done version of this beer, though I think I prefer the versions that used chili's and orange peel because while the dates and figs are easy to distinguish the chili and orange were more complimentary to the cocoa notes.

vkv822, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the last pour of the first keg tapped. At muddy waters.

Color is jet black with a creamy tan head. Lots of lace and good retention.

A lot of creamy chocolate and cocoa nibs. The dates and figs show. Definitely had a licorice and molasses flavor. A light roast and some coffee flavor. A little oak. Was this bourbon aged. Some vanilla shows.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing crazy. I would have liked to see more barrel flavors.

mothman, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of killjoykj7
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

killjoykj7, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on release day at the Deschutes pub in the Pearl (Portland).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the licorice dominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, though the beer wasn't as rich and intensely flavored as I was expecting. I think this beer will improve over time, as at present I would describe the flavor profile as a bit closed and somewhat backwards. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and despite the licorice flavor I pick up the finish, I don't get any heat from the 11% abv.

Tried this side by side at the pub with the XXI, XXII and the XXIII. The XXI was the best of the bunch IMHO, and was the beer that was least dominated by the licorice flavor. The XXIV was probably my second favorite, for all that I think it will benefit from some time in bottle or keg to show its very best.

Another impressive beer from Deschutes.

John_M, Jul 25, 2012
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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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