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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 869
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 110
Gots: 425 | FT: 31
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit and fig aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best after July 23, 2013.
A black brew with tannish foam, about a finger's worth, and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Strong smell of chocolate, figs and dates, fair amount of booze.

Same goes for the taste...very chocolate forward with big roasted malt, dark fruits: the figs and dates, backing it up to the hilt. The alcohol is quite warming but it's not as there as in the smell. A get a sense of some barrel aging.

Creamy mouthfeel that's a joy to sip on. The carbonation is light but right.

Another excellent entry for the Anniversary series that I reckon I'll be buying more of. Oh and, this isn't my first bottle. ;

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Photo of stlunatic15
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, thin off-white head, beautiful lacing

S - Chocolate, bark, booze

T - Boozy, super chocolaty and some spice notes

M - Thick, little kick of heat as it goes down. Very strong characteristics

O - A very powerful beer. Surprised at the amount of alcohol taste. Strictly a sipping beer, almost as if you're sipping cognac. Took me a while to finish.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Date on bottle says "Best After 07/23/13". Come on guys, I'm not that patient.

A: Black body, medium brown head. Head is nice and dense with very good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Difficult to put my finger on this smell. Probably the aroma of the dark chocolate, but with a slight acidity from the beer, and an herbal quality from the hops.

T: Big chocolate flavor, round a full right up front, as well as some of the herbal quality from the nose. Nice gentle roast with an aggressive hop balance on the finish. Slight warming, but no harshness from the alcohol.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, but a full mouthfeel nonetheless.

O: This one surprised me with the complexity. A powerful, intense experience.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). Best after 7/23/13, released in 2012. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a near-black dark brown with a little more than two fingers of pale tan head. Maintains a thin haze across the top and leaves nice sized clumps of lace.

Smells sugary sweet with figs, caramel, dates, chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavors are an interesting blend of roasty ant sweet. A healthy dose of dark fruits like plum, date and fig with roasty malts, chocolate, currants, raisin bread, creamed coffee and a soft nip of alcohol. A nice fruit forward mix.

Creamy, smooth, medium full body with mild carbonation. Chocolate and dark fruit aftertaste.

A flavorful amped-up Black Butte. The added fruits and additional malts make for a flavorful experiece.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice head that takes a while to dissipate. The head is a creamy tan color and the look is creamy. The beer itself is a nice black but with little bits of yeast floating in it. The beer has some pretty heavy lacing on it.

The beer smell is very good and nice for an imperial porter. The beer has strong chocolate notes and some faint cocoa ones. The beer smell also has a strong pomegranate smell to it and a bit of molasses sweetness as well. The alcohol and a bit of vanilla also make an appearance in the beer.

The beer taste is very unique and impeccable for an imperial porter. In addition to the strong chocolate notes and cocoa nibs, the beer has strong vanilla and bourbon notes from the barrel aging. However, the best part is how the cranberries and pomegranate notes come out and mix with those other notes. The tartness of the fruits make a nice contrast with the chocolate but blend smoothly with the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly good. Instead of a thick and heavy beer, the feel is a bit thinner and goes down smoothly. The beer it still heavy bodied and has decent carbonation, but it doesn't make it feel any lighter than it should be.

Overall, a fantastic beer and, if you can find one, worth getting two in order to see them aged for a bit.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with nothing allowed around the edges. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam with good retention. A nice lace is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Great.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with a deep and complex character. Black but not bitter roasted and chocolatey aromas combine with dates, plums and wood to create a wonderful bouquet. This type of thing strongly appeals to my palate.

Taste: same rich, complex malt as the aroma with a big wallop of alcohol right up front. This fades into an ashy roastiness with a strong bitterness at the finish. The wood character contributes to dryness, although this is still a very sweet beer. I would say that despite its strength and sweetness, it is remarkably balanced. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I was expecting more silky smoothness here; it is good, but not as great as I feel it could be.

Overall: this is a very good beer, although it is not necessarily the best in its (admittedly outstanding) class. A sipping beer, not a quaffing one, but good nonetheless. Can't wait to try XXV.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a half-finger of light mocha head. I have to mention the lacing, which sticks around nicely and also thick and bubbly. The aroma naturally has lots of dark fruit (notably figs) and bourbon, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste has more of a balance between it all - the dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate all come through very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with decent carbonation. The ABV is relatively well hidden. Even with all of the complexity, it still maintains that "thinness" which kind of separates this porter from being a stout.

Another nice entry in the BB Birthday series from Deschutes, I'll have to age a couple to see how they do.

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Photo of AltBock
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. black wax sealed bomber bottle with a dirt simple dark chocolate label with the name of the beer in big bold faded gold letters. To the right of the name in small print is a description of the beer. To the left of the name is the mandatory government warning, an inked ABV of 11%, and a best after date. This is the current vintage. My bottle is best AFTER 7/23/13. A little early. Poured into a Big Eddy (don't laugh) snifter.

The beer coming out of the bottle looked like it was a dark cherry wood color. When the beer reached the glass, it was more of a onyx black color. It was as black as the wax that was covering the cap. I held it up to the light to see what the true color of the beer was, but it was so dark that light bounced off it. No help there. On top of this dark brew was a small 1/4 of an inch tan almost coffee colored head of foam. This head of foam had somewhere to be so it didn't bother to stick around. It only managed to leave behind a faint sting of rings and a few tiny spots around the glass.

It was sweet, roasted, malty, and fruity all at the same time. It started off sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The second part of the aroma contained the dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a little oak. This part lasts for a few seconds before it gave way to the dark fruits. The dark fruit part contained figs, dates, and rum raisins. It's the type of aroma you would want to find in a beer like this.

While the sweet flavors kicked off the aroma, it was the dark roasted malts that kicked off the taste. Directly behind the roasted malts was the dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a few sticks of black licorice, a drop of oak, and a pinch of roasted hops. After the hops added their subtle bitterness, in comes all the dark fruits. This dark fruit punch contained figs, dates, raisins, and a speck of black cherry. When the beer really warms up, some sweet flavors like the brown sugar will emerge from the background. Not a candy sweetness. It was a subtle sweetness. I would have like the sweets to come out more to counter all the roasted flavors. Can't win them all.

Thick mouthfeel with a thick roasted aftertaste. There was no sweetness in the aftertaste to counter or add something to extra to the aftertaste. The aftertaste was thick with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, roasted coffee beans, dates, figs, and raisins. This beer didn't bother to mask the 11% ABV. I think it wanted to show you who's boss.

I wish I could say that I had the previous 23 years of Black Butte, but unfortunately this is my first one. So I can't compare this vintage with another one. As for the beer itself, it was a nice bold dark fruit heavy Porter. More sweetness to counter the roasted elements would have been nice. As is, I would like to see what age will do to this beer.

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Photo of Pahn
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an opaque black with a thick, tan head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

S- Smells of sweet dark fruits (dates especially), dark chocolate, plus a bit of roasty coffee. Some cinnamon, toffee, and vinous aroma as well. It's almost overly sweet smelling, but that cinnamon helps a bit.

T- The flavor follows the nose quite well, with dark chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and toffee playing big roles. There's a good bit of honey here that was not detected in the nose. The sweet dark fruits become more prevalent as it warms. As suspected from the nose, it is borderline cloyingly sweet. It's ok because it has a lot of complexity, but it could use more roast to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is more stout-like, thick and viscous. Slight boozy warmth, and a bit of dryness from the cinnamon.

O- Overall this is a very good, complex imperial porter. Slightly cloying, but not overly so as to make it hard to drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of Levon15, enjoyed at a bottle-share at NEBCO. Reviewed from notes.

A: Black body, brown highlights, and a finger of fine tan head. All right retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Huge licorice, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. More fruity than roasty. Very interesting.

T: A bit of chocolate up front, followed by a hint of licorice and finished with gigantic fig flavors. Super sweet and fruity, very tasty.

M: Rich, creamy, well-carbonated. Perfect.

O: Distinctive and delicious. The figs in particular really stood out, and did a nice job balancing the bitter licorice notes. Very glad I got to try it.

Cheers!

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" head that slowly falls which is rare for a higher alcohol beer.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and chocolate tones come through. Some alcohol is noticeable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile. Loads of dark chocolates, dark ripe fruits, molasses, and bitterness is hearty enough to bring the sweetness into check. Alcohol is very noticeable and provides some warmth.

Mouthfeel:heavy in body. Smooth throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting chocolate-focused aftertaste.

Overall: this beer has some qualities you would find in a good RIS, but it still remains a porter at heart. Easy to quaff despite high alcohol. Really good beer.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a huge dark tan head leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, figs, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is similar to the nose, with lots of cocoa, chocoalate, bourbon, oak and more chocolate. Medium body with a creamy texure and lively carbonation. Finishes with a dry, cocoa powder touch. Alcohol shows in the aftertaste as it warms. Overall, a tasty sipper with lots going on. Cheers!

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Sampled on tap at the Apex on 11/14. This beer was great young, but after a couple of years, it's now a stunner. There is toffee, butterscotch and malt balls in this soft, mouthfiling, decadently rich beer. Tried side by side with the 2011 Abyss, and there just was no comparison. i liked the 2011 Abyss, but this was CLEARLY the superior beer. Very, very impressive (and delicious).

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Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (best after 7/23/2013) into a tulip. Pours a deep rich brown w/ a thick mocha head, sticky lace.

Aroma is dark chocolate, bitter roasted malt, dark sweet fruit. Smells amazing, deep and clean.

Taste is rich pure chocolate, dark roasty malt. An outstanding balance between pure, elemental flavors. Chocolate truffles in a glass.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, luxurious. Nice bitter finish.

Overall an outstanding anniversary version of Black Butte porter.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with dark chocolate notes. I think I could detect the figs and dates.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with toffee and dark chocolate. There was a touch of dried fruit flavor. Again, couldn't distinguish the dates from the figs.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied porter.

O - This is fantastic. I love having the opportunity to drink this on tap at Sycamore.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to completely black, appears opaque. Forms a thin tan head with minimal visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, , roasted malts just like the standard Black Butte; but then it's also boozier and dark fruitier (I get plum & fig).

T: Follows the nose, with the cacao getting more forward plus the dark fruits and a booze impression. Sweet beer, but with dry finish.

M: Medium body, more carbonation sensation than expected, alcohol noticeable but adds rather than detracts from the flavor profile. Has a sticky mouthfeel.

O: This is really good. Leaves me with the impression of a Christmas (or at least winter-time) beer. My biggest complaints is as to style - it seems like more stout than porter. But, whatever you call it it's really tasty. Big thumbs up, and highly recommended.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, dates, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, date, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a sweet, warming, and a bit bitter.

D - Fantastic imperial porter. Great balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...I wouldn't quite call it black. There was a skimpy milk chocolate colored head that died almost immediately into a thin collar. A touch of lacing was left on the glass.

S-Dark fruit like plums, dates, and raisins. Also a pretty serious dose of chocolate with a slightly nutty character that I couldn't pin down. I also got a hint of black licorice. Alcohol was really well integrated.

T-Lovely chocolate (lighter chocolate, almost milky) up front with lots of dark fruit. Then a nice caramel and molasses flavor takes over through the finish. There was just a hint of hoppy bitterness and, surprisingly, very little heat from the alcohol.

M-This beer was pretty syrupy and definitely on the heavier side of things. There was a small amount of carbonation.

O-A nicely done porter with a concentrated and complex flavor. I really liked how well the alcohol was integrated into the brew. Also, a really nice balance of dark fruit sweetness with roasted chocolatey bitterness.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into oversized snifter. Best after date: 7/23/2013.

A: Pours thick and black with a finger of deep dark chocolate brown head that faded into a thin bubbly film and faint collar. Specs of spotty lace were left down the glass.
S: Rich notes of deep dark chocolate and lightly sweet figs. Dates, caramel, roasted malts, and mild bourbon come through as well, but the dark chocolate nibs and figs really shine.
T: Very smooth and integrated flavors of rich chocolate, bourbon barrel, figs, caramel, vanilla, candied dates, brown sugar, and spicy oak barrel. The finish is full of bourbon and lightly bitter chocolate, and the aftertaste is sweet and very smooth with hints of dark fruits, caramel and toffee.
M: Full body, thick, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Booze has all but mellowed out and only a slight warming remains. Carbonation is soft and slippery. Sips very well.
O: Another complex and decadent beer. One of the best I can remember in recent years. Dark fruits work extremely well. I bet this continues to get better and better for the next couple of years.

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Photo of peensteen
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Presario

Nearly jet black in colour, ring of tan head, light lace as well. Smell is full on cocoa with lots of dark fruit, some vanilla and oak, roasty, dates, some molasses like characters as well as a faint sweetness. Taste is full on roasted malt followed by dark fruits and chocolate, vanilla and whisky notes, oak, with ma medium bitterness in the finish as well. Lightly carbonated, fairly big full body, good overall feel. Just awesome stuff here, certainly a top shelf porter even way before the "Drink After" date, something worth seeking out in multiples.

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Photo of Goosey
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A- Pitch black, but not black hole black. Small, quickly dissipating dark caramel head.

S- Mmmmm, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, figs, dates, all the good stuff; for some reason to me it smells bourbony, though I dont think its bourbon barrel aged.

T- Dark fruit, midnight chocolate, cocoa nibs, a little coffee, all of the best stuff from the original Black Butte amplified, plus some alcohol.

M- Nice carbonation, and good viscosity.

O- Love it! Really crossing the line between porter and stout, but doesn't bother me. This is a treat for all of us stout lovers. A little sweet, but hides the alcohol extremely well, even fresh. Glad I grabbed 4, will be cellaring the rest. Once again Deschutes has knocked this special release out of the park.

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Photo of mnphish
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taking the lazy approach with this review, but it's been in my cellar for almost a year and i've really been looking forward to it. Best after date of 7/23/13 - 22oz bomber served into a snifter.

Loads of chocolate on the nose with extreme complexity. Some figs, dates, cocoa, vanilla, smoke, licorice, and even some root beer. Big rich roasted flavors of dark and milk chocolate assault my palate. There is a bitterness there possibly from an addition of coffee?

Very heavy, could fit the description of a stout. Great with some age and the booze is hidden well. Extremely impressed.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.