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Black Butte XXIV - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%


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: johnmichaelsen on 07-25-2012)
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1722nd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Shared at Herbies Birthday

App- This was much darker than I wouldve thought for a porter. A more inky black color with a huge dense center and no color loss on the edges. The head was a major let down for me. The head was almost no where to be found except for a small 1/8" bubble ring around the edges. No cling or lace.

Smell- The beer gets better with the nose. A bit more chocolate and malt comes out with the addition of the earthy figs. It was slightly dry with a bit of grains behind it, but didnt tie everything together on the aroma.

Taste- The flavors of this one were better than the 1st two parts of the beer. It had more smooth and rich malts with a good amount of chocolate and roast flavors. Slightly bitter and earthy due to the use of the figs. A good amount of flavors combined to be better than the parts.

Mouth- A semi-medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A bit more smoothness that I was thinking due to the flavors and the nose but still good none the less. A lot of fig remained on the finish for me.

Drink- I will rate this as a 4. Solid but not what I was hoping when I shelled out the $$ for this one. I might have to track another bottle down to sit on to see if it comes together like the others I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:15:43 | More by FosterJM
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AgentMunky

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best after 23 July 2013. ABV 11%.

A: Frothy, tannish head. Opaque except for in direct backlighting where ruby glints appear.

S: Sweet and strong, almost cloyingly sweet. Boozy fruit is probably the figs and dates mentioned on the label.

T: Interesting... Blackberry syrup. Candycane? (and concomitant peppermint). Dates. Alcohol. Tart fruit; overripe peaches. Fermented grapes. The finish has some spicy yeast and

M: Thin and astringent.

O: A phenomenal porter, if it deserves to be categorized as such, that is eminently worthwhile, if undrinkably strong and complex. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 07:37:45 | More by AgentMunky
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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Annoying wax sealed bomber, to slick to get a bottle opener on the cap. A few stabbings later I'm able to get to the actual cap.

Clear brown colored beer with a momentary small brown head.

Smells sweet with a fruity chocolate aroma. Scents of musty sugar, fig and prune with a fainter vanilla scent. Faint whiskey scent but can't decide if it is bourbon barrel or just oak. Some spice mainly cinnamon and ginger.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of cocoa powder after taste. A bit boozy and thick with a strong chocolate taste. Alcohol warms the stomach. I might should have eaten dinner first but I wanted my taste buds absolutely fresh for this tasting and review.. Fig and prune taste with some charred malt taste. Vanilla and oak in the taste but no whiskey or caramel.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thick as hell.

Overall a damn big beer that you should share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:25:05 | More by Zorro
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kojevergas

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after 07/23/13. 11.00%. Brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. I quite like the original Black Butte Porter. And I recall enjoyed last year's Black Butte XXIII.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous three finger rich khaki-tan head of beautiful smooth cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. The head just sits there in its frothy delight, not reducing hardly at all. Heavy mocha cream. Wow. Colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Near perfect for a porter.

Sm: Luxurious date and fig notes. The dark fruit is wonderful here. Roast. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Caramel. A delightfully subtle aroma. Some raisin and yeasty notes. Even biscuit malt and a hint of spice. Very evocative and intriguing. A light aroma.

T: Smooth cream on the open gives way to a marvelous caramalt body with touches of dark fruit including luscious fig and dates. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, and other dark malts all make an appearance. Little to no roast, unfortunately. A raisiney chocolatey climax rewards the palate, followed by a smooth dark fruit finish. Burnt bread emerges as an undertone. I definitely get the chocolate nibs, and they're very well used here. What I don't get all is any sort of coffee or roast. It certainly doesn't lack body. The notes work well together, subtly complementing each other to build an impressive balance. That's tasty. I quite like it. Hardly any alcohol comes through. The aftertaste leaves you with sweet malts, creamy chocolate, and dark fruit. A lovely build for a porter. Bravo, deschutes. It does feel a bit too sweet at times, but I imagine this would mellow out with age.

Mf: Velvety. Delightfully creamy and smooth. Good thickness, supporting the complex subtle flavours adequately. Ideal carbonation. Good presence on the palate. It's a bit viscous and syrupy just before the climax, which is the one problem I have with the beer as a whole.

Dr: Another great offering from Deschutes. I'm glad I bought two. As far as Porters go, this is one of the best offerings out there. I'd love to try this on nitro-draught. Very drinkable. Hides its ABV very well. This one could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Best enjoyed with a good book, sipping fairly slowly.

A fantastic candidate for aging. I'll be aging me second bottle.

Would pair well with rich chocolate, plums, dates, and figs.

B+

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:44:10 | More by kojevergas
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yamar68

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:33:29 | More by yamar68
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IKR

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:06:19 | More by IKR
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 21:25:19 | More by jera1350
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at World of Beer.

Deep black, with no hint of light anywhere. An inch of sandy tan head is sticky and rocky. Tangled spatters of lace.

Lots of licorice in the nose. Behind is softer, sweeter cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oak and bourbony vanilla, caramel and coconut.

Nice and sweet. Licorice and some smoke up front, savory. As soon as you swallow, sweet dates, chocolate syrup, toasted oak. A hefty burnt bitterness settles in to the sides of the tongue after each sip. Vanilla bean, dates, chocolate syrup, a splash of bourbon with accompanying heat. Much better as it warms and sweetens.

Thick, velvety body. Viscous. Medium-full with mild, electric carbonation. A meal.

As it warms, there are perhaps a little too much dark fruits. Almost tangy. Very good before the swallow, if that makes sense. Letting it sit in the mourh brings out the best parts: the smoke, the bourbon. Time will improve it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 16:59:13 | More by Phelps
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a tulip. Beer is black with a tan head, low retention but moderate carbonation.

Aroma is roast and oranges, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and bitter on the finish with some nice orange notes, ultimately the fruitiness sort of gets in the way of everything else in this beer. Just make a chocolate stout, maybe some coffee in there please. Still a decent fun beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:49:24 | More by drabmuh
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEER REVIEW #400!!

Reviewing a vertical of Black Butte XX, Black Butte XXI, Black Butte XXIII and Black Butte XXIV from the Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon to commemorate my 400th written review (per BeerAdvocate)! A major thanks and shout out to Edgar Chavez for making this vertical tasting possible. Each vintage of the Barrel Aged Black Butte release is a different formulation.

Black Butte XXIV is Deschutes' Black Butte porter brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs, and partially aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Black Butte XIV Score: 90

2012 vintage bottle served side-by-side with the 2008, 2010 and 2011 vintages and enjoyed on 02/10/13 with a few friends.

Appearance: The appearance is strikingly similar on all vintages -- this brew is similar to a dark molasses in appearance/color. The XXIII pour is a little lighter, faintly orange-ish in color in comparison to the other three. Each vintage pours a thin layer of light mocha head that settles to a ring around the glass on all of them. Average lacing and retention using the worst glassware possible. 4/5

Smell: Fig, hops, chocolate and a little soy. More dark fruit forward than the other vintages, which is unsurprising. There is a little bit of a "red wine"-ish scent to this vintage. The XIV's nose kind of reminds me of the 2011 Darkness a little bit. There was something also vaguely "herbal" about the XIV nose. There's definitely a little maple present too. 4/5

Taste: Dark fruit, less chocolate than the nose and a touch of soy too. There is a touch of spice on the back of the tongue and a little heat from alcohol. Additionally, there is a bit of port-like sweetness that reminds me a little of the Haymarket Acrimonious. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Each of the vintages' mouthfeels are a little heavier than medium bodied, but far from full bodied (and not quite medium-full bodied either). Low carbonation as well. Each of the vintages has a real nice, drinkable balance (none is too sweet or acidic (well the XXI has a little acidity, but in a good way) or whatever). Oily slick feel on the tongue. Only the freshest vintage (XIV) has a little "alcohol heat" to it. 4/5

Overall: I feel like verticals are often "reserved" for rarer and bigger beers like Dark Lord and Bourbon County (Brand) Stout, or even barleywines dating back to the 90's (i.e., Bigfoot), but this was a really fun vertical to do. Nothing was really can't miss here, but nothing had "fallen off," and nothing here was undrinkable by any stretch of the imagination. My favorite vintage in the end was the XXI, but each vintage struck me in a unique way at different points in the vertical as it warmed up. Cold, the XX and XXIII were my favorite.

Cost: $12.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle that can cost as much as $19.99.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:29:29 | More by jegross2
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown and black pour, kind of a disappointing head formation and lack of lacing. Color is cool though. And its barrel aged, so you have to tame your expectations for such a thing.

Roast aroma, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon is less existant than in previous years. Deschutes seems to be doing less and less bourbon barrel aging every year in this beer and the Abyss.

Taste is solid as usual, my only complaint is the lack of more bourbon character and the dark fruit notes. Taste has too much dark fruit that comes through. A little bit goes a long way, but it seems to make for a less thick beer, and accentuates flavors that detract from better ones (chocolate, bourbon, wood, 2 row). Instead, I get a lot of licorice, fig, plum type of things that cause me to not like BSDAs as much as other styles.

Its still a really good beer, and hopefully aging will tame some of the new adjuncts they are using to skimp on the percentage of the beer that is aged in the bourbon barrels. Cherry bark for Abyss, figs for Black Butte = meh. Just get back to making a massive porter/stout with lots of chocolate + chocolate malt and bourbon barrels. Still hides the alcohol well, but not as good as in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 17:55:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 20:46:42 | More by gatornation
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a thin wing of deep amber edge. Few minutes lasting beige fluffy head, beauty of a beer.

S: Milk chocolate, fudgy licorice, big background fruitiness of dates. Brown sugar. Very delicious, some booze.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and spice, booze, black licorice, robust and complex dark fruits.

M: Full bodied with a dry and boozy finish. I think this beer will improve with age, I wish I had saved my bottle for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:05:23 | More by mattsander
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black body with a small, tan head.

Boozy aroma with that bourbon barrel-aging adding a lot. Rich chocolate aroma as well, like truffles. And of course the dates are there, too.

Exception mouthfeel—full, thick, and nicely textured. Big notes of chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. As well as dates and figs contributing their unique sweetness. Not especially charred flavor, which is good considering its porter designation. Lots to dissect and enjoy in this. Not being a fan of bourbon flavor, this aspect took away some enjoyment for me.

Overall this is a tremendously big and enjoyable beer. Glad I had two friends to help split the bomber though because one glass was plenty.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:33:27 | More by JEdmund
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, John.

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The head is so dense! The nose leans heavily on dark fruit and cocoa, with figs and dates, yeah, but raisins as well. Cocoa, chicory, dark caramel and a little licorice are noticeable. Milk chocolate and milk duds are also present. Yum.

The palate opens vinous and fruity, with a blend of an intensely fruity red wine, some vanilla and bourbon, and a light, milk chocolate note. Dates and figs are present, bit there's some characteristics that remind me of a fruity pinot noir, specifically the lightness and airiness of the flavors. The mid palate has chocolate chips, buckwheat honey, dark caramel and a little burnt sugar. Cocoa lingers on into the finish, and there are flavors of fruit, a little bit of vanilla and some milk duds that are also present. Medium in body and moderately carbonates, this is an enjoyable riff of the Black Butte anniversary series; the figs really enhance the vinous flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:31:47 | More by DefenCorps
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denver10

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:24:04 | More by denver10
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 22:04:08 | More by bsp77
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cosmicevan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to both waltonc and yamar68 for sending this my way. enjoyed from my deschutes snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a generous finger plus of creamy tan offwhite head that resembled a frappawappachin-dessert coffee. as it fizzled away there was milkshake like sheens of lace on the glass. really nice.

s - licorice and cocoa nibs with some boozy heat. some dark fruit and grapes and zingy peppers. very complex for a porter and really nice. the dark fruit notes add a really nice element.

t - wow, at first jumps out as quite quad like with big dark fruit burst. the finish is crisp with cocoa nibs and some black malt and char.

m - fairly heavy for a porter, but still holds some of that porter char. the 11% is fairly noticeable, but not in a bad way.

o - overall, another winner from deschutes. i like this one fresh better than last year's fresh, but doesn't seem to hold a candle to XXI.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:44:55 | More by cosmicevan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick black pour. Black bodied with lots of lace. Chocolate, smooth with the figs, dates, complex,stouty, some coconut. Not as boozy as expected, bourbon taste being well integrated and not obtrusive. Nicely drinkable. Presario's bottle from recent trip.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:36:18 | More by Sammy
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into two snifters. Thanks to Kenye for this one, great trade!

A - pours black, ombre from the edges into the darkness in the middle. Clearly a little thin, but not unimpressive. Mid-range foam from a harsh pour, recedes very quickly, giving away the carbonation level.

S - mmm. Dark fruits, plums, grapes, dates. And booze, lots of booze. It's been a while since I've had a high-ish ABV brew that didn't hide its booze subtly. This should be interesting.

T - big, bitter, dark fruits at the beginning, giving away into alcohol. It's got a boozy finish, which unfortunately masks what I think are the subtler complexities at the back end of the taste. Certainly interesting though. I like beers that give me a clear beginning, middle, and end.

M - the thinness drops this score a little bit. Overly carbonated, too boozy in the mouth, and not even the syrupy flavor that usually accompanies high ABV offerings. The dark fruit flavor clings to the back of the mouth.

O - I like it because it's interesting, readable, and one of the few beers I've had that delivers non-citrus fruits successfully. Some errors brought the score down though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:29:55 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Thanks again for the awesome exchange man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best after 23 July 2013

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium-thick, fluffy looking, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear dark brown body with lower levels of carbonation. Head eventually fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some good lacing down the glass. Good looking porter for sure.

SMELL: Dark malts, chocolate, caramel and some dark fruits. Quite bold. Bourbon, oak and vanilla with some caramel over the base beer. Good stuff.

TASTE: Dark malts with caramel and dark fruits up front, then some bourbon and oak at the swallow. Bolder finish of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, oak and creamy caramel sweetness. Milk chocolate and vanilla linger as well. Very nice.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight, silky smooth, thick and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes sticky on the palate. No heat either. Great feel.

OVERALL: Really nice, and definitely something I'd be glad to drink again. In fact, this entire series has been great so far. Big feel and very full flavored with a well-measured barrel aging character as well. Perhaps not as impressive as the XXV I had the night before, but still top class. Cheers again Rutager. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:49:54 | More by Jeffo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 18:23:20 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09/01/13
Opened a second bottle after the best after date. Things seemed to mellowed and melded together nicely after a year. Much more fruit in the aroma and taste and the chocolate and alcohol has faded and mellowed a bit. Much more balanced and complex. I am increasing the smell, taste, and overall scores from 3.50 to a solid 4.00s.

Pours dark and mysterious with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is a little one dimensional with chocolate being the biggest player. The faintest hint of dark malt and fruit. Alcohol is there but well concealed.

The alcohol that was barely noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. It is quite hot right now with strong flavor dominating the finish. Nice notes of chocolate and hints of vanilla and earth.

Superbly carbonated. Very smooth texture. The body could be a little larger considering the ABV.

A little raw right now. I have another bottle that I will drink sometime after the Best After date of 07/23/13. I have a feeling it will be very good then.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:30:50 | More by morimech
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours black with a small light brown head that fades to a tiny ring and leaves a few thin lines of lacing behind.

Complex aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, figs, bourbon, vanilla, oak, anise, everything is balanced very nicely with no one aspect ever overshadowing the others. Very good strength.

Flavor kicks up the chocolate notes, nice dark roasted malts, dark fruits, the figs and dates feature well, anise, some sweet bourbon and vanilla come through particularly well at the finish. For being so fresh for a beer with a best-after date, the 11% alcohol is very well hidden...it’s there, but minor.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty sticky, low-ish carbonation.

Ultra-complex and very tasty. The bourbon plays well with the dates, figs and chocolate. A real treat. Gonna keep at least one bottle for the cellar, if not two.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:37:32 | More by elgiacomo
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Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had a few of these when they were released earlier this year, I never got a review in. Thankfully, a local establishment put a keg on during the recent Bellingham Beer Week. Thanks Elizabeth Station!

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly translucent black, with just a very thin cap of dark tan head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma featured a good amount of roast, some alcohol, some fruity sweetness and a bit of a spice tang. The flavors were the same, just bolder and more well defined.

The body was pleasantly full and smooth, very even and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, I had 3 goblets and would have had more if ES didn't have a 3 drink maximum. Overall, another very good brew. One my favorite yearly releases. A must try next year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 21:27:41 | More by beertunes
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