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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)

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924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 85
Gots: 418 | FT: 52
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.
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Photo of Winston3737
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charrel
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MIrvine
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Don't know why I have to enter a review just because me opinion of the beer differs from most everyone else. I also wish BA would let users to simply make private reviews for our personal use instead of public reviews.

Photo of kwjd
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of K-Kipper
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of marieli
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Very fortunate to find this at The Hay Merchant today (2/15/2015). Dark brown to black with a pretty dark tan head that stood tall. Was surprised by how sweet it smelled and it carried over to taste. Fruits led the way but there was also some chocolate or malts. Whatever, it handled the big alcohol very well. I think I prefer the regular Black Butte and half the alcohol is plenty for most days. But I would gladly drink this one again. A real treat for Porter fans.

Photo of spycow
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of capnamerica
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as a part of a 5 year vertical from a great bottle shop in Colorado Springs back in August. Best after June 2014.

A- Appropriate super black pour to several pint glasses. Light tan head to a finger, creamy and decent retention. A big sheet at the top from a huge belt with spottiness below.

S- Somewhat musty and oxidized but the big BB porter exists below that. Big fruits with figs and currants certainly prominent. Fudge brownies, deep cocoa, chocolate chips and caramel sweets beyond the fruits.

T- Currants and figs contribute much more than I would have guessed. Deep dry fruits like raisin and softly tart cherry lead to the aged and somewhat oxidized base beer. Dirty cocoa nibs cascade or roast grains, truffles and caramelized sugars. The barrel is secondary with oak and slight vanilla.

MF- Medium bodied and perhaps a bit dried out, lacks the oily thickness of most 12%+ brews. Carbonation is medium high and the finish is roasty bitter.

Currants do me good and the ABV is invisible. Barrel is very light but it doesn't really matter. Roasty brownies with currants and figs.

Photo of Chris-1911
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leaddog
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of creamy mocha head.

Smell - Bourbon, roasted malts, fig, oak, cocoa, black currants.

Taste - Warm flavours of roasted malts, cocoa nibs, fig/dates, black currants and bourbon. The bourbon flavour is very smooth, not at all overly boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness from the black currants and bitterness from the cocoa.

Overall - A stellar American Porter. Deschutes delivers yet another winner of these anniversary brews. The bourbon adds a nice smoothness to this brew while the ABV is nicely hidden in this one. Too bad I don't have another to continue aging.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wardnemisis
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmclain
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jenna
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hooliganlife
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (best after June 11, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A gentle pour produces about a half-finger of medium-brown head. The beer is nearly opaque and almost black in color. I cannot see much in the way of carbonation happening.

S-The aroma is complex and intense. I smell chocolate, creaminess, some bourbon flavors like caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla, oak, and some dark fruit like cherries. I like it.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get flavors of chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, oak, and intensely sweet dark fruit. I also taste an almond-like bitterness and mild roasted flavor. The alcohol is well-hidden. The beer is almost too intense to drink more than a few ounces.

M-The heft is medium to full but the carbonation is higher in volume than many beers of this size.

O-This is a tasty, complex beer that is not for the faint of heart. It looks good, smells good, and feels good. The taste - while nice - doesn't quite live up to the smell for me. I think there may just be too much going on here. Anyway, this is a full-on sipper for those who like big beers.

Photo of Jasoncpace
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moneynoobject
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jleity
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.