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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

897 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 83
Gots: 395 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013)
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one before. Reviewing this on tap at a yr+ after release. On tap along with 26 and 13 and 14 abyss at pats tap.
Light black and trulescent, served without a head. Aromas of dark cocoa powder, sweet ripe dark fruit, a little vanilla and bourbon present too. Taste is dark roasted malt with a fair amount of ripe cherry like fruitiness with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Nice flavors. Not real heavy bodied for such a big beer. Mod to high tingly carbonation bite. Hints of booze, but definitely not overpowering. Overall a very nice big dark beer from a brewery that I would expect no less.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A bit transparent. Khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Roasted malt with equal quantities of caramel malt. I smell that figgy fruitiness, too. Gives it a little licorice aroma. Chocolate. Light bourbon, if any.

Taste - Deep roasted malt. Coffee bitterness. Lots of fruitiness. Dark fruits. I can never identify figs and dates, but it seems like that. Bourbon in the finish and some oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Could be thicker and chewier. A little boozy.

Overall - This is nice, but it really could use some more body.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head that retains nicely. Smell has aromas of chocolate, sour dark cherries and red berries. Bourbon is mellow but comes out with mild vanilla and oak aromas as it warms. Sweet dates and red berries are first to hit the palate. Roasted chocolate malt, tobacco, and saddle leather dominate the midsection while very faint hints of bourbon, oak and a somewhat metallic flavor finish. Metallic and slight flavor of wet dog mellow as it warms. Mouthfeel is viscous, creamy, mildly carbonated and sticky.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Bottle date best after 6/11/2014.

A: Pitch black with one finger tan head that settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice stringy lacing.

S: Sweet bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, raspberries, currants.

T: Rich dark chocolate and vanilla combined with a slight tart berry flavor. Black currants, and a hint of espresso. Nice little alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied with a slightly oily residue. Average carbonation for the style.

O: Wonderful stout. Nice flavors, and very enjoyable drinking. I wish the berry notes were a touch more subdued and the chocolate stronger, but very well done none the less.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.