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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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910 Ratings
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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 83
Gots: 408 | FT: 51
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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 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
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmclain
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jenna
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SP1_FLA
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
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.

Photo of Tayloraphilips
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of heybuddy19
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of NWHopinator
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DMC5150
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
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%

Photo of legalag11
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.