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

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

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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 06/10/14. I assume "best by" or "best after", actually, knowing Deschutes.

A: Pitch black pour...just a little red around the edges? Hmph. Nice dense medium brown head. Interesting soapy lacework left behind. Good retention with an island of foam remaining.

S: Lots of nice dark fruits. Definitely smell the currants in there, it comes across almost a bit berry-like (are currants berries? I have no idea). Surprisingly strong for such a small percentage of the mix. Definitely get the figs and dates (swear I get raisins too, closely related smells I guess). Not much in the way of roasted malt, but hints of chocolate-covered fruits instead.

T: Lots of dark fruits up front. Again with the dates, figs and currants but not that sweet. Quite tart, really. Loaded with dark fruits, cannot be overstated. Towards the middle and finish the chocolate finally kicks in with a super dark, bittersweet cocoa. Light tart dark fruit (heh) and lots of bitter chocolate floating around in the aftertaste, leaving sort of a dry, bitter mouthfeel.

M: Fairly heavy and viscous.

O: Hmph. Decent brew but honestly the worst BB anniversary I've had. Tartness isn't really a welcome addition and the dark fruits pretty much dominate the beer. Little in the way of roasted malt, just pretty much cocoa and dark fruits. It's not bad, don't get me wrong, just not up to the normal standards.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:20:36 | More by Dope
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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
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