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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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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 345 | FT: 45
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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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 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 10 June 2014
50% aged in bourbon barrels
Dates, figs & cocoa nibs added and 12.5% with black currants added

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 lots of beautiful lacing down the glass. Great looking porter for sure.

SMELL: Dark grains, caramel, figs, dark, dried fruits and light chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon qualities, but not much. Medium strength and well balanced; nothing overpowers, but nothing really stands out as being special.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and figs with dark, dried fruits up front. Flavorful, with a big finish of dried fruits, dark caramel malts, bitter dark chocolate and some nice bourbon and vanilla, sweet cream notes from the aging. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium of carbonation. Lots of weight, thick and slick on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Heavy, thick, full, silky smooth with no heat at all. Phenomenal stuff.

OVERALL: Really good and very well executed. Not sure if the flavor is exactly what I'm looking for in a porter, but it's certainly nicely balanced and put together really well. Good look on it with a feel for a king as well. Wonderful stuff. Give it a shot if you have access to it; would gladly have another to save until after the best after date. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:06:00 | More by Jeffo
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8oz in a Deschutes glass that looks like if a red wine glass and a tulip has a sexy little glass baby.

A: pitch black with minimal mocha colored head. 11% prevents head retention some. Good ring and lacing though.

S: dark sweet fruits like fig and raisin and molasses.

T: rich and slightly sweet. Hints of dark fruits from the nose, vanilla, a hint of dark malt flavor but very slight and leaves a light coffee like aftertaste.

M: heavy and smooth. Minimal carbonation makes it feel really rich. Goes down too easy, luckily the strong flavor stops me from chugging.

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Best After: 6/11/14

Appearance: Pours extremely dark brown and sits black in the glass. Half a finger of off white/khaki head is produced on the pour and lingers on the periphery of the glass throughout. Some sticky random lacing left behind. Still a decent amount of active carbonation.

Smell: Dark molasses and a touch of brown sugar mesh well with the bourbon notes on the front. More then I expected from the bourbon, but it is very well done and adds a warming touch on the body. Cocoa nibs provide pleasant medium bodied chocolate aromas that fit in very well. Oak and vanilla continue to come in waves and are the most memorable on the finish.

Taste: The front is a sweet, rich chocolate mousse kiss. Slightly roasted malt evens out the chocolate front. The barrel character kicks in on the body with balanced yet potent tones of vanilla, oak, cherries, and those figs add a touch of earthiness. Lingering tones of roasted malts, earthy dry figs, vanilla, and some booze rides this baby out.

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Overall: Deschutes has executed a wonderful brew here that is absolutely aided by aging it. I had this beer fresh and it was tasty but no where near what this bottle has become. All the additives and bourbon character has had time to settle and mesh together perfectly. I could see this beer still sitting wonderfully for a long time.

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