Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Nearly jet black, ring of tan head, some lace as well. Smell is full of liquorice and a deep near char roast, dark fruit and oak, some light bourbon as well as some vanilla. Taste follows the nose liquorice, herbal anise, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon comes across stronger on the palate than in the nose, vanilla, dark fruits into the finish with more roast and coffee. Good mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, med-full chewy body. Solid stuff here, probably the most enjoyable of the 3 anniversary Black Butte's I have had.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 20:42:03 | More by peensteen
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
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