Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.51/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bottle with a wax-dipped neck and cap. Instead of a bottling date or the usual "best by" date, XXV boasts a "best AFTER" date of 06/10/14, so I guess it's good I have a second bottle to drink at the appropriate time. Poured into a small Belgian-style tylip glass.
Appearance - Strong pour yields just under a finger of faded cocoa powder colored foam that is silky and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a slick rim of foam around the edges of the glass with spotty lace on the surface of the liquid. Body is pitch black with perhaps a twinge of dark brown or almost purple.
Smell - Dominated by dark fruits like black currant, black plum and even some pinot noir components. Underlying the fruitiness is the element of raw cacao and ground espresso bitterness.
Taste - The dark fruits are again present--now with some anise--as well as the bittersweet characteristics from the chocolate, but now the bourbon barrel aspect takes a huge role, providing a good amount of heat and booziness to the beverage. If it makes sense, it has a sort of "young" taste to it, like the various flavor profiles haven't been able to grow into a better blended drink.
Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous, with body on the heavy side of medium and low carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.
Overall, a tasty and complex beer. I think I prefer this type of high alcohol porter/stout better aged in wine barrels than whiskey barrels, but I'm definitely looking forward to giving this one another try in a year or so.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2013 03:56:26 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last July for $10.99. Best after 6/10/14.
Beer poured dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.
Nose is decadent; dark fruits, chocolate, touch of oak, and vanilla.
Taste has light hints of bourbon as the initial sip was warming. Cocoa is very dominant, dark fruits are present, some vanilla, and enough hopping to keep the sweetness minimal.
Mouthfeel is a tad light but very smooth.
Overall this beer is a fine example of a masterful effort in the art form of blending. Glad i have a 2nd bottle in the wine fridge!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 21:47:55 | More by arizcards
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.