Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by garymuchow:
4.11/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Lone Oak in Eagan. Seemed like a 12 oz pour for $7.50 at happy hour.
Good looking. Black and more black with a lighter tan head with relatively short stamina, but decent lacing.
Aroma that clearly exhibited the three primary characteristics of this drink - vanilla, bourbon and roast. Roast had almost a burnt quality at times, but not to excess.
Flavors nearly match aroma. Seems the vanilla may a bit heavy here, but there is more oak and the roast is balanced nicely. Little tributaries of hop flavors show with searching.
My favorite part of this is the good soft and creamy feel. That's a really plus.
Overall quite smooth without any excess in the fresh malt sharpness, which blends well and is quite nice. Quick shots of warmth in the gut and thin streams of alcohol in the flavor, which is enveloped quite nicely overall for such a big beer.
Glad I finally got a chance to try this one. I've been waiting for awhile.
Serving type: on-tap
11-05-2013 03:06:22 | More by garymuchow
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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.