Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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4.56/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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.
O: epic just like all the BB anniversary series beers. So glad I tried it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2014 23:40:04 | More by N3rdM3t4l
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Mouthfeel: Full, rich mouthfeel which still feels like a porter. Barrel character is a pleasant compliment and the figs add an interesting dryness on the palate. Carbonation is brighter then expected in a big barrel aged beer but works here.
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 22:08:37 | More by KFBR392
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.