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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

711 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 711
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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macrosmatic

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown to black, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, barrel oak, dark fruit, with booze and sweetness, both in moderation.

T: Dark chocolate, moderate booze and dark fruits (raisins, figs and plums), oak with a nice vanilla character, and deep roasted malts. Sweetness with a touch of roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Full mouthfeel, heavy thick body. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not at all a "hot" impression.

O: I thought this was really excellent. An improvement over what I remember last year's being. Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:39:58 | More by macrosmatic
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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.

O: epic just like all the BB anniversary series beers. So glad I tried it.

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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.

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.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.