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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%


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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Reviews by macrosmatic:
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macrosmatic

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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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S - rich aroma of cocoa, fig, date, currant, roast; bourbon really dominates as it warms
T - rich again, chocolate, dark fruits, fig, currant, raisin, oak, vanilla, bourbon, booze
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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
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