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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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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 85
Gots: 424 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.
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Ratings: 928 | Reviews: 110
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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Hills

It's dark with a little less opacity as previous years, some tan ringlets. Smells of oak, coffee, toasted malts, soil and a little grape pith. Flavor is booze, coffee grounds, oak, tart beer, some dark grape skins, tannic and not very good to me. Medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a bit of a acidic character, quite dry finish. I'm probably not gonna be buying many bottles of this, if any. Sigh. Deschutes is losing their punch for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.12/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of MIrvine
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Don't know why I have to enter a review just because me opinion of the beer differs from most everyone else. I also wish BA would let users to simply make private reviews for our personal use instead of public reviews.

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3.2/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of utfiero
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- near black. Full dark cappuccino head.

Aroma- Christmas cake soaked in brandy, with notes of rum raisin ice cream.

Taste- A rich desert beer. Starts rich and sweet with overripe pear mellowed by hints of vanilla (probably from the bourbon barrel aging) finishing with an imperial stout roasty cocoa finish. Too sweet and strong ("hot" alcohol esters) for everyday drinking. This is best saved as a wintertime aperitif or survival beer if you're stuck in an ice cave.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 10/19/2013.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a good bit of light brown head. Nose has a bit of licorice, medium roast, sugary berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Taste is roasty mid palate, heavy berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Mild acidity and an extremely full creamy body.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep black-brown with some darker brown and deep red notes at the edges when held to direct light. Head is khaki and fluffy. Drops to a small creamy cap and loose bubbly collar. Splotches of lacing. Pours thick.

Smell: Fruity roasted bourbon. Deep fig and plum with some blackberry, cherry, and currant. Vanilla, oak, a hint of butterscotch and coconut as well. Malts are deeply roasted with some solid caramelized malt sweetness. Fruity, tons of dark fruit. Some solid pushes of cocoa and dark chocolate. A touch of alcohol as well. Warming pushes the bourbon element up and has a ton of caramel and butterscotch. A touch of coffee and bitter cocoa nib. A hint of licorice as well.

Taste: Slightly oxidized. Bitter cocoa nibs push the line and hit crazy dark cocoa - somewhere in the 90%+ range. Loaded with dark fruit. Currants and blackberry with some tart cherry thrown in the back. Malts are deeply roasted and slightly burnt. Caramelized sweetness. Black patent malt. Burst of alcohol on the back. Bourbon is less pronounced than the nose. Hints of vanilla, oak, and caramel. Warming pushes up a bit of butterscotch and coconut. A touch metallic. A touch of char and smoke. Old coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a light carbonation. Slick and almost creamy. Almost clean finish and slightly dry on the end.

Overall: Just keep building the mountain.

It's good, but loses a little of the charm of the base beer. Bourbon sits a little heavy on the nose. Deeply complex and big and deep. It does what it promises.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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