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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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Reviews: 120
Hads: 971
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 83
Gots: 427 | FT: 47
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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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Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -35.1%
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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Photo of MIrvine
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
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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Photo of utfiero
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with initial rising head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Strong bourbon, much more than previous years. There is also a lot of chocolate and dark fruit that smells a little sickly sweet.

Taste: Starts off promising with chocolate, molasses and light coffee. Then the bourbon and fruit notes become noticeable and change the beer for the worse. While I like the Bourbon notes, the dates, figs and currant notes are way too sweet.

Feel: Smooth and full-bodied, but the finish has little dryness and the whole beer is a titch cloying.

Overall: While clearly a good beer, this is a massive disappointment compared to previous vintages.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours Nice dark brown color that when collected in a glass looks pitch black. No light gets through. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms that is pretty dense and somewhat sticky. It is a light cream color with some intermingled medium sized bubbles.

Aroma starts off with some vanilla notes. Starts off seeming like a nice English Porter. Some nice coca notes trickle upward and then comes some nice slight borubon notes. Bready and grainy with some darker fruit sweetness mixed in there. There is some nice dominating vanilla notes perceived, probably from the bourbon notes. The dark fruit sweetness can be quite delicious once the brew warms up a bit. The aroma is smooth and well layered and doesn't seem to aggressive on any of the notes.

Flavor starts off with some nice dark malt notes. Bready and dark fruit sweetness starts things off. There is a nice juicy tartness perceived throughout the middle and end of the brew that is balanced out slightly by some nice cocoa powder notes and some vanilla notes. There is some good slight molasses and caramel. As the brew warms and during the finish there is that juicy tartness that follows the beer till the "bitter" end. Mouthfeel is a bit light for my tasting.

Overall, this brew is by no means bad. I love their Anniversary series. I am just not that big a fan of that fruity tartness that the currants add tot eh brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A bit transparent. Khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Roasted malt with equal quantities of caramel malt. I smell that figgy fruitiness, too. Gives it a little licorice aroma. Chocolate. Light bourbon, if any.

Taste - Deep roasted malt. Coffee bitterness. Lots of fruitiness. Dark fruits. I can never identify figs and dates, but it seems like that. Bourbon in the finish and some oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Could be thicker and chewier. A little boozy.

Overall - This is nice, but it really could use some more body.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with a good hearty, rigourous pour which gives this beer a nice brown cap, loads of bubbles, good head rentetnion even after a few minutes and several sips

S: I get black currants, tart berries with a bitterness. Healthy doses of dark chocolate, light vanilla and bourbon here with a whiff of coffee

T: Initially I get some dark chocolates, a little bitterness and tartness here with some roasted notes, coffee is underlying but mainly this beer brings in some bourbon heat, black currants, dark fruits, big rich chocolate. A little underlying vanilla is present. The finish is a bit warm with a lingering tartness.

M: Medium-full bodied with layers of flavor, rich but not overlysweet but the tartness and black currants really grab you and hold on. Well carbonated.

O: This is a good beer but the bombardment of black curants was just a little to much for me, it became distracting from the rest of the beer and was a little lop-sided toward black currants

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2013 new release. I recently had a XXIV with a yr on it. Pours into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a 1.5 finger dark khaki brown head. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Not much barrel, figs and other dark fruits with a chocolatey under tone.

T: figs, raisins, chocolate and a slight nuttyness to it.

M: Thinner than you want in a BA Imperial stout, syrupy and not very satisfying. Step down for XXIV I think.

O: Meh, an ok beer, though I'm pretty disappointed in this just having XXIV recently. Thin and syrupy, I'm hoping it will improve with time. Also almost no barrel on this one, which I think it's sorely missing. Rare miss for Deschutes at this stage.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a teku.

A - Very dark brown/black. 1/2 finger of tan/brown head.

S - Dried figs, fresh figs, little bit of cacao coming through, sweet bread, raisins, vanilla, rubbing alcohol.

T - Has an upfront sugary sweetness, fig bread, raspberry syrup, touch of vanilla, a little bit tart, astringent, finishes really bitter. There is a prominent rubbing alcohol flavor coming out after the beer has warmed in the glass.

M - Nicely carbonated, kinda watery.

O- Probably my least favorite anniversary release I've had. It's a tasty porter, just doesn't wow me like the others have done in the past. I'm gonna sit on my last bottle for a year and hope this one comes to life. It's really not balanced as it is now.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today near where I'm working in Golden Valley, & wanted to down it tonight to see if I need to pick up more. Will this be excellent like XXIII, a disappointment like XIV, or top-shelf like XX? Let's find out, shall we? 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is black, like in the name, with pretty serious carbonation for a big beer. Nose harks back to the old days of the Anniversary beers - a better dose of bourbon & vanilla, for sure. Gah, I swirfled a little into my temporary goatee. Too enthusiastic. Not much else, light roast & slight chocolate.

Black Butte XXV does some sleight of hand from nose to mouth. Bourbon slacks off to a low but persistent hum, though there's a very pleasing shot of vanilla. Berries (currants, I presume?) are interesting; not the usual "oops" factor that fruitiness usually signals in a big black beer, but a slight tartness that sets off the roast & barrel as nicely as fruitiness can. Stout/porter & fruit just don't mix that well for me. Light chocolate absorbs the middle, & the finish is long, sweet, belly-warming alcohol.

Well, this does not live up to the fine lineage of Anniversary beers past, but it's a distinct mark-up over the blase' XXIV. A good beer, but I'm happy that I won't feel the urge to stockpile this for the future.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Doug for splitting this bottle! The middle of the body is completely opaque and black, with some rusty copper and deeper mahogany when the light shines through near the top and edges of the brew. The head starts off building up nice and slow, but recedes surprisingly quick to nothing but a tan color at the circumference of the deep, brown brew.

A good amount of roasted malts and light cocoa sweetness jumps out first, under which a strong scent of cola and molasses rides in. I get some mildly sweet, dark fruits, along the line of figs and raisins, but the "sweet, dark fruit" aspect of this anniversary edition seems much lighter than the XXIV edition, something I wasn't particularly fond of. Bourbon barrel aging isn't quite apparent from the aroma, and it's actually a bit quieter than I was expecting.

The first sip reveals a bit more of the dark fruits that were missing from the aroma - dates, currants, and more raisins; mildly sweet and savory. Sweet cocoa nibs pile on and amp up the sweetness even more, but before long, the barrel-aging finally comes to life and cuts the sweetness in a much needed way. Warm bourbon, smooth oak, and a lightly tannic finish that really blunts the sweetness quickly.

Warmer temperatures help the flavor evolve a little bit; I start getting more notes of sweet figs covered in molasses and chocolate syrupy drizzle. The back end remains pretty much the same, however, crowded with boozy oak and barrel-aging reminders. There's a spritzy "cola" flavor that I notice throughout the entire pour, and I'm not sure if I dig it or not. It's not bad, but it doesn't exactly "fit" with everything else.

It feels thin for a barrel-aged porter, but that's only on the style-relative spectrum. In reality, it has a pretty big body; creamy, oily, and slick on the palate with ample carbonation. In all honestly, I still don't love this beer like the rest of the populous seems to, but I thought this edition was definitely more enjoyable than the XXIV. I wouldn't mind trying this beer with some time on it, just to see how it reacts.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is near black with an inch of beige head. The aroma brings roast, chocolate, honey, oak, vanilla. A lot of char in the flavor with formidable bitterness in the finish. Honey sweetness and boozy vanilla. A tad tannic. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours out silky black with a small light tan head.

S: Bourbon and cocoa are most prominent in the nose, with some notes of currants and roasted grain.

T: Aggressive chocolate, mild oak tannins, sharp note of roast, moderate charry bitterness, some light fruity sweetness from the figs and dates, a little bit of raisiny currant flavor, warmth.

M: Thick-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nice beer, at times very sweet from the cocoa and fruit and at times charry and bitter. A bit more moderation on both fronts might help things out.

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Photo of Moose90
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a lightly dark amber hue, there is more translucency around the edges than I would expect to see for a BA Porter. There is a light, rich looking brown head that forms, leaving behind nice lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of darkly roasted malts and cocoa, little bit of fruitiness on the nose as well, raisins, light plum tartness, fig, date, currant. Sweet overall.

T — Tastes of a plethora of dark fruits and cocoa, as well as some lightly roasted dark malts. Big date and fig fruitiness, as well as a cocoa bitterness. Just a bit odd, very fruit forward.

M — Medium bodied, a bit light overall, a little bit of alcohol burn as well.

O — Nice overall, this is quite fruity and bright for a BA beer. Would love some more bourbon presence. Really not convinced that time would do this beer any favors.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter, 15 mins out of the fridge to warm a little

Pours jet black with a finger of mocha colored foam, some brown and a little red hues in the meniscus of the glass. Mild carbonation, short retention, and nice lacing and legs. This thing looks pretty good

Smells of bourbon, oak, raisins, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, vanilla, figs, cherries, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The cinnamon gives a nice spicy touch, everything comes together pretty well. Tremendously complex, the bourbon comes off a bit strong though. As it warms the fruits come across stronger

Taste is a lot different from the nose. Strong currant along with other dark fruits hit really strong and first. Bourbon, oak, raisin, cinnamon and chocolate come across once the initial fruit passes, finishes with a pretty strong taste of alcohol. These blend poorly, it's sort of over load on the palate, these will come together much better with age

Feel is hot and heavy. Thick body, dry boozy finish

Overall this needs to lie down for a while. Smell is great, taste and feel have a long way to go. Three more in the cellar, I'll be back after they sit for a year

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Photo of ajm5108
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla oak booze aroma with some bitter chocolate undertone. Front is bitter chocolate with roasted coffee, a little abrasive, though it segues into a more vanilla bean bourbon that finishes very smooth. It definitely isn't over the top with the bourbon flavor. There is some dark fruit in the end as well, maybe from the currant but I'm not very familiar with that otherwise.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to OrpheusLA for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best after 6/10/14.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, fig, date, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but only really shows a slight barrel aged presence in the smell in my opinion.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%

650ml bottle poured into a Bell's snifter 8/15/2014.

A- Dark brown- almost black- body, opaque with a thin mocha head that swirls on the top of the beer. Pours fairly thick as well.

S- Dark fruits, a slight hint of tart cherries, cocoa nibs, roast malt, and more dark fruits. A whiskey overtone is present as well. Smells quite complex.

F- It smells better than it tastes, I feel. Dark fruits don't come across quite as well as it does on the nose, but there is a good amount of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa and roast malts. It's good if you are a fan of particularly bitter dark chocolate with a hint of tart cherries. It's no Life is Like, but it's quite solid.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, silky and smooth on the palate. Not difficult to drink aside from being a high gravity beer. A bit hot, although not especially so.

O- Solid BA Imperial Porter. I'd prefer XXIII with its chili peppers which I feel added a bit more dimension to a beer that already had its share of chocolate and dark fruit in the base imperial porter. Brewing the base with additional dark fruits just adds more intensity to the specific flavours that I don't feel is very necessary.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as an Imperial Porter because that's what it identifies as. Best after: 06/10/14. 11.3% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with awesome badass label and waxed over branded ('88) pressure cap acquired at Red Carpet Wine and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster tulip in low altitude Los Angeles, CA. Reviewed live; expectations are sky high.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous mocha-tan colour. Great creaminess and thickness. Soft smooth complexion. Lightly frothy. Definitely supple and luscious. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Lovely head for the style, but constructively it could be richer and more exquisite. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 6 minutes, maybe more.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black; it's a darker black but not quite a jet black per se. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

It's exactly what it should be so far, but it's not a perfect appearance.

Sm: Bourbon undercurrents, with oak and subtle real vanilla - not the vanillicin extract of your friend's homebrew. Some light tart blackcurrant and redcurrant. Definite cacao/cocoa presence. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Cream. Dates and plums. I look for fig but I'm not getting it. I don't notice any sour elements; it does have the aforementioned tart fruits. Not getting any coffee or oats, but maybe marshmallow. Some buried roasted barley.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. I'm also not getting a substantial hop profile.

As it should be for the style but it's not mind-blowing. I love the blend of the fruit with the chocolate, and I hope it carries through in the flavour. A surprisingly understated and subtle aroma of above average to mild strength.

T/Mf: Love the sweet vanilla; it's not overbearing or cloying, but it doesn't feel timid. Lightly creamy open hands the baton to the dark malt and chocolate malt body as it hits the second act. Undertones of complementary yet light bourbon presence underscore the subtler elements at play here, coaxing out the best the dark malts have to offer but unfortunately further burying the roasted barley - which itself is too light for my tastes. Getting hints of caramel and truffle. Cacao comes through, but not as richly or warmly as I'd like; there's no cocoa dust or particularly evocative touches.

If you're looking for coffee, you'll be hard pressed to find any. The oak is also a bit too timid in my opinion; more could lend the already incredibly well balanced flavour profile even more natural cohesion. Neither boozy nor hot. No yeast character or hop presence is observable - nor frankly should it be.

The berry/currant notes start teasing the palate in the early second act and graduate to prominence as it hits the climax. Dashes of cherry, dates, and fig surface at that moment too; these fruits don't feel as dark as they might in a quadrupel - they're a bit brighter and less fermented, which better suits them to complementing the chocolate. I anticipated a bit more tartness based on the aroma but it's rather tame - yet still very welcome. I could probably even go for more.

Flavour intensity is superb. Depth of flavour is also great. Flavour duration is just a bit above average for the style. Undoubtedly a complex and subtle brew which brings many layers of goodness to the table. Certainly on the sweeter end, but it never oversteps its bounds; it's a treat but it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel is almost luxurious, with a silky smoothness and exquisite richness that really rewards the palate and no doubt facilitates full flavour delivery. Wet, with a light dryness on the climax to really coax out the nuances. Carbonation is just a biteen high, but I imagine this will really benefit the beer as it ages. Good thickness and body; it's firm without being overbearing or heavy. Presence on the palate is near ideal. Artfully handled and very well executed. Bravo, Deschutes.

Dr: Extraordinarily drinkable for the high ABV as well as the style - which is often far less approachable. They executed the concept of a berries-with-chocolate beer quite well, and as such Black Butte XXV is a smashing success. I'd definitely get it again, and I imagine it'll be a treat properly stored for 1-5 years. I do suspect it will improve with age. I'd definitely recommend this to friends. I'll have no trouble greedily killing the entire bottle alone. Met my high expectations. Hides its ABV well. Another hit from Deschutes. Happy birthday Deschutes, but I feel like the party is just for me.

High B+

Would pair excellently with chocolate or pot roast. I'd also recommend junior mints and fig newtons.

Drinks great from a tulip, but ideally enjoy in a snifter or teku.

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Photo of vic21234
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber poured into a snifter. "Best after" of 6/11/14. Bought one for now, one for later.

A- Pours a dark brown, borderline black with a half finger of khaki head which dissipates to froth along the sides. Some nice lacing is also apparent.

S- Dark fruits on the smell along with the tingle of bourbon.

T- Dark fruits and licorice seem to dominate the taste for me. Oak and bourbon round out each sip.

M- Medium bodied, drinks rather hot right now.

Well done, but I think I like XXIV a little better.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan head. No lace. Snifter. Black in color.

Flavors are big on cocoa and vanilla. A decent dose of bourbon and oak flavors. Chocolate that is bitter. Light roast/coffee flavor. Caramel. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: rich with a little heat. Full bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable porter. These are just about as good as they get. Finish is a bit dry, but that's about it.

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Photo of McStagger
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

A: Deep, dark garnet. Not much light penetration. One finger beige darkish head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

S: Big hit of chocolate. Spicy, medicinal, herbal, toffee. Dark fruit in the nose. Heady alcohol prickle in the sinuses.

T: Shot of dark fruit. Plum, berry (borderline vinous), cocoa takes over mid palate, Dark fruit takes over towards to finish. Dark chocolate finish hits in the finish.

M: Lean and fairly light for the 11.3 abv.

O: Disappointing, considering the pedigree.

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Photo of hayesjw
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - midnight dark chocolate. poured into ten ounce goblet.

S - undecided due to temperature served. too cold in this case. slight spiced sugar candy.

T - malt forward. not roasted grain heavy. no burnt grain to begin taste. syrup and deep sugar flavors on the palate. finishing hops round out the burst of dark raison bread. good intensity.

M - warming alcohol with malty coating.

O - this midnight dark pour is a rare gem of an anniversary ale celebrating the brewery's twenty five years as enjoyed by Oregon's obsidian king seated in a red chair on a green lake near the Bend of mirror pond on a early winter morning.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.