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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

779 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 70
Gots: 363 | 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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Got this one from Rutager a while back. Thanks again for the awesome exchange man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Best after 10 June 2014
50% aged in bourbon barrels
Dates, figs & cocoa nibs added and 12.5% with black currants added

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium-thick, fluffy looking, light tan head with excellent retention. Clear dark brown body with lower levels of carbonation. Head eventually fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of beautiful lacing down the glass. Great looking porter for sure.

SMELL: Dark grains, caramel, figs, dark, dried fruits and light chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon qualities, but not much. Medium strength and well balanced; nothing overpowers, but nothing really stands out as being special.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and figs with dark, dried fruits up front. Flavorful, with a big finish of dried fruits, dark caramel malts, bitter dark chocolate and some nice bourbon and vanilla, sweet cream notes from the aging. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium of carbonation. Lots of weight, thick and slick on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Heavy, thick, full, silky smooth with no heat at all. Phenomenal stuff.

OVERALL: Really good and very well executed. Not sure if the flavor is exactly what I'm looking for in a porter, but it's certainly nicely balanced and put together really well. Good look on it with a feel for a king as well. Wonderful stuff. Give it a shot if you have access to it; would gladly have another to save until after the best after date. Recommended.

12-28-2013 20:06:00 | More by Jeffo
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AlexHess

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-27-2013 16:56:15 | More by AlexHess
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Pando

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-27-2013 15:32:53 | More by Pando
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JGlitz87

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-27-2013 05:34:40 | More by JGlitz87
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tuffdandle


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2013 06:05:25 | More by tuffdandle
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RaulMondesi

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Wow... Silky like a ghost, but I'm not scared. Light and airy like Miranda Kerr's breakfast, but this is actually flavorful. Rich and robust chocolate and dark fruits like it should be done. A lil sweet, but hey, sometimes your grandmama pinch your cheeks.

Feelin' it hard, feelin' it good and feelin' it well.

12-26-2013 04:36:01 | More by RaulMondesi
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-25-2013 23:30:20 | More by Paccamacca
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-24-2013 23:59:45 | More by DerekQXQX
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ChrisWood6000

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-24-2013 23:15:28 | More by ChrisWood6000
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-24-2013 02:39:32 | More by Lucnifter
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get_bentley

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-24-2013 01:31:02 | More by get_bentley
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-23-2013 03:16:55 | More by dfhhead25
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

12-21-2013 17:04:20 | More by IpeeA
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-20-2013 23:08:30 | More by Shmeal
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msanborn

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-19-2013 21:59:34 | More by msanborn
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ChesterHop

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-19-2013 02:22:53 | More by ChesterHop
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KCuff

Oregon

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-17-2013 09:28:18 | More by KCuff
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-17-2013 06:47:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

12-17-2013 04:29:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
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sblanton83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-16-2013 23:57:28 | More by sblanton83
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black, with traces of tan. 1/2 inch foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Some sour fruits, a little oak, and vanilla.

Taste - Starts off with the malts and chocolate, then a sour/bitter flavor comes in. Lots of fig, raisin and plum mixed with bitter coffee and oak. Currant really adds the sour flavor. Vanilla is smooth but not dominate in flavor. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets the smokey notes, then gets lots of sour from the coffee and currants. Palate gets a lot of the same flavors, and even more dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Aftertaste is bitter/sour and warm.

Overall - Very different, lots of flavor, and fun to drink. The addition of the dark fruits mixed with the coffee and such makes this closer to a black ale/ipa then a porter to me. I could have done without the currant to tone down the sour some. Still, a good drink and glad I got to try it.

12-16-2013 20:48:37 | More by wvsabbath
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Silverpath6

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-16-2013 20:44:11 | More by Silverpath6
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-16-2013 14:18:17 | More by xnicknj
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-16-2013 01:38:53 | More by CRJMellor
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partisan

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

12-15-2013 21:37:00 | More by partisan
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.