Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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Ratings: 800 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
Black color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.
Complex aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, and a faintest wisp of smoke.
Fruity flavor upfront with notes of raisins, currants, dates. Then I pick up the chocolate and bourbon with hints of vanilla and caramel with a bit of char. Alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. It all blends together really well.
Full, rich body and superbly carbonated that gives a smoothly textured feel that coats the palate with flavor.
Another remarkable anniversary beer from Deschutes. Definitely worth waiting a year to finally drink the bottle.
08-03-2014 17:51:30 | More by morimech
4.48/5 rDev +5.2%
Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last July for $10.99. Best after 6/10/14.
Beer poured dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.
Nose is decadent; dark fruits, chocolate, touch of oak, and vanilla.
Taste has light hints of bourbon as the initial sip was warming. Cocoa is very dominant, dark fruits are present, some vanilla, and enough hopping to keep the sweetness minimal.
Mouthfeel is a tad light but very smooth.
Overall this beer is a fine example of a masterful effort in the art form of blending. Glad i have a 2nd bottle in the wine fridge!
07-21-2014 21:47:55 | More by arizcards
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.