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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
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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 65
Gots: 349 | FT: 45
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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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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-08-2013 15:10:04 | More by jklecko2
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Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-08-2013 04:58:49 | More by Hardcore
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, practically black body. A short bit dense head the reduces to swirls on the surface.

Chocolate and figs are the most noticeable initial aromas. Dr. Pepper, light vanilla, and blackberry jam (presumably the currant) chase it.

My favorite part of the beer is the play between the sweet chocolate and tart or the currant. The barrel aspect is subtle notes of vanilla. It's sweet, but not cloying.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and not boozy at all.

It's very enjoyable. It walks the line of being overly sweet and jammy but I liked what they did with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:38:58 | More by Vonerichs
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-08-2013 01:25:50 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Javi_bobby

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2013 22:34:38 | More by Javi_bobby
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FPWolff

Kansas

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Martin City Brewing Company. Paired it with a home made syrup on french toast made from the same beer. Amazing stuff.

It tasted smokey like a porter should and almost had a tangy/syrupy taste at first sip from the bourbon barrels. I'm a bourbon barrel freak, though... so I was all for it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 20:00:53 | More by FPWolff
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azdback

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2013 04:44:41 | More by azdback
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-07-2013 04:25:04 | More by Bierguy5
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black liquid with a mocha foam that settles out into a thin khaki skien. Currants, currants, currants, and sour cherry nose blending into a big bourbon show and loads of dark cherry and figs. Taste, as strongly hinted at in the smell, is nearly unripe currants..sour city and quite dry leading off then a nice blast of roast malt and cocoa which really goes along way to smooths this beast out around the edges. Now there's a warm chewy fig newton, bourbon elements, and tasty dates body loading in .. Alcohol is, yes, noticeable and in the end this is a big bourbon barrel brew with smooth dark chocolate, figs versus black currant pucker power. Wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but once you get these elements sorted, it's delicious, actually. A sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:51:55 | More by JackieTH
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-07-2013 01:00:04 | More by unclekeith
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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wlynch

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-06-2013 18:06:01 | More by wlynch
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TheSixthRing

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep chocolate brown with a tan, half finger head. Fair retention resulting in a thin but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing dots the glass through the drinking experience.

Smell - Sourness from the black currants is obvious, though not purely dominant. Dark fruitiness and a firm chocolate underbelly. Touches of alcohol heat, though hard to find underneath the complex layers.

Taste - Berry and fruit character upfront; dark fruit and sourness. The black currant, fig and dates definitely make their influence known. Moderate chocolate malt backbone hits near the finish. Faint vanilla detected in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat tingly. Goes down smooth for a beer of this strength.

Overall - Tastes as though someone took Black Butte and threw a splash of Red Table wine into the mix. Sometimes there's a thin between being great, and being a complete mess. In this case, there's just enough of the roast malt and chocolate base to keep this beast from being a disaster. Not my favorite incarnation of the BB Anniversary, but a worthy incarnation. It's my hope though that they get further away from the fruitiness next year, and focus more on unusual though more friendly porter flavors (pecans anyone?)

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 05:05:05 | More by TheSixthRing
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Rotero24

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-06-2013 05:04:30 | More by Rotero24
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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cfaulman

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

08-04-2013 05:24:20 | More by KevinGordon
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California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-03-2013 21:32:52 | More by stpaulsipper07
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Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-03-2013 20:27:27 | More by jaydoc
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California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-03-2013 07:59:14 | More by ambruns1979
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.