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: 899
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 83
Gots: 398 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013)
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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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22oz bomber

Great Lakes chalice. A nice rainy day brew - big and bold as would be expected from the black butte anniversary series. The currants provide nice sweet berry notes on the nose - layers of smoke, licorice, a little barrel, peaty scotch, char, dark roasted malt. Nice and complex - like this much better than the previous few.

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A: Pours a deep brown color. Definitely some reddish hues around edges where you can see light through. Initially a good finger of medium tan head. Don't get a lot of lacing though.

S: Dark cherry. Dark fruit. Licorice. Dark chocolate. Slight vanilla from the barrel aged portion. Booze.

T: Dark chocolate. Licorice. You do get that tart cherry. Dark fruit.

M: Full bodied but thinner than I was expecting. Very drinkable.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.