Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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3.84/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
08-19-2013 19:39:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.41/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours mahogany with 2 fingers tan head. Super lacing & head retention
S: Cococa & coffee, plus raisins; a modicum of Bourbon
T: Carob, coffee, molasses, boozey raisin & a bit of smokeyness. Raisins, black currants, carob & oakyness as this warms, some vanilla notes & just a kiss of caramel, some charcoal & dark chocolate as well. Finishes fruity (raisins & figs mostly), dry with carob & a whisper of leafy hops, plus subdued smokeyness, lovely Bourbon notes as well
MF: Chewy with slight carbonation & a bit of slickness as this warms. Carbonation picks up a bit as it warms, also picks up some stickyness
Easy to drink, will probably get better with age, but drinking damn fine right now. Another winner from Deschutes, give this all day, tons better that collab they did with Great Lakes, I thought was better than last years, which was no slouch...
08-18-2013 21:51:49 | More by russpowell
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a Riedel Pinot Noir Glass
Appearance: while pouring it looks like oil. Not used pitch black oil. Like fresh oil that you can see through just barely. Fair amount of a mocha head that sticks around for awhile. Beautiful looking beverage.
Smell: the nose on this is very complex and very layered. I know creaminess isn't a smell but it smells like it would be creamy. Vanilla cola intertwined with just a hint of bourbon.
Taste: It is creamy. An amazing array of different flavors. First I do pick up a bourbon kick and initially it tastes a little hot. That will probably temper with age. Getting through that you get a lot of vanilla and chocolate. Mix in some dark fruit, caramel and as it warms up a hint of a sour twing shows its head.
Mouthfeel: creamy like a bourbon milkshake. It brings all the boys to the yard.
Overall: World class. Can not wait to try this for the next few years and see how it develops.
08-17-2013 02:10:47 | More by jamiecoppin
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
08-16-2013 08:17:58 | More by McStagger
5/5 rDev +17.4%
Simply the best Black Butte to date...incredible complexity (the black currents add just the right amount of tartness to the chocolate, caramel, and brown fruitiness of this beauty). The body is a bit more full than in past editions, and there’s a much softer, smoother lack of heat, right off the bat. Kudos, once again, Deschutes!
08-15-2013 21:17:09 | More by Impfan
4.04/5 rDev -5.2%
A- Dark, almost jet black with a head that sticks around for days. Looks amazing for style.
S- Wow. This is awesome. Dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, baking spices, a little espresso. I cant wait to try this.
T-Much different than I expected from the nose. It's very sweet and sour. Has a slight vinegar taste, but also a long, lingering, sweet finish. Some of the flavors suggested from the aroma show up, but it is just this long almost brandy like finish that steals the show. I can't figure out if I love this beer right now, but I can see it aging very well.
M- Great for style. Medium to full bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is medium and works well with this beer.
O- I'm not sure if I can wrap my head around this one. I have never experienced such a stark difference between smell and taste in a beer. It was almost shocking at first, but as I drank through it I began to like it increasingly more. I am not sure if this was sour on purpose or on accident, but it was definitely a fun beer to try.
08-15-2013 04:15:34 | More by PerHops
3.58/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-15-2013 02:06:49 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
On-tap at Paddy Long's. Served in a tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to a cap, thicker collar, and sheets of lace. Black body, with hints of brown at the edges of the glass.
S - This year's vintage definitely shows the increased barrel-aging percentage; more oak and bourbon than before for sure. Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malts, anise. Low sweetness here, and somewhat understated at first.
T - The taste is fairly similar, but there's a bit more dark fruit, date, and fig sweetness, particularly as the beer warms up. Otherwise, a similar mix of char, roast, oak, anise, and lighter bourbon presence. There's a light tart note in the aftertaste, although I'm not sure I would have picked up on this if I hadn't known part of the batch was soured.
M - Chewy, medium-full body, with a soft texture, and light melted chocolate and oak tannins in the finish. No real alcohol presence here, which is impressive for 11.3%.
D - Solid brew, and I like the amped up barrel contribution in this year's batch. Might pick up a bottle for the cellar, as a bit of age might impart some balancing sweetness, but otherwise pretty mellow out of the gate. Glad Deschutes is available in Chicago these days in any case.
08-12-2013 02:17:22 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
A-Black in the glass, but clear amber around the edges, one finger tan head.
S-Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, tad bit of vanilla.
T-Starts with bourbon, good deal of chocolate, roasted malt, tad burnt the followed by some fruity notes.
M-Medium bodied, tad creamy some carbonation.
O-Another great Anniversary Black Butte. The currants added a nice fruity flavor.
08-11-2013 15:40:40 | More by rlee1390
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
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