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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
93
outstanding

859 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 83
Gots: 386 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 859 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

NSK79, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

psdonnelly, Sep 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

anticipation23, Sep 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Zoso2772, Sep 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

carlitos92, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Nunya, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Bunuelian, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DerekMorgan, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (best after 6/10/2014) into a tulip. Pours a rich dark chocolate brown/almost black with a minimal khaki head.

Aroma is big chocolate and roasted malt with a very subtle twist of sour cherry. Maybe a bit of vanilla. Not getting a lot of straight bourbon on the nose.

Taste is rich, chocolatey and bitter, vaguely fruity. Dark currants and blackberries. The same sour cherry quality is evident, giving it a unique twist. Almost a dark cabernet quality too.Again the bourbon is not very pronounced. It's there' but subtle. I'm getting a little heat on the finish similar to Chocolate Yeti or BBXXIII, but I don't think there are any chili peppers or spices here.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and thick. A rich dessert beer.

Overall a great addition to the Black Butte anniversary series. I'll be interested to see how my other five bottles develop over the next couple of years.

draheim, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mbw314, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ChanceK, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

t_carterb, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

GRG1313, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

maDUECEgunner, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan head. No lace. Snifter. Black in color.

Flavors are big on cocoa and vanilla. A decent dose of bourbon and oak flavors. Chocolate that is bitter. Light roast/coffee flavor. Caramel. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: rich with a little heat. Full bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable porter. These are just about as good as they get. Finish is a bit dry, but that's about it.

mothman, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

gtermi, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bbadger, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

BJasny, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Abbbp, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Auror, Sep 06, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch brown that lets a trace of light through as the offwhite minimal head leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aromas are sweet and malty with just a hint of tartness. Sweetness continues as the brew hits the tongue and just before it gets overwhelming, the black currants kick in to provide balance. As this full-bodied porter coats the palate, the figs and dates blend well with said currant and hops.
This XXV is indeed awesome. As much as I love the licorice & molasses of the Abyss, the addition of black currants brings Black Butte Reserve to nearly the same class. Kudos!

johnnieoz, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

brystmar, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

L3MI, Sep 05, 2013
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.