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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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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 77
Gots: 374 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bump8628, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Served in a tumbler.

After his brother didn't come through for us earlier, I snagged a bottle of this for the gathering before VDubb's wedding. 'Twas only fitting. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and roast really leading the way and showing the world how cooperation is done. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick-ish feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid, tasty beer, in the vein of former vintages, but somehow this one just seems kinda plain in comparison. I can't put my finger on it, but it just doesn't seem as "transcendent" as in the past. Still really good, though...

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

james582, Aug 26, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bottle with a wax-dipped neck and cap. Instead of a bottling date or the usual "best by" date, XXV boasts a "best AFTER" date of 06/10/14, so I guess it's good I have a second bottle to drink at the appropriate time. Poured into a small Belgian-style tylip glass.

Appearance - Strong pour yields just under a finger of faded cocoa powder colored foam that is silky and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a slick rim of foam around the edges of the glass with spotty lace on the surface of the liquid. Body is pitch black with perhaps a twinge of dark brown or almost purple.

Smell - Dominated by dark fruits like black currant, black plum and even some pinot noir components. Underlying the fruitiness is the element of raw cacao and ground espresso bitterness.

Taste - The dark fruits are again present--now with some anise--as well as the bittersweet characteristics from the chocolate, but now the bourbon barrel aspect takes a huge role, providing a good amount of heat and booziness to the beverage. If it makes sense, it has a sort of "young" taste to it, like the various flavor profiles haven't been able to grow into a better blended drink.

Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous, with body on the heavy side of medium and low carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

Overall, a tasty and complex beer. I think I prefer this type of high alcohol porter/stout better aged in wine barrels than whiskey barrels, but I'm definitely looking forward to giving this one another try in a year or so.

LambicPentameter, Aug 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jmccullough108, Aug 26, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

22oz waxed bomber poured into a snifter. "Best after" of 6/11/14. Bought one for now, one for later.

A- Pours a dark brown, borderline black with a half finger of khaki head which dissipates to froth along the sides. Some nice lacing is also apparent.

S- Dark fruits on the smell along with the tingle of bourbon.

T- Dark fruits and licorice seem to dominate the taste for me. Oak and bourbon round out each sip.

M- Medium bodied, drinks rather hot right now.

Well done, but I think I like XXIV a little better.

vic21234, Aug 26, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -15.7%

2013 new release. I recently had a XXIV with a yr on it. Pours into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a 1.5 finger dark khaki brown head. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Not much barrel, figs and other dark fruits with a chocolatey under tone.

T: figs, raisins, chocolate and a slight nuttyness to it.

M: Thinner than you want in a BA Imperial stout, syrupy and not very satisfying. Step down for XXIV I think.

O: Meh, an ok beer, though I'm pretty disappointed in this just having XXIV recently. Thin and syrupy, I'm hoping it will improve with time. Also almost no barrel on this one, which I think it's sorely missing. Rare miss for Deschutes at this stage.

CommanderOfAwesome, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

egrace84, Aug 24, 2013
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.