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Deschutes Black Butte XXV

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by draheim, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. stealth

    stealth Champion (765) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Thanks for the insight! Being a sour-head I am really looking forward to this one!
  2. MNBeer1017

    MNBeer1017 Advocate (650) Minnesota Mar 27, 2013 Beer Trader

    How much does a bottle normally run?
  3. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Advocate (640) Oregon Mar 2, 2008

    It's OK. Most BAs have a difficult time talking to a woman when they can see her face.
    stealth likes this.
  4. stealth

    stealth Champion (765) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    $15ish is the norm in our area.
  5. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Savant (340) Oregon Mar 17, 2013

  6. jpfromb

    jpfromb Aficionado (185) Oregon Apr 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    Tried it tonight at the Bend release on tap in a Teku glass. Pretty damn good IMO. Bottles $14 each. Not that sour at all.
  7. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (535) California Dec 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    My brother had a couple at the brewery tonight. He didn't detect any sourness...it was more of a dark chocolate bitterness, if anything. Very rich and sweet and awesome. Can't wait to try it this weekend.
  8. switzer

    switzer Savant (330) Oregon Jan 18, 2012

    Had xxv in portland tonight.....I definitely enjoyed it, surely complex, smidge of sour. Strangely the xxi they were also pouring had more of a tart taste. The xxiv was quite good,still jammy. All on draft at the pub. I look forward to xxv out of the bottle. Bought a few for kicks.
  9. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Advocate (550) California Mar 20, 2011

    Nom Nom Nom
  10. Daemose

    Daemose Advocate (525) Texas Oct 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Nah. I'm married. Its something about the angle of her head. seems unnatural.
  11. CWBlues

    CWBlues Savant (385) Indiana May 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    So for the skimming reader...is this on shelves yet? Need to know so I can post an ISO for a couple bottles.
  12. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Savant (340) Oregon Mar 17, 2013

    No just released yesterday, give it a few
  13. box_social

    box_social Savant (415) Oregon Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    bottles still available at the portland pub? was thinking of swinging down there later and grabbing a few.
  14. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (450) Nebraska Sep 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    better start calling the liquor stores in town for an estimated eta...
  15. m34josh

    m34josh Savant (265) California Oct 19, 2009 Beer Trader

    Arrived at stores today in NorCal
  16. SeaAle

    SeaAle Savant (495) Oregon Jun 24, 2012

    I paid $15 at 99 Bottles.
  17. SeaAle

    SeaAle Savant (495) Oregon Jun 24, 2012

    Yeah looks like a bad photoshop.
  18. Picked up several bottles at Deschutes-Portland last Thursday ~ $14 each. Had a snifter pour at the pub.
    Tried one over the weekend and enjoyed it (doesn't seem like an innoculated "sour", but does have tartness thanks to currants), will add the full review ASAP.

    Added it to the database for those of you who want to review/rate/tick it.
  19. Swervine44

    Swervine44 Savant (285) California Mar 24, 2011

    Where specifically are you referring to? Depending on location, distro time can vary greatly in NorCal.
  20. m34josh

    m34josh Savant (265) California Oct 19, 2009 Beer Trader

    San Jose and Santa Clara
  21. No, he's referring to pre-1817 (Daniel Wheeler invented the Malt Roasting Drum) when Pale Malt was roasted over a wood-burning flame, which gave off a smokiness, to create "Brown Malt."
    That said, Black Butte (from my notes) is typically oxidized so I'll be passing on this, as per usual.
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  22. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Savant (340) Oregon Mar 17, 2013

    Thats funny I have never had an oxidized Black Butte and I have had them all and am cellering <sp> almost a dozen of various vintages, maybe they poke a hole in the cap before they reach Pennsylvania :D
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  23. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (575) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    LetsPour had this on their site yesterday for $17 with a 1 bottle limit. Got my bottle, and super excited to get it in the mail! This'll be my first Black Butte anniversary brew.
  24. BrewTasting

    BrewTasting Savant (280) Nevada Dec 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Just had XXV on draft, and now I really miss XXIV. Let this beer warm up a lot to taste the complexities, which are there, but definitely an off flavor was present. Slight metallic. I know this beer is probably too young, and I see what they are trying to do with the "tartness", but it needs more of that cocoa nibs flavor, which will hopefully come back in down the road..
  25. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Savant (340) Oregon Mar 17, 2013

    Yes maturity will help, just had it again today at the brewery, I like it even better after 2 weeks. Probably go again tomorrow for more, happy 4th to me.
  26. Buff0910

    Buff0910 Savant (400) Alabama Jan 20, 2013

    FYI, Craftshack just put this up on their website at $15.99 and 1 bottle limit. I wouldn't be a good BA if I didn't tell the bros! I got mine already.
    Cubatobaco likes this.
  27. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Soured some...gotta keep with the trend I guess.
  28. SHODriver

    SHODriver Advocate (625) Louisiana Aug 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    I hate how deschutes puts out beers with a 'best after' date. With other beers I have the choice with those to age or drink it. But with these it's like telling me 'you can, but we don't advise it'
  29. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    .... what?
  30. Angst

    Angst Savant (270) California Nov 8, 2007 Beer Trader

    Just don't like sour stouts & porters, that's all.
  31. ramnuts

    ramnuts Aficionado (245) Oregon Feb 16, 2009

    $12.99 at Cedar Hills (PDX) New Seasons this past weekend. Lots available, glad I waited.
  32. rtrasr

    rtrasr Savant (410) Arkansas Feb 16, 2009

    At which store?
  33. buckeyeboy

    buckeyeboy Aficionado (105) Idaho Jan 30, 2007

    I got a couple bottles of the 22 double top secret stach. very limited
    JulianB likes this.
  34. russpowell

    russpowell Poobah (1,335) Oklahoma May 24, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I saw it twice in Jane & Joplin Macadoodles within the last 3-5 months if not sooner. Would've purchased more if my beer budget for the rest of the year wasn't already spent....
  35. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (725) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    All gone!

    It was still there last night, but I had just placed an order with them a week ago. As much as I wanted it, I need to free up cellar space before adding more.
  36. Had Deschuttes not announced that the 'tartness' was intentional, I'm pretty sure this thread would have devolved into a "Black Butte XXV is infected" discussion.

    Alpine should follow Deschuttes lead and announce that they have "introduced subtle tart flavors" when they release their barrel aged stouts and porters.

    It will be interesting to see if the tartness develops with time. If it does, one could interpret that they had a clever PR way of handling an infected batch of beer.
  37. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Savant (340) Oregon Mar 17, 2013

    Try it before you judge, they soured a small portion and blended it. I am not a sour fan either but had this and am pleasantly surprised. I then bought (5) 22's to cellar.
    Beerandraiderfan likes this.
  38. pattermj

    pattermj Savant (265) Virginia May 31, 2008

    Remember, they flash pasteurize since the 09 Abyss debacle. I suspect the slight sourness was intentional, unsure on how it will develop as the beer ages though.
  39. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Advocate (640) Oregon Mar 2, 2008

    Is anyone else really tired of Deschutes messing with a good thing? Both Abyss and Black Butte Anniversary continue to receive wholesale changes rather than moderate tweaks to make the beer better than the original incarnations with Black Butte XXIV maybe being the only exception. Bring back '06 Abyss and Black Butte XX dammit!

    /doesn't help the matter by at least trying a bottle of the new versions
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  40. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Maybe with Abyss, although since I've only ever had '10, '11, and '12 I guess I've never had a "good" Abyss.
    W/ the BB anniversary beers I see it more as a way for Deschutes to play around with their flagship beer a little bit and experiment. I liked the XXIII a lot more with a couple years on it, and was very impressed by XXIV. Again though, never had the XX so I don't know what I'm missing.