Black Butte XXVI | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
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Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 26th anniversary Imperial Porter was aged in bourbon barrels (50% for 6 months) and dry spiced with Theo Chocolate's cocoa nibs, revealing hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pomegranate molasses and Oregon cranberries complement the robust flavor with a hint of fruit and just enough tart to make you smile.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 06-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,103
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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62
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Photo of byronic
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an oil slick black with very little, if any, head. Surprisingly, there was some minor lacing.

The highlight of this beer was the aroma. Molasses, cocoa, fruitiness and roasts. I found the molasses dominated.

The taste was very similar to the nose. I found the molasses dominated, then came in the fruit from the pomegranate. Coffee and cocoa on the mid palate and then a finish that saw a bitter from the blending of ingredients.

Feel was slick and full, with some low carbonation. The finish, as mentioned was bitter, but lasted for a nice while adding in the molasses.

Overall, a nice beer, but I wonder if it was past its prime a little. I wish it would have been a little more fresh.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geryeb624
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coal black body; dense, creamy, light tan head. Chocolaty, pitted fruit aroma; mild vanilla. Intense milk chocolate and cocoa flavors; fruit-like, possibly cherries; some woody, boozy notes lurking deep below the surface. Heavy bodied; dense, lush, and velvety on the palate.

After about five years of screwball storage around the house and garages, this beer has aged very well. I have no idea what a fresher bottle might have tasted like, but this sample is killer. Deep, dark, complex and balanced with a fine, subtle alcohol kick and intensely layered malt, adjunct and barrel-aged goodness. It has been well worth the wait...

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bomber (best after June 14, 2015) to a snifter.

A-The beer pours with zero head; just a thin collar of tan-grey foam. Color is deep, murky, swampy brown...not quite black and opaque, but pretty close. It looks still and a bit thin.

S-The aroma is quite fruity. I sniff dried items, e.g., raisins and prunes, but the cranberry comes through most noticeably. Its like a craisin. There are also hints of cocoa, leather, and molasses, and maybe some wine-like grape scents. I am not picking up much in the way of barrel.

T-The taste tracks the smell. It is almost tart with cranberry flavor, some sour cherry notes too. I detect very little alcohol heat, which is impressive for a beer clocking in a nearly 11% ABV. Hints of cocoa and root beer. Some people may like the fruity notes, but it reminds me a bit of cough syrup.

M-The body is a bit watery with soft, almost non-existent carbonation. The finish is sticky and sweet.

O-This beer is certainly an interesting mix of flavors. The cranberry is quite distinct, but it did not really jive with my palate. Maybe I waited too long to drink it? Anyway, a good experiment, but not my favorite beer.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCurious
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my view this a perfect beer. I can't see how it can be bettered. It's got such complexity, so much in the palette: it runs the gamut from malt to bitter, to fruit, to tart... Its warming with creamy mouthfeel. It makes all other imperials in its class (that I've tried) taste one dimensional in comparison.

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Photo of shelby415
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smbslt
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cola brown with ruby highlights topped with a creamy Dutch Master's light brown head
S - Chocolate with a nuttiness
T - Grape soda to dry red wine finish - only hints bourbon coming thru to add to the complexity
F - Almost nitro smooth leading to a pleasant warming in the gut.
O - Oh to be 26 again.

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Photo of YvesB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade with Ian

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Photo of Riff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with about a half finger of light tan head. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, and molasses. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins and cranberries specifically, hints of bourbon, chocolate towards the finish. Drinks easily, certainly doesn't feel like it's ABV. Interesting beer, fruity but solid. Certainly worth having tried.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinmundy77
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of N1Nkasi
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,103 ratings