Black Butte XXVI | Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
BA SCORE
4.15/5
1,088 Ratings
Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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:
-
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
1,088
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
556
Trade:
67
HISTOGRAM
 
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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

Photo of mwilbur
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Best after 6/16/15.
A: Pours a super dark brown hue with 1 inch dark mocha head with excellent retention. No light emerges with backlighting. Nice lacing.
S: Dark dried fruit (fig and raisin), brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel malt, and cranberry with hints of sweet bourbon and dark honey. Lots of different types of sweetness.
T: Cranberry and pomegranate hit first, closely followed by molasses, brown sugar, fig, raisin, mild sweet bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of cacao.
M: Medium body...drinks much lighter than ABV. Velvety feel. Fruity and darker sweetness. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Another solid addition to one of my favorite ongoing series! I liked how the cranberry and pomegranate worked with the rest of the brew. Definitely an interesting take on it!

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

Photo of CCutch
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Pitch black opaque pour with a medium toffee colored, thick, creamy lacing.

S - Cocoa, cranberry/raspberry, delicate vanilla, light bourbon,

T - Cocoa, cranberry, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light cranberry acidic character.

M - Big medium body, silky smooth, viscous.

O - This aged well. Unique. Not everyone's gig. I like it.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2014, tasted in 2017. Poured from fridge temp to tulip. Looks jet black with good carbonation. About an inch of head. Smell is currants, sweet, vanilla, walnuts, and some barrel. Taste is way different than the nose. Getting tons of dark fruits on the taste. Blackberries and currants are dominant. Almost no barrel on the taste. Very sweet, and a bit of bitterness on the end. Very fruit-forward. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall suitable for the style. Nice beer.

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

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

Been sitting on this one for a while, obviously. But I'm moving soon and I got to get my cellar drunked down, so away we go...

Pours very black, damn near opaque, with a wispy and retentive little head.

Nose is of raisins, RIS red wine nodes, very dark chocolate, and sharp pomegranate. It's a unique combination, reminiscent of those very expensive chocolate-covered fruit candies they sell in the organic section of the grocery store.

Tastes very fruit-heavy, with sticky russian imperial nodes lingering on the finish. Starts with sharp and sweet pomegranate, moves into a middle that's more bitter and chocolatey but still quite fruity, and finishes like a sharply alcoholic stout.

The body's a wee bit thin for the size, but that's my only complaint. I got no idea how much this costs on the secondary market, but if you can find a bottle for a reasonable price I'd definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of JMcCoy_96
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SnowyBramble
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this beer was good and not great. A little thin and left me wanting more barrel chracter but I definitely picked up on the chocolate, pomegranate molasses, and cranberries.

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,088 ratings
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