Black Butte XXVI
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Porter - Imperial
4.15 | pDev: 9.4%
Oct 03, 2021
Jun 05, 2014
Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
Notes: 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.
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pkalix from California

thin. easy to drink. cannot compare fall-off but it doesnt have much of the 'mothball' effect.... not bad. interesting fruits.

Oct 03, 2021
4.18 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jul 27, 2021
4 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 02, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dcscientist from Colorado

This was a very creative take on their base porter, which itself is excellent. I'm not used to having fruit in my porters, but this kind of worked. I got the first hint of it up front, and after re-reading the label convinced myself that it was the pomegranate. I didn't really get the cranberry, but then again, maybe that's what I tasted up front anyway. You wouldn't have any idea this beer is 10.8%, so enjoy responsibly. I did.

Oct 27, 2020
4.4 by BKotch from Texas on Jul 05, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jun 30, 2020
4.25 by zenithberwyn from California on May 05, 2020
4.02 by nataku00 from California on Apr 18, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by draheim from Washington

22oz (bottled 6/15/2015) into a tulip. Pours a medium brown w/ a thin collar of foam.

Aroma is nice roasty malt, chocolate, sweet fruits, and a hint of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Vinous, sour, and tangy pomegranate and cranberry up front, followed by bitter chocolate and dark malt. Nicely complex with layers of flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, medium bodied. Nice balance.

Overall a solid, complex porter, Deschutes keeps managing to reinvent this anniversary and keep it interesting.

Mar 22, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Best after 6/14/15

A- pours black in color with a one-finger light khaki head that reduces to a thin film that sticks around for a while

S- dark chocolate and charred malt, burnt marshmallow, molasses, cranberries, vanilla, oaky bourbon

T- dark chocolate and marshmallow notes up front are followed by a subtle hit of tartness that adds notes of cranberries. Mid-palate gives sweet notes of molasses, vanilla cream, caramel and charred malt. The finish gives more tart fruity notes of cranberry and pomegranate, just a hint of bourbon barrel lingers with more chocolate notes

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- creamy chocolate mixes with just a hint of fruity tartness, one of my favorite BB variants

Mar 21, 2020
4.29 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2020
4.18 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Feb 28, 2020
4.15 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Sep 27, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

22oz bottle. Thin wax over cap. Best After Date is '06/14/05'.
Dark brown colored body, with some reddish brown back lit highlights. Light tan head, which sticks around. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, with molasses, cocoa, and dark fruit (cranberry). Slight bourbon barrel and pomegranate.
Taste follows with roasted malts supported by molasses, cocoa and tangy cranberry. Very little bitterness.
Thicker mouth feel, and very smooth. Very good carbonation.
Beautiful body color and long lasting creamy, larger bubble head. Very easy to drink, and the added cranberry adds some twang to the experience.

Aug 01, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jul 27, 2019
4.18 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 03, 2019
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2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jmasher85 from Maryland

The cranberries broke it for me. I will almost never appreciate tart fruit in a stout and this doesn't change my mind. Contrasts too sharply with chocolatey malty richness. Almost reminds me of an infected Bourbon County Stout I had.

Apr 21, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topepd by a dense and rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly and leaves decent lacing.
S: Smells of tart cranberries and chocolate with a little orange zest. dark roasted coffee and oak is found on the nose as well.
T: Taste is tart cranberries up front with chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, slight orange, oak and a hint of vanilla. Cranberries keep coming around which is interesting. On the swallow there's more cranberry, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, orange and oak.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with a slightly silky and creamy feel. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. It has some really nice flavors and complexity but it is a pretty large departure from what is often expected to come from an imperial porter. Well executed and this one aged pretty well. If this one comes back I wouldn't mind trying it fresh.

Apr 13, 2019
4.18 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Mar 04, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

Moderate pour yields a one and a half inch tan head over a black body with some lacing. Nose of chocolate, dark malt, and dark fruit. Taste mirrors nose nicely with the fruit (pomegranate, cranberry) on the finish. Nice feel and overall, this is a special porter and so glad for my patience cellar-wise. Cheers!

Feb 26, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a few inches of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is chocolate with tart and dark fruit. It comes across to my untutored nose as plum and cherry.

The flavor is chocolate covered cherry. It has a pleasant tartness from the cranberry.

Medium bodied with medium mouthfeel

It is an easy drinker for almost 11%. I don't get much from the barrel. It is a tasty beer though.

Jan 28, 2019
4.08 by eppie82 from Illinois on Dec 28, 2018
4 by dbauer from California on Dec 26, 2018
4.1 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

They’ve been sitting on this keg for 4 years, I am told, in the cooler. Not a fan of Black Butte Porter but this should be special. Here goes. Tastes sweet and the molasses kicks asses as usual. Very tasty. Great job Deschutes. On draft at pint night, Ron’s Corner Tavern 11/28/2018. Thanks, Jessie

Nov 29, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

Kept in cold storage. Very little oxidation evident, only a slight hint of cardboard on the early palate. Still pours as I remember it fresh, with a full finger of head on a dark brown but translucent body. The pomegranate molasses and cranberry are still also pretty evident, which was a pleasant surprise to me. The nibs and vanilla, less so. Not much barrel or bourbon character, either. All in all, though, still very nicely balanced after four years.

Nov 07, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by robotic_being from Florida

Bottled on 6/16/2015, drank on 11/4/2018. Well aged, very aromatic and tart fruit tasting of cocoa and molasses mixed with bourbon and notes of leather and tobacco. Delicious!

Nov 05, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Well aged bottle, “best after” some time in 2015 - think they are at XXX now. Dark brown/cola like pour with bit of reddish tinge, scant short lived tan head. Low to medium carbonation. Aroma is fantastic - dark chocolate, but mainly a vinious fruity dominance - cherry, chokecherry with hints of oak, vanilla. Taste is almost cherry cola like, milk chocolate, molasses, some red wine notes, verging on but not really tart - with a bit of underlying booziness. Mouthfeel almost slippery but moderately full with faintly tart to bitter finish. Delicious:

Sep 23, 2018
4.08 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Jul 31, 2018
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.

Jun 24, 2018
4.5 by crob3888 from California on May 10, 2018
4.49 by geryeb624 from Maryland on Mar 03, 2018
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Mar 03, 2018
4.18 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Feb 25, 2018
4.1 by TylerJ from Iowa on Feb 17, 2018
4.25 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 05, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
4.69 by rarigney from Washington on Dec 10, 2017
4.24 by kkarimi from Texas on Dec 10, 2017
Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1131 ratings