Black Butte XXVI | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXVIBlack Butte XXVI
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4.15/5
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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:
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Reviews:
191
Ratings:
1,099
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

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

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,099 ratings