Black Butte XXVI | Deschutes Brewery

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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 dwagner003 on 06-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,083
Reviews:
187
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
560
For Trade:
69
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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinmundy77
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of N1Nkasi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCutch
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SnowyBramble
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the PDX brewpub and drank 6 months later so this beer saw 3 years. Outer space black. The aroma was perplexing with the fruit and barrel age components. The taste was mindboggling. Cranberry & pomegranate tartness with the vanilla & cocoa sweetness then the whiskey make for an explosion of flavor that essentially forced mw to like it due to the aggressiveness I felt intimidated to say less. don't drink flat, save it for a steak marinade if that happens.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well here is exhibit U in the trial against Deschutes dummying up their beers and charging more every year for them.

Appearance is the usual stuff, equal parts brown and black, lighter brown head, 1/2". No problems. Aroma starts to reveal the usual problems for Deschutes lately: a penchant for DFH/BA absurdity in terms of adjuncts: this time its pomegranate and cranberries, but you never know when they're gonna throw cherry bark, currants or whatever in a beer, much less cut the actual bourbon barrel aging lower and lower so they can dump cheaper easier to produce blends into the wild each year at a $1-2 tick upwards.

Instead of a lush chocolate and bourbon experience, here you get tart stuff like pomegranate and cranberry. Makes me think part of this was perhaps infected and they pastuerized it and put this stuff in it to cover up the revealing notes. Or maybe they just wanted to make one of the worst BB anniversaries ever, I dunno. If the idea of a bitter kinda acrid tart porter sounds better than chocolate, oak and bourbon than pick this up.

Otherwise, if you're a fan of the normal BB anniversary stuff, you'll prolly find this is disappointing.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grading to style it's tough to think of other BA Imperial Porters as interesting as the BB series. And this is one of the more challenging and successful iterations. The cranberry / pomegranate sweet tartness in front of oak, vanilla, dry and powdery cocoa, a lingering malt bitterness combines in beautiful layers. The look is close to perfect only marred by some floating detritus. Mouthfeel is less creamy than whipped or steamed, akin to the body of a mocha, full but without the coating nature you'd expect of a stout or a less dry beer. Incredibly well done.

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

Photo of admonster00
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Butte XXVI from Deschutes Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,083 ratings.
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