Black Butte XXVII | Deschutes Brewery

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4.24/5
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476 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with rose water with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with apricot puree, cocoa nibs, and pomegranate molasses.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
476
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
230
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque dark Amber, with a small, dense light rocky tan head, which retains well. Thick, unbroken sheets of fine-beaded lacing adorn the glass walls. The head remains for a remarkably long time.

Aroma: Profound notes of fruit, particularly apricot, dominate the aroma, there is bitter coca, and molasses, as well. Lots of boozy alcohol, as well, and woody bourbon barrel notes, also. Perhaps there is a little vanilla, as well.

Taste: Opens with profound notes of bourbon-like booze and bitter cocoa, and molasses. Wood runs throughout the taste, as well as some vanilla. Biscuit malt is present from start to finish. Hints of apricot are present as well, but mostly overwhelmed by the more complex flavors of malt, bitter cocoa, and booze. Late in the taste, bitter cocoa and the bourbon-like notes peak. Finishes with a lingering barrell wood note.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very full, remarkably soft, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really just excellent, very, very over-the-top. Perfect for a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-ounce ounce brown glass bomber bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, and melted black wax, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MykeJ
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sellen
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YungAnejo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from tap today in a smalls snifter. Beautiful dark brown with nice beige head and lacing. Very smooth and rich. Marvelous mixtures of smells and tastes. Sweet berries and chocolate. Subtle floral notes. Really enjoyed it and was happy to find it on tap.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.14/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, long legs, pitch black beer

Nose starts off like a big hitter imperial stout, loads of big sweet dark malts, roasty, molasses, plenty of dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, a bit of cocoa and fudgey notes, mild nougat and caramel, little cookie doe and baking spices, mild dates and raisin molasses fruit, a touch of a fruit apricot like aroma too, nice vanilla barrel, a little bourbon barrel juice, mild aged malt

Taste brings plenty of sweet malt, syrupy heavy thick malt, a bit of thick lush creamy chewy nougat like, a bit of roast, plenty of chocolate again, dark chocolate and a bit of cocoa, baker's chocolate, plenty of nougat and caramel, a bit of baking spices and cookie dough like again, a little alcohol warmth and tingle later as it warms, mild fruity apricot pommegranate thing, some syrupy molasses as well, and mild dark fruits fig paste, a touch of bitterness, mild bourbon barrel juice but not that much, a little vanilla oak too, sticky finish, bit more warming alcohol, sticky malt lingering.

Mouth is thick heavier bod, syrup but fluffy chewy like, some warming slight tingly alcohol

Overall a nice beer, enjoyable, not much fruit but a bit, no rose water completely lost in it all, bourbon barrel is there but not too much wish it was more, nice base beer, enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calgecko
2.03/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love bold, barrel aged stouts. This is the only one I’ve poured down the sink. It was like drinking beer that had been poured over dead flowers and compost.

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Photo of Beer21
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rkarimi
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Butte XXVII from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 476 ratings